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Old, energy-inefficient houses are bad enough.  But add some dangerously cold weather and people needing to stay home thanks to a pandemic and you've got a triple-whammy for homeowners and renters.

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Everything from "personal awareness" to city-level action: that's what the Duluth Citizen's Climate Action Plan lays out for folks.

The plan aims to help our community reduce greenhouse gas emissions and build a climate-resilient community without forgetting about considerations of equity and social justice.

You can read the plan here:

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The new neighbor in the Lincoln Park business is pretty much guaranteed a warm welcome.

The North Shore Federal Credit Union is using their grand-opening-celebration money to make mini-grants to neighboring businesses.

Chances are no one planned to buy masks, hand sanitizer, directional signs, and stickers for the floor to help customers stay six feet apart.  So the mini-grants are designed to help offset reopening costs after the mandated closures.

Most of the time, we don't talk about books that haven't been published yet on MN Reads, much less books that haven't even been written.

But when Tom Hanson, Ecolibrium 3 and the rest of the Lincoln Park neighborhood gets an idea for something great - there's no stopping them.

You can find out more about the OMC Smokehouse Cookbook and the Lift Lincoln Park project here.

 

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The solar panels will go up before year's end at the northeastern entrance to the Lincoln Park neighborhood.

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Ecolibrium3 likes to say they sit at the nexus of energy, equity and economic vitality.

The new Lincoln Park Solar Garden, however, will sit behind the M&H gas station along I-35 and Michigan Street.

And the project will not only generate energy, it will help folks suffering with "energy poverty" and veterans, too.

More information about the Lincoln Park Solar Garden is here.

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[This episode of Caring & Sharing originally aired on December 10, 2018, and was re-aired on December 28, 2018.] 

"Giving Comfort at Home" is the name of a specific program offered by Ecolibrium3: it's designed to help elderly, disabled and/or veteran home owners who may not be able to make needed energy-saving improvements.

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Michele Reeves hasn't seen Duluth's Lincoln Park Craft District since she took part in some planning sessions over three years ago.

So the "urban strategist" had a lot to take in when she returned this week to lead a couple of public seminars about moving forward: financially, philosophically and creatively in the district.

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Jodi Slick, the founder and CEO of Ecolibrium3, talks with KUMD about ongoing efforts across the community, both civic and private, to create energy sustainability that can last, reducing our collective carbon footprint.  

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Duluth's infamously old housing stock combined with the recent spate of below-zero temperatures has prompted many folks to take a second look at weather-proofing ... and Ecolibrium3 in Duluth is one of the places that can help you do just that.

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We have a conversation with Jodie Slick, the CEO of Ecolibrium3, about ways to examine our homes in the winter months.  We talk a lot about our green spaces outdoors, but many of our homes are not healthy, as they can be places where mold and dust build up. What does it mean to have a healthy home? A home energy audit can help find where these issues develop and, especially in the winter months, can reveal ways to make your home more energy efficient.

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As part of our Sustainability Week series on Northland Morning, we speak with Jodi Slick, the founder and CEO of Ecolibrium3, about what it means to have a sustainable community, by improving social connectivity and creating local zoning plans that promote sustaining our regional ecosystem. 

As part of our Sustainability Week series on Northland Morning, we speak with Tristen Eberling from Ecolibrium3 about the Giving Comfort at Home program.  Many of our neighbors in Duluth are living in energy poverty.  Deciding whether to “heat or eat” happens too often with our long winters and old housing stock.

When the conversation turns to climate change, there's not much good or hopeful news.

And most people find the idea of global warming too big, too complicated, too wide-reaching - so  instead of engaging, they just shut down.

Jodi Slick, founder and CEO of Ecolibrium3 here in Duluth, says the local level is where we have our best opportunities to address climate change.

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