FDLTCC honored for innovative environmental projectFond du Lac Tribal and Community College is being honored for playing a key role in an innovative project that has achieved extraordinary environmental results through collaboration.
Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College is being honored for playing a key role in an innovative project that has achieved extraordinary environmental results through collaboration. They are a key partner in the Duluth Energy Efficiency Program, which has been selected as a finalist for the 19th annual Environmental Initiative Awards, a statewide recognition program that honors people and organizations working in partnership to improve the environment.
Specifically, the Duluth Energy Efficiency Program partners collaborated with FDLTCC to offer scholarships for individuals to get formal training and certification in home performance and weatherization work. The goal was to build technical capacity among local contractors to improve energy efficiency in hundreds of homes per year.
“The Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College worked collaboratively on a project that is creating a better environment for all Minnesotans,” said Mike Harley, executive director of Environmental Initiative. “We are grateful for their passion and support of our belief that by working together, we can achieve great things.”
The Duluth Energy Efficiency Program has been selected as a finalist in the Energy and Climate Protection category. Dozens of organizations and contractors partner to help Duluth residents reduce their energy bills, keep energy dollars in the local economy and protect the environment. In its first two years, the program has resulted in energy cost savings to the community of $295,000, or an average household savings of $646 per year.
The Energy and Climate Protection category honors projects that use innovative approaches or technology to improve air quality, reduce energy use, or protect the climate by reducing energy consumption, promoting greenhouse reductions, and reducing or eliminating pollutants.
Program partners include the city of Duluth, Comfort Systems, Duluth LISC, Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation, Ecolibrium3, FDLTCC, Flood Homes With Hope, Minnesota Power, and the Ordean Foundation.
Winning projects across five categories will be announced at the Environmental Initiative Awards celebration at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 23, at the Nicollet Island Pavilion in Minneapolis. The evening includes a reception, dinner, and awards program where winners in each category will be announced. Find registration information at http://www.environmental-initiative.org/projects/enfironmental-initiative-awards.