Tackling poverty with community energy efforts

October 2020

There are many people putting forward compelling ideas and visions for the future, and we have been craving a little time to step back and consider these fresh perspectives and how they can contribute to the clean energy future we’re building together.

During the second virtual gathering of CERTs' new Energy Futures on October 21, 2020, we explored how energy efficiency and renewable energy work that is community-led and place-based can lead to real change, and has in the Lincoln Park neighborhood in Duluth. We heard from Jodi Slick, Founder and CEO, Ecolibrium3Jacob Mans, Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota School of Architecture, College of Design; and Mauricio León, Senior Researcher, Metropolitan Council.

Event Moderator & Speakers

Joel Haskard
CERTs Co-Director
UMN Extension RSDP
jodi slick
Founder and CEO
mauricio leon
Senior Researcher
Metropolitan Council
jacob mans
Assistant Professor
University of Minnesota School of Architecture, College of Design

Watch or listen to the conversation below.

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Speaker Resources

  1. Jodi: Learn more about Ecolibrium3's work in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Duluth, like their solar garden, residential energy efficiency, and developing sustainable housing.
  2. Mauricio: Explore the Met Council's Greenhouse Gas Inventory at to measure and track greenhouse gas emissions for jurisdictions within the Twin Cites Region.
  3. Jacob: Learn more about the University of Minnesota Design Center and the Decentralized Design Lab.

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