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SLC Wins Lake Superior Binational Forum's Environmental Stewardship Award


August 4, 2008                                CONTACT:        Tony Mancuso, County Property Manager

St. Louis County Courthouse

For Immediate Release:                                            Duluth, Minnesota  (218) 725-5085


Lissa Radke, United States Coordinator,

Lake Superior Binational Forum, Northland College Ashland, Wisconsin  (715) 682-1489


St. Louis County Wins Lake Superior Binational Forum’s

Environmental Stewardship Award


The Lake Superior Binational Program has announced that United States and Canadian judges with the Lake Superior Binational Forum have selected St. Louis County as the recipient of its 2008 Environmental Stewardship Award in the U.S. Municipality category for outstanding initiatives that protect Lake Superior.  The award was based upon the work of the County’s Property Management Department and its innovative practices that reduce water and energy use, reduce solid waste, use recycled products, and use alternative energy sources.


A short awards ceremony with the St. Louis County Board of Commissioners is scheduled for Tuesday, August 5, 2008 at 9:30AM  in the County Board Room, Second Floor, Duluth County Courthouse (100 N. 5th Ave. West). The event is open to the public and will be held at the beginning of the regular County Board meeting so that others can learn more about the sustainable practices conducted by the Property Management Department.


The award pays tribute to those individuals and organizations that have demonstrated a commitment to environmental stewardship through leadership in five categories: Youth or youth related groups; Individual adult; Business; Industry; and Municipality, Community group or First Nation/Tribe. Winners of the award have shown a positive impact by helping to protect and restore the natural environment in the Lake Superior basin. Strong preference was given to projects that have achieved positive change through action that went above and beyond required operations.


St. Louis County has made significant and innovative operational changes in many of its 180 facilities that have lead to sustainable buildings including: replaced older heating and cooling systems with energy efficient alternatives; switched all lighting in county buildings to high energy efficiency bulbs; installed water-free urinals and low-flow flush valves its Duluth Government Services Center and constructed a 6 kilowatt wind generator on the building’s roof; installed a green living roof on the Duluth motor pool garage to reduce storm water runoff and provide insulation; and replaced old windows with high energy performance windows.


The county-wide goal is to reduce utility consumption by 20% from 2000 to 2010. Individual initiatives such as these have already reduced the energy consumption or carbon footprint in major buildings by 20 to 33 percent. The electrical upgrades within Duluth area buildings alone have prevented 3,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually.


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