ECOLIBRIUM3

aka Duluth Energy Efficiency Program   |   Duluth, MN   |  www.ecolibrium3.org

Mission

Ecolibrium3's mission is to lead and inspire change in our community toward an equitable and sustainable future.

Ruling year info

2011

CEO

Ms. Jodi L Slick

Main address

2014 W Third St

Duluth, MN 55806 USA

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EIN

45-2746481

NTEE code info

Energy Resources Conservation and Development (C35)

Disaster Preparedness and Relief Services (M20)

Housing Rehabilitation (L25)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Ecolibrium3’s mission is to lead and inspire change towards an equitable and sustainable future. We accomplish this mission through two areas of focus. The first is serving as the neighborhood convening organization in Duluth’s low-income Lincoln Park neighborhood, working on all aspects of sustainable revitalization that advance opportunities for residents and businesses. The second is a focus on community sustainability and resiliency including aspects of energy transition, housing stock improvement, economic security, and health. We excel at understanding high-level challenges and then designing and implementing programs, partnerships and projects that address those issues.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Energy Efficiency Programs

Everyone in our community should be able to live in an energy-efficient home. Our programs offer energy efficiency services to all community members, but give special assistance to households that cannot afford to keep their homes adequately warm at a reasonable cost. In our area, households that pay more than 6% of household income on energy utilities are considered to be in energy poverty. In St. Louis County, households that earn less than 50% of the Federal Poverty Level have an average energy burden of 41%. Our programs help these households make significant reductions in their energy costs.

Our energy programs:
-Provide free home energy audits and weatherization services and free furnace, boiler, and water heater replacements for low-income households.
-Lead initiatives that address health threats such as lead paint and indoor air quality.
-Further our community's climate goals by reducing energy waste in our homes and buildings.

Population(s) Served

Have you heard of the Lincoln Park Craft District or #CraftingSomethingGreat? For 10 years Ecolibrium3 has been a behind-the-scenes force for cultivating a supportive environment for entrepreneurs in the Lincoln Park neighborhood. This year we allied with Main Street America™ to receive full Main Street designation. This national program offers a framework that showcases a community’s unique characteristics, and cultivates partnerships, community involvement, and resources for the district.

Our role with the program is to provide technical assistance (marketing, grant writing, promotional materials, resource information, and more), lead communications efforts for the district, manage the Main Street LNPK gift card program, and coordinate promotional efforts for the commercial corridor like Adopt-A-Can and the Main Street LNPK map.

Population(s) Served

Our AmeriCorps VISTA Corps works across a variety of sectors from food security, sustainability, neighborhood resiliency, access to education, affordable housing, economic development, and public health. Starting with just 4 positions, our Corps now supports 41 full-time VISTA positions that help eradicate poverty and build the capacity of the dozens of organizations they serve.

Just some of the initiatives VISTAs have taken on in the last year include:

-Collecting environmental and emissions data and communications for the City’s newly formed Office of Sustainability.
-Facilitating a program to connect kids with donated books at the Lincoln Park Children and Families Collaborative.
-Developing community-based participatory research at the John Hopkins Center for American Indian Health.
-Advancing food sovereignty initiatives with the Fond du Lac Band of the Lake Superior Chippewa.
-Coordinating free art workshops and a leadership and arts camp for kids at the Duluth Art Institute.

Population(s) Served

Completed in 2020, the Lincoln Park Solar Garden is the first community-owned, low-9ncome solar project in Duluth. The project brought together community organizations, city staff, and our electric utility to build a 40-kilowatt solar array that produces electricity for the Duluth Veterans’ Place, a local transitional housing project by the Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans and provides long-term funding to help low-income families struggling to pay their utility bills through an Eco3 Energy Fund.

Next steps for the solar garden is to incorporate the input from a series of community workshops to design the space beneath the panels, making it a place for gathering, pollinator habitat, art and more.

Population(s) Served

From 2017 to 2018, we led efforts to make climate action a key part of Duluth’s comprehensive plan update process. Our efforts were successful, resulting in the city establishing an Energy and Conservation Focus group, a city commitment to reduce carbon 80% by 2050, and the launch of a new Energy Plan Commission.

But while these were important movements forward, City of Duluth emissions make up only 4% of community-wide emissions. So, together with our community partners, we led the development of the Duluth Citizens’ Climate Action Plan. This plan draws on local, state, and international expertise to name the key actions we need to take to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions. When the Duluth City Council passed a climate emergency resolution in April 2021 and tasked the city with creating its own climate action plan, Sustainability Officer for the City of Duluth Mindy Granley, named the Duluth Citizens’ Climate Action Plan as “fundamental guidance" for the city's plan.

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Our newest project, the Lincoln Park Resilience Hub, reimagines the closed Lincoln Park Community Center into a community space that will address health and economic disparities in the neighborhood while demonstrating potential for resilient power solutions. By creatively adapting existing community assets, the Hub will house a community market, a community kitchen and food entrepreneur program, as well as Duluth’s winter warming shelter for homeless individuals and multiple direct service nonprofits. And, it will serve as a solar feasibility demonstration site for community solar options.

Population(s) Served

The Eco3 Farm, reimagines and expands the closed farm at Lake Superior College into a community space that will strengthen food access and address health disparities in the Lincoln Park neighborhood. By providing urban agriculture and food education programs with a focus on BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) individuals through the development of a greenhouse education site appropriate for winter/spring use, offering accessible gardening space to those who may face physical barriers to participation due to disability status, age, or income, or offering space for food production for small food entrepreneurs working in the community kitchen at the Lincoln Park Resilience Hub, the farm helps support a more equitable and inclusive food system in the community.

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Where we work

Awards

Champions of Change 2013

White House

Seeds of Change 2013

US EPA Climate Showcase Communities

Building Healthy Communities 2013

Duluth Local Initiatives Support Corporation

Climate and Energy Finalist 2013

Minnesota Environmental Initiative

Main Street Forward 2021

Main Street America

CommmunityWINS Outstanding Achievement 2019

US Conference of Mayors

Energy Prize Semifinalist 2017

Georgetown University

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of grassroots organizations supported

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Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Eco3 VISTA Corps

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The long-term goals of Ecolibrium3 are all related to creation of a stronger, healthier, more sustainable community where all members experience resiliency to the economic and environmental fluctuations that can occur.

We believe that our community is more resilient when we focus on creating connections between residents, organizations, and government, when we create a more localized economy, and when we invest resources for longer-term triple-bottom line results.

Here are our top 10 highlights from the last 10 years!:
-We helped develop the Lincoln Park Craft District and Main Street Lincoln Park, bringing thousands of dollars, technical assistance, and creative ideas to the neighborhood.
-We brought $1 million of capacity into dozens of local organizations with the Eco3 AmeriCorps VISTA Corps
-We developed the first community-owned, low-income solar project in Duluth with the Lincoln Park Solar Garden
-We developed the Duluth Citizens' Climate Action Plan to lead community action on climate change
-We helped thousands of households become more energy-efficient with our Energy Efficiency Programs
-We led more than 1000 volunteers in assembling 225,000 face shields during the pandemic with the Pay It Forward PPE project
-We're developing the Lincoln Park Resilience Hub that will advance neighborhood food access, create a winter warming shelter, and house multiple direct service nonprofits addressing health and economic disparities in Lincoln Park
-We've reimagined the Lake Superior College farm into the Eco3 Farm, a community space that will strengthen food access in Lincoln Park
-We took the lead in the 2012 flood recovery efforts, making sure low-income families affected by the flood received the help they needed while becoming more resilient to future climate-related disasters
-We've been nationally recognized with the White House Champion of Change for Building Resilient Communities Award, the US Environmental Protection Agency Climate Showcase Community's Seeds of Change Award, the US Conference of Mayors Outstanding Achievement Award, and the National Main Street Forward Award

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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ECOLIBRIUM3

Board of directors
as of 02/11/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Carole Newkumet

Retired

Term: 2022 - 2021

Dana Kazel

St. Louis County

Joe Drexler

St. Luke's Hospital

Chris Benson

Frost River - Owner

Mindy Granley

City of Duluth

Sumair Sheikh

Cloquet Public Schools

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/30/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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Disability