On Thursday, April 11th, the White House honored Jodi Slick, Founder and CEO of Ecolibrium3, a Freshwater Future organizational member, as one of twelve citizens, businesses, and community leaders who are Champions of Change, working to prepare their communities for the consequences of climate change. Jodi was recognized for tirelessly building community resilience by preparing for increasingly extreme weather and other costly climate-related impacts.
“As we take action to reduce carbon pollution and speed the transition to more sustainable sources of energy, we must also take action to prepare for the impacts of climate change we are already seeing, including more frequent and severe extreme weather,” said Nancy Sutley, Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality. She said that the Champions of Change “are doing smart, innovative work to protect the health, safety and prosperity of their communities in the face of climate change.”
The Champions of Change program, created as a part of President Obama’s Winning the Future initiative, recognizes a group of Americans – individuals, businesses and organizations – who are doing extraordinary things to empower and inspire members of their communities.
Ecolibrium3 is a Duluth, MN based nonprofit organization working to create economic and environmental balance through the smart application of design thinking and strategic collaboration. Their Duluth Energy Efficiency Program (DEEP) program helps residents of all-income levels by assessing their homes, prioritizing improvements, bundling available financial resources, contracting with trained and qualified companies, and conducting quality assurance through their one-stop shop.
Last summer’s 500-year rain event flooded the City of Duluth and seven counties in northern Minnesota and Wisconsin. Ecolibrium3 had no experience in disaster recovery, but it was clear that the cross-sector partnerships built through DEEP were the type of resources a community would need to rebuild. Ecolibrium3 created a flood-recovery model that established standards for rebuilding that emphasizes energy efficiency and is saving some households more than $2,000 a year on heating costs. Freshwater Future is proud to support Ecolibrium3’s work through our Community Climate Program and Insight Services, and offers them and Jodi our congratulations. To learn more about how you can access these programs and services, visit www.freshwaterfuture.org.