City of Duluth Launches GetGreen App To Encourage Local Climate Change Behaviors
Living in a nature-rich part of the country like we do in the Northland, doing all we can to protect the environment just seems to come naturally. But there's always room for improvement.
That's the impetus behind the launch of a new app that's tailored specifically towards Twin Ports residents.
The City of Duluth has partnered with GetGreen - a Seattle-based company - to provide an easy way for Northlanders to get challenged, get information, and track their progress towards better climate-friendly behaviors. The local Duluth version of the national app is matched to include actions from the Duluth Citizen's Climate Action Plan.
Using the app is as easy as downloading it from the App Store, Google Play, or directly on the GetGreen website. The app will then start to feed Duluth-based climate change information to the user - everything from promoting upcoming events to encouraging greener-behaviors and stops at local businesses. Green leaves are earned by the user for actions like "buying food grown or processed locally, shopping at the local food co-op, or buying and filling a growler of draft beer. The app also helps promote green City services - like earning two leaves for riding one of Duluth's electric buses".
The pilot of the GetGreen Duluth app will help to benefit in fundraising to support a "micro-mobility hub in Lincoln Park". Duluth was specifically chosen through a collaboration between the City of Duluth and Minnesota-based accelerator Grid Catalyst. In addition, the local content is being tailored with a partnership with Ecolibrium-3 - as a way to incorporate those Climate Action Plan specifics.
Here's a look at what the app looks like once it's downloaded on your cellphone:
The GetGreen Duluth app will help to solidify the city's carbon emission stated goals. Those carbon emission goals for the future were announced by Duluth Mayor Emily Larson in March 2022. They suggest that Duluth will reduce those emissions 50% by 2030 and will achieve a carbon neutrality by 2050.
One of the main goals of the app is to make it easier for everyone. Duluth Sustainability Officer Mindy Granley explains:
"It is awesome that Duluth can be a pilot city for testing this app. This app will make it easier for folks to connect, get involved, and learn how to take local action for the climate."
The new GetGreen Duluth app was announced during an event at the Lincoln Park Solar Site on November 3. City leaders were on hand for the event.
Duluth Mayor Emily Larson shared her excitement for the new venture:
"Duluth is committed to being a climate leader and it is exciting to be part of a pilot project that elevates community action and innovation. Our city has been identified as a future climate haven, so it is important to do what we can to become a sustainable and resilient region."
You can learn more about the GetGreen app on the companies website.