Jodi Slick, founder and CEO of Ecolibrium3, a Duluth-based nonprofit organization working to create economic and environmental balance through the smart application of design thinking and strategic collaboration, will be among 12 citizens, businesses, and community leaders who will be honored at the White House on Thursday as Champions of Change for working to prepare their communities for the consequences of climate change.The Champions of Change program was created as a part of President Obama’s Winning the Future initiative. Each week, the White House features a group of Americans — individuals, businesses and organizations — who are doing extraordinary things to empower and inspire members of their communities.
These individuals are leaders and innovators working tirelessly to build community resilience by preparing for increasingly extreme weather and other costly climate-related impacts.
Slick’s accomplishments include the development of several community-scale environmental programs in Duluth, which integrate existing community resources with an entrepreneurial approach to address unmet challenges in energy efficiency. She designed Ecolibrium3’s Duluth Energy Efficiency Program and flood-response program, chairs the Regional Long Term Flood Recovery Committee, and serves as an Energy Leader for the development of the City of Duluth’s Local Energy Action Plan.
“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. “This week, we look forward to welcoming Champions of Change who are doing smart, innovative work to protect the health, safety and prosperity of their communities in the face of climate change.”