Community battles climate change

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Alger County residents will help climate change effects in parks like Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Photo: Mercedea, Retrieved from Flickr.

Two organizations recently launched an energy conservation program to show how community efforts can lessen climate change in Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.

The Superior Watershed Partnership and Land Trust and Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore staff hope to prevent 165,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere and save Alger County residents about 1.7 million kilowatt hours.

They plan to do that through a $350,000 Great Lakes Restoration Initiative grant that will fund free home energy assessments, personalized home energy plans, free installation of products like energy-efficient light bulbs and coupons toward products residents can find at their local hardware stores.

The team is targeting the national lakeshore’s two Michigan gateway communities, Munising and Grand Marais, but all Alger County residents are eligible. The goal is to reach community-wide adoption of these energy-saving measures by visiting 1,500 homes.

People interested in participating can sign up here.

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