About Us

Mindy Granley - Sustainability Officer

As Sustainability Officer at the City of Duluth, Mindy Granley is responsible for improvement of City policies, programs, and initiatives in support of local environmental, economic, and social systems. She works to incorporate sustainability into decision making, measure and communicate progress, and build partnerships for change. Previously, Mindy served for 12 years as Sustainability Director at the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD), where she advanced operational improvements and integrated sustainability into the learning experience for all students. She championed campus projects and promoted energy and greenhouse gas emission reductions, all while connecting students to learning opportunities in the community. Before working at UMD, Mindy spent 6 years working on watershed management in the Lake Superior watershed at local, regional, and state levels.


Alex Jackson – Energy Coordinator

Alex Jackson is the Energy Coordinator for the City of Duluth. As a member of the Property and Facilities Management team, Alex develops and leads energy efficiency projects and documents project savings to be reinvested in the City’s energy fund. He also monitors energy and utility consumption within 148 buildings and numerous other park assets and public areas. Prior to working for the City of Duluth, Alex spent five years as the Air Program Coordinator for the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. There he was responsible for tracking the Band’s air emissions and assisting in the operation of their air quality monitoring station.

Service Members

Julia Forberg - AmeriCorps VISTA Energy and Sustainability Assistant

Julia Forberg graduated from Indiana University with a B.A. in International Studies and Spanish and a minor in Environmental Sustainability. In college, she conducted research on climate change as it relates to a number of global topics, such as migration, indigenous rights and economic impacts. Her experience as a student researcher at the 2018 UN Framework Convention on Climate Change exposed her to governance and regulatory structures that impact our environment, and motivated her to pursue a career track related to environmental policy. This year, Julia is excited to work on the City’s Climate Action Work Plan and to work with Comfort Systems to promote energy efficiency strategies.

George Masson - MN GreenCorps Member

George Masson is a recent graduate of the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities where he studied Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology. While at the University of Minnesota, Mr. Masson worked for the Institute on the Environment as a Solar Mapping Research Assistant where he helped to facilitate the creation of an interactive and downloadable mapping tool intended to aid in the establishment of dual-use solar installations in Murray County, Minnesota. George will work in collaboration with Sustainability Officer Mindy Granley and Utility Programs Coordinator Ryan Granlund to inventory best management practices of municipal stormwater runoff and will identify suitable locations for green infrastructure improvements in the city.


Hannah Zahn-Hess - University of Minnesota Duluth Intern

Hannah Zahn-Hess (She/Hers) is an upcoming senior at UMD majoring in Environment, Sustainability, Geography - ES Track with a minor in communications. As an intern for the City of Duluth Hannah will be working on city communication projects – like making posts for our Instagram page!

Hanna grew an interest for environment and sustainability after being nominated as a 2018 Borlaug Scholar at the Minnesota Youth Institute at UMN Twin Cities, and continued to grow this interest through college. She is passionate about sustainable practices and sustainability in general and communicating that passion through social media (i.e. Instagram) in hopes of educating and inspiring better organizational sustainability practices

Past City of Duluth Sustainability AmeriCorps VISTAs, Green Corps members and Interns

  • Annika Frazer
  • Cassidy Laib
  • Faith Breeden
  • Sydney Schulz
  • Kaleb Montgomery
  • Lily Strehlow