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.

Lily Strehlow – AmeriCorps Energy and Sustainability Assistant 

Lily Strehlow will be serving as the Sustainability and Energy Americorps VISTA with the City of Duluth Office of Sustainability. Lily cultivated a passion for sustainability sailing aboard the traditionally rigged ship SSV Denis Sullivan (Milwaukee, WI). Her interest in the dynamic relationships we have with the great lakes and each other led her to pursue a Bachelor of Arts in economics, and a second Bachelor of Arts called environmental policy and water resources at The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

Lily has sailed, conducted research, and built relationships in Aotearoa/New Zealand, completed an economics research project focused on alleviating phosphorus pollution and rural poverty in the Red Cedar River Watershed (WI), and engaged with her home university in environmentally focused strategic planning.  

As a VISTA member with the City of Duluth she hopes to contribute to a foundation for city sustainability projects through connecting the community to sustainable resources.

Kaleb Montgomery - MN GreenCorps

Kaleb Montgomery graduated UMD with a BA in Environment, Sustainability & Geography and a minor in GIS. Much of his professional experience has been in municipal government, which includes being a MN Green Step Cities representative for his hometown of Barnum, MN, interning with the City of Duluth's Planning & Economic Development Division as a planning technician, and most recently, serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA with the City of Duluth. He is passionate about sustainability and hopes to use the skills he has gained to effectively communicate and materialize environmentally sustainable practices through public engagement, education, and networking. He will be providing expertise and assistance to strengthen community resilience through waste prevention, recycling, and composting/organics management. Aditionally, he will be increasing knowledge about opportunities for production of local foods and ways to prevent food from being wasted. He chose to serve with the MN GreenCorps because he cares deeply about the Duluth community and understands that there are barriers to environmental consciousness.


Faith Breeden - University of Minnesota Duluth Intern

Faith Breeden is a fourth-year student at the University of Minnesota Duluth majoring in Environmental Science and minoring in Chinese Area Studies. She is currently an intern for the City of Duluth working on a carbon sequestration project. This project is intended to explore options for Duluth to sequester carbon from the atmosphere. She has spent lots of her summer researching, attending seminars, and contacting professionals about their carbon sequestration projects. She will complete her internship by writing a final proposal containing suggestions for Duluth to sequester carbon in the future. Faith has always had a passion for sustainability and protecting our environment and hopes to use her degree to improve the condition of the environment.

Sydney Schulz - University of Minnesota Duluth Intern

Sydney Schulz (She/ Hers) is a senior at UMD majoring in Environmental Sustainability with a minor in Sociology. She is currently an intern for the City of Duluth with most of her projects being centered around social media. She is passionate about connecting the Duluth public with the efforts of the City of Duluth Sustainability office. Sydney had the opportunity to study abroad in Australia and after seeing their environmental efforts there, she found a passion for sustainability in government. Since then, she has volunteered and acted as a teaching assistant at the UMD land lab with emphasis in food sovereignty and food deserts.

Past Interns

Annika Frazer – University of Minnesota Duluth Intern

Annika Frazer is completing her summer internship with the City of Duluth this coming fall. She spent her time interviewing and getting to know staff members across City departments and creating material to publicize city efforts and other necessary information. Annika is completing her fourth year at the University of Minnesota Duluth where she is studying Organizational Management, Environment and Sustainability, and Hispanic Studies. Annika has loved the outdoors since a young age, but began to thrive as an environmental activist when moving to Duluth where she began to spend her time volunteering for groups around the city, organizing environmental events like Our Planet, Our Future: An Environmental Summit, and working to pass environmental legislation both within Duluth and state-wide. In her free time, Annika enjoys exploring the North Shore, growing her photography business, and practicing other skills.

Cassidy Laib – Lake Superior College Intern

Cassidy Laib will be serving as an intern for the City of Duluth Sustainability Office. Cassidy has fostered her interest in environmental health and sustainability since a young age, frequently visiting her family’s off the grid cabin on the Gunflint Trail. The connection between environmental health and community resilience led her to the Eco-Entrepreneurship program at Lake Superior College, where she is pursuing both an Associate’s of Science and an Associate’s of Art.

Cassidy is an avid explorer of the many trails and parks in the greater Minnesota area and a participant of local events like the local Food Justice Summit and the Indigenous Foods Expo. Cassidy plans to peruse a degree and career in sustainability to better help her community.