This year, students are creating digital stories from the Duluth Power Dialog and submitting them online to our state’s Public Utility Commission’s public hearings on our investor-owned utility’s 15-year plan for energy infrastructure in the Lake Superior watershed. Students engaged in Duluth Power Dialogs come from all UMD colleges: College of Liberal Arts, Social Sciences and Fine Arts; College of Engineering and Science; and the College of Business. As part of the Lake Superior Living Lab Network, we were thrilled this year to expand our youth-led climate/energy civic conversation to include our fellow students and faculty partners at Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, Algoma University, Sault St. Marie, and Michigan Technological University in Houghton, MI.
Read more about the Duluth Power Dialog at UMD’s Center for Social Research. Here you can view videos of our past Power Dialogs and watch the zoom recording of our most recent 2021 pandemic Power Dialog from March 27/28. On our website page students display the ongoing work they do with their living lab energy democracy research.