Sustainable Communities

The Lake Superior Binational Forum has a strong focus on developing economic and environmental sustainability in communities around the Lake Superior basin.  Forum work in this regard is spearheaded by the “Developing Sustainability Committee.”

The Lake Superior Binational Forum is interested in putting sustainability principles into practice in communities around the Lake Superior basin. Such opportunities can include setting up recycling programs, promoting energy efficiency in homes and offices, or putting in place sustainable industrial practices.

The Lake Superior Binational Forum  is working to inform Superior basin citizens as to what constitutes sustainability in their own communities, and how citizens can act on this knowledge.

To follow is a listing of communities that have developed a sustainability policies.  We will post more as they become available.

Ontario Sustainable Communities


EarthWise®* Thunder Bay is a partnership between the City of Thunder Bay and the community to work together on issues of climate change and community sustainability. The main priority of EarthWise® is to implement the Community Environmental Action Plan.“We recognize that the economy and society can only function within a larger environmental system, and are limited by the health of that natural environment.The City of Thunder Bay has made sustainability a priority by recognizing it as a principle underlying our Strategic Plan, through our Corporate Environmental Policy, and through the development of the EarthWise Plan, our first integrated community sustainability plan.”

 Thunder Bay, Ontario Keeping our City Clean, Green & Beautiful is up to all of us. We invite you to get involved! Together we can improve the physical environment and the quality of life in our City.A Clean, Green & Beautiful Thunder Bay depends on the pride of residents, businesses, property owners and youth. It also makes good business sense and results in a healthy economy.Clean, green & beautiful cities attract visitors, highly skilled workers and investment, and enable us to live, work and play in well maintained, safe and pleasant surroundings.Clean, Green & Beautiful is one of City Council’s four strategic priorities.
Climate Idols Climate Idols Challenge in North America!Duluth Sister Cities is happy to be hosting Climate Idols as a sister city project, in concert with EarthWise, in Thunder Bay, Canada.In each community, four volunteer families have been chosen to work through each of four challenges, and be linked to each other via this website.
Sustainable Communities
in the North
Northern Connection Northern Connections is a project which aims to enhance the leadership and capacity of northern groups and to build strong networks for conservation and community sustainability. Northern Connections has three areas of focus:  Increasing access to information on northern environmental issues, building capacity amongst northern groups to help them do what they do better and increasing collaboration by using networking technologies to help groups work together remotely.
Minnesota Sustainable Communities

Lake Superior Sustainability Farm Association

The Lake Superior Sustainability Farm Association in Carlton is a nonprofit organization of producers and consumers moving farm practices and food systems into a sustainable future. Its mission is to “support sustainable farming systems with innovation, demonstration, education, and farmer-to-farmer networking.” Check their web site for information on an annual harvest festival and a “Superior Grown Farmer Directory.”

Sustainable Twin Ports

The award winning nonprofit organization called Sustainable Twin Ports in the Superior-Duluth area has many stories about sustainability posted on its web site. Learn what businesses, families, and groups are doing in the Twin Ports to reduce their environmental footprints.
visit Virginia MN Sustainability website

Virginia, Minnesota

Their mission is to educate and motivate the citizens, businesses and organizations of Virginia to develop, embrace and implement energy conservation and sustainability measures and practices.
Michigan Sustainable Communities

Sustainable Keweenaw Resource Center

The Sustainable Keweenaw Resource Center in Hancock was established in 2008 by Barbara Hardy and Rick Loduha as a community service supported and funded in part by Finlandia University. The SKRC exists to inspire and connect individuals, groups, organizations, businesses, institutions, and governing agencies with regionally appropriate resources and solutions for creating sustainable communities in the Keweenaw Peninsula.The SKRC fosters these connections through a Resource Center, a Keweenaw Green Directory, a Keweenaw Green Map, and other services.
Keweenaw Sustainability Project The Keweenaw Sustainability Project was initiated by the Copper Country Citizens for Progressive Change in April 2006. The initial focus of the Project is to identify positive examples already underway by individuals, businesses, and organizations in our communities that are contributing to the cause of sustainability.Through illustration by positive example, the group hopes to inform the community about sustainability, and then proceed to explore what additional policies and practices need to be developed to ensue long range community sustainability in a more systemic manner.
visit WUP Center Western Upper Peninsula Center for Science, Mathematics, and Environmental Education A partnership of Copper Country & Gogebic-Ontonagon Intermediate School Districts and Michigan Technological University. Serving schools and communities in Houghton, Baraga, Gogebic, Ontonagon and Keweenaw Counties The Western UP Center is a member of the Michigan Mathematics and Science Centers Network.
Wisconsin Sustainable Communities
Alliance for Sustainability
Chequamegon Bay, Wisconsin
Alliance for Sustainability This 20-year-old group’s mission is “To reduce human impacts on the natural environment in Chequamegon Communities, and to strengthen the local culture and economy through grassroots collaboration, education, and direct action.” It’s vision is “Sustainable, thriving communities where we live.”
Northland College “At Northland College, sustainability is all about people. We believe that environmental change requires more than technical knowledge of renewable energy, ecosystems, and sustainable business practices; it demands an exploration of human nature–an exploration of ourselves. We focus on environmental leadership throughout the student experience at Northland. Students participate in all levels of our campus life–from volunteering to enhance our “commons,” to work study jobs that support our green features, to capstone projects that help our college innovate. Students are active in governance, strategic planning, and vision-setting. They are not just tomorrow’s environmental leaders; Northland students are creating a more sustainable future now.
Bayfield, Wisconsin As a certified member of Wisconsin’s Travel Green program, Bayfield boasts the greatest number of green businesses of any city in the state. We are committed to conserving our precious water and energy through state-of-the-art wastewater treatment, recycling, clean energy initiatives and more.
Pinehust Inn
Bed & Breakfast
This historic inn in Bayfield, Wisconsin, won an Environmental Stewardship award from the Lake Superior Binational Forum for outstanding initiatives that reeuce water and energy use, minimize hazardous chemicals, and for installing a anative plant rain garden. This inn has won numerous other awards for sustainable lodging.Pinehurst Inn Mission: to be a premier eco-lodging facility, providing the highest level of green lodging hospitality and guest experience while preserving and promoting the unique historical and environmentally sensitive nature of our property and the area. We are committed to sustainability in all practices.Although the definition of sustainability has many variations it is usually described as the balance between environmental health, economics, and social justice – a balance that will lead the way to a world where the human and other biological communities can thrive together indefinitely.