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City of Duluth Sustainability Internship

Many college students have unsustainable lifestyles, forgetting to recycle or turn off the lights. Jonathan Argall spent his summer helping the City of Duluth research sustainable practices. Those who can, help their cities become green.

Jonathan Argall interned with the City of Duluth to research sustainability projects.  
Argall researched the transition of all city street lights to LED bulb usage.  

Jonathan Argall, a Geography Environment and Sustainability major with a Geographic Information System certificate, was fortunate enough to work with the City of Duluth in the summer of 2012. His projects were all new ideas for the city, such as transitioning streetlights from traditional bulbs to LED’s.

Argall researched several areas that coordinated with Duluth’s long-term plans. “He looked at Vehicle Fleets determining which vehicles are prime for replacement and how they can transition to higher mileage vehicle and renewable and potentially electric at some point,” said DyAnn Andybur, energy coordinator at City of Duluth.

“I accepted the internship with the City of Duluth, because I wanted to help this city become stronger than it currently is,” said Argall, who is originally from Cedarburg, Wisc. He wanted to improve Duluth for a brighter future, in terms of being green. “This internship opportunity, through the Minnesota Clean Energy Resource Team (CERT), was to assist the city government in trying to achieve certain sustainable goals. I felt this was an excellent opportunity for me. Not only have I helped the city that I have high respect for, I gained the experience needed for me to consider potential career options,” said Argall.

In addition to his two projects, he also attended an “Early Adopter” seminar for Sustainable Twin Ports. The Early Adopter project is focused on training businesses, organizations and municipalities in environmentally, economically and socially sustainable practices. “I set up a complete street plan for Superior Street as a possibility for the future, by implementing bike lanes, bus lanes, and managing parking,” said Argall. He did these three projects on his own initiative. “This has been a great experience overall ,and I would highly recommend students to look into these internships within the community.”

Bill Mittlefehldt, Northeast Minnesota CERT coordinator said, “There is a connection between UMD students and the City of Duluth. These UMD students are driven to discover, but all their learning is not on campus. A growing number of students are building their resume by working with the City as interns.”

“This internship taught me how being more involved is a good idea for students in the community they reside in," Argall said. "I was able to gain job experience and provide support for the community."

Those Who Can, Duluth

Written by Christina Higgins. August, 2012

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