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Green Visions
A Northland Morning feature focusing on local environmental issues, heard Wednesdays at 8:20 a.m. Green Visions is brought to you by All Energy Solar, Minnesota Power Energy Conservation Program, and Energy Plus.

Green Visions: Lake Superior Living Lab and Solar Commons

Grey rocks on a beach during sunrise or sunset
Brian Beckwith [Via Unsplash]

Picture a scientist doing science-y stuff. Are they wearing a lab coat? Are they in a laboratory?

A lot of experimentation and scientific exploration seems to happen behind closed doors in a sterile room, but Lake Superior Living Lab takes science to the outdoors. "This is all about place-based research," says Kathryn Milun, professor of anthropology at the University of Minnesota Duluth. The Lake Superior Living Lab has been in Duluth for four years now. Other locations include Thunder Bay, Houghton and Sault Sainte Marie. "The focus of the research is the social-ecological work." Between the four sites, work is shared to provide solutions to the communities surrounding Lake Superior.

Also keeping Milun busy is her role as the founder and director of the Solar Commons. The goal of the project is to capture the sun's "common wealth" for the betterment of communities. Solar producer LEN Inc. in Mountain Iron couples with the project.

Luke Moravec is the host for Northland Morning on The North 103.3. He’s also a local actor, musician and writer. He loves puzzles, riddles and fun mysteries.
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