Duluth’s Mayor Larson Joins Cities Initiative Board of Directors

The Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative (Cities Initiative) is proud to announce the newest member of the Board of Directors, Mayor Emily Larson of Duluth, Minnesota. Mayor Larson will be joining as the 16th member of the Board. As a prominent shipping port and the second-largest city on Lake Superior, the City of Duluth’s voice will be a vital asset to the Board of Directors.

“I look forward to Mayor Larson’s contribution to the Board,” said Mayor Denis Coderre, chair of the Cities Initiative Board of Directors and Mayor of Montreal. “Her commitment to the Great Lakes and unique regional perspective will continue to help our organization grow.”wkeeper5964_edited-1-1

In her time as a Duluth City Council President prior to becoming Mayor, Larson championed numerous parks and trails, advised the inception of the Duluth Energy Efficiency Program, and served on the board for the Great Lakes Aquarium. Since winning the mayoral election in 2015, Mayor Larson committed to re-establishing Duluth’s Environmental Advisory Council and invested $500,000 in energy efficiency programs. Mayor Larson has demonstrated leadership and vision in addressing Duluth’s environmental issues, a valuable addition to the Cities Initiative Board.

“I am pleased to continue the tradition of Duluth representing the needs of Great Lakes cities. I look forward to being a partner and advocate for the conservation of our precious resource,” said Mayor Larson.

The Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative is a coalition of over 120 cities from the United States and Canada representing over 17 million people who work together for the long term protection and restoration of the resource. With the addition of Mayor Larson, the Board looks forward to a prosperous year of protecting the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River.