What is an Early Adopter?
An Early Adopter implements innovative technologies ahead of the majority. Our pilot training program, the Early Adopter Project was focused on training businesses, organizations and municipalities in environmentally, economically and socially sustainable practices.
Here are links to some of the outcome reports presented by the Early Adopters at our Public Showcase in October 2009.
UW - Superior Gloria Dei Lutheran Church
Who are the Early Adopters in the Twin Ports?
Twenty-seven organizations applied for this pilot project, which was designed to accommodate 10-12 participating organizations. Due to the high level of interest, the steering committee decided to accept 14 organizations. They were selected based on three criteria: community leadership, commitment to using sustainable practices, and broad representation of the Twin Ports community.
Challenge Center • City of Duluth • Inn on Lake Superior, ZMC Hotels • Duluth Grill • Superior Public Schools • London Road Car Wash
Douglas County • Gloria Dei Lutheran Church
Duluth-Superior Area Community Foundation • Twin Ports Testing • Glenwood Signs and Awards
Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce • Duluth Transit Authority • University of Wisconsin – Superior
How did the Project Work?
Each team made a one-year commitment, which included six days of formal, intensive training, analysis of current practices, dedicated networking and professional coaching. The fourteen trained Early Adopter organizations will show the community by example that it is possible and economically advantageous to increase sustainability using The Natural Step framework.
How are you sharing the Outcome?
We are documenting the process and results of the Project in two ways:
Watch web vignettes of the Early Adopter teams on the Documentary page.
A final documentary video was produced after the training to share the stories of the Early Adopters as they move forward on the path toward sustainability. To order a copy of the documentary, click here.
This project is funded in part by the Dr. and Mrs. Bernhard Boecker Charitable Fund and the Global Awareness Fund of the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation.
We are capturing the stories of each participant through case study interviews. These case studies are available here.
How was the Project Funded?
Thanks to the A.H. Zeppa Family Foundation and the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation's Fund for the Environment and the Wildey H. Mitchell Family Fund and the University of Wisconsin - Superior for their support.