Fond du Lac Band’s Biomass Project Garners Energy Award

The Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa’s environmental specialist and projects manager, Bruno Zager (second from left), received an award for the Band’s biomass thermal project from Heating the Midwest with Renewable Energy on January 6th.

On the the Fond du Lac Indian Reservation in Minnesota, a biomass thermal plant uses local waste wood to heat a community center, decreasing the use of fossil fuels and increasing energy efficiency. 

The Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa recently received an energy award for its biomass thermal project from Heating the Midwest with Renewable Biomass.

“Fond du Lac’s initiatives make good business sense as energy efficiency saves money in the long run but more importantly, we are committed to reducing our carbon footprint and protecting the planet for our children and their children,” the Band’s District II Representative Bruce Savage said.

In addition to heating the Sawyer Community Center, the Brookston Community Center and a housing area are also being designed to utilize wood heat.

As the Band’s environmental specialist and energy projects manager, Bruno Zagar, said: the Band is looking for every opportunity to be “good stewards” and reduce dependence on propane and fuel oil for thermal energy.

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