Maps are a great tool. They help us understand where we are and they help us get to new destinations.
This page provides links to maps about climate change and climate action here in Dane County. These maps will help you understand:
Use the maps provided here to orient yourself. Understand where we are now and where we are going. Review the Climate Action Plan for a deeper dive. Then, when you are oriented, check out What You Can Do for ideas about what you can do to help us accomplish our ambitious climate action goals. As with any major journey, we will need everyone to do their part for us to reach our destination.
In 2020 we launched a Climate Champion program to recognize entities leading on climate action.
The Climate Champion map features all of the Climate Champions with details about their accomplishments.
Learn more about how you can earn a Climate Champion status.
The interactive map showcases Climate Champions in six categories—energy use, fleet, employee commuting, water savings, emissions and other.
Within each category Champions are ranked based on their achievement with a 4 Star Climate Champion being one that has completely transformed some aspect of their operations. (So, for example, an entity with a 100% Clean Energy Fleet, would be a 4-Star Climate Champion.)
The aim of the map is to celebrate local leadership. Dane County residents want to see governments and business take action on climate; we are excited to share stories about the entities that are leading the way.
Dane County government, local governments, local businesses and residents have made investments in cost-effective job-creating clean energy and land conservation projects.
Now you can learn more about these projects in one interactive location--our clean energy map!
These projects are great examples of how, as County Executive Joe Parisi likes to say, "in Dane County, we get things done." We don't just talk about climate action; we make change happen.
The interactive map includes solar, wind, and biogas installations as well as land conservation projects. The various projects identified on the map deliver multiple benefits. These projects:
Perhaps most important, these projects set an example for others by showing what is possible. The solar system on a local school might inspire a private business to explore solar for their own facility, for example. That's the aim here--we want you to see what others are doing so that you are inspired to take action as well. We hope our map will inspire more entities to explore the benefits of clean energy and reduced greenhouse gas emissions.
We are working to expand this map to showcase clean energy projects implemented by local governments, businesses and other entities. If you have a project that we should know about, please let us know.
Because the County has done a lot, it was no small task to collect information about all of the County's completed projects and create the initial map. Maeve Christlieb, a McFarland High School student and intern at the Office of Energy & Climate Change, spent more than six months working with Dane County staff to document projects, collect photos and create the map. We are very grateful to Maeve for all of her efforts!
Maeve is a high school senior at McFarland High School. An avid golf and soccer player, she plans to attend college and major in Environmental Science. Maeve worked with Dane County staff to create the interactive clean energy map.
Are you curious about how your carbon emissions compare to other households in Dane County?
Dane County is working with CoolClimate Network, a UC-Berkeley consortium to help Dane County residents understand their carbon emissions.
Check out the CoolClimate map of average annual household carbon emissions to better understand how emissions vary across the county and around the US.
The map illustrates how various aspects of emissions--transportation, housing--vary from one area to the next.
As your understanding of emissions increases, you can use our CoolClimate carbon calculator to see how your household compares to others in your zip code. The tool will also help you identify ways you could reduce your carbon emissions.
When it comes to understanding climate change, we are lucky to have access to world-class scientists via the Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts (WICCI).
WICCI is a partnership between the University of Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.
WICCI's website features numerous maps showing both historical climate trends (how things have already changed) and projections about future changes in our climate. Definitely check it out!
More maps are in the works! If there's something you'd like us to share via a map, let us know by emailing us at OECC@countyofdane.com.