It was an incredible experience at last week's Climate Champion celebration to meet with our current and past Climate Champions and celebrate everything they’ve done to make Dane County more sustainable.
This is now the third year of the Climate Champions program through the Office of Energy and Climate Change, and after two years of Covid, it was our first opportunity to celebrate everyone’s climate successes in person. In total, we had around a hundred people from nearly 50 different organizations attend.
(County Executive Joe Parisi, Dane County Office of Energy & Climate Change Director Kathy Kuntz, Girl Scout Troop Leader Julia Pooler, and Girl Scout troop members.)
(County Executive Joe Parisi)
The event began with some brief remarks from County Executive Joe Parisi, who gave his appreciation for everyone’s hard work on climate action. He highlighted how the Climate Champions program is an opportunity both to celebrate people who are already making changes and to inspire further enthusiasm for climate action around the county. Kathy Kuntz, Director of the Office of Energy & Climate Change, then gave more background about the program, acknowledging all the categories of winners.
(Kathy Kuntz, Director of the Office of Energy & Climate Change)
As a Climate Action Intern, one of my projects this past summer was finding organizations to invite to apply to be Climate Champions. Four months ago, most of these companies were simply names and webpages to me. Now, getting to see the culmination of that work and meet so many Champions in person, knowing so much more about all the incredible work they’ve been doing, was incredibly exciting. And many thanks to the Green Buildings Project of 350 Wisconsin's Community Climate Solutions Team, who also helped to recruit sustainable buildings under development and encourage them to apply to be Champions.
(Networking at the Champion Celebration)
It was a beautiful fall day to spend outside, and even better to spend it surrounded by like-minded people who are dedicated to taking actions to protect this world for future generations. Thanks to everyone who attended, and we look forward to continuing to celebrate the work of our Climate Champions throughout the year.
Heather is passionate about protecting our climate and inspiring communities to take action for a sustainable future. As the Climate Action Intern, Heather is focused on outreach for the Climate Champions program and sharing climate action successes through blog posts, the Clean Energy Map, and stories of the county’s new Climate Champions. Heather has a background in education and library work, including teaching English in the Philippines and China, where she’s seen first-hand the challenges of a changing climate. Heather has a Master’s of Library and Information Studies from the University of Wisconsin - Madison and a Bachelor’s Degree in political science from the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire. In her free time, Heather enjoys reading, playing handbells, painting, baking, and playing with her cat.
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