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Getting Results


Kathy Kuntz


As our nation emerges from the pandemic, some folks are asserting that governments at all levels should get back to addressing the climate emergency.

I hope local stakeholders understand that here in Dane County we never paused in our efforts to address the climate crisis. Even at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, Dane County was making progress on its ambitious countywide climate agenda.


For example:

In short? Dane County is getting things done—even while we responded to the once-in-a-lifetime pandemic. 

Our partners - local governments, school districts, businesses and nonprofits - are getting a lot done too. Just look at the various success stories and clean energy installations to see proof of the substantial progress we are making together.

Our Office is delighted that President Biden is acknowledging the climate emergency and setting targets for national emission reductions. Here in Dane County, though, we are particularly pleased to know that we have already identified the milestones necessary to achieve a 50% emission reduction by 2030 and, most important, we are making progress on those milestones. 

The climate emergency can feel overwhelming. Acknowledging local progress (and the related benefits) gives people hope and helps to accelerate our collective efforts. Yes, we have a lot to do to address the climate crisis but we are making good progress and, together, we will do even more. 

Kathy Kuntz

Kathy Kuntz


Kathy is the Director of the Dane County’s Office of Energy and Climate Change. In that role she's leading efforts to implement the Climate Action Plan. Prior to coming to Dane County, Kathy led Cool Choices and, prior to that, she led Wisconsin's Focus on Energy program.


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