In December 2022 Kelly Hilyard, the Sustainability Coordinator for the City of Middleton, presented to a local group on Middleton’s sustainability efforts.
It was a good reminder about all the ways Middleton is leading on climate action.
One of the first communities in Wisconsin to set clean energy goals, some of Middleton’s most noteworthy accomplishments include:
In addition to all of that, Middleton is working to green its operations and has a big list of new initiatives they aim to launch in 2023, including expanding their TIF efforts to encourage more net zero energy buildings and a new recognition program for local residents and businesses.
To be sure there is a lot left to do to address our climate crisis. At the same time, though, it is critical we recognize and celebrate our victories because that creates momentum for the next challenge. In that vein, I want to offer sincere thanks to my colleagues in Middleton. Thanks for inspiring us and for demonstrating what is possible; your innovation and leadership is much appreciated.
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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