Dane County’s Climate Action Plan (CAP) is enormously ambitious and profoundly practical. As a private citizen, I was delighted to play a small role in helping to create some of the recommendations in the CAP and I was proud of Dane County’s outstanding leadership on climate action.
Today I am even more delighted to be the Dane County staff person leading efforts to implement the CAP, to realize a 50% reduction in countywide greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 and carbon neutrality by 2050.
Honestly, it feels a little daunting to become the Director of the Office of Energy & Climate Change. I am stepping into big shoes. Keith Reopelle, the first director of our office, convened the Council on Climate Change and worked with that diverse group of stakeholders to develop our climate action plan. A longtime environmental advocate and brilliant facilitator, Keith brought people together and created a vision for a future where everyone in Dane County thrives, where the benefits of a clean energy future are available to all.
Now it is my responsibility to turn that vision into reality. This is a huge task, one that involves everyone in Dane County.
I am an optimist so I like to approach big challenges by thinking about the factors that we can leverage to enable success. In this instance, the factors enabling success relative to our big CAP goals include:
Yes, there are plenty of barriers to our progress but barriers can be overcome. Indeed, a key priority for our office is to remove barriers, to make it easier for you and everyone else in Dane County to take actions that reduce emissions and create Dane County’s clean energy future.
I am honored to be able to use my skills and expertise to help Dane County realize its vision to lead on climate action. Let’s do this, Dane County.
Kathy is the Director in 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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