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Many Thanks to County Executive Parisi - 5/2/2024

I remember the first time I heard County Executive Joe Parisi do a talk. It was at an environmental fair at a church on the west side of Madison, in 2017 or 2018.

Mel and Kate at Sustain Dane Summit
Kate's Internship Reflection - 1/18/2024

As I reflect on my time with the Dane County Office of Energy and Climate Change (OECC), I can’t help but think about my first physical day on the job; I dressed in outdoor attire and wore gardening gloves at a tree planting event

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2023 Reflections - 1/1/2024

As 2024 begins, now is a good time to reflect on what we have accomplished and where we need to focus our energy next.

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Empowering Youth Around Climate Action - 11/20/2023

This last Saturday more than 120 high school students, college students, and even a few eighth graders gathered to talk about the climate crisis.

Our Roadmap to Carbon Neutrality - 10/2/2023

Almost eighteen months ago we awarded the contract for Dane County’s Comprehensive Energy Assessment to HGA, a national engineering and design firm with offices in Middleton.

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Happy Birthday IRA - 8/31/2023

The Office of Energy & Climate Change had the opportunity to join some of our friends and allies to celebrate the first anniversary of the Inflation Reduction Act.

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There's a Place for Everyone - 7/31/2023

Last week I had the opportunity to speak to a group of local bankers about climate action. I talked about Dane County’s ambitious Climate Action Plan and the federal funding that can help individuals, businesses, local governments and nonprofits pursue clean energy solutions. And I suggested some ways that banks and credit unions could help us address climate change.

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A Summer of Extremes - 7/25/2023

As residents of a place with long, bitter, winters, the summertime months typically gleam in the back of our minds and get us through March blizzards and April flurries. But, is that sparkle of excitement leaving our “how to get through Wisconsin winter” tool pack?

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Tree Plantings at Crestwood Elementary - 6/21/2023

I couldn't picture a better way for me to begin my journey with the Office of Energy & Climate Change (OECC) than how I spent my morning on May 26th at Crestwood Elementary School. In partnership with The Urban Tree Alliance, I was able to spend time as a volunteer for a tree planting project at the school, and I met some of the inspiring individuals I will be working closely with throughout the rest of my internship.

Emma's Internship Reflections - 5/23/2023

When I accepted an internship at the Dane County Office of Energy and Climate Change, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. Well, now that the semester has flown by and my internship comes to a close, I am thankful to say I was able to contribute to many different projects in the Office, learn more about the field of energy, and experience an exciting time for energy policy nationally and in Dane County!