As the Director of the Office of Energy & Climate Change, Kathy aims to make it easy for everyone in Dane County (especially you) to make choices that help achieve our ambitious climate goals. Kathy has almost 30 years of experience helping businesses and residents adopt sustainable practices. Prior to joining Dane County, Kathy led Cool Choices where she worked with local governments and private businesses on sustainability efforts for about ten years. Before that she led Focus on Energy, Wisconsin’s statewide energy efficiency and renewable energy program. Kathy has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota, a Master’s from UW-Madison, and a reputation for getting results. Contact Kathy.
Melanie is passionate about finding ways for people and nature to peacefully coexist and mutually thrive. In her role as Climate Specialist she is focused on implementing the recommendations set forth in the Climate Action Plan. She has over ten years of experience facilitating global and regional natural resource management across nonprofit, government, and business. Prior to joining Dane County Melanie was in California where she focused her efforts on land and water conservation statewide through grants and policymaking. Melanie has a Master’s of Science from Illinois State University and a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Delaware. In her free time Melanie loves exploring Madison and nature walks with her two kids and her puppy Pita. Contact Melanie
Sara recently graduated from UW-Madison with a degree in Economics and Environmental studies. With her educational background and passion for supporting sustainable environments, she is excited to assist with the goals set forth in the Dane County Climate Change Action Plan. As the Climate Data Assistant, Sara supports the Office by importing county facility energy and water use data into EnergyCAP Software, assisting with tracking fleet and fuel usage, and generating reports to track overall energy production and use. In her free time, she enjoys reading, hiking different trails, spending time in Door County, and baking (especially loaves of bread and treats). Contact Sara.
Isabella is a senior at UW-Madison passionate about exploring the intersections between sustainability and community engagement. She is pursuing her degree in Environmental Studies and Political Science, with certificates in German and Public Policy. Isabella is excited to learn more about the role local government can play in empowering community stakeholders like residents, business owners, and others to make sustainable choices in their lives. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with friends, biking, and learning how to crochet. Contact Isabella.
In 2021 Dane County received an A rating from the Carbon Disclosure Project, the highest rating for climate action. This is an impressive accomplishment! See the full list of cities and counties receiving this recognition. In 2023, the county received an A- rating.
Dane County joined the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Green Power Partners program in 2020, which recognizes businesses and local governments that are leading in using renewable electricity for their operations. In September 2021 the EPA named Dane County as a Green Power Leadership Award winner. As one of only five organizations in the country to receive the award in 2021, this is a significant achievement for Dane County.
City County Building, Room 421
210 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Madison, WI 53703
Phone: (608) 283-1477
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