In 2017, Executive Parisi established both the Dane County Office of Energy and Climate Change (OECC) and the Dane County Council on Climate Change (DC4), to further the county’s efforts to address climate change. As a division within the County Executive’s Office, the OECC leads public and private efforts across the community to implement strategies to address climate change.
From July, 2017 through March 2019, the OECC coordinated and directed the activities of the DC4, as well several area-specific working groups, with the goal of developing a comprehensive Climate Action Plan. Based on science and evidence, the aim of the plan is to maximize economic and health benefits, while increasing Dane County's energy security.
I am the Director of Dane County’s Office of Energy and Climate Change. Prior to coming to Dane County, I was the Senior Policy Director at Clean Wisconsin where I worked for 32 years leading clean energy campaigns at the state and regional levels. I’ve served on numerous energy and climate-related task forces and advisory committees. I was a member of Governor Doyle’s Task Force on Global Warming as well as the Midwestern Governor’s Association Greenhouse Gas Accord advisory committee. I have a Bachelor of Science degree in wildlife ecology and a Masters of Science degree in environmental communications from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
I’m delighted to be your Energy & Climate Specialist! My role at OECC is to make it easy for everyone else in Dane County (especially you) to make choices that help achieve our ambitious climate goals. I’ve got almost 30 years of experience helping businesses and residents adopt sustainable practices. Prior to joining Dane County I led a nonprofit called Cool Choices and before that I led Focus on Energy, Wisconsin’s statewide energy efficiency and renewable energy program. I’ve a bachelor’s degree from the U of Minnesota, a master’s from UW-Madison, and a reputation for getting results.
As a Climate Business Program Development Intern at Dane County's OECC, I am looking for opportunities for commercial businesses and communities in Dane County to engage and expand green infrastructure and energy efficiency programs. I am originally from South Korea, but I call three cities, Seoul, South Korea, Vancouver, Canada, and Madison, US, home. I studied abroad in Vancouver for 3 years starting my 4th grade and exposed to many different environments by enjoying hide-and-seek in the forest with my friends and watching bears and raccoons at my friends' backyards. With my interest and passion in the environment, I majored in International Studies-Politics and Policy in the Global Economy and Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I previously worked at RENEW Wisconsin and supported MadiSUN program.
My name is Maeve Christlieb, and I will be a senior at McFarland High School this fall. I play soccer and golf, and I will be attending college to major in something in the Environmental Science field. I love traveling to explore new cities and environments, and I am particularly interested in transportation and cities and how to make them more efficient and sustainable. I am working at this Office of Energy and Climate Change as an intern to build an online map that charts Dane County's clean energy projects.