In 2017, Executive Parisi established both the Dane County Office of Energy and Climate Change (the Office) and the Dane County Council on Climate Change (the Council), to further the county’s efforts to address climate change. As a division within the County Executive’s Office, the Office leads public and private efforts across the community to implement strategies to address climate change.
From July 2017 through March 2020, the OECC coordinated and directed the activities of the Council, as well several area-specific working groups, with the goal of developing a comprehensive Climate Action Plan (CAP).
The Office issued the CAP in April 2020. The Office is now focused on engaging stakeholders about the CAP and implementing CAP recommendations.
As Dane County's Climate Specialist, my role is to make it easy for everyone 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 where I worked with local governments and private businesses on sustainability efforts for about ten years. Before that I led Focus on Energy, Wisconsin’s statewide energy efficiency and renewable energy program. In total I've spent almost 30 years in energy efficiency and sustainability, working with everyone from teachers to industrial facility managers. I have a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota, a Master’s from UW-Madison, and a reputation for getting results.
As a Clean Energy Specialist 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 the 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.
Keith Reopelle, now retired, was the first Director of Dane County’s Office of Energy and Climate Change. Prior to coming to Dane County, Keith was the Senior Policy Director at Clean Wisconsin where he worked for 32 years leading clean energy campaigns at the state and regional levels. Keith served on numerous energy and climate-related task forces and advisory committees. He was a member of Governor Doyle’s Task Force on Global Warming as well as the Midwestern Governors Association Greenhouse Gas Accord advisory committee. Keith has a Bachelor of Science degree in wildlife ecology and a Masters of Science degree in environmental communications from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.