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Dane County Office of Energy & Climate Change

Dane County's Climate Action Plan

 Dane County issued its first county-wide economy-wide climate action plan in April 2020.Cover of Climate Action Plan

Today’s Opportunity for a Better Tomorrow: 2020 Dane County Climate Action Plan (CAP) sets goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) 50% county-wide by 2030 and puts the county on a path to be carbon-neutral by 2050.

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You can download the entire CAP or you can download one or more specific sections below.


A chance to talk about the CAP

On April 24 Dane County Executive Joe Parisi and Office of Energy & Climate Change Director Keith Reopelle conducted a webinar discussing the Climate Action Plan.  During the webinar Parisi and Reopelle were able to respond to a number of questions about the CAP and we want to expand that discussion to include you.


Origins of the Climate Action Plan

In 2017, County Executive Parisi established the Dane County Office of Energy and Climate Change (OECC) to lead public and private efforts across the county to address climate change.

Parisi also set up the Dane County Council on Climate Change (Council) to work with OECC on the County's first Climate Action Plan.

At the first Council meeting, Parisi asked the Council to develop a comprehensive Climate Action Plan that looks at the art of the possible and identifies where we want to be and how to get there. Executive Parisi said he did not want a report that just sits on a shelf.   

A meeting of the Dane County Council on Climate Change in 2018.

From July, 2017 through March 2019, the OECC coordinated and directed the activities of the Council, as well multiple resource-specific working groups, with the goal of developing the components of a comprehensive Climate Action Plan. After the last Council meeting, OECC Director Keith Reopelle wrote the CAP, pulling together the various pieces, consistent with the broader goals identified. 


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