Monitoring Progress on Our Climate Action Plan
Dane County released its economy-wide Climate Action Plan (CAP) in April 2020. The plan identifies a series of outcomes that are critical to reducing emissions in the next decade.
Our CAP is a critical step forward but it's not the end. We aren't done until we get results--until we reduce county-wide greenhouse gas emissions consistent with what climate science recommends. Here at Dane County we're all about getting things done.
The aim of this page is to communicate the progress of our efforts.
What Progress Have We Made?
We have made progress on some metrics even as we were writing the Climate Action Plan (CAP). For example:
- The Dane County Landfill began accepting from biogas from area manure digesters at its landfill gas processing station. By making it more profitable to process manure, the project encourages more dairy digesters across the county.
- We completed a white paper on Green Infrastructure earlier this year; the white paper is the first step in promoting more green infrastructure across the county.
- We began encouraging solar on affordable housing developments. Already there are five projects underway with plans to include solar energy, reducing energy costs for residents.
- We posted an interactive map of clean energy and carbon sequestration projects on our website. Over time we'll add more projects to this map, using past successes to spur more action.
- We worked with Middleton to secure a USGBC grant enabling Middleton to pursue LEED for Cities certification; the certification will help us understand how our communities compare to others across the globe.
- Dane County has made several land purchases that facilitate land conservation and wetland restoration; these purchases will increase our ability to sequester carbon.
We will update the status of all metrics at least annually. To stay informed on our progress, subscribe to our e-newsletter.
What Else Are We Thinking About?
Our climate efforts are constantly evolving, based on the latest insights from science and market opportunities. While we work to implement the recommendations outlined in the CAP, we'll also spend time exploring emerging opportunities to further reduce emissions. Some of the ideas we're monitoring include:
- Energy storage options
- Measuring eco-system benefits
- Grid modernization initiatives
- Heat pump technologies that enable us to electrify buildings
If you know about a technology we should consider or have an idea about how we can accelerate our efforts, please share it with us.