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Dane County Office of Energy & Climate Change

The Climate Champions Program

The Climate Champions program recognizes local entities that are leading on climate action. Climate Champion logoOur aim is to celebrate local leadership and inspire action from individuals,  government, schools, businesses, and nonprofits across Dane County. Whatever climate action you are taking and whether you are a business, nonprofit, or local government, we want to applaud your efforts! Prospective Climate Champions can submit for recognition in one or more of ten recognition categories. If your organization has already been awarded Climate Champion status in a previous round, only apply again if you have implemented enhanced practices in your award category or have a new category submission. 

Entities are recognized with up to four star designations depending on the sustainability practices that they implemented. All awardees are granted public recognition, including signage for their businesses. Learn more about the Climate Champion recognition categories and apply below. 


The 2024 Climate Champion Application Period Is Now Open!

Thank you for your interest in applying! Applications for 2024 Climate Champions are open from May 13th through July 12th.


Award Guidelines

Accepting applications are being accepted through July 12, 2024 at 5pm. The Office of Energy & Climate Change will review all submitted applications and notify applicants within 3-4 weeks of submission. The Office of Energy & Climate Change may contact applicants to verify data submitted or submit additional documentation.

Climate Champions will receive official recognition for their efforts, including signage they can post in their facility. Three and four star Champions will receive a plaque. We recognize all Climate Champions on a map of successes in Dane County.

Entities that are out of compliance with Dane County regulations may be ineligible to receive the Climate Champion designation.

If you have questions, email


Climate Champion Recognition Categories

Building Energy Use

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For entities with very energy
efficient buildings.

 Building Design

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For new building design
or retrofit projects.

Fleet Operations

For entities with a fleet powered
by clean fuels.

Employee Commuting

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For entities where the workforce commutes via bike, walking, transit or telecommuting.

Water Saving Practices

For entities that have implemented practices to reduce water usage.

Waste Diversion Practices

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For entities that have strong waste diversion practices.

Sustainable Land Use

For entities with sustainable
land use practices.


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For entities who help others
take climate actions.

Net Carbon Emissions

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For entities that have reduced
their carbon footprint.


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For entities who have taken actions
that don't fit into other categories.