I’d like to congratulate our City Engineering Facilities staff and the 87 other Climate Champions in 77 organizations that were recognized by Dane County last week. We’re proud of our work, and together we can make needed reductions in the emissions that cause climate change.

On Oct. 6, 2022, the Dane County Executive Joe Parisi hosted a “2022 Climate Champion” award event that celebrated the organizations and teams who are taking action on climate change. The City of Madison, and more specifically the Engineering Division, was recognized for our work to make City buildings more sustainable, including:

  • Fire Station 13, which uses around 75% less energy than similar buildings through a combination of solar power, geothermal and passive lighting systems that are both energy efficient and cost-effective.
  • Pinney Library, which uses over 50% less energy than a comparable building. The LEED® Gold building has geothermal energy and LED lighting with daylight sensors.
  • The Water Utility Building and the Police Training Center, which each use about 25% less energy than a comparable building.

The Climate Champions program recognizes local entities that are leading on climate action. Learn more here: https://daneclimateaction.org/initiatives/Climate-Champions

Learn more about different ways we integrate these practices like building envelope and upgrades, EV Charging, LEED Certification, LED Light Conversation Program, Solar Installation and so much more: https://www.cityofmadison.com/engineering/facilities

A number of great Madison organizations were also recognized, including:

  • AprilAire
  • Bayview Foundation and its construction partners Horizon Development Group, Kubala Washatko Architects, SmithGroup, Spire, and Design Engineers
  • Cooper's Tavern
  • Filament Games
  • Girl Scout Troops #1477 & #1952
  • Glass Nickel Pizza Co, West
  • CUNA Mutual Group and its construction partners Eppstein Uhen Architects (EUA) and Affiliated Engineers (AEI)
  • Metcalfe's Markets
  • Short Stack Eatery
  • Willy Street Grocery Cooperative
  • And many more

We work together as a City to help reduce our energy footprint through building design, reducing building energy use, fleet operations, employee commuting, water saving practices and so much more, but you can help and get involved too.

  • Reduce your energy consumption by switching to LED lights, installing a smart thermostat, and check out Focus on Energy’s programs to help home owners complete energy efficiency upgrades.
  • Explore solar PV for your home or workplace through the MadiSUN Solar Group Buy Program
  • Reduce your transportation carbon footprint by walking, biking, taking Madison Metro, or switching to an electric vehicle.

I’m proud of the Climate Champions on Team City and here in Madison, and hope you will join us in taking action for the climate.

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Category: Sustainability