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Madison sustainability committee recommends funding to develop energy plan for city buildings

Madison sustainability committee recommends funding to develop energy plan for city buildings

Zach Wood

Ald. Zach Wood, District 8, said the city of Madison needs to be a leader in promoting clean energy goals. 

The Sustainable Madison Committee recommended Monday spending up to $250,000 to figure out how to make city buildings and facilities more reliable on renewable energy and achieve net-zero carbon emissions.

Pending approval from the City Council, the resolution would dedicate the funds to hire a third-party expert to create the plan. Madison’s 2017 capital budget already includes $750,000 for sustainability improvements, including renewable energy installations and energy efficiency upgrades.

The resolution is aimed at improving city operations but also sets a general community-wide expectation to rally around clean energy goals.

Ald. Zach Wood, District 8, said approving the resolution was a first step in a plan of action for the city.

“It’s a step towards a sustainable future that I think everyone knows we need to move toward,” Wood said. “I feel the city needs to be a leader in that regard.”

Wood emphasized the importance of tackling climate change at the local level, especially looking toward a presidential administration that appears to have opposite goals.

The committee did not set dates to complete a plan and accomplish the energy goals but will refer to the expert for a potential schedule.

The resolution will likely be introduced at the next City Council meeting in January.

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