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Dane County to recognize 'climate champions' for environmental efforts

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Dane County has launched an initiative to acknowledge local organizations working to combat climate change.

“There’s a lot of great work being done around Dane County, and we look forward to highlighting those achievements in our community,” County Executive Joe Parisi said in a statement announcing the program Wednesday.

Joe Parisi (copy)


Part of the county’s 10-year Climate Action Plan, the Climate Champions program will recognize leaders in seven categories:

  • Net energy use, for buildings that use less energy per square foot than a typical building.
  • Fleet operations, for organizations using electric, hybrid, natural gas or biodiesel vehicles.
  • Commuting, for organizations that make it easier for employees to walk, bike, carpool or take the bus to work — or work from home.
  • Water conservation, for organizations that take two or more actions to save water or keep water clean.
  • Agriculture, for climate-friendly farming practices like land conservation or manure digesters.
  • Net carbon, to recognize entities that have lower emissions than their peers.
  • Other leadership, for efforts that fall outside the prescribed categories.

Recipients will be recognized on a map of success stories and will receive signage to display in their facilities. Applications are due by Oct. 19 at 5 p.m.

Go to for more information or for nomination forms.


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