Category: Successes

The City, along with its utility provider Madison Gas and Electric (MGE) and the Middleton Cross Plains Area School District, broke ground in October on a 5-megawatt solar array project at Middleton’s Airport that will supply solar power over a 30-year period to the City, the school district, and utility customers who chose to take part in MGE’s Shared Solar Program. The City and the school district became the first customers in the state to receive solar power through a…

This article is reposted from Wisconsin Counties Association September 2019 Magazine – Wisconsin Counties How Counties Play a Critical Role in Advancing Health Equity –by Marybeth McGinnis, Associate Outreach Specialist, COWS, UW-Madison Health in All Policies (HiAP) is a framework for recognizing and addressing health inequities by centering the social determinants of health impacts in discussions of wide-ranging policy topics. HiAP incorporates five elements, each of which are crucial for the success of policies across diverse departments and sectors that aim to…

Communities across the country are making commitments to 100 percent renewable energy. Green Tier Legacy Communities in Wisconsin are taking charge and taking the lead in Wisconsin to do the same. Five GTLC’s Eau Claire, Eau Claire County, Fitchburg, Middleton and Monona are doing their part to combat climate change by setting renewable energy goals for municipal operations and community-wide energy and electricity needs. Read more details at 100 Percent Renewable Energy Commitments.

In an inspiring way to begin 2019, Middleton has been recognized as a Wisconsin Active Together Community for their efforts to promote active lifestyles and their ongoing commitment to creating a community where everyone can be active. Given that where we live impacts our wellness, the Wisconsin Active Together Communities, now reaching 1.4 million Wisconsinites across the state, know that even small changes in the landscape and in promoting being active can add up to create lasting changes for everyone’s benefit, impacting both health…

Eau Claire County Recycling creates a new Recycling and Disposal Guide The Eau Claire County Recycling Division received a Projects and Initiatives Award from DNR for focusing on education through a multi-faceted communications plan. The county wanted to improve its residents’ access to information about recycling and proper disposal of various waste types. It created a new Recycling and Disposal Guide and mailed it to all residents. The county revamped its website to include more images, hyperlinks, graphics and also the new…

Less than a year after the City of Fitchburg installed solar panels on four city buildings, the results are in: 21% of the electric needs for those City buildings are supplied by renewable energy. The solar panels installed last year have already produced over $30,000 worth of electricity.

The council of the City of Middleton, Wisconsin unanimously committed to transition the city to 100% clean, renewable electricity by 2040 and 100% clean, renewable energy sources for all energy sectors by 2050. This is the 2nd city served by Madison Gas & Electric to make this commitment, and the 74th U.S. city that is #ReadyFor100%, as well as committed to 100%, clean energy! Read more.

Local organizations awarded $46,000 from Fitchburg’s Healthy Neighborhood Initiative Grant. Five organizations were selected to receive this year’s Healthy Neighborhood Initiative grant from the City of Fitchburg for a total of $46,000. The proposals were selected based on their ability to serve the needs of the community and enhance the quality of life for those living, working, and recreating in Fitchburg. 

The City of Fitchburg is committed to renewable energy – having installed solar panels on the roofs of their buildings starting in 2009. Fitchburg has added almost 1,000 panels (362 kW) to the West Fire Station, City Hall, Public Works Maintenance Facility and the Fitchburg Public Library, accounting for the addition of about 452,000 kWh of renewable electricity. The 362 kW of solar electric will replace about 10% of the City’s total electricity usage, helping the City meet its pledges…

This article is reposted from the Lake Mills Leader. Posted: Thursday, March 8, 2018 -Submitted by ThrivED The economic development toolbox contains a variety of tools to promote business retention, expansion and attraction to a community or region. One of the tools used in Jefferson County is a program called Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE). PACE enables property owners to obtain low-cost, long-term loans for energy efficiency, renewable energy and water conservation improvements. Revitalizing aging properties can be cost prohibitive. PACE…

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