Category: Successes

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…

This article is reposted from League of Wisconsin Municipalities January 2018 Magazine – The Municipality Creating a Healthier, More Equitable Appleton -by Kurt Eggebrecht, Health Officer, Appleton Health Department Appleton recently became the first community in Wisconsin to pass a Health in All Policies ordinance. At its core, Health in All Policies is a collaborative approach to improving the health of all people by incorporating health considerations into decision-making across sectors and policy areas. Health in All Policies is based on the recognition…

Eau Claire County: Savings by the Bundle There’s no formal policy at Eau Claire County about building energy efficiency and sustainability measures into the county buildings, but it’s something they’re very interested in for a variety of reasons. “You need to set an example for the community,” says Matt Theisen, Eau Claire County facilities director. “You can’t ask people to do what you’re not doing.” Theisen says energy costs are his single biggest expense after personnel costs, making energy efficiency…

Water Use and Conservation Initiatives in Fitchburg, Wisconsin.
In April Fitchburg participated in the Wyland Foundation Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation, ranking 13th amongst communities of similar size. This Challenge encouraged residents to conserve water throughout the year by pledging online. The April kick-off event included information on existing groundwater supplies in Dane County, how to fix your toilet, and outdoor water wise landscaping.