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Madison, Wisconsin’s government, residents, and organizations are making it more resilient to climate change.
Renewable energy, electric city vehicles, and creating a climate-friendly economy are top priorities.
Local nonprofits are also working to make housing more energy-efficient and to expand recycling.
This article is part of a series focused on American cities building a better tomorrow called “Advancing Cities.”
When she announced the city’s Climate Forward agenda last April, Satya Rhodes-Conway, the mayor of Madison, Wisconsin, said the city had a “scientific imperative” to cut its carbon emissions in half by 2030, among other actions to combat climate change.
“Climate action is about improving air quality and public health, lowering utility bills for residents and businesses, and creating more opportunities for good-paying, high-quality jobs,” she said. “I believe Madison is ready to accelerate climate action for the benefit of our community and our world.”
The city has since stuck to Rhodes-Conway’s word. Here’s a look at some of the ways Madison’s government, residents, and organizations are making it more resilient to climate change.
Investing in clean energy for city operationsThe GreenPower program installing a 120 kilowatt solar project on the roof of Madison Metro Transit’s Bus Garage.
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The city of Madison is aiming for 100% of the electricity needed for city operations to come from renewable sources, like solar power, by 2030 — and it’s making progress. Now, nearly 75% of the electricity is renewably sourced.
The city is also tracking municipal energy use, upgrading city buildings, and requiring new and renovated city buildings to be LEED-certified — a globally recognized standard for sustainability. So far, about 15 buildings are LEED-certified and more are under review.
“We want to make sure that we’re walking the walk on the things that we want to see everyone doing,” Jessica Price, Madison’s sustainability and resilience manager that’s housed in the mayor’s office, told Insider.
That commitment extends to the city’s fleet. Price said Madison is adding 50 electric vehicles, more than 100 hybrid vehicles, and a fully electric fire truck.
Expanding equity and accessibility with a new transit systemMadison’s current bus system. The city plans to purchase electric buses for the bus rapid transit system that will launch in 2024.
Courtesy of Jessica Price
In 2024, Madison plans to launch a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system with zero-emissions buses, Price said. This system will focus …read more
Source:: Business Insider