Achieving Climate Goals at the Local Level
The Community Climate Solutions Team (CCST) began actively operating in January 2020. We hold monthly meetings to which our 100+ members are invited, where they can learn about the work of our various Community Working Groups and help plan new initiatives. Learn more about how our Community Working Groups are achieving their goals below!
In April 2021, we presented the City of Madison’s Mayor’s Office with two research-based memos to help the office act on the city’s stated goal of encouraging the owners of large buildings to benchmark their energy use, with the understanding that this would lead these building owners to reduce emissions.
In May 2021, one of our interns created a Green Certified Buildings in Wisconsin map and guide and shared it with the City of Madison Plan Commission. Did you know that Madison doesn’t even rank in the top five cities in the state with regard to green buildings per capita? The city needs to improve, and we are committed to shining a light on the areas that need improvement.
In August 2021, we published our case study-based Green Building Incentive Programs report. We produced this report to spur the planning departments in Madison and surrounding communities to use incentives to reward developers who use green building practices, during a time when our state legislature has made it illegal for municipalities to exceed the state’s outdated building codes.
We organize our members (including high school and college students, young professionals, parents, and many older citizens) into project groups that build relationships with our city’s alders and broadcast information and stories about recent projects. Prior to taking action, each of these groups seeks advice from key climate leaders in the community on how to proceed strategically.
We are always encouraging our members to take on new projects and volunteer their time on existing ones. If you are a Madison resident who wants to help with these projects, please complete the CCST interest form here.
If you are interested in influencing state policy in ways that reduce carbon emissions, please complete the CCST interest form here.