The Community Energy Campaign is focused on taking action on and responsibility for our own fossil fuel use. We work to create and change policies that impact our energy use and nurture a culture of reducing energy use and using clean, renewable energy to reduce our carbon footprint.
The campaign has lots of ways you can get involved and show your support for renewable energy. Whether it’s helping set community policies, organizing a community group around an energy issue you care about, or leading by example with individual actions you take, your input is needed. It will take us all together to get where we need to go. Remember—without you, we’re always one person short of who we need to be involved.
Fossil Free Communities
Join 350 Madison’s Fossil Free Communities Campaign to get all our communities to pass resolutions to move to 100% renewable energy and commit to no more fossil fuel–based projects. Madison has already committed to 100% renewable energy and is doing a study for city operations, but many other communities still have the old standard of 25% renewable by 2025, and others have no goals at all. We need to let them know that that’s not enough and they need to get on board the renewable energy train.
A number of our communities have sustainability committees, and there are opportunities to attend these meetings, report back to let us know what’s going on, plan our asks, and have us show up when we need to be there to advocate for clean energy.
MGE Fossil Free Campaign
Our local utility, Madison Gas & Electric, is still reliant on 70% coal for the electricity they produce, and it has no plan to get off fossil fuels. We’re working with the Sierra Club to pressure MGE to put an end to coal and declare a date when they will move to 100% renewable energy. Their goal of 30% renewable by 2030 is still 70% too short, and we need to let them know that if they are to be our community energy company, they need to support our community’s values and goals.
Energy Issue Organizing
There are lots of issues our community needs to take action on to become fossil fuel–free, so whether it’s residential and business energy, transportation, water, waste, or some other issue, 350 Madison can be your source to find like-minded people and organize around an issue you care about. We can also help your church or other community group to collectively organize and plan out how to reduce our reliance on dirty fossil fuels.
Biggest Loser Campaign
When we’re talking energy, being a loser is a good thing! At each 350 Madison monthly meeting, we try to have someone highlight their personal story about one or more actions they have taken to save energy. Have you done something you think others can and should emulate? If so, contact us so you can share your personal story to inspire others. Or alternatively, invite someone else who has done something noteworthy to tell theirs. Take a look at these inspiring examples:
- Janette Rosenbaum: We Can All Be Climate Activists, No Matter Where We Live
- Kirsten Johnson: My Experience as a “Big Loser”
Join us in fighting for a clean energy future! Email Don Ferber or click here to get involved!