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How to get involved with Green Madison?



Green Madison is a citywide effort to educate and inspire Madison residents to reduce energy use in their homes, businesses, and schools. As an added incentive, Madison is one of 50+ cities competing for a $5 MILLION prize from Georgetown University that will go to the city that makes the biggest reductions in energy use. Here's how to get involved today:

  • All Madison residents are invited to take part in Cool Choices, a city-wide online sustainability game. Do you turn the lights off when leaving a room? Bike or walk instead of driving? Recycle on a regular basis? You're invited to share the sustainable choices you're making with fellow Madisonians in Cool Choices! Register, create a team, and play to save money, reduce energy use, and win prizes from Food Fight Restaurants, Colectivo Coffee, or even a 2016 CSA share!
  • Madison homeowners, did you know that energy efficiency improvements can cut utility bills by an average of $400 per year? During this competition you can host a house party to receive a free energy assessment, recommendations for practical improvements, and follow-up assistance applying for rebates on any energy efficiency improvements you'd like to make.
  • Madison landlords and tenants, Green Madison has a team of experts to highlight existing energy efficiency resources available for multifamily buildings! In partnership with Project Home and Focus on Energy, we are serving as a streamlined point-of-contact to help multifamily building owners with rebate programs, free energy assessments, contractor selection, and quality assurance. Project Home is a local nonprofit that provides energy-saving and health-and-safety improvements to make a long-term impact for residents, neighborhoods, and communities. Focus on Energy is Wisconsin utilities' statewide energy efficiency and renewable resource program. Together, the Green Madison team can help reduce energy consumption in the City's multifamily housing stock for years to come.

Visit to get involved with Green Madison today!

Teachers and educators can get involved through the Wisconsin K-12 Energy Education Program (KEEP). KEEP is supporting Green Madison by promoting a professional development opportunity for Madison-area teachers. Registration deadline for teachers is October 6, so act quickly! Benefits include: one FREE Graduate Credit with registration; knowledge about how you can make a difference by increasing energy efficiency in your school building; an invitation for successful program graduates to apply for a $100 mini-grant to put their plan into action! Contact for more information or visit

For Alders/city leaders: Green Madison is an effort to reduce energy consumption in the City of Madison and help our City become more sustainable so that future Madisonians can enjoy the same beautiful community that we do. What's more, the City stands to win a whopping $5 million to put towards future sustainability efforts! As part of the Georgetown University Energy Prize, Madison is competing against communities around the nation to see who can reduce energy consumption the most through the end of 2016.

As a leader in our community, we hope you will take this opportunity to help us spread the word about this exciting opportunity for our city. Please encourage your constituents, friends, and neighbors to take some of the following actions, and don't forget to lead by example! You too can play Cool Choices and host an energy house party!


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OPEN HOUSE (Nov. 15th from 11-1) - Just Listed: 3545 Heather Crest

3545 Heather CrestSunset Village!! Take advantage of this wonderful location and walk to Hilldale restaurants, shops, or Sundance theater. Lovely Lucia Crest Park is right down the block for the whole family to enjoy. It even allows dogs at certain hours. This adorable home has a freshly painted interior and exterior, original Douglas Fir wood floors, attached oversized garage, screen porch, mud room, plenty of storage space, and a large lot. Wonderful potential in the lower level rec room with a convenient half bath. Enjoy entertaining or simply lounging on the screen porch.

  • 3 Beds, 1.5 Baths, 1724 sq. ft.
  • Attached Garage
  • Spacious Lot
  • For current price and more photos click Here to view the MLS data info


  • 3545 Heather Crest Property Features & Updates
    • Hardwood floors - original Douglas Fir
    • Large windows and great light
    • Attached, oversize garage
    • Screen porch
    • Large lower level rec room with half bath
    • Great storage
    • Mudroom
    • Ceiling fans in most rooms
    • Wood burning fireplace (current owners have not used)
    • 1 Year UHP Elite Home Warranty provided
    • 2015--New interior paint, including kitchen cabinets
    • 2015--New exterior paint
    • 2015--Main bathroom: new flooring, tile shower surround, vanity
    • 2015--Half bath: new flooring
    • 2013--New smoke and CO detectors
    • 2012--New garage door opener
    • 2011--New roof
    • 2008--New water heater
    • 2008--New water softener
    • 2006--New stove
    • 2006--New furnace: Carrier 58STA070, 20 year heater exchange warranty


    Hilldale Area Neighborhood Features

    • Walk Score 80 (Very Good)
    • Great neighborhood and active association
    • Hilldale shops, restaurants, pharmacy, hardware, groceries all nearby
    • Visit the Sequoia Library on Tokay Blvd.
    • Walking distance to Hoyt, Quarry, Oscar Rennebohm and Lucia Crest Parks
    • Minutes from Downtown, UW Campus, Hospitals, Capitol & Beltline
    • Near bus line


    Madison School District Information for 3545 Heather Crest

April Johnson


This home is marketed by April Johnson, Real Estate Consultant - The Alvarado Real Estate Group.

For a showing of this home or to discuss selling your home, please contact April at 608.358.7481 or




JUST SOLD! 7805 Wood Reed Dr. in Madison, WI

JUST SOLD! 7805 Wood Reed Dr. in Madison, WI sold on October 22nd for $219,000.

- 4 bedrooms, 2 bathroom - 1,644 square feet - Deck & Fenced Yard

Susan Stoehr


Listed by Susan Stoehr of the Alvarado Real Estate Group.

For more information about selling or buying a home, feel free to contact us.

- See more at: Recent Sales




OPEN HOUSE: Sunday 10/25 from 12-2pm. Just Listed - 2842 Barlow St. in Madison, WI

OPEN HOUSE: Just Listed - 2842 Barlow St. in Madison, WI 

Charming 2 bedroom in unbeatable location. This well-maintained Bungalow is convenient to UW & VA hospitals, bike path, Hilldale, Whole Foods, and cafes. Enjoy abundant winter sunshine in large south-facing living and dining room combo and cozy evenings in front of the Jotul woodstove. Spacious back addition boasts generous master bedroom with master bath & walk-in closet! Full of charm: built-in cabinets, farmhouse porcelain sink, pear trees, perennial gardens! Washer/dryer '15, roof '08, updated bathroom '14.

  • 2 BR, 2 BA,
  • 876 Sq. Ft.
  • Current price and more photos of 2824 Barlow St.

2842 Barlow St. - Features & Updates

  • New Washer/Dryer--2015
  • Bath #1--2014
  • Ceiling Fans--2013
  • Wood Burning Fireplace--2009
  • New Roof--2008
  • Water Heater--2005
  • New Stove/Oven--2004
  • Large Shed & Private Back Lot

Sunset Village Neighborhood Information

The Sunset Village area is a popular, cozy West Madison neighborhood nestled on tree lined streets with rolling hills and panoramic views. Close to University of Wisconsin Hospital, Veteran's Hospital, and the University Avenue corridor, this  area also is only 4 1/2 miles from the Capitol Square.

  • Neighborhood Parks: Lucia Crest, Sunset, Hoyt, Reservoir & Quarry
  • Close to shopping at Hilldale Mall, Target, Sentry & Whole Foods
  • Other local restaurants like The Great Dane & Flemings Steak House, the upscale Sundance movie theater & Glenway Golf Course are nearby

Neighborhood Events:

Annual Neighborhood Picnic, Basketball Tournament, Earth Day Cleanup, Garage Sale, Holiday Santa Party, Ice Cream Social/Cookout, Halloween Parade & Party, Movies in the Park, Potluck Suppers, Santa Visit, Sunset Village Book Club, Taste of Bagley, Tot Playtime

Check out their neighborhood page here.

School District Information for 2842 Barlow St.

Kate Weis



This home is marketed by Kate Weis, Real Estate Consultant - The Alvarado Real Estate Group. For a showing of this home or to discuss selling your home, please contact Kate at 608.213.4203.





JUST SOLD! 2553 Commonwealth Ave. in Madison, WI

2553 Commonwealth Ave

JUST SOLD! 2553 Commonwealth Ave. in Madison, WI sold on October 2, 2015 for $335,000.

- 3 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms - 1,578 square feet - Deck

Sold by Kate Weis of the Alvarado Real Estate Group.

For more information about selling or buying a home, feel free to contact us.

- See more at: Recent Sales