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.
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 Annie.Baker@uwsp.edu for more information or visit http://www.uwsp.edu/cnr-ap/KEEP/Documents/CourseFlyers/Flyer_Madison_634-Fall_2015.pdf
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!