Thursday, March 23, 2017

Trump abandons environmentalism, WI cities step up

So props to Madison
...the city of Madison set a goal of reaching 100 percent renewable energy use with a resolution passed by the City Council Tuesday night.
The city began reviewing its climate goals after approving an energy work plan in June 2016. The Sustainable Madison Committee and Board of Estimates previously supported the resolution.
The resolution approved Tuesday calls for city staff to develop a plan by January 2018 that would include target dates to meet goals, interim milestones, budget estimates and estimated financial impacts. 
And to Milwaukee
City officials recently held a press conference to tout its ReFresh MKE sustainability plan, adapted and adopted to guide city actions and also encourage citizens and businesses to engage in solutions that are economically, environmentally and socially smart for the economy...
[Mayor Tom] Barrett stressed that ReFresh MKE’s initiatives not only benefit the environment, but the economy as well. He highlighted ongoing efforts to make new and old buildings more energy efficient, incentives for owners to become more efficient, the forthcoming streetcar, Bublr Bikes, the transition of vacant lots into parks, increased solar panels, and the windmill in Bay View as examples of ReFresh MKE’s push for green solutions.
“There’s a lot of work that’s going on and it’s something we’re not going to slow down,” said Barrett.  “I know what the political winds are in Washington D.C, that they’re howling in a different direction. And my reaction is well, let’s capture that wind in wind farms!”

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