Madison becomes an EPA Climate Showcase Community
Posted: 11:46AM March 17th, 2011 | Comments
Businesses across the globe are recognizing climate change as a reality of daily life and embracing sustainability measures, even while the US House of Representatives regressively moves to strip the EPA of the authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions. Those businesses that are innovating to keep up with the megatrend of energy reduction and sustainability are increasing revenue and market share. Spurred on by the Mpower Clean Energy Challenge kicked off by the City of Madison and a host of local organizations, including Sustain Dane and MGE, a group of Madison businesses are leading the pack in the region. These 15 businesses, ranging from Webcrafters to Sergenians, are implementing more than 75 sustainability projects, which are estimated to save over $3.4 million and reduce carbon emissions by 67,000 metric tons over the next five years. The EPA just recognized the initiative by making Madison a "Climate Showcase Community" and awarding the program - coordinated by Sustain Dane - $500,000, with an additional $250,000 match from MGE, to expand over three years.