Sustain Dane

is the sustainability organization

of Dane County.

Now Happening

2020 Annual Report

In this unprecedented year, we have found resilience in the power of nature and the outdoors, the incredible wave of community kindness and support, and the centering of our work at Sustain Dane on the intersection of environmental, racial, and economic justice. Together we are creating pathways to thoughtfully review long-standing systems and prioritize an innovative and holistic approach to sustainability. Sustain Dane is growing a healthier and more equitable community that will thrive for future generations.

More people, organizations, and businesses are partnering with us for education and connection, working to advance a sustainable future. We’ve provided education and connection at the Accelerate Sustainability Workshops, Sustainable Breakfast Series, and Green Team Roundtable conversations. This year we launched a collaborative program to preserve affordable housing while enhancing resident health and comfort, reduce utility bills, and promote climate resiliency. We also expanded the Sustainability Stories platform to amplify voices from different backgrounds, races, ages, genders, and geographies that encourage others to build a more sustainable and inclusive community.

Upcoming Programs

Sustainability Stories

Watch the 2020 Accelerate Sustainability Showcase video featuring five organizations. Our Accelerate Sustainability Workshop is a half-day professional development opportunity designed to help people start sustainability initiatives at their organizations, whether they’re brand new to the subject or well versed. In 2020, more than 30 organizations participated in our workshop.

Watch the 2020 Live Forward Awards nominee video that premiered live at our Summit! The awards recognize local changemakers dedicated to creating a community based on holistic sustainability: a healthy environment, a just economy, and equity & social wellbeing for all. 

Congratulations! Community Shares of Wisconsin (CSW) recognized Mark Richardson, President at Unfinished Business, CEO at GigBlender, and Sustain Dane board member, with the 2020 Liesel Blockstein Community Leadership Award. Joie Zhang, Architectural Associate at Flad Architects and Sustain Dane intern, received a CSW Backyard Hero Award.