Sustain Dane

is the sustainability organization

of Dane County.

Now Happening

Apply Now for Northside Building Energy Efficiency Upgrades!

We are now accepting applications from the Northside of Madison for the Efficiency Navigator program to help affordable rental housing become more efficient and resilient, while reducing operating costs and utility bills for residents. Selected buildings will receive funding in the range of $10,000 – $20,000 for efficiency upgrades. Upgrades can save up to 20% on energy and water bills, make more comfortable and resilient homes, and a healthier planet.

Learn more or apply as a property owner or recommend your building as a resident. Rolling application review starting Monday, August 23.

Zoom info session to learn more on Thursday, August 19 at 11 AM. Register here.

Live Forward Awards Call for Nominations

We are seeking nominations for the 2021 Live Forward Awards. Help us recognize the innovation and impact happening in our own neighborhoods. The Live Forward Awards acknowledge changemakers and inclusive leaders who are promoting local sustainability and community well-being. A nominee’s work will ideally impact one or more areas of holistic sustainability: a healthy environment, equity & social well-being, and a just economy. Awardees receive a recognition of $250. View past awardees here: And nominate someone here:

Nominations are due Monday, August 9th at 11:59 PM. 

We encourage nominations of individuals from all ages, races, ethnicities and backgrounds. Diversity and inclusion are important aspects of the Live Forward Awards. In addition, if nominating an individual working with youth, consider nominating the youth themselves. Awardees are selected by the Live Forward Awards Selection Committee, composed of past awardees and local community members. Nominees and awardees will be recognized at the 2021 Sustain Dane Summit.

Upcoming Programs

Sustainability Stories

We’re happy to welcome Klein’s Floral and Greenhouses to the Sustain Dane member community! Sustain Dane’s Sonia Holsen and Maggie Radl sat down with Sue Klein, the owner and granddaughter of the original founders of the family business to talk about sustainability.

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.