Sustain Dane

is the sustainability organization

of Dane County.

Now Happening

Winter is Alive!

Winter is Alive! is a multi-disciplinary event fusing art and spectacle to revision climate change and activate global relationship. Taking place February 12—March 7, it will be an opportunity to reawaken a positive vision of the future where we collaborate to reduce climate change and create inclusive community between people and nature. The goal of Winter is Alive! is to create venues for personal reflection, environmental dialogue, and provocative inspiration.

  • Outdoor sculptural installations
  • Live streamed open-mics & forums
  • Virtual gatherings shared through outdoor projection
  • Art will be sited for independent viewing at a social distance from other projects to follow COVID-19 safety
Winter is Alive! a cooler world carnival is presented by the City of Madison Arts Commission, Garver Events, and Sustain Dane. This project is the collective endeavor of many individuals and organizations including Clean Lakes Alliance, Dane Arts, the Madison Central Business Improvement District, the Madison Metropolitan School District, the University of Wisconsin Arboretum, Wisconsin Salt Wise and the University of Wisconsin Sculpture Program.

Big Share 2021

Join us for the Community Shares of Wisconsin Big Share 2021! With over $2,700 in matching funds, your donations will be doubled thanks to the Sustain Dane Board, long-time Sustain Dane supporters and Ho-Chunk Gaming Madison. The Big Share is a time to come together with other local nonprofits to create the world we want to live in. We envision creating a more sustainable community—one that provides a healthy environment, equitable social wellbeing, and a just economy. Give any amount during our Power Hour (12-1 on March 2) to win an Isthmus Eats farm-to-home meal kit. We have two, $200 gift cards to give away to a randomly selected donor. Donate today through midnight on March 2.

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.