Sustain Dane Programs 

Sustain Dane offers many sustainability programs and events in Madison, WI, and throughout Dane County. Our programs help you prioritize and implement sustainability actions. We welcome you wherever you are in your sustainability journey and celebrate your unique experiences and perspectives.


Accelerate Sustainability

Accelerate Sustainability Workshops

This half-day gathering is a leadership opportunity that connects you to the tools, people, and case studies you need to accelerate sustainability at your business or organization. The workshop will include information about how to harness incentives from the Inflation Reduction Act. 100% of past program participants would recommend the workshop to a colleague. More about Accelerate Sustainability Workshops.


Sustainability breakfast group

Sustainable Breakfast Series

Join us for breakfast as we highlight current sustainability topics through expert speakers, case studies, and skill-building opportunities. Connect with business leaders and individuals who care about integrating environmental, social, and economic sustainability into their professional and personal actions. More about the Sustainable Breakfast Series.


Recycle Better

Have you ever paused at the recycling bin and wondered if what you’re throwing out is actually recyclable, or what will happen to it after it’s picked up? Then our award-winning Recycle Better program is made for you. More about the program.



Water Steward

Become a steward of our local waters with this course. We all use water every day and can all have an impact on clean water now and for future generations. More about the Water Steward program.


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Lunch and Learn

Lunch and learns are midday virtual programs that deep dive into a specific sustainability topic, often something that is topical in the Madison and Dane County community. The programs are an educational and informational opportunity. More about the Lunch and Learn program.


Contractor accelerator program

Contractor Accelerator

The Contractor Accelerator Program is a partnership with Latino Academy of Workforce Development and Elevate that brings green energy job training opportunities to South Central Wisconsin.


All Around Dane County

Meet Sustain Dane members and sustainability enthusiasts as we visit communities throughout the county to learn from local leaders and get acquainted. More about All Around Dane County.

Lunchtime Networking

Lunchtime Networking

Join us to discuss your current sustainability successes and challenges with members of other established or emerging green teams and sustainability committees. Participate in welcoming peer-to-peer conversations, share best practices, and elevate your projects together. More about Lunchtime Networking.


Sustain Dane offers volunteer opportunities throughout the year. Volunteer offerings include trash pick up days, food pantry assistance, food scraps collection, and more. These are a great opportunity to give back to the community and connect with others in the Sustain Dane network.

One-on-One Support

Sustain Dane team members are available to present at your business or organization. We offer one-on-one support to address a specific sustainability project, as well as can connect you with a mentor from our network of past program participants. For more information email

Take Action

Farmers’ Market Food Scrap Collection

Bring your food scraps to our market collection sites to divert food waste from our landfills and participate in composting that regenerates soil for local farming. More about Food Scrap Collection.

Climate Commitment program

Climate Actions

Join the 140+ Sustain Dane community members who have taken climate action. Share your story, browse stories from others, and choose from suggested actions in categories such as transportation, food, and investments. More about Climate Actions.


Restaurant Sustainability Network

Sustain Dane’s Restaurant Sustainability Network aims to bring awareness and action to food waste in local restaurants. The participating restaurants work with us to identify how and when food waste is created and set goals to reduce, repurpose, and divert wasted food. We are also compiling the food waste reduction practices they already employ into a best practices reference document for local restaurants. More about the network and how to join.


School Sustainability

Sustain Dane works with schools and students across Dane County to primarily focus on at-meals recycling and food waste education. This program increases understanding and participation in waste reduction while empowering students and staff as sustainability stewards. We also facilitate an annual reusable bag decorating project during April.


Efficiency navigator program

Efficiency Navigator

The Efficiency Navigator program helps small to medium-sized multifamily housing become more efficient, affordable, and resilient while reducing operating costs for owners and energy costs for residents. More about the Efficiency Navigator program.


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Powerful Teen Leaders

Powerful Teen Leaders is a summer youth employment program for high schoolers living primarily on the Northside of Madison. They will engage with a curriculum that includes employment skills, leadership skills, community-building activities, S.T.E.M., climate change and sustainability, green jobs, financial literacy, and professional workshops from local businesses. More about the Powerful Teen Leaders program.


Upcoming Sustain Dane Programs

There are no upcoming Events at this time.

Past Programs

Sustain Dane has launched many programs that are interwoven in the fabric of Dane County sustainability, including the MPower Champions program. More about past programs.