Sustain Dane Programs
Sustain Dane 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 Workshops
Our Accelerate Sustainability Workshop is a leadership opportunity designed to help achieve sustainability initiatives at your organization or personally. The workshop includes changemaking and sustainability leadership strategies, current sustainability plans & research including the Dane County Climate Action Plan, and local case studies of successfully implemented sustainability initiatives in areas such as energy efficiency, renewables, food management and alternative transportation. Learn more about projects and participants from the 2021 Accelerate Sustainability Workshop here —100% of past program participants would recommend the workshop to a colleague. This workshop is building on the success of our MPower Program. Reach out to facilitator Lorenza Zebell to learn more. 2022 workshop dates:
Wednesday, February 16, 8:30—9:30 AM
Wednesday, March 16, 8:30—9:30 AM
Thursday, May 12, 8:30—9:30AM
Thursday, June 9, 8:30—9:30AM
“Sustain Dane is taking a holistic approach to sustainability in our community with programming for businesses, schools, and community members alike. We all have a responsibility to this community and this world and Sustain Dane is here to hold us accountable.”
—Alex Lindenmeyer, Short Stack Eatery
Sustainable Breakfast Series
The Sustainable Breakfast Series highlights current sustainability topics through expert speakers, case studies, and skill-building opportunities. Breakfast meetings are attended by regional business leaders and individuals who care about integrating environmental, social, and economic sustainability into their professional and personal actions. Members have access to recordings of past meetings. Learn more and register:
Sustain Dane members listen to presentation on UW-Health’s sustainability initiatives presented by Tom Thompson.
Speakers Jay A. Patel, Lauren Yang, and JD Stier at our “Sustainability & You = Social Impact” Sustainable Breakfast series meeting.
Members convene at the Wisconsin Energy Institute to explore issues surrounding environmental justice in our community.
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 Master Recycler program is made for you! We developed this program in partnership with the City of Madison with support from The Carton Council. The program will give you the tools you need to teach your family, neighbors, friends, and coworkers how to improve recycling and community sustainability. Each session has two 90-minute classes to become a Master Recycler. This program is part of our broader efforts for better recycling in our region. Learn more on our Recycle Better page.
Thursday, April 7, 12PM—1:30PM
Thursday, April 14, 12PM—1:30PM
Wednesday, July 20, 6:30 PM—8:00PM
Wednesday, July 27, 6:30 PM—8:00PM
“I support Sustain Dane because they multiply their impact through partnerships with businesses and communities promoting sustainability. Improving our environment and quality of life is a collaborative process.”
—Seth Nowak, Individual Member
Apply Now for Northside Building Energy Efficiency Upgrades!
We are now accepting applications for the Efficiency Navigator program to help affordable rental housing located on the Northside of Madison. Submit an application as a property owner or recommend your building as a resident. Rolling application review is open.
Selected buildings will receive funding in the range of $10,000 – $20,000 for efficiency upgrades in areas such as efficient lighting, improved heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems, improved insulation with the addition of attic insulation and air sealing, water softener optimization, tune-ups or replacement, water conservation systems, and identify healthy building elements (asthma triggers). Based on previous experience, we anticipate the upgrades will lead to a 10 – 20% energy and water savings.
Sustain Dane’s Sustainability Stories platform amplifies the voices of people from different backgrounds, races, ages, genders and geographies that are working on and want to inspire others to build a more sustainable and inclusive community. Share your sustainability stories with us, and be inspired by other people’s stories.