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Office of Energy & Climate Change

In 2017, Executive Parisi established both the Dane County Office of Energy and Climate Change (OECC) and the Council on Climate Change, to further county’s efforts to address climate change. As a division within the County Executive’s Office, the OECC leads public and private efforts across the community to implement strategies to address climate change.

Beginning in July, 2017, the OECC has coordinated and directed the activities of the Dane County Council on Climate Change, as well several area-specific working groups, with the goal of developing a comprehensive Climate Action Plan. The plan will be based on science and evidence, aiming to maximize economic and health benefits, while increasing Dane County's energy security.

The DC4 Community Team will work to ensure everyone in Dane County -regardless of income or ethnicity, urban or rural - to have the opportunity to shape the implementation of the Climate Action Plan and benefit from the resulting policies and programs.

Staff

Keith Reopelle, Director

Keith Reopelle

I am the Director of Dane County’s Office of Energy and Climate Change. Prior to coming to Dane County, I was the Senior Policy Director at Clean Wisconsin where I worked for 32 years leading clean energy campaigns at the state and regional levels. I’ve served on numerous energy and climate -related task forces and advisory committees. I was a member of Governor Doyle’s Task Force on Global Warming as well as the Midwestern Governor’s Association Greenhouse Gas Accord advisory committee. I have a Bachelor of Science degree in wildlife ecology and a Masters of Science degree in environmental communications from the University of Wisconsin -Madison.

Kelly Osborn, Energy and Climate Change Specialist

Kelly Osborn

I've long been interested in the intersection between community, policy and the environment. This has led me to some diverse and interesting experiences, including sailing to the center of the North Atlantic Gyre on a scientific expedition with The Ocean Cleanup. In 2013, I founded the nonprofit Wisconsin WildCare, which provides rescue and rehabilitation of local wildlife, while providing education and outreach to encourage coexistance. With a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science and a Masters in Urban & Regional Planning - both from UW-Madison - with an Energy Analysis & Policy certificate from the Nelson Institute.

 

Smilla Jepsen, OECC InternSmilla Jepsen

I am an intern with the Dane County office for Energy and Climate change. I am a recent high school graduate from Copenhagen, where I have grown up. A different school system allowed me to major in geography and social studies, partly spiking my interest in climate change and sustainability. I am working with the Office for Energy and Climate Change, researching European climate action plans and efforts to reduce carbon emissions.

 


Dane County Council on Climate Change

The Council is made up of local government officials from across the county, business leaders, representatives of the University of Wisconsin Nelson Institute, local utilities, equity and environmental advocates. Its primary purpose is to draft a set of recommendations for programs, projects and policies that will Dane County on the path to deep decarbonization and establish Dane County as a national leader on climate mitigation.

The Council’s recommendations aim to demonstrate that deep decarbonization can be achieved in a just and equitable way, result in major economic and health benefits county-wide, and provide energy security, while bridging the County’s rural and urban communities. When finished, this roadmap to sustainability will be a guide not just for county government but also the business community, homeowners, and other local governments.

Dane County Council on Climate Change meeting on March 1, 2019

Dane County Council on Climate Change members

Nadeem Afghan, BIOFerm Energy Systems Elizabeth Katt-Reinders, Sierra Club
Laruen Azar, Azar Law LLC Andy Kellen, WPPI
Chris Beedle, H&H Energy Services Paul Lenhart, Krupp General Contractors
Mary Blanchard, Wisconsin Energy Institute Jessie Lerner, Sustain Dane
Jim Bradley, Home Savings Bank David Lieble, WICCI
Brad Bruun, City of Monona Erik Lincoln, Ho Chunk
Tom Content, Citizens Utility Board of Wisconsin Robin Lisowski, Slipstream
Drake Daily, City of Sun Prairie Karl Miemi, Fiskers
Bill Davis, Sierra Club Michele Pluta, Alliant Energy
Jamie Derr, Derr Farms David Poklinkoski, IBEW Local 2304
Mary Evers-Statz, UW Health Mark Redsten, Clean Wisconsin
Ellen Geisler, City of Fitchburg Stacee Reece, City of Madison
John Haeckel, Clean Fuel Partners Paul Robbins, Nelson Institute
Brett Halverson, Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce Joel Schriever, Exact Sciences
Janel Heinrich, Public Health Department Chad Sorenson, Sun Peak
Laura Hicklen, Dane County Land & Water Resources Department Wesley Sparkman, Dane Co. Office of Equity & Inclusion
Jeanne Hoffman, City of Madison Charles Tubbs, Dane County Emergency Management
Tyler Huebner, RENEW Wisconsin Libby Tucci, YWCA of Madison
Sean Hyland, American Family Doug Voegeli, Dane County Health
Steve Jackson, Alliant Energy William Walker, Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District
Jeff Jaeckels, MGE Gary Werner, CRANES
   
   

DC4 Community Teams Program

Members of the DC4 Community Team