Leading the way for Wisconsin
2017 is the boldest effort in Dane County’s history to address Climate Change. Dane county has tripled our production of solar power, created the new Dane County Office of Energy and Climate Change, a new Council on Climate Change to coordinate the community’s work to adapt to the impact of our changing climate, reduce carbon emissions, and accelerates the county’s conversion of fossil fuel burning vehicles to cleaner burning renewable compressed natural gas.
While the state and federal government ignore reality and science, it is time for local governments to act.
The Office of Energy and Climate Change is a new division within the County Executive’s Office. This office will lead public and private efforts across the community to implement climate change strategies county government has embraced in recent years. Including the Office of Energy and Climate Change within county government’s highest elected office demonstrates the critical nature and priority this issue deserves in the decades to come.
Thanks to Executive Parisi's leadership, Dane County is poised to be Wisconsin's leader in addressing climate change, the greatest environmental threat of this century,Executive Parisi clearly understands the environmental and economic impacts of climate change to this community, and he is providing important solutions. We look forward to working with Executive Parisi to reduce carbon emissions in Dane County, and to replicate the successes in other counties and communities across the state.
Keith Reopelle, Director
Keith is the Director of Dane County’s Office of Energy and Climate Change. Prior to coming to Dane County, Keith was the Senior Policy Director at Clean Wisconsin where he worked for 32 years leading clean energy campaigns at the state and regional levels. He has served on numerous energy and climate -related task forces and advisory committees. He was a member of Governor Doyle’s Task Force on Global Warming where he served on the full Task Force and co-chaired the cap and trade working group. Keith also was a member of the Midwestern Governor’s Association Greenhouse Gas Accord advisory committee and served on the group’s modeling working group for two years where he helped advise on IPM and macro-economic modeling. Keith has a Bachelor of Science degree in wildlife ecology and a Masters of Science degree in environmental communications from the University of Wisconsin -Madison.