Fitchburg Sustainability Plan - survey results are in
The City of Fitchburg is well into the process of building its first Sustainability Plan, working with Pale Blue Dot LLC on the steps needed to make this longstanding goal a reality.
We are looking to get as much input as possible on the current state of sustainability in Fitchburg, as well as where we have room for growth and what the community's/city's greatest needs are. Thanks to everybody who completed the survey, the results of which are now available at https://palebluedot.llc/fitchburg-sustainability.
In the process of fully engaging the broader Fitchburg community, we have also put together a planning team that will help to define what "sustainability" means for Fitchburg and what the City's sustainability priorities should be as it looks to the future. The Planning team is no longer accepting applications, but feel free to reach out to the City's Sustainability Specialist (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have questions or would like to offer input, and look for public meetings that will be held periodically to provide information and a chance for feedback on the process.
Information is also available via the "Fitchburg Sustainability Plan" link on the sidebar at the left.
Sustainable Fitchburg Online Map
Sustainability is more than energy efficiency and water conservation. The Sustainable Fitchburg online map demonstrates the myriad ways the City of Fitchburg and local organizations are dedicating themselves to the simultaneous pursuit of a healthy environment, equitable society, and vibrant economy.
October 5, 2022 Recognized as Energy Efficiency Day in Fitchburg
Since 2016, the first Wednesday in October has been named National Energy Efficiency Day in the United States. Energy efficiency companies and advocacy groups, as well as cities and states around the country, mark this observance as a chance to promote increased adoption of energy efficiency measures, both to reduce energy needs and associated climate change-enhancing emissions and to help reduce energy bills for homeowners and businesses.
In 2022, for the second consecutive year, Fitchburg joined dozens of states and cities around the United States in officially recognizing October 5 as Energy Efficiency Day. Read the proclamation here, or by clicking the image below.
Fitchburg signs 100% Renewable Energy pledge
The City of Fitchburg Resolution to Address Global Climate Change through Clean Energy (R-26-19) was introduced to Common Council on January 22, 2019 and formally approved on February 26th, 2019. The resolution allows the City to develop an Energy and Water Plan that includes a resiliency, sustainability, and adaptation plan to deal with anticipated climate changes. Setting a goal of meeting 100% of the city's operational energy needs through renewable energy generation by 2030, the resolution is an extension of the City's 2008 commitment to generate 25% of municipal energy use from renewable sources by 2025 through the State of Wisconsin's 25x25 Energy Independent Community Pledge.
By passing the resolution, Fitchburg became the 4th Wisconsin city to commit to 100% renewable energy usage.
Want to know more? Learn about the goals and benefits in these infographics.
Share your thoughts with the Resource Conservation Commission.
Resource Conservation Commission
The RCC recommends policy, enforcement, and informational programs to promote the preservation and improvement of the environment. The RCC has made recommendations for meeting the Kyoto Protocol, and has suggestions for how individuals can reduce their carbon footprint. The RCC has a Community Outreach Subcommittee that plans educational programs for Fitchburg residents and businesses. Videos of RCC Outreach events are available in the “Other City Meetings and Events” section of the FACTv Streaming Media Archive.
For more information regarding sustainability initiatives in the City of Fitchburg, please contact Phil Grupe (email@example.com), Sustainability Specialist at 608-270-4259