MADISON, Wis. -

Dane County is taking steps to reduce its carbon footprint with climate change initiatives in the 2017 budget.

Dane County Executive Joe Parisi announced a budget Thursday that triples the county’s production of solar power, creates a new office and council on climate change, and accelerates the county’s conversion of snowplows and other fossil-fuel-burning vehicles to cleaner-burning renewable compressed natural gas.

“When we invest in green energy, we’re not just doing what’s right for the environment and our future,” Parisi said. “We’re keeping money and investment here in Dane County instead of sending it out of state.”

The budget also makes room for the four largest publicly owned solar arrays in the state.

The Office of Energy and Climate Change will lead public and private efforts across the community to implement climate change strategies county government has embraced in recent years, according to a release.

Members of the council will be local government officials, business owners, representatives from utility departments and environmental advocates.