Madison mayor introduces ‘Climate Forward’ initiatives for city

MADISON, Wis. — Madison Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway introduced Wednesday a new climate initiative called ‘Climate Forward.’

According to a news release, the plan’s agenda outlines the actions the city will take to advance its work to combat climate change over the next two years, including efforts that reduce emissions, improve the city’s resilience, and support green job creation.

“We have a scientific imperative to nearly halve our emissions by 2030, and we must ramp up our work to meet that goal,” said Mayor Rhodes-Conway in a statement. “Climate action about improving air quality and public health, lowering utility bills for residents and businesses, and creating more opportunities for good paying, high quality jobs. I believe Madison is ready to accelerate climate action for the benefit of our community and our world.”

Climate Forward also has the city meeting 100% of its municipal operations electricity needs with renewable energy, which is currently at 74% renewable electricity. It will also accelerate the replacement of thousands of streetlights with LED bulbs; upgrade the energy performance of affordable housing and commercial buildings through programs and policy initiatives; and charge forward on a bus rapid transit system with electric buses.

As part of the plan, the mayor said she will also launch new climate-related efforts related to energy efficiency in rental housing and in commercial buildings.