Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

County-Level Emissions Reduction and Adaptation Policy Alternatives

While Dane County has made significant progress in adopting greenhouse gas emission reduction and climate change adaptation initiatives, more opportunities remain to expand the county’s green initiatives. This report analyzes climate-related policies and offers recommendations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase the region’s climate change resilience. By focusing on mitigation and adaptation strategies, Dane County can reduce its greenhouse gas emissions and better adapt to warmer and increasingly unpredictable weather cycles. Mitigation strategies reduce energy use, increase energy efficiency opportunities, and address emissions in various economic sectors. Adaptation recommendations address general county needs, such as a multi-faceted planning and coalition-building strategy, as well as smaller, easily implementable projects such as green roof incentives for reducing urban heat island effects.

Policy Brief

Additional Info

  • Volume or issue no.: Workshop in Public Affairs, PA 869, taught by Rourke O'Brien in Spring 2017
  • Author(s): Michael Bonino-Britsch, Britt Cudaback, Tanner Nystrom, Mark Pascoli
  • Client Name: Dane County Office of Energy and Climate Change