A clean environment for everyone

Everyone has the right to clean water, breathable air, and a healthy community. We’re committed to equity and inclusion.

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Latest Reports, Tools & Studies

Analysis of the variety of ways Wisconsin communities have used environmental impact fees from transmission projects. Read the analysis

Analysis finding that EPA’s proposed power plant rules will bring nearly $50 million in healthcare-related benefits for Wisconsin. Read the analysis

A million acres of land in Wisconsin is used to grow corn for ethanol, more than 250 times the amount of land currently used for solar. Clean Wisconsin conducted a land use analysis comparing energy production per acre for corn ethanol and solar arrays. Read the analysis

Clean Wisconsin’s Green Infrastructure Toolkit for Wisconsin Municipalities empowers local governments, in rural and urban areas, to realize the benefits of green infrastructure as a stormwater management solution and community enhancement strategy. Access the toolkit

New detailed energy and economic modeling shows Wisconsin can reach net-zero emissions by 2050. Achieving net zero would expand Wisconsin’s economy while saving billions in healthcare costs.
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Wisconsin has the 3rd-largest racial disparity when it comes to particulate matter air pollution exposure.
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Since 1970, Clean Wisconsin has been committed to protecting our state’s environment through legal action, policy advocacy, and community engagement. Our mission is to combat climate change and pollution across Wisconsin, ensuring clean air, clean water, and healthy land for current and future generations.

With an active membership and advocacy base 20,000-strong, our dedicated staff of experts conducts sound science, engages in public policy, takes legal action, and fosters strong community partnerships to help ensure a safe, healthy environment.

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EPA Announces Tougher Standards for Deadly Soot Pollution

Stronger soot pollution limits are expected to prevent 40 premature deaths in Wisconsin every year.
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Blog

Wisconsin is falling behind in EV infrastructure investment

What increasing funding for charging stations could mean for our environment, health, and economy.
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Last Line of Defense: Battle Over Wisconsin Gas Plant Intensifies

"We're the last line of defense to protect our, our, our sacred spaces, our water, our air."
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Together we can protect the places we love

Your generosity makes Wisconsin a better place to live, work and play. In the last year, financial support from our members and corporate sponsors has helped Clean Wisconsin achieve a number of victories that will help build a cleaner, healthier environment for everyone.

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Your gift will ensure we can continue working on your behalf to protect clean air, clean water and the special places we cherish, now and for future generations. Clean Wisconsin is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Your donation is 100% tax deductible.

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We couldn’t do this work without the help of supporters like you. Join the thousands of other people who give to Clean Wisconsin to help continue this work for clean air, clean water, future generations and the places we love.

Take Action

Make your voice heard on critical environmental issues and help protect Wisconsin’s water, air and natural heritage. Sign up for our Action Network and we’ll send you regular updates with opportunities to contact state and federal decision-makers.

Events

Clean Wisconsin hosts in-person and virtual events throughout the year, including Epicurean Evening and the Doug La Follette Environmental Speakers Series.

How do you transform land overgrown with invasive shrubs and weeds into a shade-dappled pasture perfect for managed grazing? Find out how Butler Grassfed Beef in Spring Green, Wis., created a silvopasture for its cows in a move that benefits farmers, water quality, our climate and our animals.

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It’s Our Time

All across Wisconsin, people are walking the path towards a cleaner, safer, and healthier world. There is no better time. There is no better opportunity. This is our moment to come together to ensure the state we love is protected–for our children, for our neighbors, for ourselves.

Baking for the Climate!

We can fight climate change in Wisconsin by rethinking what we grow and eat. Clean Wisconsin partnered with Madison’s Bloom Bake Shop to create some delicious treats made with two new Wisconsin crops that could be game changers for our environment: Kernza® perennial grain and American hazelnuts.

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In the wake of Milwaukee’s catastrophic 2010 flood, Clean Wisconsin and other community partners have engaged thousands of residents to install green infrastructure like rain barrels and rain gardens, capturing more than 2 million gallons of storm water per year.

This summer, we hit a major milestone—we installed our 700th rain barrel!

Protecting Wisconsin’s Environment – Together

For more than 50 years, Clean Wisconsin has been working to preserve and protect Wisconsin’s clean water, clean air and natural heritage. Everyone deserves to live in a healthy community. Together, we can protect the places we love.

PFAS Pollution in Wisconsin

Everyone should be able to eat the fish they catch and drink the water flowing from their taps. But in Dane County and dozens of other communities across the state, PFAS contamination is putting our waterways at risk. These chemicals surround us – in carpeting and upholstery, clothes, shoes, firefighting foam, fast food wrappers, ski wax, non-stick pots and pans, and the list goes on. Clean Wisconsin is pushing for meaningful progress at all levels.

Wisconsin’s First Solar Neighborhood

A look inside the first and so-far *only* net-zero electricity solar neighborhood in the state of Wisconsin! All of these New Berlin, Wis. homes are certified through Focus on Energy’s New Home Certification Program. But there is so much more work to be done. We need more state & federal investment to make solar more accessible and affordable for everyone. Now is the time to fight the climate crisis and build a clean energy future.

“Saving the World” at Bare Bones Brew

What can going solar do for a small business? Bare Bones Brewery in Oshkosh found out after they installed solar panels four years ago.

Vicious Cycle: The Struggle for Clean Water

More than two-thirds of Wisconsinites use groundwater as their drinking water source, but what happens if that water is contaminated? Over 80,000 private wells across the state are contaminated with high levels of nitrates, limiting resident’s access to clean drinking water and putting their health at risk. Homeowners, like Steven Shoemaker and Elisabeth Minich, are then on the hook for thousands of dollars to try and clean the water, but they say it should not be their responsibility.

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We’ve got a responsibility to leave our water, air, and natural resources in a better place for our kids than we found it.

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