Resilient & Sustainable Communities

From severe storms to smoke-filled skies, climate change is already hurting neighborhoods, farms and businesses across our state. Clean Wisconsin is working with Wisconsin communities to prepare for extreme weather now while reducing climate impact in the future.

Managing Rain Where It Falls

Green infrastructure practices like building bioswales around parking lots and streets to capture polluted storm runoff, using permeable pavers in parking areas, and installing rain gardens, cisterns, rain barrels and green roofs help reduce the risk of flooding and keep our waterways healthy. Clean Wisconsin has been partnering with the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District since 2014 to scale-up green infrastructure in the Milwaukee region through education, outreach, policy, and on-the-ground installation of green infrastructure including rain barrels and rain gardens.

Sign in a yard that says, "Our yard helps protect Lake Michigan"
A farm field of corn being watered by large line of irrigators

Climate-Smart Agriculture

Wisconsin’s farmers can make a difference when it comes to climate change while ensuring their farms are more protected from extreme weather. Practices like planting cover crops, reducing fertilizer use, integrating crop and livestock production, and planting perennials and a variety of crops can create more resilient, productive farms while minimizing climate impact.

Going Electric

Now is the time to replace fossil fuels like methane “natural” gas, propane, heating oil and gasoline with clean energy like wind and solar. To do that, Wisconsin must transition to electricity for virtually all of our energy needs. Clean Wisconsin is working toward a future where our communities have easy access to electric vehicle charging stations and enjoy efficient, all-electric buildings and homes.  Known as Beneficial Electrification, this approach no longer treats heating, power, and transportation as separate energy sectors. It achieves an economy-wide shift to electricity in a way that will lower costs for consumers over time, supports local renewable energy development, and greatly reduces carbon emissions and air pollution.

Engineer standing in solar power station looking sunrise