Mark Redsten provides vision and guidance to Clean Wisconsin’s team as they work to advance environmental policy with far-reaching impacts throughout Wisconsin and the Midwest. During his 21-year tenure, Redsten has led a staff that includes policy, legal, science, and government relations, as well as communications, development and an outreach team. The team’s expertise and professionalism has earned Clean Wisconsin the distinction of being voted the most-effective environmental group by policymakers in Wisconsin.
In addition, Redsten helped transform the identity and work of the organization, changing its name from Wisconsin’s Environmental Decade to Clean Wisconsin, and ensuring its focus be on tangible and equitable outcomes for clean water and air, and for solutions to climate change in Wisconsin.
To that end, the organization has been part of substantial clean air, water and energy victories. Notable examples include the passage of the Great Lakes Compact; policies that significantly reduce mercury pollution in Wisconsin; a PSC decision to deny the construction permit for a new coal plant on the Mississippi River; a legal settlement that created the Fund for Lake Michigan; and groundbreaking rules to reduce phosphorus pollution in Wisconsin’s waterways.
Redsten was appointed by Governor Evers to the Governor’s Agriculture, Energy and Natural Resources Policy Advisory Council. He was also appointed by County Executive Joe Parisi to serve on Dane County’s Solid Waste and Recovery Commission, Clear Lakes Task Force, and Dane County Council on Climate Change. Redsten chairs the boards of Cool Choices, and the Fund for Lake Michigan. He also serves on the Board of Advisors to UW Institute for Population Health, and the Board of Visitors for Madison’s LaFollette High School.
Favorite things to do outdoors in Wisconsin: Canoeing down the lower Wisconsin River and camping along its shores.