Ad Hoc Sustainability Committee
Agendas & Minutes
Agendas are available prior to meetings. Minutes are available following approval.
Most Recent Agendas and Minutes
If residents are interested in helping Cottage Grove become more sustainable, please contact Nick Hess at email@example.com.
Inspire to develop Cottage Grove as a forward thinking, sustainable and ecologically mindful community for residents to enjoy tomorrow and beyond.
To educate and enhance the Village of Cottage Grove for a future sustainable community.
Our Commitment to Sustainability
On September 21st, the Village Board unanimously approved a Resolution that commits Cottage Grove to transitioning from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources with the goal of having 100% of Village operations sourced from renewable energy by 2040. 2020-11 Resolution
Current Sustainability Projects:
- We are currently exploring placing solar panels on several Village owned buildings in addition to larger community based solar projects in collaboration with Alliant Energy
- We are in the middle of a Village-wide tree inventory to assess the health and disease risk of our Village canopy and increase the diversity of native flora in the Village.
Past Sustainability Projects:
- Cottage Grove recently installed LED lighting throughout Village Hall and the Municipal Building by contracting with Energy Performance and Lighting based here in Cottage Grove. https://energyperformancelighting.com/tools-info/case-studies/government-office-buildings/
Regional Solar Companies:
Full Spectrum Solar (https://fullspectrumsolar.com/)
Electric Vehicle Charging Equipment (EVSE):
Alliant Energy offers a $500 Rebate for any Level 2 EVSE charger purchased for your your home. (https://www.alliantenergy.com/InnovativeEnergySolutions/SmartEnergyProducts/ElectricVehicles/EVHomeChargersandRebates)
N&N Electric are local electricians who are ready to install your Level 2 (240V) EVSE charger (https://www.n-nelectric.com/). Typical quotes range from $800-$1,500 depending on accessibility.
*We will continue to update our site as we interact with more renewable energy companies. If you have any trouble working with any of these companies, feel free to reach out to Nick Hess (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Why Should We Focus On Renewable Energy: Renewable energy is an economically and environmentally friendly approach to reduce our impact on the environment, save on utility costs and prevent additional climate change from impacting our fragile ecosystem. Follow this link to learn more about renewable energy here in Dane County. https://daneclimateaction.org/climate-action-plan
- Wisconsin’s Focus On Energy Marketplace: Receive free LED lights and other energy-saving items every year! https://www.alliantenergy.com/WaysToSave/SavingsTipsandPrograms/FocusOnEnergyMarketplace
- Alliant Energy’s Second Nature Renewable Energy Program: Ensures that the energy you use comes from renewable energy sources. Contribute at 25, 50 or 100% of your energy usage. A standard home using 500kWh of energy/month at 100% contribution only raises your energy bill $5! Determine your contribution level today! https://www.alliantenergy.com/InnovativeEnergySolutions/SustainableEnergyChoices/SecondNature
- Focus on Energy-Free Energy Savings Packs: https://focusonenergymarketplace.com/free/
- RENEW Wisconsin is getting ready to kick off Solar for Good for the 2021 calendar year. We are happy to again be offering both solar panel donations and cash donations for nonprofits seeking to install solar. The Solar for Good application period will open on Thursday, April 1st. Applications are due on Saturday, May 1, 2021.
There are two changes to the Solar for Good award amounts for 2021:Nonprofits receiving a Solar for Good panel donation will be awarded 50% of the modules needed for their project through the Couillard Solar Foundation. Solar systems below 75 kW can receive 50% of the modules needed, with a max of 75 modules. Systems larger than 75 kW can receive 50% of the modules needed, with a max of 150 modules.
Nonprofits receiving a Solar for Good cash donation will be awarded a grant for 20% of the cost of their solar system, with a maximum grant of $5,000 (systems < 75kW) or $10,000 (systems > 75kW).
RENEW is also VERY excited to be offering a new program called EVs for Good. This program will provide incentives to Wisconsin nonprofits looking to purchase electric vehicles, vans, or bicycles, as well as EV-charging equipment. Grants will cover 20% of the cost of a new or used electric vehicle. Awards will be capped at $5,000, or $10,000 if the nonprofit is purchasing an electric van or bus. There are also $500 grants available for nonprofits installing Level-2 (or higher) electric vehicle chargers. $40,000 in grants will be available through the program. More details can be found on RENEW's blog page. The application period for EVs for Good will open on Thursday April 1st. Applications are due on Saturday, May 1, 2021.
Show Us How You're Being Sustainable: Post yourself/neighbors picking up garbage, installing LED lights or planting a tree to our Facebook page or tweet at hashtag #sustainableCG and will highlight them on this webpage!