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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 (email@example.com).
- 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/
- MadiSun link provides more information about the solar group buy program and has a form that residents can fill out if they are interested in having their home or business get free solar evaluation. The YouTube link is for the webinar that goes into greater detail about how solar works, how much it costs, the program specifics.
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!