UW Health Joins New Dane County Climate Change Council

In a demonstration of commitment to address the rising threat posed by climate change, UW Health will join local governments, utilities, environmental organizations, University of Wisconsin partners and other businesses on the new Dane County Climate Change Council.


The council is tasked with identifying opportunities to reduce carbon emissions, preparing for the effects of a changing climate and promoting the development of clean, renewable energy in Dane County.


The council will be led by Dane County Executive Joe Parisi, who characterized the effects of climate change currently being experienced in Dane County by saying, "Growing seasons are longer, ice is on the lakes many weeks shorter, we now have more ice instead of snowstorms in winter, and we're seeing heavier rains more frequently in spring and summer."


According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, temperatures have risen in much of the upper Midwest by more than 1.5 degrees Fahrenheit since the early 20th century. Current NOAA predictions estimate that under a business-as-usual scenario, temperatures in Wisconsin will rise an additional 2.5 to 3.5 degrees by the end of this century.


In a May 17 news release, Parisi said: "Leaders across our community recognize the enormous challenge that climate change poses to our economy, tourism and our incredible quality of life here in Dane County."


Mary Evers Statz, program director for UW Health sustainability and energy management, will represent UW Health on the council. According to Evers Statz, "UW Health is committed to serving the health of our population and do our part to contribute to a healthier environment and community. We are proud to engage with other local leaders to address the climate challenges facing Dane County."