Parisi’s budget includes $4.5 million for the development and installation of carbon capture technologies, along with a new position in the Department of Waste and Renewables to work on accelerating our path toward carbon neutrality. New funding will also go to register the carbon reduction and sequestration work Dane County does on a national registry.
Parisi is bolstering resources for the Office of Energy and Climate Change ($92,600 in new funding) to further ramp up Dane County’s focus on becoming carbon neutral, and track emissions and energy data.
The 2023 capital budget includes $900,000 to start work on three energy saving projects at county facilities next year. These dollars will help design campus-wide geothermal systems for the East District Campus (Medical Examiner and Highway Garage) along with the Badger Prairie campus in Verona. Additional dollars will upgrade the heating and air flow systems and cooking equipment at Dane County’s Consolidated Foods Services building. When complete, this work will further reduce Dane County’s natural gas usage and emissions.
Parisi’s budget also has millions for energy conservation and air quality improvements at the Alliant Energy Center. This will make lighting, control, and mechanical upgrades possible that conserve energy.