Result

One step closer to a clean energy economy.

Wisconsin is getting closer than ever before to a clean energy economy. Our tireless advocacy and organizing helped pass a renewable energy standard in Wisconsin, which requires the state to get 10% of its energy from renewable sources by 2015. Since then, Wisconsin has recieved national attention for our renewable energy industry. President Obama even visited Wisconsin to highlight clean energy companies immediately after his 2011 state of the union address.

Result

Mercury pollution from power plants cut by 90%.

Our waterways are better protected from mercury pollution after we won a state policy to reduce mercury emissions from coal-fired power plants by 90 percent. This is great news for Wisconsin's families, given mercury's toxic effects on how our kids think, learn and behave.  Since then, we’ve kept the pressure on by researching and publicizing the plants’ progress. And Wisconsin's limits on mercury pollution provided the basis for the first-ever nationwide standards on mercury emissions from power plants, which the EPA proposed in 2011. 

Result

The biggest clean water victory in a decade.

Wisconsin's lakes, and all of our waterways, will soon be better protected than they have been in a decade, thanks to new guidelines that we helped win. Over the last decade, Supreme Court decisions left more than half of Wisconsin's streams vulnerable to pollution—the same streams that feed and filter our lakes. Along with our allies, we delivered more than 170,000 public comments in support of clean water. And thanks to our efforts, the Obama administration is moving to finalize guidelines that will restore Clean Water Act protections to many of our waterways.

Result

Promoting local, sustainable farms.

The U.S. House recently launched an assault on sustainable agriculture, voting to eliminate programs that encourage local farming. Industrial agriculture pollutes our air and water and fills our shelves with low-quality food. That's why we're hard at work defending programs that make it easier for local farmers to produce and sell healthy food, such as Wisconsin's "Farm to School" program.

Result

Repowering Wisconsin with solar energy.

Wisconsin has more solar potential than Germany, the world's clean energy leader. We're working to unleash that potential by removing unnecessary barriers to solar power and building a strong coalition of local businesses, citizens and community leaders who are as passionate about solar energy as we are. Solar energy is the future, and Wisconsin Environment is leading the way.

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