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The Madison Sustainability Plan:
Fostering Environmental, Economic and Social Resilience
Please Note: All of these links are in PDF format
Madison Sustainability Plan 2011
City of Madison Sustainability Plan: Definitions, Sources and Challenges, May 2012
Madison Sustainability Report: precedents from around the world & a synthesis of public input, Fall 2009
Building a Green Capital City, September 2004
Plan Structure and Overview
Additional Research and Input
Improve air quality.
Improve groundwater/drinking water quality.
Improve surface water quality.
Improve storm water management.
Increase water conservation.
Prevent solid waste from entering landfill.
Restore and maintain natural habitat.
PLANNING & DESIGN
Improve transportation planning and systems to provide better access for community's needs.
Foster holistic land use.
Support sustainable infrastructure and buildings.
Promote and foster local food systems.
Implement existing City, MPO, and Regional Alternative Transportation plans.
Expand the number of neighborhoods and commercial centers where sustainable transportation choices enable mobility without a car.
Establish a dedicated funding source for alternative transportation.
Establish uniform, consistent evaluation methods for understanding sustainable transportation usage and goal achievement.
Maximize the use of alternative transportation infrastructure by implementing and/or improving marketing strategies.
Foster better collaboration between City agencies, departments and committees.
CARBON & ENERGY
Influence reductions in transportation related carbon impacts.
Systematically upgrade existing buildings, equipment and infrastructure.
Improve new buildings and developments.
Engage the public in energy efficiency and climate change programs.
Obtain 25% of electricity, heating, and transportation energy from clean energy sources by 2025.
Report carbon footprint to the public.
Encourage sustainable business practices.
Increase market for green products/services.
Foster initiatives that promote sustainable economic development.
Create sustainability index tool.
Promote consumption of local foods.
Support diversified economy.
ECONOMIC & WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT
Develop policies that promote job quality.
Help businesses transition to the Green / Cleantech economy.
Foster sustainability policies.
Support and promote Green / Cleantech business development.
Promote and support Green / Cleantech job training.
Support and collaborate with educational institutions in their sustainability efforts and initiatives.
Ensure all youth have access to environmental stewardship programs and information.
Raise sustainability awareness within the Madison Community.
Promote sustainable purchasing initiatives.
Support "Healthy Schools" programming.
Build affordable housing on sites that are currently underutilized or unsightly, to revitalize neighborhoods and provide housing for the vulnerable.
Locate affordable housing near transit and employment hubs.
Decentralize social services.
Upgrade energy efficiency and sustainable materials use in low-income housing.
Provide more green affordable housing.
Promote and create healthy neighborhoods.
Monitor community health conditions.
Equalize health care access.
Promote wellness activities.
Promote healthy eating.
Increase physical activity levels.
Enhance health care accessibility.
ARTS, DESIGN & CULTURE
Integrate environmental sustainability into Madison's arts program and art and design into the City's sustainability efforts.
Include sustainable art in city infrastructure projects.