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The Situation

The University of Wisconsin-Madison, Division of Extension has a network of educators in nearly every county as well as many Native Nations. We help communities respond to climate change through research-based programs that are tailored to local needs and build on knowledge from the diverse audiences we serve.

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Climate change impacts are increasing

Wisconsin is getting warmer. We are experiencing more storms and flooding events, as well as hotter summer nights and more frequent winter thaws. This is having serious consequences for Wisconsin’s environment, wildlife, agriculture, communities, economy, and citizen health. Reducing emissions that fuel climate change while also adapting to it is critical to increasing the resilience of our communities.

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Climate change impacts people unequally

Wisconsin is getting warmer. We are experiencing more storms. Climate change affects everyone, but some communities  experience greater impacts and have limited resources to respond.

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Climate change offers opportunities

Responding to climate change offers opportunities to strengthen community resiliency, align energy efficiency with renewable energy, and build new business opportunities. We need an integrated approach that reduces emissions that contribute to climate change, while helping people and communities to adapt and become more resilient to changes that are already underway.

Why Extension?

Climate change is a complex issue affecting many aspects of Wisconsin life

It requires a place-based, integrated educational approach that supports action. The University of Wisconsin-Madison, Division of Extension has a network of educators in nearly every county as well as many Native Nations. We help communities respond to climate change through research-based programs that are tailored to local needs and build on knowledge from the diverse audiences we serve.

We work through collaborations with the Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts, the University of Wisconsin Nelson Institute, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, and other state, federal, and tribal partners.

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Extension in Action

Monroe County Climate Readiness and Rural Economic Development Assessment

This report researches what makes Monroe County more vulnerableor resilient to climate change, and key economic and political barriers and opportunitiesinvolved in on-the-ground conservation strategies. The report includes over 80recommendations to assist the County in strategically addressing future climate resiliency. The assessment is the work of local county and state representatives and Extension educators who […]

Wood County Energy Efficiency and Renewables

Wood County in central Wisconsin is rooted in logging, farming, and the paper making industries. Elected officials are interested in reducing energy costs by residents, businesses, schools and government offices. Employing energy efficiencies in their buildings is one way to achieve this goal. Community members are also interested in meeting their energy needs using renewable […]

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