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WEI Executive Director John Imes published a guest column in The Cap Times, The Daily Reporter and WisPolitics to raise concerns about efforts in the Legislature to roll back and limit control and responsible management of our lakes and shorelands. 

On February 16, 2016 the Wisconsin State Senate revised and removed many (but not all) of the most controversial provisions of these bills. Please encourage policymakers to take a step back, reject these bills and embrace a more collaborative, practical and effective way forward. 


Madison Gas & Electric announced their framework for Energy 2030 Plan. Read their news release here


The Climate & Energy Steering Committee has an all new Climate Forward page for videos, research and news! 


The Wausau Daily Herald recently published this article written WEI Executive Director John Imes with ideas on how Wisconsin can boost its clean energy.   


Read an article on WEI Executive Director John Imes published by In Business Madison.


WEI is proud to announce that we are a member of Earth Share Wisconsin


The Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters released a new report, Climate Forward: A New Road Map for Wisconsin's Climate and Energy Future, that examines Wisconsin's dependence on fossil fuels and provides "pathways to progress" that support sustainable energy sources. WEI Executive Director John Imes serves on the Advisory Committee. Find the full report here.


At the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters Resilient Wisconsin Day, WEI Executive Director John Imes, along with Kathy Kuntz from Cool Choices, Don Wichert from RENEW Wisconsin and Keith Reopelle from Clean Wisconsin, discuss what strategies Wisconsin needs to focus on in order to continue to reduce Wisconsin's carbon footprint and remain a leader in national environmental efficiency. Watch the panel here and check out our highlights (12:06-17:52, 23:38-27:05 and 32:54-37:34).


Resilient Wisconsin Day was held on May 6th, 2014. Executive Director, John Imes, attended the panel and wrote a column about the event that was featured in WisBusiness and The Cap Times. Read it here.


Executive Director, John Imes, attended the 3rd annual Energy Policy Summit with Renew Wisconsin. The event discussed the potential of renewable energy to help Wisconsin's economy, environment, and businesses. Check out this summary!

Here are some takeaways from Imes' perspective:

  • In 2012 alone, the state of Michigan (not thought of as an environmental stalwart) installed more wind energy capacity than Wisconsin had in total
  • Through the year 2015, 99.4% of the planned Midwest wind energy projects will occur outside of Wisconsin
  • For each 250 MW wind energy project, 2,100 jobs are created and retained each year over the 30 year life of the project
  • Wisconsin's rising energy costs hurts our competitiveness. Iowa, which has over 5,000 MW of wind energy installed (24% of its energy production) has 30% lower electricity rates than Wisconsin, which gets only 2% of its energy from wind (U.S. Energy Information Administration)
  • It's no wonder then that Facebook selected a Des Moines, Iowa suburb as the site for a $300 million data center and cited access to clean and renewable wind power as a factor in its decision to locate to Iowa
  • 2013

    Executive John Imes attended the 20th Anniversary Celebration of Eco-Partners, a group he joined in 1995 that features regular meetings among environmental advocates from leading progressive companies and organizations. Hosted by Ben & Jerry's in Burlington, VT, the 20th Anniversary event provided an opportunity to reconnect with friends and colleagues and share experiences and lessons learned with a community of fellow practitioners leading change within their communities. 


    WEI Executive Director, John Imes, will serve as a program adviser for Edgewood College's Sustainability Leadership Graduate Certificate Program. John, who is well known in the field as a leader in business sustainability, will share his experiences in sustainable leadership and business development.


    WEI Executive Director, John Imes, joined former Minnesota Environmental Initiative Executive Director, Ciaran Mannion in Toronto for the Green Living Show. This show brought together seasoned experts in diverse fields to discuss how to make the world a greener place. 


    WEI Executive Director, John Imes, served as a Green Tier Adviser for the South Central Regional Green Tier meeting. Representatives for several local businesses, including Didion Milling, Inc., Colony Brands, Inc., Madison Environmental Group, LLC, Webcrafters Inc., Lands' End, Nestle Purina, Environmental Compliance Systems, Inc., BIOFerm Energy Systems, Perfect Environmental Performance, LLC and Edgewood College came together to share sustainable practices and lessons learned in the development and delivery of superior environmental performance.


    The Nelson Institute invited WEI Executive Director, John Imes, to a discussion with Van Jones about his views on environmental policy and his new book, Rebuild the Dream.