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Wisconsin Green Growth

Today, it’s even more important for stakeholders across Wisconsin to collaborate and establish a solid new direction for the state — one that integrates a clean economy / green growth strategy to create more prosperous, secure and sustainable communities, address climate change, and respect our heritage and tradition of environmental stewardship.


“If you believe in climate change and you believe in science, well then it’s reasonable to expect that we can accelerate the solutions that are in front of us and create a green economy for the state.” “The science is demanding that we be bold. So let’s be bold.” — John Imes

WEI also works to change the direction of environmental policy by challenging stakeholders to look at innovative strategies and policies that can lead to better environmental results and a more productive business climate.

“By investing in clean energy, clean manufacturing, water stewardship, and regenerative agriculture while we “green” our infrastructure and electrify our transportation, we can address climate change and create a more resilient, vibrant and thriving Wisconsin.” — John Imes

Co-founder & Director John Imes serves as an advisor to the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters initiative that examines Wisconsin's dependence on fossil fuels and offers pathways to more sustainable energy sources. John works on the Advisory Committee that developed: "Climate Forward: A New Road Map for Wisconsin's Climate And Energy Future:" Find the Roap Map and read John's guest column to find ways we can implement the recommendations to achieve a green and growing Wisconsin.

John also presented at the launch and briefing of the Climate Fast Forward Action Plan. This plan, informed by nearly 400 experts and engaged leaders from across the state and backgrounds, outlines 36 priority climate actions for Wisconsin that are both achievable and time-based. highlighted John’s presentation at the event: 

  • WEI joined the American Sustainable Business Network (ASBN) for a productive trip to Washington DC including a White House meeting with the Office of Clean Energy Innovation on Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) implementation plus visits to Capitol Hill with Regenerate America to advocate for a more regenerative and just Farm Bill.
  • Political obstruction is climate destruction - WEI’s latest column warns that as lawmakers in Congress and state legislatures obstruct even the most basic environmental protections, "job-killing climate catastrophe looms larger every day.” 

    A Defining Moment in the Fight Against Climate Change

    WEI Co-founder & Director John Imes attended COP27 in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt as an NGO observer and delegate with the American Sustainable Business Network (ASBN). COP27 is the biggest climate event of the year and represents a defining moment in the fight against climate change. See John’s blog that was highlighted by WisPolitics/WisOpinion and ASBN.



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