on Thursday, March 1, 2018

We’re excited to share that two WECC staff members have recently assumed new Board of Directors positions with local sustainability organizations Sustain Dane and Dane Buy Local.

Robin Lisowski, Director of New Business, was named President of Sustain Dane’s Board of Directors this January, having served on the board since 2015. Sustain Dane offers a variety of business and community programs, with the aim of establishing Dane County as a national leader in sustainability. WECC is a Sustain Dane member and supporter of their annual Badger Bioneers Conference. Additionally, WECC graduated from Sustain Dane’s MPower Business Champion program in 2016.

Robin has 20 years of operational and sustainability leadership experience, and is an advocate for sustainable development, both personally and professionally. In her role at WECC, Robin directs the development of emerging market products, designing innovative programs that result in reduced greenhouse gas emissions. Robin also serves as WECC’s sustainability officer, and led efforts to support WECC in achieving a net zero carbon footprint two years in a row.

Also in January, Dan Streit joined the Board of Directors of Dane Buy Local. Dane Buy Local works to promote development of local businesses, and encourage consumers to purchase goods and services locally.

As WECC’s Program Manager for Environmental Sustainability Services, Dan is responsible for developing and implementing programs for corporate and local government clients to improve supply chain sustainability and calculate their carbon footprints. Due to the many environmental benefits of purchasing locally, Dan’s partnership with Dane Buy Local is a perfect fit.

Dan has been involved with Dane Buy Local since 2016, when WECC became a member. As part of his board responsibilities, Dan serves on the Membership Committee, where he helps to recruit and onboard new individual and business members.

We’re thrilled to be partnered with Sustain Dane and Dane Buy Local, and are excited for their continued accomplishments in the Madison area.

on Wednesday, February 21, 2018

We’re excited to announce PACE Wisconsin has approved financing to fund energy efficiency upgrades for the Hotel Indigo (Madison) and Hotel Retlaw (Fond du Lac) redevelopment projects!

WECC’s Energy Finance Solutions (EFS) administers the PACE Wisconsin program, which facilitates low-cost, long-term loans for commercial energy efficiency, renewable energy, and water conservation improvements. The program’s unique financing model—which includes no up-front, out-of-pocket costs—stimulates the revitalization of aging, inefficient buildings which would otherwise remain stagnant.


  • Madison's near east side
  • $1.5 million in PACE financing
  • Covers energy-efficient HVAC, windows, and measures to enhance building shell performance
  • Improvements will result in nearly $2 million in energy savings

Hotel Indigo


  • Downtown Fond du Lac
  • $2.3 million in PACE financing
  • Covers updated lighting in guest rooms and common areas, new air handler, chiller, complete HVAC system, and windows
  • Improvements will result in nearly $5 million in energy savings

Hotel Retlaw

WECC is proud to be part of the team that paved the path for PACE financing in Wisconsin. Check out our press release to learn more!

on Thursday, January 25, 2018

Congratulations to Justin on his new position as Treasurer for the Wisconsin Chapter of the Association of Energy Services Professionals’ (AESP) Board of Directors! AESP is a member-based association dedicated to advancing the energy industry through professional development and mentoring programs, networking, and knowledge sharing.

Justin is a Senior Energy Research Analyst at WECC, where he focuses on energy efficiency program design and strategy, as well as emerging technology and market research. He is currently leading an effort to identify beneficial electrification pathways for utilities with an initial emphasis on heat pump technologies. 

Justin Margolies     AESP Wisconsin

Assuming a leadership role in AESP is a natural next step in Justin’s professional path. He began his energy career in community solar business development in Minnesota, and returned to his hometown of Madison in 2015 to complete a Master’s Degree in the newly-founded Resource Energy Demand Analysis (REDA) program at the University of Wisconsin—Madison.  

“It was a natural progression for me to graduate from REDA’s hands-on culture, to my current job at WECC, and now as a member of the AESP Wisconsin Board,” Justin said. “Sharing knowledge and improving the industry is what both REDA and AESP are all about. While on the Board, I hope to contribute to new and creative ways to engage the highly accomplished and diverse group of Wisconsin energy professionals.”

Justin joined AESP in 2016, and was honored with the New Professional Scholarship at the 2017 National Conference. He first became involved with the Wisconsin Chapter by volunteering to emcee the Chapter’s inaugural “Switch” event this past September. 

on Thursday, December 28, 2017

We are thrilled to be named a Green Master for the second year in a row by the Wisconsin Sustainability Council! 

The Green Masters Program is a recognition and assessment program for Wisconsin businesses interested in improving and promoting their sustainability initiatives. The objective of the program is to provide companies with a benchmark for themselves while comparing their sustainability performance to other organizations. The program measures sustainability in nine key areas: energy, carbon and other emissions, water, waste and materials management, transportation, supply chain, community and educational outreach, workforce, and governance.

Green Masters is a points-based program, set up to encourage continuous improvement by establishing three levels of participation: Green Apprentice, Green Professional, and Green Master. In order to achieve Green Master level, companies must score in the top 20 percent of participating businesses.

As we continually seek to advance our corporate sustainability initiatives, we were excited to learn that our overall score increased from 587 to 606 since 2016!

Green Masters

We're in great company, with approximately 200 participating Wisconsin businesses and more than 30 Green Masters this year. Congratulations to our fellow Green Masters, and thank you for your continued commitment to sustainable business practices. We look forward to learning from you and working toward our shared goal of a healthier planet!

  • ABB Inc.
  • Alliant Energy Corporation
  • American Family Insurance
  • Amery Hospital and Clinic
  • Appleton Coated
  • Bounce Milwaukee
  • CNH Industrial
  • Essity
  • Evinrude
  • Evolution Marketing
  • Fairmount Santrol
  • Green Bay Packaging Inc.
  • Homburg Contractors, Inc.
  • Inpro Corporation
  • KI (Krueger International)
  • Kohler Co.
  • Kohl's Department Stores
  • Lands' End
  • Laser Pros International
  • Lauterbach Group Inc.
  • Madison Gas and Electric
  • Menasha Corporation
  • Mercury Marine
  • Oshkosh Corporation
  • Outpost Natural Foods Cooperative
  • Phillips-Medisize
  • Precision Plus
  • Rockwell Automation
  • Trane Company
  • UW Credit Union
  • UW Health
  • Westfields Hospital
  • WECC
on Monday, March 13, 2017

Ten years ago this week, WECC staff moved into our high-performance, energy-efficient headquarters in Madison, Wisconsin!

In honor of 10 great years, we have compiled a list of 10 ways our building helps maximize energy efficiency and productivity. 

1. Going for the Gold: The U.S. Green Building Council awards LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification to buildings based on how they address various sustainability issues. WECC is proud that our building achieved LEED Gold Certification.

2. Sustainably Sourced Materials: Materials for our building were selected with the environment at the forefront. One hundred percent of wood found in our office was certified by the Forest Stewardship Council. Floors in our kitchen and other common areas were constructed from recycled tires, and our reception desk was beautifully crafted with wood from storm-damaged trees.

really new

3. Solar Power: Photovoltaic (PV) panels on our roof and in our parking lot generate renewable energy for our electricity and water. You can track our solar panels’ performance here and see the energy savings in real time!

4. Environmentally Sound Lighting: Natural daylighting is the most environmentally-friendly lighting technique available. The south-facing orientation of our office allows natural light to illuminate 80 percent of the building. As an added bonus, each individual workstation has a view of the outdoors!

5. A Fresh Approach to Air Quality: All paint, finishes, and adhesives used throughout our building are low in Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) to reduce fumes and indoor air pollution. 

6. Water Savings: WECC uses innovative plumbing fixtures, including waterless urinals, dual-flush toilets in all restrooms, and low-flow faucet fixtures. The result is a 30 percent reduction in water usage.

7. Smart Landscaping: Many of our green building features can be seen before stepping inside. Two rain garden bioswales and a canopy roof garden reduce water run-off, and our pervious pavement allows rain water to seep into the ground.


8. High-Efficiency Appliances: Every appliance in our building is ENERGY STAR® certified. ENERGY STAR appliances are independently certified to use less energy and cause fewer harmful emissions.

9. Green Commuting: WECC provides preferred parking for hybrid vehicles and carpools. Our close proximity to public transportation and walking paths, as well as our indoor and outdoor bike racks, make choosing energy-efficient methods for commuting to work convenient.

bike rack

10. Sustainable Business Practices: WECC staff is committed to reducing the impact of our business operations on the environment. On-site composting bins, the use of reusable and recyclable products, and hybrid company cars are just a few of the ways we stand by our mission! 

We’re proud of the fantastic work we’ve done over the past decade, and look forward to many more years of championing and delivering innovative energy initiatives.

To learn more about our headquarters or how we can help you become more sustainable, call or email us today! 

on Friday, December 30, 2016

Looking to trim your budget in 2017? One way to reduce costs—and do your part to protect the environment—is to take simple actions at home to save energy. Over time, just a few small changes in behavior can add up to make a substantial difference!

1. Change or clean your furnace filter once a month. As dust and dirt build up on the filter, it becomes more difficult for air to pass through—causing the motor to work harder—and use more energy. Your furnace could overheat, resulting in costly repairs or even a complete replacement. 

By consistently cleaning or changing your filter, you could save 5 percent to 15 percent on utility costs. A clean filter will also help maintain healthy air quality and extend the life of your entire HVAC system.  Mark your calendar or set a monthly reminder in your phone to stay on top of it!

2. Set the temperature on your water heater to 120 degrees. In addition to saving energy, lowering the temperature to 120 degrees provides a number of benefits: 

  • Slows mineral buildup
  • Reduces corrosion in the water heater and pipes
  • Increases safety/prevents scalding

Set too high (at 140 degrees), your water heater can waste $30-$60 per year in “standby heat losses” (heat lost from the water heater into the surrounding basement area), and more than $400 in “demand losses” (energy used to heat the water used in your home). 

3. Dry your clothes differently. On average, clothes dryers use the most energy of the major household appliances. In addition to purchasing an ENERGY STAR® model—which uses about 20 percent less energy than conventional models—you can save energy by: 

  • Cleaning the lint screen before every use. A clogged screen can make your dryer use up to 30 percent more energy, and can also create a fire hazard.
  • Removing clothes from the dryer while they’re still damp and hang them up. This will save energy, prevent static, and reduce wrinkles and shrinkage.
  • Drying one load of clothes immediately after another. This minimizes heat loss, reducing warm-up and drying times.