State Rep. Katrina Shankland
Press Release

Rep. Shankland Applauds Governor Evers’ Leadership on Clean Energy and Sustainability

"The simple fact is that we’ve got to act on climate change."

By - Aug 16th, 2019 01:19 pm

MADISON – Today, Governor Tony Evers signed an executive order creating the Office of Sustainability and Clean Energy, which will be charged with working to achieve the goal of our state’s electricity being 100% carbon-free by 2050. The new office will also work to ensure that our state is fulfilling the carbon reduction goals of the 2015 Paris Climate Accord, and will be developing a plan to help our state adapt and respond to climate change through the use of clean energy resources and technology, in conjunction with other state agencies, local units of government, and stakeholders. Finally, the new office is responsible for promoting clean energy workforce training, fostering development, innovation, and research in clean energy and sustainability-related fields, and developing new clean energy standards for all state facilities, office buildings, and complexes.

Rep. Katrina Shankland (D-Stevens Point) released the following statement in response:

“I am beyond thrilled with today’s executive order, and I’m deeply grateful for Governor Evers’ tremendous leadership on clean energy. The simple fact is that we’ve got to act on climate change. The good news is that acting on climate change has a quadruple bottom line. Investing in renewable energy, energy efficiency, and sustainability buoys our economy by creating good family-supporting jobs, protecting our natural resources, boosting tourism and recreation, and strengthening the public health.

“For the governor to put us on a path toward decarbonization while also investing in the future workforce, technology, and planning for resiliency is both insightful and needed. Clean energy supports our economic growth while reducing our carbon footprint, and I look forward to working with the new Office of Sustainability to support policies and programs to mitigate the effects of climate change, decarbonize, and embrace clean energy, reduced waste, and climate resiliency.

“While it’s enormously disappointing that my Republican colleagues rejected these measures in the governor’s state budget, I am glad to see Governor Evers utilizing his constitutional authority to make Wisconsin a leader again in clean energy and sustainability. I am committed to working with him and with my legislative colleagues to continue advocating for action on clean energy and climate.”

Mentioned in This Press Release

Recent Press Releases by State Rep. Katrina Shankland

Tapped Infused Maple Syrup Nominated For “Coolest Thing Made In Wisconsin”

“I am excited to nominate this phenomenal company for the title of ‘Coolest Thing Made in Wisconsin.’”

Rep. Shankland: First Wisconsin Legislator to Attend Clean Energy Legislative Academy

"It was an honor to be selected to attend the 2019 Clean Energy Legislative Academy."

Rep. Shankland: Republican So-called “Campus Free Speech” Bill Likely To Do Just The Opposite

"I’m especially concerned about the far-reaching impact this legislation could have on freedom of speech on campus."

Leave a Reply

You must be an Urban Milwaukee member to leave a comment. Membership, which includes a host of perks, including an ad-free website, tickets to marquee events like Summerfest, the Wisconsin State Fair and the Florentine Opera, a better photo browser and access to members-only, behind-the-scenes tours, starts at $9/month. Learn more.

Join now and cancel anytime.

If you are an existing member, sign-in to leave a comment.

Have questions? Need to report an error? Contact Us