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Municipal Climate Planning


Elevate develops climate plans with communities and other public sector entities across the country.

We work closely with each community to develop their sustainability and energy goals, and then integrate actions into the community’s everyday roles, responsibilities, and strategic priorities.

Our team of planning professionals and energy analysts takes a comprehensive approach and offers a menu of available services to examine a community’s energy, transportation, waste, water, and land use. Our services include:

  • Analysis of current community-wide energy use by building sector
  • Projections of community-wide energy use based on anticipated population and changing land use patterns
  • Analysis of energy savings potential via community-appropriate policy and programmatic strategies

Since 2004, Elevate has partnered with over 200 municipalities on their sustainability and climate plans.

Municipal Planning Experience: Iowa Energy Plan

Elevate was part of the team that developed the Iowa Energy Plan. The team’s approach to development of the plan involved completing an assessment of current and future energy supply and demand, an examination of existing energy policies and programs, and identification of emerging energy challenges and opportunities. The team led a comprehensive stakeholder engagement process that included a series of energy forums and facilitated working group discussions. The Iowa Energy Plan was completed in 2016.

Municipal Planning Experience: Green Madison

In 2014, Elevate developed a plan for the City of Madison. Implementation of the plan included strategies for single and multifamily residential buildings, an analysis of municipal building energy priorities and training, and Cool Choices – an online energy behavior competition. Over a two-year period, Madison achieved a 10 percent reduction in energy consumption while at the same time experiencing a population growth of nearly 8 percent.

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We want to work with you to work on your next climate plan! Get started by filling out the form below, emailing Lindy Wordlaw, or calling 773-269-4012.

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