Governor Creates Climate Change Task Force

Governor Evers established a Climate Change Task Force on October 17, 2019 through Executive Order #52. Chaired by Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes, the task force will collaborate to develop recommendations to mitigate and adapt to climate change and to create a clean energy economy for the benefit of Wisconsin communities. The Governor recognized that climate change threatens the health, safety, and economic well-being of the people of our state.

With 31 members consisting of state agencies, four lawmakers, and a diverse mix of businesses, tribes, utilities and organizations, the task force will hold public hearings across the state, analyze research and climate actions, and work with tribal governments and the UW and Tech College systems. It is to issue a report by August 31, 2020. In August, 2019, Governor Evers signed an Executive Order that established a state goal of 100% carbon-free electricity by 2050 and the Office of Sustainability and Clean Energy within DOA (see EnergyOnWi news, August 2019). wuwm