Sustainability in everything we do.
The City of Monona is a leader in environmental sustainability, and believes that a commitment to the environment is crucial to having a flourishing community. Having sustainability in mind while supporting the ecological, economic, and social needs of our community ensures that we will not deplete or minimize the resources of future generations.
Keeping our storm drains clear of leaves in the fall is crucial to reducing the amount of phosphorous in our lakes. Leaves can create dissolved phosphorous when they are rained on, and because our stormwater drains into Lake Monona, those piled up leaves can contribute to algae blooms in the lake. You can help avoid these algae blooms by adopting a storm drain to keep clear of leaves during the fall. Visit our Adopt A Storm Drain page, read the Leaf-Free Streets Brochure or contact Brad Bruun, to learn more!
Monona is known as the city of trees. And Monona is on the move to restoring and growing our tree canopy. Trees naturally clean the air we need to survive while providing beauty, shade, nutrients, wildlife habitat and increasing our property values. Monona has consistently replaced or added to our tree canopy as diseased or dangerous trees are removed. As the number of ash trees needing removal explodes, we’ve increased the City budget dedicated to keeping pace.
Earlier this year, the City Council also created a way for our whole community to help – a new City Forestry Fund. Additionally, the Sustainability Committee is launching a Monona Forestry Challenge.
The first 50 Monona residents or businesses who donate $100 or more to the new Forestry Fund or plant a new, native variety tree on their own property will get a $25 gift certificate to one of the many terrific Monona eating establishments that can use our help right now.
Click on the flyer below for more information about how to participate. For more information on the City Forestry Fund, click here.
For a list of recommended and native tree species from the City, please click here.
Monona’s Sustainability Committee wants to help residents learn more about how they can be more energy efficient and invest in clean energy. Check out the flyer below for more information about programs that can help you save energy and money!
MadiSun is a program that facilitates group solar buys for Madison area residents. If you’ve ever considered investing in solar energy for your home, but aren’t sure where to start, MadiSUN’s webinars are a great place to start.
Recycling helps protect natural resources and reduces the material we send to the landfill, making our community healthier and more resilient as the climate changes. But to see the benefits, we have to Recycle Right.
When unrinsed or non-recyclable items end up in our curbside bins, they’re considered contamination – they actually have to be picked out. Since we pay by the volume of recycling picked up, it costs the City money – that’s your money – and creates a lot of extra work for the recycling plant. Make sure that only glass, plastic, metal and paper go in your bin.
To help you recycle right on Earth Day, and every day, the City created a one-page flyer that details what should do into your bin and a Recyclopedia that explains that and so much more.
**A note for residents, Advanced Disposal will not be picking up any extra recycling items at this time, so do not place items next to the bins as the drivers are instructed to not exit the vehicle.
We know that paper, plastic, glass and metal can go in our curbside recycling bins, but did you know that other household items, like electronics, Styrofoam and batteries, can be recycled too?
Companies in and around Monona collect these items and more, making sure they don’t end up in the landfill, where they contaminate the land and water. The more we can keep them out of the landfill, the healthier and more resilient our land and water will be.
You can safely dispose of household hazardous waste like pains, chemicals and e-waste at Dane County’s Clean Sweep. They’re open 7am-2:45pm on weekdays and 8am-10:45am on Saturdays. Please read over their COVID-19 guidelines before dropping off items.
If you have used motor oil to dispose of, please visit the City of Madison’s website for disposal locations
To see a full list of specialty recycling items and where to drop them off, check out the City of Monona Recyclopedia. The City is working on an interactive map of these companies and the items they collect, which will be coming soon.
Visit the Monona Recycling Map to find locations that take typically non-recyclable items like household hazardous wastes, E-waste such as old TV’s and electronics, appliances, styrofoam, plastic grocery bags, and more!
Each year, the City analyzes its energy, water, transportation and waste data to track progress towards goals like those outlined in the 100% Clean Energy Resolution. Check out the 2019 Dashboard below to see how the city made progress last year.
Leaf Management: Adopt a Storm Drain Project
Degrading leaves, left unattended during the fall season, produce phosphorous that contaminates our lakes. Preventing leaves from entering our storm drains keeps our water cleaner and healthier. To adopt your storm drain, visit our web page!
Resident Energy Survey
The Resident Energy survey, conducted in the summer of 2019, asked community members about their current investment and interest in renewable energy and energy efficiency projects at home and city-wide. You can see the results on our web page.
100% Clean Energy Resolution
In March 2019, the City Council approved a resolution to pursue 100% clean energy to satisfy all municipal and community demand by 2040 and 2050, respectively. The resolution addresses issues of climate change and resiliency, along with the economic benefits of transitioning to renewables.
Waste Diversion at the Riverfront Redevelopment
Ever wonder if construction projects are concerned with reducing and reusing materials? Well, in Monona, we are! This project, completed in May 2018, was able to divert 87.9% of all non-hazardous materials from reaching a landfill. Read the report by clicking here!