Green Madison is an effort to reduce energy consumption in the City of Madison. In its first round of an online sustainability game, Cool Choices, concluded in late November achieved cost savings, energy reductions and special recognitions for participants. The online game is part of Green Madison’s city-wide effort to reduce energy consumption and win the $5 million Georgetown University Energy Prize.
More than 850 individual players from over 45 Madison businesses and organizations signed up for the 8-week game. Players formed teams and competed to take the greatest number of sustainable and energy-saving actions. At the conclusion of the game the top three individual players were each awarded a grant to donate to the non-profit of their choice. These grants were sponsored by the Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District and Madison Gas & Electric.
First place winner, Heidi Fleegel, donated her winning grant of $500.00 to Capital K9s, the non-profit organization that raises funds to support the Madison Police Department K9 Unit.
“I took part in the Cool Choices game to be more conscientious of making better choices (no matter how small) to help the environment. It was exciting to take first place and learn that I’d won the opportunity to donate a Green Madison grant to the non-profit of my choice. It’s a good example of how a simple game can create positive ripples in the community,” said Heidi Fleegel, City of Madison Records Clerk.