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Kathy Kuntz

Energy and Climate Change Specialist, Dane County Office of Energy and Climate Change

Kathy Kuntz has almost 30 years of experience influencing consumers, businesses, and whole communities to adopt sustainable practices and technologies. Her work spans energy and water efficiency, transportation, waste reduction, beneficial electrification, and renewable energy. Kuntz’s expertise, regardless of the resource or technology, is to make change happen.

Currently part of the team at the Dane County Office of Energy and Climate Change, Kuntz is leading efforts to implement the county’s ambitious economy-wide Climate Action Plan.

From 2010 to 2019 Kuntz was the executive director of Cool Choices, a Wisconsin-based nonprofit that inspired individuals, communities, and businesses to adopt sustainable practices that reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Under Kuntz’s leadership, Cool Choices collaborated with hundreds of private businesses and public entities across the globe to engage thousands of people in sustainability, promoting changes at work and at home via a fun online platform.

Prior to Cool Choices Kuntz led Focus on Energy, Wisconsin’s statewide energy efficiency and renewable energy program. Under Kuntz’s leadership the program expanded its activities and strengthened its partnerships with utilities and trade allies.

The author of numerous presentations and papers on behavior change and energy efficiency, Kuntz has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota, Morris, and a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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