Monona Terrace and Monona Catering partner with a local composting service to turn food waste into quality soil. The project annually diverts over 35,000 pounds of organic kitchen waste from landfills, reducing the production of methane into the atmosphere. The organic materials are then recycled into a nutrient-rich soil amendment used by area farmers.
Monona Terrace uses environmentally safe cleaning products to help protect indoor air quality. Our initiative encouraged other departments in the City of Madison to begin using environmentally friendly products as well.
Monona Catering uses china dishes and cloth napkins for the majority of events and offers biodegradable cups and similar recyclable products to guests when necessary. Locally sourced foods are prominently featured on menus when possible. Each year an average of 5,500 pounds of food is donated to local pantries.
Monona Terrace recycles over half of its solid waste including used and outdated electrical equipment. Single stream recycling provides convenience to guests by offering one container for all their recyclables.
Monona Terrace has installed high efficiency plumbing fixtures, appliances, and a drip irrigation system resulting in water usage that’s 43 percent below the LEED benchmark.
Monona Terrace uses Green Energy purchasing to offset 100 percent of our electricity consumption. On average, we annually offset the use of 3,316,818 kWh of electricity and save 1,787 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions. In addition, Monona Terrace has an energy use rating 27 percent below similar facilities in comparable climates across the nation.
Monona Terrace’s interior are Light Emitting Diode (LED) fixtures. LED lighting consumes less energy than the original incandescent or halide fixtures, has a longer life, and contains less mercury.