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.
Monona Catering uses china dishes and cloth napkins for the majority of events and offers 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Monona Terrace recycles over half of its solid waste including used and outdated electrical equipment.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 purchases to offset 100 percent of electric power consumption and 100 percent of non-electric carbon emissions. On average, each year we offset 3,950,185 kWh of electric power consumption by purchasing certified clean source electricity, and save 816 metric tons of non-electric carbon emissions. Additionally, Monona Terrace uses 27 percent less energy than similar facilities in comparable climates across the nation.
Monona Terrace’s interior lighting fixtures are light-emitting diode (LED), which are highly energy-efficient and last longer than other types of lighting.
Monona Terrace’s gardens host over 6,800 square feet of native prairie plantings that conserve water and attract important pollinators. Those plantings are used to reseed other City of Madison green spaces.