Middleton is Clean, Green and Serene

Middleton embraces green travel practices and environmental sustainability.

From lush outdoor green spaces to passionate local producers and community members, we are so fortunate to be a city that values being green both inside and out. Each year, Earth Day stands as a time to remember the important role we play in protecting, shaping and preserving our planet. In Middleton, we value creating an environment where travelers are welcomed by serene outdoor beauty that is guarded by green and clean sustainability practices.

Here are four reasons why we’re greener:

Middleton loves the outdoors

It’s our lush green spaces, extensive trails and blue waters that make it easy to want to be outdoors. In fact, more than 25 percent of the City of Middleton’s land is dedicated to outdoor, open spaces. Middleton is a place where bikers can spend the day, adventure seekers can traverse through 549 acres of protected conservancy land, water lovers can easily jump into Lake Mendota, golfers can play on an award-winning course with breathtaking view, and so much more.

Breath in the fresh air while visiting Greenway Station—a 41-acre open air shopping center, and spend some time in the completely walkable downtown shopping district of Middleton. Find shopping, restaurants and several stops on the Middleton Outdoor Art Trail or take a trip back in time to experience Middleton’s historic past by embarking on one of the Middleton Area Historical Society‘s walking or landmark tours.

And lastly, after your day of outdoor activity, we highly encourage finding a spot to kick back and enjoy an iced cold beverage and mouth-watering food while listening to live music and/or sitting on a patio.

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No need to bring your car, we’ve got you connected

Middleton is also well connected via trail. With more than 27 miles of trails, it’s easy to take it all in without having to use a vehicle. Middleton’s community trails lead to playgrounds, recreation areas and pavilions, as well as nearby places to eat and shop. Explore an updated map of Middleton’s trails here.

If you do travel to Middleton with a vehicle, there are several electric vehicle public charging stations. Find a charging station that works for you:

  • Downtown: 7428 Terrace Ave and 7428 Terrace Ave
  • Greenway Station: 1611 Aspen Commons
  • East Middleton: 6825 University Ave
  • North Middleton: 8000 Airport Rd, 7185 High Rd and 6829 Co Rd K

We emphasize local produce

On top of our extensive food scene of more than 70-plus restaurants, we love eating food that is sourced locally. Whether that be by picking up produce at the Greenway Station Farmers Market for a homemade meal, or stopping at a local restaurant that features menu items made with locally-sourced ingredients, Middleton offers farm-fresh goodness.

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Our community is committed

Much of Middleton’s ability to be a green city can be contributed to our community members strong dedication and desire to preserve and protect the environment and the city’s natural beauty. The City of Middleton has pledged to establish goals to meet 100% of their energy needs with renewable energy by 2040 and 100 percent of community-wide energy needs with renewable energy by 2050. From the leadership of the City of Middleton’s Sustainability Committee, to the Morey Field five-megawatt solar project that hosts 1.5 megawatts of solar power for the City of Middleton and the Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District, to Middleton’s Municipal Airpot, Morey Field, offering a fully unleaded aviation fuel option, all the way to local businesses and individual community members who are passionate about supporting climate change, Middleton is leading the way on becoming a greener city.


Modified August 3, 2023