MADISON, Wis. (AP) — An environmental organization and the U.S. Forest Service are working together to harvest timber in northern Wisconsin.
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The Big Share, an online day of giving sponsored by Community Shares of Wisconsin, is about communities coming together to support each other and the work we all do. What better way to celebrate our community than with great beer and great friends?
Join us at Octopi Brewing on Tuesday, March 6 from 4-10 p.m. in celebration of the close of a wonderful Big Share! Come hang out and watch the days totals come in, while cheering on Clean Wisconsin. All gifts will be matched by Clean Wisconsin`s Board of Directors until midnight, so you can give a gift to Clean Wisconsin at the event or simply enjoy the atmosphere...
The Northern Lights Express intercity rail proposal, connecting Minneapolis and Duluth, Minnesota with a stop in Superior, Wisconsin, advanced forward following a Finding of No Significant Impact (“FONSI”) from the Federal Railroad Administration (“FRA”). The FRA’s decision found that the proposed rail project would not have any significant environmental impacts and allows the project to advance beyond the environmental phase.
Project proponents envision a rail service connecting six stations
operating across existing BNSF Railway track. The Northern Lights
Express trains would travel at 90 miles per hour over 152 miles. The new
rail service would operate four round trips per day. The majority of
the track is in Minnesota, but 23 miles will cross Wisconsin.
The project would require construction of 42 miles of mainline and sidings to permit the Northern Lights Express passenger trains to share the corridor with BNSF Railway’s freight trains......more
Ken Notes: I sooo wish we had at least looked at connecting the Milwaukee, Chicago, Madison, Minneapolis metros with a high speed system...
Imagine a clean Midwest distribution corridor for large, cold, and warehoused product headed for the Midwest and both coasts...
Frustration with weakened state environmental protections is causing some Republican voters in Wisconsin to ponder something that was unthinkable 10 years ago — voting for Democrats.
Hunting and fishing enthusiasts, lakefront property owners and neighbors of large farming operations are among those who have grown unhappy with the long list of changes enacted by Republican Gov. Scott Walker and the GOP majority in the Legislature....
Ken Notes: We may need a new party called the "Old Republicans or Fiscal Democrats", they would be pro environment, fiscal conservatives, pro education, pro small business, pro reaching across the isle, pro local government - I would commit!
Marilyn Pedretti lives off the grid, in a straw-bale house she built on land her family has been farming for more than 50 years...
...If Wisconsin energy policy is to enter the 21st century, ultimately the Legislature will have to do the dragging. Meanwhile the Public Service Commission, appointed by the governor, is all that stands between the utility giants like ATC and the ratepayers, landowners and little municipal governments resisting them......more
Ken Notes: Great read, but the die is cast and there is legislative support for these lines and enough money behind them to ensure that it remains that way. This is not a Wisconsin issue it is a Midwest issue with national support.
I have suggested a scenario where we negotiate for more public amenities like trails, camping, and recreation facilities - but alas the just say no contingent believed they could stem the tide. They can`t -- the numbers are far to large here. We can get concessions because the power is used outside the state...
City Of Bayfield Among Those Vying To Lower Energy Use, Mercury Emissions...more
A handful of water utilities around the Great Lakes have been competing over the last year to reduce pollution by controlling the electricity they consume from the power grid. One northern Wisconsin community has been able to cut down mercury emissions as much as 25 percent by pumping water at certain times during the day.
The City of Bayfield is competing with cities like Ann Arbor, Michigan and Detroit to lower mercury and other emissions as part of the Water Utility Energy Challenge. Through the competition, five cities have been testing out new technology developed by researchers to track pollution, said Carol Miller, professor of civil and environmental engineering at Wayne State University in Michigan....
Ken Notes: This is a GREAT idea, every utility should adopt a competitive spirit to address the issue of the best environmental footprint they can produce. I will happily recognize those making a difference through positive actions. Also if you have not been to Bayfield you are missing a true Wisconsin gem...
Three Midwestern Clean Cities coalitions are hosting a major Chicago-area green-technology conference May 17.
The Lake Michigan Consortium - a partnership between Clean Cities coalitions from Chicago, Wisconsin and Northern Indiana - will host the 2018 Green Drives Conference and Expo at Northern Illinois University`s Conference Center in Naperville, Illinois.
NIU Naperville Meeting and Conference Center
Despite new competition, Wisconsin’s frac sand industry has come roaring back from a slump that idled mines two years ago, fueled by a continued surge in domestic crude oil production.
“They can pretty much sell all the sand they want,” said Kent Syverson, an industry consultant and chair of the geology department at UW-Eau Claire.
After a strong 2017, U.S. frac sand demand is expected to grow again this year and could hit an all-time high in 2019, according to producers and industry analysts...
Ken Notes: We should have been working on this for the past few years...
SunPeak is a turnkey developer of commercial solar PV electricity systems based in Madison, Wisconsin. Businesses can be assured their turnkey project will be professionally handled from initial feasibility study to final commissioning. Projects typically range from 100 kW to 5 MW (hundreds to thousands of solar panels) and offer significant cost savings relative to conventional utility electric rates.
Armed with years of air quality testing and other evidence, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency tentatively concluded late last year that most of southeast Wisconsin needs to take more aggressive action to reduce lung-damaging smog.
The decision infuriated Gov. Scott Walker, a former Republican presidential candidate who had wooed Foxconn Technology Group to Racine County a few months earlier with $3 billion in financial incentives, promises to relax state environmental laws and access to Lake Michigan water for a sprawling new electronics factory, just north of the Illinois border in an area with some of the state’s dirtiest air....more
Several communities around the Great Lakes are competing to reduce pollution by controlling the electricity they consume from the power grid....more
Ken Notes: Always on of my favorite cities... If we need a reason to protect our environment Bayfield may be it!
In a late-night move, the Wisconsin Assembly approved a measure giving environmental exemptions for a controversial $70 million sand processing development in western Wisconsin that is being challenged by environmental groups.
The exemptions, in the form of a last-minute amendment to a wetlands bill, were written to benefit Meteor Timber, an Atlanta-based company that is planning to build a sand-processing plant and rail spur near I-94 in Monroe County catering to the frac sand industry......more
Ken Notes: What we do in the middle of the night is often designed to escape the attention of those around us...
Fourth Time Company Honored for Greenhouse Gas Management
RACINE, Wis., March 1, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- SC Johnson today announced it has received a Climate Leadership Award for Excellence in Greenhouse Gas Management (GHG) Goal Setting.
SC Johnson has set an aggressive goal of further reducing GHG emissions 15 percent by 2020 from the base set in 2015. This could result in a reduction of more than 15,000 metric tons of emissions over five years...
STEPHENSON, Mich.—Federal regulators are saying not so fast to a proposed open-pit mine in the southern part of Michigan`s Upper Peninsula.
The Environmental Protection Agency, in a recent letter to the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, said it was objecting to the state`s wetlands permit for the Back Forty zinc, copper and gold mine proposed by Canadian-based Aquila Resources.
The EPA also cited shortfalls in how the mine project would impact Native American cultural resources...
The program gives grants to farmers and researchers working to promote sustainability in agriculture.
For the next five years, the University of Minnesota will continue to host a regional agricultural sustainability research and education program, the University announced earlier this month.
The North Central Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program — in operation for the past 30 years — has four regional branches across the U.S. The program awards grants to farmers, ranchers and researchers working to promote sustainability in agriculture......more
Ken Notes: Can we do this???
MILWAUKEE — Marquette University and the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation have announced the finalists for the 2018 Force for Positive Change awards. This statewide competition focuses on social entrepreneurship as a model for solving social or environmental challenges in ways that are sustainable and just and that generate impactful change in Wisconsin....
Finalists include: 7 Rivers Recycling, ACTS Housing, Apricity, Artisan Dental LLC, Cathedral Squared Enterprises, Chrysalis, Compost Crusader LLC, Cream City Conservation & Consulting LLC, Derute Consulting Cooperative, Evergreen Credit Union, Eye Heart World Inc., Families & Schools Together, Inc., Forward Community Investments, Harambee Village: Pregnancy, Childbirth & Breastfeeding Care, Islands of Brilliance, Kickapoo Coffee Roasters, Leonardo Academy, Little Free Library, Maydm, Mayville Open Door Inc dba The Open Door Coffeehouse, Opportunity Inc., Rise Together, Soar Fox Cities Inc., Spring Green Timber Growers, St. Ann Center for Intergenerational Care, STEMhero LLC, The Driftless Café, The Local Food Experiment LLC, Urban League of Greater Madison, WasteCap Resource Solutions Inc., and Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corporation... ...more
The National Guard on Thursday began a public process that will stretch for more than a year as the U.S. Air Force and the National Guard Bureau study the ways basing a squadron of supersonic F-35 warplanes in Madison could affect the city.
Air Force plans to base the jets at Truax Field have won enthusiastic support from conservatives like Gov. Scott Walker and U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, as well as from liberals like U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin and Madison Mayor Paul Soglin...
Ken Notes: Since we know these jets will fly somewhere, I hope this is not just a NIMBY issue. I like the idea of bringing an attraction of this caliber to the region. To be honest I even support the idea of protesters coming to the city as long as they do no harm or damage and spent a few dollars downtown.
WGBA has combined forces with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and together we will pilot a new model for USGBC chapters and local market engagement...
CASCO – When veterinarian and dairy farmer Don Niles established his new operation with partner, John Pagel, 17 years ago, he made animal and environmental welfare a non-negotiable top priority.
Over the years, large dairy farms like Niles and Pagel’s Dairy Dream LLC have come under scrutiny from environmental groups, especially those operations located in northeast Wisconsin where cattle populations have grown, and geology creates conditions where manure can trickle through the soil and taint groundwater.......more
Ken Notes: Again we can fix this and the solution is requiring these large facilities to adopt technologies that create safe clean effluent. I love the Collaboration key approach especially if we bring smaller farms to the table...
The Native American concept of “7th Generation thinking” emphasizes the need to think about how contemporary actions will impact those down the road. This provides a framework for many native communities, helping to prevent selfish decisions. Sustainable mentalities such as this uphold the Native American ideal that humans are not owners of land, but rather temporary residents with an obligation to preserve and respect it......more
KENOSHA, WISCONSIN – Hundreds of people attended a forum to voice their concerns about the major Foxconn Technology Group project in Wisconsin.
Carthage College held the first of three forums on the project Wednesday in Kenosha, the Kenosha News reported. More than 175 people attended the event.
The Taiwanese electronics company wants to build a large flat-screen facility in Mount Pleasant. The first forum focused on how the facility will affect the area’s culture and community.......more
Ken Notes: It would be easy to make Foxconn one of the most environmentally positive role models in the nation. I do not think this is on anyone`s radar but they could be a great build. Green production, green building, great storm-water systems, recycling, return clean water to the aquifer, renewable energy.
They`ve come for our jobs and our children. Now they want our water.
By all accounts, our neighbor to the north likely will be able to drain Lake Michigan of millions more gallons of water a day. Wisconsin needs the water for its growing industrial base and residential expansion.
Foxconn, the Taiwanese maker of liquid-crystal displays, alone requires seven million gallons of water daily for its manufacturing process, according to a story earlier this month in the Chicago Tribune. That amount is about what the Central Lake County Joint Action Water Agency pulls from the Big Lake to service 12 communities, including customers in Gurnee, Libertyville, Mundelein and Round Lake communities......more
Ken Notes: We treat Foxconn like they can`t read. They have to be aware that water abuse may be politically tolerated but there are many obstacles well beyond politics to actually releasing a harmful effluent. The political issues were in regards to eliminating delay in the permitting process. Trust but verify!
Cold storage is heating up in the United States, according to a new report from CBRE Industrial and Logics. With e-commerce sellers like Amazon changing where food is stored and how it gets to consumers, analysts expect a major cold storage shift from retail to industrial properties.Currently the country has approximately 3.6 billion cubic feet of food-commodity cold storage capacity covering 180 million square feet of industrial space, CBRE says. Compare that to the 2 billion cubic feet of similar capacity covering 300 million square feet of retail space.. ...more
Ken Notes: This could be a huge market for Wisconsin, I wonder if we could get the UW`s to come up with greener tech`s for these facilities...
The term “wetlands” may seem esoteric, but these ecosystem building blocks are critical to our environment. So why would state Republicans have launched an all-out attack on them? As usual, follow the money.
But first, why should we care about wetlands?Wetlands could be thought of as nature’s kidneys... ...more
WAUSAU - Marathon County officials are considering a policy that aims to guard against the potential harm of copper and gold mining.
The proposal is a response to legislation, signed by Gov. Scott Walker in December, that paves the way for metallic mining in Wisconsin. The bill repealed a law that required companies seeking a non-iron mining permit to show regulators another U.S. or Canadian mine that`s operated for at least 10 years and has been closed for at least 10 years without polluting......more
Ken Notes: The state will quickly act to limit restrictions applied by local units of government, I would instead focus on special impact fees, transit and noise ordinances, sewer and water regulations, and a required fund for site reclamation. Mines will tent to seek the path of least resistance and there are a number of roadblocks a community can establish without state interference...
RACINE COUNTY — With concerns about the potential environmental impact of the Foxconn Technology Group project taking center stage this week, the company is taking steps to assure the public that it takes its responsibilities seriously.
On Wednesday, Foxconn issued a statement on its stance on the environment, the same day as a public hearing run by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, which was attended by more than 200 people — dozens of whom voiced their concerns about the project`s environmental impact.
“Foxconn is fully committed to complying with all appropriate rules and regulations that apply to our operations and to being a responsible corporate citizen,” according to the Foxconn statement. “Environmental sustainability is a priority and that includes compliance with the Great Lakes Compact and Wisconsin’s laws, rules and permitting procedures relating to water quality and wastewater treatment.”...
Ken Notes: See -- trust but verify!
SHEBOYGAN - The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is being taken to court by an environmental group amidst claims that they were not thorough enough in their decision to grant Kohler Co. a wetlands permit for their proposed golf course.
Although the DNR granted Kohler a wetlands permit, they found that the proposed project would eradicate about 50 percent of the trees on the 247 acres of Kohler-owned land at the site.
environmental group Friends of the Black River Forest (FBRF) and
Sheboygan resident Claudia Bricks have petitioned the court to have the
decision to grant Kohler the wetlands permit reversed because they
believe the DNR was not thorough enough in its analysis and granted
Kohler the permit despite the potential drastic environmental impacts.
Ken Notes: I wish we were focused on setting other lands aside for preservation and public use. This course will likely proceed and a few lawyers will dine a little better...
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The state Legislature recently passed a bill to make it
easier for landowners to fill small, isolated wetlands in urban areas.
The bill, authored by state Rep. Jim Steineke, was supported by business
groups but opposed by some environmental groups, including the
Wisconsin Wetlands Association. Some sporting groups dropped their
objections after the bill was amended.
Jim Steineke, Assembly majority leader, (R-Kaukauna)
“Wisconsin’s wetlands play an important role in our state’s ecology, environment and our sporting communities. But our current wetland laws are in many ways overly complex and difficult to navigate.”...
Tracy Hames, Executive director, Wisconsin Wetlands Association
“Wisconsin Wetlands Association is strongly supportive of policies that reduce red tape, promote well-planned economic development and protect our wetland resources. This bill achieves none of those goals.”......more
Ken Notes: Good read! My input - create rules that improve the aquifer then expedite the approval and implementation phases. Pre-plan urban growth areas with comprehensive storm water, treatment, wetland, and development goals.
Dozens of concerned residents and activists asked a Wisconsin agency this week to reject an application from the city of Racine todraw 7 million gallons of water daily from Lake Michigan for a proposed Foxconn plant.
At a public hearing on the request in Sturtevant, many of those who testified said the proposal to take water for a corporation would violate the Great Lakes Compact requirement that such requests be for public uses. They also said Foxconn has not provided enough detail about what toxic chemicals it might be pouring into the lake when it returns most of the water, and whether they are dangerous.......more
Ken Notes: Not a bad thing, but if the goal is seen as preventing Foxconn from developing you will loose your seat at the table. my political mentor once told me to make a difference you need that seat, thus 10 years school board, 4 years mayor, 4 years alder-person, dozens of boards and committees, and 10 years now as a social advocate for a positive Wisconsin.
Build Foxconn be demand they demonstrate the most environmentally positive practices...
MADISON, Wis. – As part of the deal being proposed for Taiwanese electronics manufacturer Foxconn to build a large plant in southeast Wisconsin, Gov. Scott Walker is proposing that the city of Racine be allowed to divert 7 million gallons of Lake Michigan water every day.
The water would be used in the manufacture of high-tech electronic screens.
Conservation groups oppose the plan, saying it`s just the latest move to undercut the state`s environmental laws.
"I think it`s important that people understand the impact that Foxconn is going to have on the state,” says Ryan Billingham, communications director for the Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters... ...more
Ken Notes: This is another area where we will need to seek a seat at the table and do far more than just say no. We need to negotiate environmental friendly concessions in exchange for the water they need, and will get, from a conservative legislature.
Ka Ying Vang of Menomonie, a soil conservationist with U.S. Department of Agriculture, received the Natural Resources Conservation Service Chief’s National Individual Civil Rights Award for 2017 for his work building relations with historically underserved farming populations in Wisconsin — Hmong, Asian-Pacific islanders, African-Americans and Hispanics.
MENOMONIE — Ka Ying Vang wants people to see nature as an integral part of our society that needs to be preserved.
“I’m trying to make that tiny little dent,” said Vang, of Menomonie.
Vang, a soil conservationist with U.S. Department of Agriculture, recently received the Natural Resources Conservation Service Chief’s National Individual Civil Rights Award for 2017 for his work building relations with historically underserved farmers in Wisconsin. The award is given to people who contribute to civil rights programs in the NRCS......more
A central Wisconsin county held a public hearing last week on a proposed ordinance to regulate sulfide mining.
The ordinance in Marathon County, which includes Wausau, would require a mining company to abide by state environmental regulations, pay a $50,000 application fee, and make a $15,000 contribution to a trust fund to cover possible well contamination. The company would also be required to set up buffer zones between the mine and adjacent land, and cover any legal or equipment costs incurred by the county...
Raymond Coates did not think he was going to make it to the end of his first day on a new job. The 58-year-old D.C. resident had never worked construction before, yet there he was on a warm fall day, struggling to move dirt in a wheelbarrow, and regretting decisions to skip breakfast and not pack a lunch...
...Last year, Coates, discovered the National Green Infrastructure Certification Program. Created through a partnership between DC Water and the Water Environment Federation, the program educates and trains new workers in how to build, inspect and keep up green infrastructure like rain gardens, roof gardens and pavement that absorbs water. The projects can slow, clean and sometimes reuse storm water that otherwise would flow dirty and unchecked into area waterways......more
MILWAUKEE — The latest Marquette University Law School poll shows that most registered voters think the $3 billion in state incentives are not worth the cost to attract the $10 billion Foxconn Technology Group project in southeast Wisconsin.
The poll released Monday found that 49 percent think the state is paying more than it`s worth, while 38 percent say it will provide as much economic development as the state is paying. The poll surveyed 800 registered voters between Feb. 25 to March 1 and had a margin of error of plus or minus 4.5 percentage points.......more
Ken Notes: I am not a political blogger, BUT getting environmental issues on the record during the next cycle would be good for Wisconsin. I know some politicians will need to make commitments to stronger environmental positions even in a conservative pro-business platform. Liberals we also need to be seen as not standing in the way of jobs and growth so they will need to address restoring regulation while eliminating the bureaucratic red tape associated with it in the past...
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — An environmental organization and the U.S. Forest Service are working together to harvest timber in northern Wisconsin.
Wisconsin Public Radio reports that the 2014 Farm Bill has allowed the two groups to enter into a stewardship agreement. The conservancy will hire loggers, sell timber and use the proceeds for projects the Forest Service can`t afford to do.
The conservancy plans to use some money to restore Simpson Creek by rerouting the channel and exposing the gravel floor that fish need to spawn. The group also plans to rebuild a handicap accessible boardwalk on the Oconto River and will use funds to restore habitat for the endangered Kirtland`s warbler...
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MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Environmental exemptions that would clear the way for a Georgia company to build a $70 million frac sand processing plant in western Wisconsin that environmentalists oppose hit a snag Wednesday in the state Senate.
The Republican chairman of the Senate Natural Resources Committee said he had no intention of taking up the amendment with the exemptions added to a largely technical bill in a late-night vote by the state Assembly last week. While state Sen. Rob Cowles said it wasn`t his plan to consider it, "there`s always forces above us that can override this guy."...
As the verdant hills of Wakanda are secretly enriched with the fictional metal vibranium in “Black Panther,” your average backyard also has hidden superpowers: Its soil can absorb and store a significant amount of carbon from the air, unexpectedly making such green spaces an important asset in the battle against climate change.
Backyard soils can lock in more planet-warming carbon emissions than soils found in native grasslands or urban forests like arboretums, according to Carly Ziter, a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
The results of her research, published Tuesday in the journal Ecological Applications, were something of a surprise, given that those of us who have yards generally don’t think of them as “nature,” or as especially beneficial to the environment. But at least in this case, the things we enjoy for ourselves are also helping the community at large.
...The study showed that the soil in forest ecosystems was best at absorbing water. But soil on open and developed land — like golf courses and backyard lawns — was better at absorbing carbon......more
Ken Notes: Who knew??? Share this one...
How environmentally conscious anglers can slow the pace of an invasive species
The New Zealand mudsnail (Potamopyrgus antipodarum) has made its way, uninvited, into Wisconsin streams and is sharing an environment with the native brook trout, a prized sport fish. In the unglaciated driftless region—a 24,000 square-mile area in southwestern Wisconsin, southeastern Minnesota, northeastern Iowa and northwest Illinois—600 cold water spring-fed streams provide an ideal habitat for brook trout and a fishing paradise for anglers. A 2016 study estimated that the annual economic impact of trout fishing in the driftless region is $1.6 billion....
Ken Notes: If you fish READ THIS...
I thought I knew something about Wisconsin politics. I assumed the state was neatly divided between blue cities, like Madison and Milwaukee, and solidly red rural areas that twice elected Governor Scott Walker, one of the nation’s most right-wing governors, and went for Donald Trump in 2016.
Turns out there’s a lot I didn’t know. And the assumptions and stereotypes that I—and many others—hold are dividing us and harming our chances of building powerful coalitions across rural–urban divides......more
Ken Notes: I agree, but the playing field has changed and State politics is now a financial issue and Q score is starting to play a role. This is a new game with new outcomes. We can only offset this by learning the new rules and making issues front and center. We have lost our focus on the value of the environment for tourism, recreation, health and sustainability. We need to tie these issues to our candidates...
A bipartisan bill to exempt farmers from reporting to the U.S. Coast Guard emissions from the natural breakdown of manure on their farms yesterday was introduced in the U.S. House.
Sponsored by Reps. Billy Long, R-Mo., and Jim Costa, D-Calif., along with 85 cosponsors, the "Agricultural Certainty for Reporting Emissions (ACRE) Act," H.R. 5275, would fix a problem created last April when a U.S. Court of Appeals rejected a 2008 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency rule that exempted farmers from reporting routine farm emissions under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA).
CERCLA, more commonly known as the "Superfund Law," is used primarily to clean hazardous waste sites but also includes a mandatory federal reporting component. ...more
Ken Notes: The change here is a good thing BUT we need to look at waste management across the board, especially in CAFO`s. Trust but verify...
The three utility companies planning a high-powered transmission line from the Madison area to Iowa have picked a preferred route that runs along existing highway and power line corridors rather than farms and fields.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The three utility companies planning a high-powered transmission line from the Madison area to Iowa have picked a preferred route that runs along existing highway and power line corridors rather than farms and fields.
The University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point wants to eliminate 13 academic programs, primarily in the liberal arts, and the cuts, if carried out, could result in the layoff of tenured faculty members, according to a university news release.
Administrators cited the campus’s $4.5-million deficit and declining enrollment as reasons for the cuts, according to the release. To increase enrollment, officials want to add 16 programs “in areas with high-demand career paths” such as computer information systems, finance, and chemical engineering, among many others. Eight other existing programs, including environmental engineering and captive wildlife, would be expanded into majors or degrees under the plan.......more
Ken Notes: These are very difficult decisions but if the UWSP can improve their environmental programs this may be a trade worth making. I like the idea of a member of the UW system becoming world renowned in an area and UWSP has clearly done that in environmental areas. If each of the UW System schools could specialize to some degree we could offer a world class education to more students in the state.
The Wisconsin Energy Conservation Corporation (WECC) is partnering with energyOrbit to use its cloud-based energy efficiency and demand-side management (DSM) programs, which will allow WECC to provide the latest in modern energy efficiency technology solutions to its clients.
“We are tapping the power of the energyOrbit platform because it’s designed with energy efficiency and DSM operations in mind,” said Mary Woolsey Schlaefer, WECC’s President and CEO. Organizations similar to WECC have realized improved efficiency and DSM operational savings of up to 75% by utilizing such cloud-based programs....more
The WI Sustainable Business Council is a network of Wisconsin businesses and organizations that are interested in, or actively responding to, the challenge of sustainability.
Conservationists and a prominent property rights advocate have weighed in with the Wisconsin appeals court on behalf of Jackson County landowners who sued to block a proposed frac sand operation.
The Wisconsin Court of Appeals is considering a case brought by three families who sued AllEnergy Sand of Des Moines to stop the $130 million project on the grounds it would create a nuisance...
Ken Notes: If this fails, we may have to address this on two fronts. One, gain a seat at the table by running for county boards or supporting candidates who will consider restrictions and controls on the mines. Two, look at policy that the state can not over ride that will make both existing and potential new mines more responsible. I like weight restrictions or axle/weight taxes, noise ordinances, dust restrictions, well permits, reclamation funds, and more....
Teaching about agriculture and sustainability during semesters filled with classes and tests is hard enough. It’s even harder when most students are gone for the busy summer growing season.
But Alan Turnquist says having your own greenhouse doesn’t hurt.
Turnquist is the program coordinator for the GreenHouse Learning Community at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, one of 10 residential learning communities organized by University Housing. There, he gets to engage students as they explore sustainability and agricultural systems through seminars and hands-on experiences that are integrated with residential life......more
The state Department of Natural Resource’s former top lawyer on water issues will tell lawmakers Wednesday that a late-night measure passed by the Assembly favoring a planned industrial facility would likely create environmental problems and “trample” on the right of citizens to challenge agency decisions involving wetlands.
A Republican amendment added a few hours before an Assembly vote Thursday night on a wetlands bill calls for a special exemption for a $70 million sand processing development in western Wisconsin, now under challenge by environmental groups.......more
OAK CREEK — Independent testing has confirmed the presence of coal dust found Monday in a neighborhood north of the We Energies power plants in Oak Creek, the Clean Power Coalition of Southeast Wisconsin announced.
In a news release issued late Thursday afternoon, the coalition said independent testing confirmed coal dust from samples taken Monday by the Environmental Accountability Group and tested by Aspen Consulting. The black coal dust was found covering homes, cars and a playground in neighborhoods north of the Oak Creek and Elm Road power plants...
Ken Notes: Trust but VERIFY... They need to fix this and have suggested they will....
DNR reviewing air emissions permits for LCD campus
The company, which plans to build a 22-million-square-foot, $10 billion campus, submitted permit applications to the DNR for a series of facilities, including an initial assembly facility, a nitrogen plant, energy facility and the main 818 fabrication plant. The four facilities, to be built in phases over the next several years, could combine to emit 229 tons per year of nitrogen oxides, 240 tons of carbon monoxide, 52 tons of particulate matter, 4 tons of sulfur dioxide and 275 tons of volatile organic compounds......more
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President Donald Trump has called a meeting this week with key senators and Cabinet officials to discuss potential changes to biofuels policy, which is coming under increasing pressure after a Pennsylvania refiner blamed the regulation for its bankruptcy, according to four sources familiar with the matter.
Reuters reports that the meeting comes as the oil industry and corn lobby - powerful forces in Washington - clash over the future of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), a decade-old regulation that requires refiners to cover the cost of mixing biofuels such as corn-based ethanol into their fuel... ...more
Ken Notes: Watch this one, we will get a clear indication of how money drives this industry - not environmental concerns.
Have you noticed that the warming climate is slowly impacting the average snowfall totals here?
As Chris Mueller’s article in the Feb. 2 Post-Crescent highlighted, this is “Bad for Business: Lack of Snow in Wisconsin hitting shop owners hard.” The story noted the frustrations that small business owners have when winter doesn’t bring enough snow for snowmobiling and other outdoor recreation. Climate scientists predict this trend will continue as long as we continue to burn fossil fuels.David Barnhill, former director of environmental studies at UW-Oshkosh and a guest columnist for the Post-Crescent on Nov. 25, 2017, made a convincing case for “Green Jobs” as essential to Wisconsin’s future... ...more
In 2008, Harley-Davidson started selling the Screamin` Eagle line of motorcycle tuners. The small, neon-orange box, when put on a regular motorcycle, allowed owners to “tune” the efficiency of their bikes, making them louder, faster and more powerful. But it also caused the motorcycles to emit more pollution than Environmental Protection Agency regulations allowed, and in August 2016, Harley-Davidson agreed to pay $15 million in fines and buy back all 340,000 Screamin’ Eagle tuners from consumers. Last August, under EPA director Scott Pruitt, that penalty was quietly decreased by $3 million — removing a requirement to work with the American Lung Association to mitigate pollution... ...more
The company charged with decommissioning a shuttered nuclear power plant in Genoa has reported elevated levels of radioactive material in groundwater.
LaCrosseSolutions, a subsidiary of the nuclear waste disposal company EnergySolutions, announced Monday that it had detected elevated levels of tritium in a monitoring well near the former reactor building.
EnergySolutions spokesman Mark Walker said there was a reading of 24,200 picocuries per liter recorded on Feb. 14 in a monitoring well 25 feet below ground. That’s below the Environmental Protection Agency’s drinking water limit of 25,000 picocuries per liter, though EnergySolutions notified the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission...
Ken Notes: Too bad it is not vibrainium... Glad to see this being delt with in the light of day...
They`ve come for our jobs and our children. Now they want our water.By all accounts, our neighbor to the north likely will be able to drain Lake Michigan of millions more gallons of water a day. Wisconsin needs the water for its growing industrial base and residential expansion... ...more
Ken Notes: this could get interesting...
SHEBOYGAN - Ross Imaging in Sheboygan got a new fleet of Prius cars recently in an effort to be better corporate citizens and more environmentally friendly.
Nine Prius cars were brought in last weekend and will serve as the vehicles for all the technicians to visit the sites they serve.......more
Ken Notes: A great fleet lease idea to say something positive about your company...
The Wisconsin Alumni Association recently congratulated SmithGroupJJR for earning an award from the Wisconsin Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects for the planning and design of Alumni Park.
The Wisconsin Alumni Association`s Alumni Park opened on Oct. 6, 2017. It is located between Memorial Union and the Red Gym along Lake Mendota on the UW-Madison campus and is open year-round. It is the first alumni park of its kind in the country.......more
State officials are asking the Trump administration to set aside a recent federal finding and conclude that Wisconsin is in compliance with newer and tougher ozone emission standards.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin officials are asking the Trump administration to set aside a recent federal finding and conclude that the state is in compliance with newer and tougher ozone emission standards.
The request to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency would weaken the impact of the standards on factories and other large sources of air pollution, including the Foxconn Technology Group`s plan for a manufacturing complex in Racine County....
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For a timely reminder that Team Trump can’t halt all progress toward an American environment less toxic to human health, consider a new survey of state-level lawmaking around the country.
More than 120 measures aimed at reducing hazardous chemical exposure in everyday life are moving in American legislatures this year, according to the latest annual count by the Safer States coalition. The tally has grown by a dozen in the last couple of weeks and may increase further....
....It`s interesting to note that, by Safer States’ count, Minnesota is also a leader in past actions to reduce the risk of environmental exposure to chemical hazards: 10 successful efforts going back to 2007, more than any other state except Vermont (11), Illinois (14) and, no surprise, California (25).
In all, the group counts 173 significant measures adopted by 35 states since 2000. (Thanks only in part to Gov. Scott Walker, Wisconsin scores a perfect 0 in both current proposals and past actions counted by the Bill Tracker.)......more
Ken Notes: Zero really??? Very interesting list of issues and initiatives at the link...
MSA Professional Services is proud of its growth, but it’s prouder of the fact that its culture hasn’t changed.
The Milwaukee Business Journal recently ranked MSA the third-largest engineering firm in Wisconsin.
That may surprise locals who still think of the company as the small firm that incorporated as Mid-State Associates in Baraboo in 1962. Today, the company employs 330 people in 16 offices across the country. “We’re still the little old firm from down the street, locally,” CEO Gil Hantzsch said....
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