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This Weeks Articles for 2/26/2024 ...

  1. New proposals threaten Wisconsin’s environmental and economic progress...
  2. Evers signals he won’t sign bill to fight PFAS as legislative session nears end...
  3. Emily Zimmerman joins The Nature Conservancy as new Wisconsin Director of Agricultural Strategies ...
  4. Wisconsin to receive nearly $120 million for water infrastructure upgrades ...
  5. Old-growth trees are being logged in Wisconsin...
  6. New rules for Great Lakes lakefront property development head to governor again ...
  7. Wisconsin AG among multi-state coalition aiming to uphold federal air regulations...

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GOP bill seeks to end program that promotes sustainability


The Green Tier program helps participants improve their environmental performance

A GOP bill would eliminate a state program that encourages businesses and local governments to be more environmentally sustainable, and it would block Wisconsin communities from joining efforts tied to United Nations climate goals.

Republican state Reps. Ty Bodden of Stockbridge, Elijah Behnke of Oconto, and Joy Goeben of Hobart introduced legislation to end the Green Tier program and an environmental compliance audit program. Both programs are overseen by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

Green Tier is a voluntary program under which participants agree to improve their environmental performance...


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Ken Notes: Seriously? Green Tier is a voluntary program that both encourages and educates business and communities on the value of sound environmental investments. I know the authors of the original program and have often used this platform to advocate for Green Tier`s focus on both environmental design and economic reality. While some may support the UN agenda, Green Tier is focused on Wisconsin business and the Wisconsin economy. It is this balance that may be lacking in other programs that only focus on environmental mitigation regardless of cost. Green Tier works hard to find the formula that make investing in sustainability good for the bottom line. This is a program Wisconsin should share with the world not end at the hands of those who no little of either the environment or economics.

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New proposals threaten Wisconsin’s environmental and economic progress


I just returned from GreenBiz 24, the premier sustainable business event with over 2,500 participants, including business leaders representing hundreds of companies and organizations committed to achieving a clean economy through more sustainable development practices.

Little did I know that while I was away, lawmakers in Madison are still playing games when it comes to the state’s environment and economy. 

The latest proposal aims to repeal Wisconsin’s Green Tier program and the environmental compliance audit program, both overseen by the Department of Natural Resources. Additionally, it would restrict the involvement of the DNR and local governments in international programs and organizations, including the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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Could cannabis hemp and alfalfa solve PFAS contamination? Wisconsin researchers hope so


MADISON – Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point are turning to a more natural way of solving the issue of "forever chemical" cleanup: plants.

A team at the university was awarded a $175,000 grant over two years to study whether certain types of plants (cannabis hemp and alfalfa) can be used to remediate areas with heavy concentrations of PFAS, a process known as phytoremediation.

The plants could be used to suck up the contamination from the ground, storing it in their leaves and stems. The plants could then be incinerated or otherwise destroyed, reducing the amount of disturbance to the soil in contaminated areas...

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Consortium of Great Lakes universities and tech companies gets $15M to seek ways to clean wastewater


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Ken Notes: ... and the on campus incineration events could become quite popular!

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UW–Madison launches ambitious environmental sustainability initiative


The University of Wisconsin–Madison has a rich history of advancing environmental sustainability through its excellence in fields ranging from ecology to wildlife biology to satellite technology. Building on this tradition, the university is launching a new cross-campus initiative focused on environmental sustainability, centered around five goals that include the launch of an interdisciplinary research hub.

Chancellor Jennifer L. Mnookin formally announced the initiative at the meeting of the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents on Thursday, Feb. 8.

The plan represents the most comprehensive environmental sustainability initiative in UW–Madison’s history and will advance the university’s research and education missions while also making campus a living laboratory for sustainable practices...


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Wisconsin judge rejects attempt to overturn factory farm regulations


Ruling allows DNR to continue requiring pollution permits for large-scale livestock operations.

A lawsuit filed by industrial agriculture advocates that sought to eliminate environmental protections in Wisconsin state law has been defeated in court. A Calumet County judge ruled on January 30 in favor of state statutes that empower the Department of Natural Resources to require pollution permits for concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs).

The suit was opposed by groups working to protect Wisconsin’s water, including the Wisconsin Farmers Union, Midwest Environmental Advocates, and Clean Wisconsin.

“This ruling not only upholds critical clean water protections, but also reinforces the imperative of responsible practices in agriculture,” said Wisconsin Farmers Union President Darin Von Ruden. “The current rules create transparency and ensure that CAFOs are accountable, not only to regulators, but also to their neighbors, who have a right to know that CAFOs are operating responsibly.”

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Ken Notes: Good news, but just the beginning of this issue. Watch for appeals, legislative agendas, and lobbying at all levels of government to support factory farming. While CAFO`s could digest and heat the effluent, it is cheaper to use lots of water to dilute manure and then pump it onto our fields. The DNR tries to keep this out of our watershed but has little enforcement, few inspectors, and no ability to require better treatment. If they are "caught", the finesw simply become the cost of doing business. We need sound policy based on great models that we know work.

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Bill would let standards move forward for PFAS in groundwater


Proposal would set limits on toxic forever chemicals in groundwater after high compliance costs have stalled standards

GOP lawmakers are introducing a bill that aims to restart the process for setting standards for toxic forever chemicals in groundwater after state environmental regulators were forced to abandon regulations late last year.

The legislation introduced by Green Bay Republican Sens. Eric Wimberger and Rob Cowles would let the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources move forward with groundwater standards for PFAS, short for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances.

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OPINION: Climate-positive headlines greenwash Wisconsin’s fossil fuel dependency


Despite news of renewable energy projects, fossil fuel investment undermines net-zero 2050 commitment

Late last month, Gov. Tony Evers reached a deal with funding from the U.S. Forestry Service to purchase 70,000 acres of the Pelican River Forest in northern Wisconsin. The conservation project, which protects pristine forests from future development, will now represent the largest of its kind in state history.

Unsurprisingly, Republicans on the Legislature’s budget committee remained uncooperative with Evers throughout the project, forcing Evers to seek federal funding for the purchase. Opponents voiced concerns over the lack of potential future development within the Pelican River Forest as well as a decline in tax revenues from private landowners...

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Ken Notes: I have to applaud the Governor for doing his best under difficult circumstances.

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Evers signals he won’t sign bill to fight PFAS as legislative session nears end


MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Tony Evers signaled Wednesday that he has no intention of signing a Republican bill that would spend tens of millions of dollars to address pollution from the so-called forever chemicals known as PFAS because it dramatically scales back regulators’ enforcement authority.

The Senate passed the bill in November and the Assembly was expected to follow suit on Thursday and send the legislation to the governor. Time is running out for any sort of compromise. Thursday is the Assembly’s last scheduled floor period of the two-year legislative session.

PFAS, short for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, are man-made chemicals that don’t easily break down in nature. They are found in a wide range of products, including cookware and stain-resistant clothing, and previously were often used in aviation fire-suppression foam. The chemicals have been linked to health problems including low birth weight, cancer and liver disease, and have been shown to make vaccines less effective...

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Help Protect Wisconsin’s Endangered Resources This Tax Season


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MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) encourages the public to give back to nature by donating to the Endangered Resources Fund on their Wisconsin income tax form.

The Endangered Resources Fund supports many of Wisconsin’s rarest plants and animal species. It has helped protect and restore some of the last remaining populations of declining species and special habitats like remnant prairies and oak savannas found in Wisconsin’s state natural areas. In other cases, the funds have helped support species for which Wisconsin may be an increasingly important stronghold.

The Endangered Resources Fund also helps the DNR care for the habitats these plants and animals call home, including Wisconsin’s state natural areas. These sites protect some of the nation’s oldest forests, undeveloped lakes, diverse wetlands and unique geologic features. Nearly 75% of endangered and threatened wildlife species and 90% of endangered and threatened plant species are found in these areas...

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Calumet County judge upholds DNR authority on CAFO permitting


Farm groups argued DNR couldn`t legally enforce CAFO permitting requirements

A Calumet County judge has ruled in favor of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources in a lawsuit that would have limited oversight of manure pollution in state waters.

Last May, the WMC Litigation Center sued the Wisconsin DNR in Calumet County Circuit Court on behalf of the Wisconsin Dairy Alliance and Venture Dairy Cooperative.

In Wisconsin, large farms known as concentrated animal feeding operations, or CAFOs, are required to apply for wastewater pollutant discharge elimination system, or WPDES, permits. Those operations include 335 farms with 1,000 animal units or more, which is equal to 700 milking cows. The wastewater discharge permits require CAFOs to take certain steps to prevent manure from polluting water.

Scott Rosenow, an attorney for farm groups, argued that DNR rules on CAFO permitting requirements and agricultural stormwater runoff aren’t consistent with state and federal law. The farm groups asked the court to find the regulations went beyond the agency’s authority and couldn’t be legally enforced.

Calumet County Circuit Court Judge Carey Reed denied the groups’ motions. Reed found the DNR has broad authority that doesn’t conflict with state and federal law....

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Wisconsin judge: Regulators can force factory farms to get preemptive pollution permits



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Ken Notes: Follow the money on this issues, much will be spent to remove DNR and Local Government Authority regarding CAFO`s and this will fund elections at every level of government in addition to more court cases and lobbying efforts. One who like sausage and law should never watch either being made -- add factory farm dairy to the list...

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Environmentalists prepared to fight potential appeal in manure pollution lawsuit


MADISON (WKOW) -- Environmentalists are preparing to continue a court fight over water quality and factory farming regulations in Wisconsin if industry advocates elect to file an appeal.

A Calumet County judge ruled in favor of the state Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and against the plaintiffs in a case over whether the government can require permits for how factory farms manage manure.

The DNR requires factory farms that house more than certain numbers of livestock to get Wisconsin Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (WPDES) permits.

The thresholds differ based on the type of livestock. For dairy farms, WPDES permits are required for operations with 800 or more cows...


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New federal soot pollution rule could bring cleaner air to Wisconsin


The federal government is cracking down on air pollution in cities like Milwaukee. Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency tightened restrictions on soot.

“The science is clear,” said EPA administrator Michael Regan in a briefing. “Soot pollution is one of the most dangerous forms of air pollution and is linked to a range of serious and potentially deadly illnesses, including asthma and heart attacks.”

The particle pollution comes from sources like coal-fired power plants, agriculture, highway traffic and wildfires.

Soot is also known as PM2.5 — short for particulate matter that measures just 2.5 microns across. That’s 30 times smaller than a human hair: Tiny enough to burrow deep into the lungs and enter the bloodstream...


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Walt Bresette, Ojibwe leader and environmental hero, in Wisconsin Conservation Hall of Fame


Ojibwe environmental and treaty rights activist Walt Bresette will be inducted posthumously into the Wisconsin Conservation Hall of Fame (WCHF) in a virtual ceremony on April 17, 2024. Bresette will join over 100 members inducted since the Hall of Fame’s  inception, including Aldo Leopold, Nina Leopold Bradley, John Muir, Gaylord Nelson and Menominee Nation environmentalist Hilary Waukau, Sr.

Bresette (1947-1999) was a member of the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe, and a long-time treaty rights and environmental activist, author, artist, storyteller, organizer and public speaker. He was an outspoken advocate for Ojibwe treaty rights who asked people to come to the spring boat landings in northern Wisconsin during the spearfishing conflict (1980s-1990s). Walt wondered why people chose to go so far away to show support for others when there were urgent calls for solidarity closer to home. Bresette said, “You don’t have to go to Nicaragua to witness, you can witness in your own backyard.”...

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Emily Zimmerman joins The Nature Conservancy as new Wisconsin Director of Agricultural Strategies


The Nature Conservancy (TNC) is pleased to announce the hiring of Emily Zimmerman as the Wisconsin chapter’s Director of Agricultural Strategies. Zimmerman is taking over the role from Steve Richter, who recently retired after a long tenure with the chapter. She will be focused on developing and sustaining relationships with and support for farmers and other TNC partners in their work to create and apply science-based solutions to achieve sustainable environmental, financial and social outcomes in Wisconsin’s agricultural landscapes.   ...Full Story Here

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Ready to change the world: Holly Folyer found UW-Superior’s online sustainability management program to be a perfect fit


Sustainability: This important buzzword is ubiquitous these days. And, with good reason. The future of our earth – and its inhabitants – depends on a deeper understanding of climate change, which all circles back to sustainability.

The University of Wisconsin-Superior offers a degree track which caters to this exact field of study. It’s called sustainable management. Both bachelor’s and master’s programs are available, in a fully online format.

This program is offered through a collaboration with other UWs and UW Extended Campus. Students can live anywhere, but must declare a “home” university, such as UW-Superior...


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Renewed legislation aims to safeguard Mississippi River amid growing environmental concerns


A proposal to create a federal funding program to protect the Mississippi River is back in front of Congress.

Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin announced Wednesday that she plans to introduce the Mississippi River Restoration and Resilience Initiative in the Senate. Democratic Rep. Betty McCollum of Minnesota will bring the same bill forward in the House.

The proposal is nearly the same as one introduced by McCollum in 2021. It`s modeled after programs that protect other major bodies of waters across the U.S., like the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and the Chesapeake Bay Program.

Advocates for the Mississippi River argue that the river is long overdue to have its own such program. Millions of Americans rely on it for drinking water, commerce and recreation, and its floodplains provide food and habitat for hundreds of fish and wildlife species. But it`s facing a multitude of challenges, from extreme weather to habitat loss to persistent agricultural and industrial pollution. That pollution contributes to the dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico, which last year was almost as big as Yellowstone Park...

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UW-Madison launches new environmental sustainability initiative


New TV Story on this plan at the link. Nice interviews...

University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Chancellor Jennifer Mnookin announced a new environmental sustainability initiative on Feb. 8.

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Renewed legislation aims to safeguard Mississippi River amid growing environmental concerns


A proposal to create a federal funding program to protect the Mississippi River is back in front of Congress.

Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin announced that she plans to introduce the Mississippi River Restoration and Resilience Initiative in the Senate. Democratic Rep. Betty McCollum of Minnesota will bring the same bill forward in the House.

The proposal is nearly the same as one introduced by McCollum in 2021. It’s modeled after programs that protect other major bodies of waters across the U.S., like the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and the Chesapeake Bay Program...
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Wisconsin to receive nearly $120 million for water infrastructure upgrades


MADISON (WKOW) -- The Biden Administration is sending nearly $6 billion across the country to help clean up the nation`s drinking water and Wisconsin is getting a piece of that funding.

The money comes from the 2021 Bipartisan Infrastructure Law that designated $50 billion towards improving the country`s water infrastructure.

Almost half of the funding will be available as grants or principal forgiveness loans, ensuring funds reach underserved communities most in need of investments.

According to a release from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Wisconsin will receive around $119.6 million.

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5 bald eagles returned to the wild after being rehabilitated by Wisconsin conservation group


More than 100 onlookers gathered at Veterans Memorial Park in Prairie du Sac on a sunny January afternoon, vying for spots with the best view of five white crates.

They cheered as handlers opened each of the enclosures, setting free five bald eagles, which took off soaring over the Wisconsin River.

A nonprofit called Raptor Education Group, Inc. had been overseeing the birds since last summer at a rehabilitation center in Antigo.

There, the eaglets had minimal contact with people..

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Bald Eagle Watching Days returning to Prairie du Sac on Feb. 10

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Climate Pollution Reduction Grants


The Climate Pollution Reduction Grants (CPRG) program provides $5 billion in grants to states, local governments, tribes, and territories to develop and implement ambitious plans for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and other harmful air pollution. Authorized under Section 60114 of the Inflation Reduction Act, this two-phase program provides $250 million for noncompetitive planning grants, and approximately $4.6 billion for competitive implementation grants.

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The EPA is proposing that ‘forever chemicals’ be considered hazardous substances


The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing that nine PFAS, also known as “forever chemicals,” be categorized as hazardous to human health.

The EPA signed a proposal Wednesday that would deem the chemicals “hazardous constituents” under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act.

For the agency to consider a substance a hazardous constituent, it has to be toxic or cause cancer, genetic mutation or the malformations of an embryo. The full list of the nine substances can be found here.

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Wisconsin League of Women Voters to host environmental justice forum


JANESVILLE — The League of Women Voters of Dane County is hosting a virtual forum on environmental justice on Tuesday, Feb. 13, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m with two notable guest speakers.

“Achieving Environmental Justice in Wisconsin,” forum guest speakers will includeWisconsin Department of Natural Resources Environmental Justice Policy Advisor Julie Majerus and Wisconsin Greenfire Executive Director Meleesa Johnson.

To register for the forum visit: lwvdanecounty.org and click on Forums under the Archives tab.

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Old-growth trees are being logged in Wisconsin


The Fourmile Project in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest in Wisconsin allows logging over 12,000 acres, including clearcutting 1,000 acres and building multiple logging roads. This logging, which was approved under President Trump in 2020, threatens vulnerable species like wood turtles and American pine martens. And to make matters worse, most of the trees are going to be turned into pulp, which can be used to make products like toilet paper and post-its.

Unfortunately, in late 2023, logging began in the project area. Advocates from the Environmental Law and Policy Center have visited the area where logging is in progress and found evidence of old-growth trees (140+ years old) being cut. In addition, these advocates observed that the logging is happening on soft ground, as opposed to frozen ground, which can cause more damage to the soil.

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Wisconsin DNR To Start Performing Prescribed Burns


(Wisconsin) The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources tells us fire management crews are starting to perform prescribed burns on DNR properties throughout the state where local conditions can provide a safe and effective burn.

DNR crews will be burning cattail marshes, wetlands, prairies and oak/pine barrens to clear the buildup of dead vegetation and to open waterways for waterfowl to feed and nest. By burning in winter staff take advantage of wet conditions, which reduces the heat and intensity of cattail marsh and barren burns.  When conducting prescribed burns near roads and recreational trails, the DNR will post signs to notify the public.

They ask that people avoid areas while a burn is being conducted. The DNR also notifies local law enforcement and fire officials in advance about when and where DNR prescribed burns will take place. ..

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La Crosse Distilling Co. works with local farms for a better environment


LA CROSSE, Wis. (WEAU) - La Crosse Distilling Company has announced the inaugural release of barrel aged gin. The gin is made using up-cycling barrels, which are better for the environment.

This is helpful because a lot of bourbon barrels are just used one time to age bourbon. So being able to recycle and upcycle the barrels to age the barrel aged and gives it, you know, just another purpose and allows for us to be a little bit more sustainable and creative in the ways that we produce new products,” says La Crosse Distilling Company marketing director Angela Weber...

“It’s just a great choice for people in this area to support local business and also support businesses that are trying to be more sustainable and create a smaller geo footprint,” says Weber.

...The distillery will be bottling the barrel aged gin sometime early next week. The distillery will be releasing 100 bottles of its new barrel aged gin on February 24.

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New rules for Great Lakes lakefront property development head to governor again


A largely GOP-backed bill that would enable private waterfront development on public lands that were once submerged in Wisconsin’s Great Lakes waters has passed both state houses and now heads to the desk of Democratic Gov. Tony Evers.

Generally, the state owns and holds such property in trust for the public, but proponents of Senate Bill 541 say the parcels often remain unused and carry a cloud of uncertainty over ownership that inhibits their development, leading cities and villages to lose revenue...

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In Regents address, Chancellor Mnookin unveils bold new initiatives to innovate for the public good, address global challenges


The University of Wisconsin—Madison will build on its 175 years of excellence with several bold new initiatives designed to address global challenges, notably artificial intelligence and environmental sustainability. In her second address before the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents today, Thursday, Feb. 8, 2024, Chancellor Jennifer L. Mnookin shared a wide-ranging look at UW–Madison’s recent successes and plans to continue innovating for the public good.

The university remains deeply committed to its ideals around inclusion and belonging, free expression, and student success, while advancing its teaching, research and outreach missions.

“We have a lot to be proud of,” Mnookin said.  “My job — our job — is to make this institution even a step stronger — by building on this excellence and also by thinking in big, bold ways about where we can take a quantum leap forward to serve this state and the world on a whole new level.”...


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UW-Madison Commits to 100% Renewable Electricity by 2030


A new sustainability plan at the University of Wisconsin-Madison aims to develop more solar on campus, become a "zero waste" campus by 2040 and achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2048.

(TNS) — UW-Madison aims to get all of its electricity from renewable energy sources by 2030 and have net-zero emissions by 2048 — the university`s 200th anniversary — as part of a new sustainability plan to combat climate change.

While sustainability initiatives at UW-Madison are not new, the latest push is the first to encompass all aspects of campus.

Reaching UW-Madison`s 2030 goal will take serious assistance from its energy partners, largely from Madison Gas and Electric, as space on the 900-acre campus is limited for generating the amount of renewable energy the university needs. UW-Madison also will need to develop more solar on campus as it constructs new buildings...


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Ken`s Notes: Every week in WDNGreen.com I aggregate a few articles on electric vehicles, these are national articles and often of personal interest to me...

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Replace Diesel Buses With Battery Electric Buses in Racine, Wisconsin


This grant provides funding for the replacement of diesel buses in Racine, Wisconsin, with 13 new electric buses and related infrastructure.

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  • Project name: Replace diesel buses with battery electric buses

  • Program: FY22 FTA Bus and Low- and No-Emission Grant

  • Law: Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act

  • Recipient: Federal Transit Administration

  • Investment amount: $3,796,872

  • City: Racine

  • State: Wisconsin

  • Congressional district: 1

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  • Jobs created: TBD

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DNR awards brownfield assessment grant to Village of Clinton


A contaminated land parcel in Rock County has garnered state funding for an environmental assessment, one of several steps in the protracted process toward remediating a former gas station site.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) on Feb. 1 announced the department has awarded brownfield assessment services to the Village of Clinton to assist with the investigation of environmental contamination at the former site of the Doug’s Standard gas station, 135 Milwaukee St. (County Hwy. X) in 2,200-resident Clinton...


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Wisconsin author reflects on environmental change in Lake Superior’s shadow


In her new book, author Sue Leaf contemplates the history and environmental change of Lake Superior and her more than 30 years owning a rustic cabin on the lake’s South Shore near Port Wing.

Leaf has grown closer to the world’s largest body of freshwater — quite literally, due to erosion of the cliff encroaching on her cabin.

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Wisconsin AG among multi-state coalition aiming to uphold federal air regulations


Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul is joining 15 other Democratic attorneys general intervening in a case that challenges Clean Air Act regulations.

In November, the Environmental Protection Agency finalized changes on how states must meet clean air standards under the regulations. The updates govern state plans to limit air pollution, including greenhouse gas emissions from power plants.

The final rule set timelines providing a framework for states to develop plans that set and enforce emission standards for existing power plants. Kaul said the rule would allow states to adopt more stringent standards for facilities than what’s required under federal law...

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How Federal Investments in Safe Drinking Water Infrastructure Are Improving Public Health



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Nearly 10 years ago, news broke about a health crisis brewing in Flint, Michigan, that was the result of state and local lawmakers’ deeply negligent and short-sighted decision-making.To save a bit of money, the city of Flint switched its water source from the Detroit River to the highly mineralized, more corrosive water of the Flint River. The results were catastrophic. Improperly treated water, running through aging water service lines into homes across the city, leached lead from the pipes, further contaminating the supply and leading to dire health consequences for thousands of residents, an estimated 8,000 to 9,000 of whom were children...



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When is Earth Day 2024? Get ready to help your planet with our guide to the holiday.


For over 50 years, Earth Day has been celebrated across the country, and the globe, through the mobilization for environmental causes. While it may seem strange to think of a world without ecological awareness, there was once a time when Americans were even less unaware of their consumption`s impacts on Earth...

...Earth Day 2024 falls on Monday, April 22. Earth Day is celebrated in the U.S. on April 22 every year. While it is not a federally recognized holiday, many celebrate the day through environmental education, awareness and action. ..


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AgSTAR’s New Digester Project Development Handbook


Hot off the “press,” AgSTAR’s updated handbook is a comprehensive compilation of the latest knowledge in the industry on best practices for anaerobic digestion and biogas systems.

For 26 years, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) AgSTAR Program has been helping farmers and communities across the United States develop and implement anaerobic digestion (AD) biogas systems. These systems are critical to reduce methane emissions from manure management operations, while also providing other environmental and economic benefits. As a trusted partnership program, AgSTAR helps educate the public on best practices for designing, implementing and maintaining digester projects and brings together leading experts to discuss opportunities and challenges for advancing the biogas industry.

AgSTAR’s newest resource, the Anaerobic Digester Project Development Handbook, is a comprehensive compilation of the latest knowledge in the industry on best practices for AD/ biogas systems. The goal of the Handbook is to ensure long-term project success for AD biogas systems by providing background and a framework for AD project development.
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Ken Notes:I would love to see Wisconsin become the leader in this technology! Every farmer and elected official in the state should download this.

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