Environment

Environment
12:00 am
Wed August 29, 2012

Milwaukee's "Green Team" Looks for Input

Residents share thoughts with City of Milwaukee Office of Environmental Sustainability's Erick Shambarger
Credit Amy Heart

The City of Milwaukee is accumulating “symbols” of sustainability, like the wind turbine sweeping the sky near Lake Michigan, the electric vehicle charging stations being installed around town, and incentive programs underway to encourage businesses and homeowners to create less waste and conserve more energy.

Now, the city’s Office of Sustainability has thrown itself – along with a volunteer committee called the Green Team – into a comprehensive citywide sustainability planning process.

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Environment
12:00 am
Mon August 27, 2012

Assessing Climate Change's Impact on the Great Lakes

Click to Enlarge PhotoAtmospheric scientist Paul Roebber is about to become Associate Dean for Academics for the School of Freshwater Sciences. Dr. Roebber studies the impact of climate change on Great Lakes' water levels.
Credit Susan Bence

More than a century ago, the Boundary Waters Treaty established an advisory group made up of representatives from the United States and Canada. Called the International Joint Commission, its charge is to attempt to prevent and resolve disputes over the use of the waters shared by the two countries.

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Environment
12:00 am
Mon August 27, 2012

A Grand Experiment - Bolster Small Growers to Deliver Fresh Produce to Food Desert

Farmer Brigid McGeehan prepares the shared hoop house for first planting
Susan Bence

“Access to fresh food” has become a trendy phrase.

First Lady Michelle Obama has taken it up for the sake of children’s health.

Foodies cannot get enough of it.

A farmers market in Milwaukee has been working quietly at bringing affordable fresh produce to neighborhoods where little is available.

WUWM Environmental Reporter Susan Bence visited its satellite project where small-scale farmers till the land side by side.

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Environment
12:00 am
Thu August 16, 2012

Will Senate Race Draw From Candidates' Environmental Arsenals?

Click to Enlarge PhotoA worker at Helios Solar Works in the Menomonee Valley gives Democrat Tammy Baldwin a tour the morning after the Wisconsin Primary
Credit Susan Bence

Wisconsin’s U.S. Senate race is blazing full steam ahead after former Governor Tommy Thompson defeated three challengers in Tuesday’s GOP primary.

Both he and Democratic Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin hit the campaign circuit hours later.

WUWM Environmental Reporter Susan Bence takes an initial look at how environmental issues might play into the race.

Peruse their campaign websites, and you will not find plans for how either candidate would address issues such as global warming or storm water contamination.

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Environment
12:00 am
Tue August 14, 2012

New Water Council Building Tenant Builds International Connections

Two men with a passion for innovation - Ken and Todd Muderlak - hope to take international markets by storm.
Credit Susan Bence

Dignitaries including Governor Walker tramped the grounds Monday of what is becoming home to the Milwaukee Water Council.

The gathering officially launched the renovation of a seven-story warehouse in the Walker’s Point neighborhood.

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Environment
12:00 am
Fri August 3, 2012

New Wind Folk School: On Earth as it is in Heaven

New Wind Folk School organizers share their enthusiasm on June Eastvold's "treehouse" deck.
Credit Susan Bence

A collection of area artists, environmentalists and spiritualists are about to undertake an experiment. They plan to bring together a varied group of individuals, provide a stimulating blend of “close encounters” with nature, history, culture and ecology, and see what happens. That’s the premise of the New Wind Folk School – a weeklong program sponsored by the Greater Milwaukee Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

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Environment
12:00 am
Wed August 1, 2012

Feminine Hygiene Goes Green

An entrepreneur develops a particular "eco-friendly" product in far northern Wisconsin
Credit Susan Bence

We’ve been revisiting a series on entrepreneurship this week on Lake Effect. WUWM Environmental Reporter Susan Bence wasn’t setting out to do a story on entrepreneurship when she left for the north woods in April – she was planning to do a story on the debate over a proposed iron ore mine. But while she was in Ashland, she found herself introduced to the creator of a company that fills a unique niche in – of all things - the feminine hygiene realm.

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Environment
12:00 am
Wed August 1, 2012

More Questions Than Answers At Pipeline Public Meeting - Part 1

Residents of Jackson looking for answers weeks after gasoline pipeline rupture
Credit Susan Bence

Hundreds of people jammed a community Tuesday night in the town of Jackson.

Its residents want to know how the pipeline company is going to handle the well water and health concerns that have erupted after a gasoline line ruptured in the community northwest of Milwaukee.

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Environment
12:00 am
Tue July 31, 2012

New Wetlands Rules Begin To Roll Out

Advocates wonder - will wetlands survive new permitting system
Credit Susan Bence

Last spring, Governor Walker signed a new wetlands bill into law.

Supporters consider it a “job creator” because it allows developers to build on wetlands, as long as they create a substitute somewhere else.

Although the law took effect on July 1, the DNR is gradually implementing the provisions.

Tuesday, the agency will hold an informational hearing on the new “general” permit, designed to accommodate small projects.

In the past, Wisconsin asked developers to minimize harm to wetlands and mitigate any damaged caused.

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Environment
12:00 am
Tue July 31, 2012

Jenny Kehl: A New Director for the UWM Center for Water Policy

Jenny Kehl, Director for the UWM Center for Water Policy
Credit UWM

UW-Milwaukee has taken another step towards increasing the region's prominence as a center for freshwater research. Jenny Kehl started work earlier this month as the new Lynde B. Uihlein Endowed Chair in Water Policy and the director of the Center for Water Policy in the School of Freshwater Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

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