Environment

Environment
2:51 pm
Fri May 20, 2011

Analyzing WE Energies' Natural Gas Plan

WE Energies is trying to see if it can convert its Valley Power Plant from coal to natural gas; environmental advocates weigh in.

According to a We Energies spokesman, the utility is in the early stages of determining whether its Valley Power Plant will be converted to natural gas burning from coal. Currently We Energies is carrying out a feasibility study, after which it must submit an application to the state’s Public Service Commission.

Susan Bence is WUWM's environmental reporter. She spoke Cleaner Valley Coaltion members Virginia Zerpa and Cheryl Nenn about the plan.

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Environment
2:47 pm
Fri April 22, 2011

Wormy Work

Heather Zydek gives students at Washington Elementary in Wauwatosa a hands-on Red Wriggler experience.
Credit Susan Bence

We mark Earth Day with a profile of a vermicomposter from Wauwatosa. WUWM environmental reporter Susan Bence spoke with Wauwatosa resident Heather Zydek. An Earth Day celebration will be held today at the Harley Davidson Museum. Learn about the beginnings of Earth Day.

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Environment
12:16 pm
Fri April 22, 2011

Nature Writer Revels in Wisconsin River's Splendor

Jean Clausen spends part of every day writing about the bird activity and other natural events along the Wisconsin River.

Today is Earth Day. What’s become an international event, was the brainchild of the late Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin. Over the years, the U.S. Senator inspired millions of people around the world to address dangers threatening the environment.

Jean Clausen has found inspiration in the world around her. The 95-year-old nature writer helped save the “once endangered” bald eagles that now thrive on the Wisconsin River. world to address dangers threatening the environment.

WUWM environmental reporter Susan Bence motored up to her riverbank cottage, 30 miles northwest of Madison. She caught Clausen in the middle of intense bird watching, and chronicling. world to address dangers threatening the environment.

Jean Clausen is excited! She just spotted a small woodpecker - a yellow-bellied sapsucker - feasting at one of her many feeders. world to address dangers threatening the environment.

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Environment
2:43 pm
Thu March 24, 2011

Keeping Carpet from the Landfill

Feeding the machine

Our environmental reporter Susan Bence rolls up to a budding Milwaukee recycling business. Be it Berber, Persian or shag, the carpet recycler helps keep it out of the landfill.

Environment
1:32 pm
Wed March 2, 2011

Aldo Leopold Documentary

Environmental historian Susan Flader at Aldo Leopold Legacy Center in Baraboo.

WUWM environmental reporter Susan Bence spoke with Susan Flader and Curt Meine, Aldo Leopold scholars featured in the documentary “Green Fire” that’s been shown tonight in Milwaukee. The film is slated to air on public television in 2012.

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Environment
1:25 pm
Wed February 23, 2011

Tackling Wildlife Disease

Dr. David S. Blehert and his National Wildlife Health Center colleague Dr. Carol Meteyer, both members of the original team of scientists who discovered white-nose syndrome.

Susan Bence is WUWM’s environmental reporter. She produced our piece on the National Wildlife Health Center in Madison. The NWHC is where the leading work on White-Nose Syndrome in bats is taking place.

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Environment
1:22 pm
Mon February 14, 2011

Sprouting Change - with Diapers

Catherine Bolden's labor of love has turned colorful diapers into an environmentally-conscious and successful business.

On this Valentine’s Day, we take a look at a business that’s rooted in love - and diapers. Susan Bence is WUWM’s environmental reporter. She was curious to find out just how colorful Catherine Bolden’s “Sprout Change” diapers are.

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Environment
1:09 pm
Tue December 7, 2010

From Birdies to Birds

Ozaukee Washington Land Trust executive director Shawn Graff surveys Forest Beach Migratory Preserve, a former golf course.

WUWM’s environmental reporter Susan Bence takes us to a former golf course where water is no longer a hazard. There’s more information on the Forest Beach Migratory Preserve and the Ozaukee Washington Land Trust.

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Project Milwaukee
10:48 am
Fri November 19, 2010

Building Innovative Food Systems

Jesse Hull, Sweet Water Organics horticulturalist

There’s a national movement afoot to grow more food in cities.

And the Milwaukee area stands out as an urban agricultural hotbed, as raised gardens multiply in backyards, empty lots and community spaces. Another promising piece of urban food production is called “aquaponics”.

They’re systems that combine fish and produce.

On this final day of our Project Milwaukee series on the local food economy, Environmental Reporter Susan Bence introduces us to local innovators using this fishy model to inspire future leaders.

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Project Milwaukee
8:58 am
Tue November 16, 2010

Organic Farming Factor

Ed Schoenberg's farm.

Wisconsin is second only to California, in the number of organic farms operating in the state.

The numbers, though, are still fairly low.

Of Wisconsin’s 78,000 farms, less than two percent are managed organically.

As we continue Project Milwaukee: What’s on Our Plate?” WUWM Environmental Reporter Susan Bence digs a little deeper into the variety and spirit among the state’s organic farmers.

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