Hundreds of people gathered in Milwaukee last weekend to do more than talk about growing fruits and vegetables.
Growing Power – which for many is synonymous with MacArthur Genius awardee Will Allen – put together dozens of workshops and discussion around making local food accessible across communities – while creating JOBS in the process.
WUWM Environmental Reporters Susan Bence joins Ann-Elise Henzl in the studio to talk about three-day conference.
The renaissance of Milwaukee’s Menomonee Valley – once a hub of machine tooling and leather tanning – not to mention tens of thousands of jobs - could be described as a brownfield redevelopment project on steroids. Over the last decade, crews have cleaned up or contained more than 300 acres of landfill – gradually drawing commerce and jobs back into the corridor.
In a couple of weeks, the United States will commemorate the 150th anniversary of one of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War – the Battle of Antietam. But just a few days before that well-known fight came another significant clash between Union and Confederate forces that would come to solidify the reputation of the Wisconsin soldiers in the Iron Brigade.
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.
In Wisconsin, there is a historic sports venue that has been home to world champion athletes for decades. It’s a public space, and generations of fans have had the chance to brush shoulders with their idols, in the dreams that one day, they too, may take center stage. But if you were thinking we were describing Lambeau Field, your guess is about 150 miles too far north. Lake Effect’s Mitch Teich travels south to bring us the story.