Susan Bence

Environmental Reporter

Susan Bence entered broadcasting in an untraditional way. After years of avid public radio listening, Susan returned to school and earned a bachelor's degree in Journalism from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. She interned for WUWM News and worked with the Lake Effect team, before being hired full-time as a WUWM News reporter / producer.

Susan is now WUWM's Environmental Reporter, the station's first. Her work has been recognized by the Milwaukee Press Club, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, and the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association.

Susan worked with Prevent Blindness Wisconsin for 20 years, studied foreign languages at UWM, and loves to travel.

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Environment
6:00 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Milwaukee Eagle Scout Candidate Aims to Encourage Bicycling

Richard Reinhard and grandson Zebedee Summers foreground; background, Evan Pack (seated) and Cohl Wiesbrook-Peterikat Vulture Space

As spring starts, more people are thinking about venturing out on their bicycles. Zebedee Summers is on a multi-generational mission to inspire more biking.

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Environment
6:00 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Packers' Old Turf Helps Revitalize South Side Milwaukee Neighborhood

Charles Brown and Dr. Michele Bria at Journey House football field

The Journey House Packer Football Stadium in Mitchell Park has been recognized by Milwaukee Awards for Neighborhood Development Innovation for building community.

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Environment
6:00 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Global Water Center Draws New Life

Credit S Bence

Not only has Rexnord announced this week it’s moving corporate offices to 247 West Freshwater Way, the center will select a new batch of start ups.

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Environment
6:00 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Could Milwaukee Become Energy Independent?

Credit S Bence

Last year the City spent more than $16 million for heating and cooling. Milwaukee Alderman Robert Bauman wants to find out if cheaper options exist.

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Environment
10:00 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Author Rekindles Story of Century-Long Extinct Passenger Pigeon

The species disappeared in 1914 - author Joel Greenberg hopes to create awareness and broaden interest in conservation.

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Environment
10:00 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Milwaukee Beekeeper One of Nine Entrepreneurs Vying for Slow Money

Charlie Koenen took his show - his antennae and BeePod - to home show at State Fair Park

Investors will meet with local sustainable farms and food enterprises on Friday, thanks to Slow Money Wisconsin.

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Environment
9:24 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Impressions of What Milwaukee's Sustainability Conference Can Achieve

Caroline Villa & fellow Engineers Without Borders members.

Thursday marks the midpoint of the 11th annual Sustainability Summit  in Milwaukee
. We gathered reflections from a few participants on the value of such a gathering.

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Environment
10:00 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Mequon Team Aims to Make Gardening Accessible to All

Joey and Holly Baird stand ready to transplant tray upon tray of sprouting vegetables outside as soon as spring takes hold.
Credit S Bence

Holly & Joey Baird launched The Wisconsin Vegetable Gardener with with a gardening-related Facebook page and the video camera Holly Baird won at work.

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Environment
6:00 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Shorewood Student Builds Sustainable Business Around Terrariums

Cole Compton presents his product to fellow teen interns.

Perhaps the youngest person presenting at the Sustainability Summit in downtown Milwaukee is high school freshman Cole Compton. He launched a business called Green Earth Terrarium.

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Environment
6:00 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Spring Arrives: Winter's Impacts Left to City Workers

Crew tending to pothole in downtown Milwaukee
Credit S Bence

We don’t have to belabor how cold the winter was or how much snow it deposited, but there’s no glossing over the toll it’s taken on roadways.

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