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
6:34 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

Slipping Green into Rock

Rock the Green creator Lindsay Stevens Gardner (right) with director of sponsor and event management Corey Sutton. She's one of 250 volunteers who make the event happen.

Last year in Milwaukee, more than 7,000 people showed up for a new one-day music festival at Veterans Park in the midst of heavy rain and wind.  Organizers would like to think people were drawn to its mission - to create as little waste as possible during a concert.

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Environment
6:22 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

How Does Climate Change Affect the Life Cycle of Plants and Animals?

UWM Distinguished Professor Mark Schwartz (left) and keynote speaker Steven Running of the University of Montana at this week's international conference on phenology hosted by UWM.
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Leading scientists gather in Milwaukee to study the impact of climate on life cycles.

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Environment
12:00 am
Wed September 12, 2012

Community Gardens: Transforming Neighborhoods

Before
Susan Bence

Land trusts are far from new to the American experience. There exists a century-old tradition of private and nonprofit groups preserving land not protected by the government.

A local group - founded a dozen years ago – wields preservation tools with an urban twist – transforming empty lots into urban gardens.

WUWM Environmental Reporter Susan Bence headed out to 49th Street – just west of Washington Park – to see what a group of neighbors have accomplished.

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Environment
12:00 am
Mon September 10, 2012

Hundreds Gather in Milwaukee around the Growing Power of Producing Local Food - Part 2

Leo Grandison and Latrice Jones with daughter Sehai traveled from Santa Cruz CA to attend the Growing Power conference.
Credit Susan Bence

Environmental Reporter Susan Bence joins Ann-Elise Henzl again in the studio.

Over the weekend Susan stopped in at a Urban and Small Farm Conference put together by Milwaukee-based Growing Power.

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Environment
12:00 am
Fri September 7, 2012

New Urban Ecology Center Branch Finds Home in Former Brownfield

UEC Menomonee Valley
Susan Bence

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.

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