Earth Day

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Most of the world’s rice production occurs oceans away from the United States. In 2011, molecular biologist Michael Schläppi dove into rice research hoping to grow the grain in Wisconsin.

According Schläppi, 80 percent of the rice Americans consume is grown in a handful of states, especially Arkansas and California. “But I think it would be wise to think about, with climate change or the drought in California, maybe they won’t be able to grow rice anymore,” he says.

Bay View resident Jesse Blom wants to be part of the solution. That means a bit of experimentation and a lot of learning.

Blom helped transform an 1898 Queen Anne Style home on Euclid Ave in Bay View to Heart Haus, created to demonstrate sustainable urban community.

Not only do vegetable patches fill its front and backyard, greens are growing off the kitchen.

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A new documentary by historian John Gurda examines the region's history through our waterways.

Gurda first collaborated with Claudia Looze nine years ago on the landmark documentary, The Making of Milwaukee. On Tuesday, their new project, Milwaukee: A City Built On Water, premiered.

Gurda says the idea came out of a lecture he developed back in 2013. UW-Extension staffer, Gail Overholt, gave him some valuable advice: it would be nicer with pictures.

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Dr. Marc Gorelick didn’t set out to make an environmental statement. He simply wants to set aside a few acres of green space for sick kids to find peace and quiet. 

Those acres just happen to be part of a contested piece of the Milwaukee County Grounds.

People have rallied behind different causes erupting around the public land.

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Southwest Airlines created the Heart of the Community program to "activate public spaces in the heart of communities." 

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Forty-five years after Gaylord Nelson founded Earth Day, Tia Nelson is caught between carrying on her father's legacy and hewing to the guidelines of her state government job.

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The Walker’s Point operation is one of only a handful of urban cheese factories in the country.

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It’s hard not to smile when you hear the “voices” of Barry Midtling’s three-day old kids.

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Thousands of kids spend their weekdays in childcare. On Milwaukee’s south side, a new child care center has opened with an eco-twist.

This week, UWM is holding a sustainability symposium.

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