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Wisconsin regulators approve Superior natural gas plant
Clean Energy Organizations Appeal Wisconsin Public Service Commission Decision that Discriminates Against Customer-Owned Renewable Energy
Concerns Over PFAS Prompt New Fish Consumption Advisory In Madison
What Are PFAS And Why Are They A Problem?
Valley Stewardship Network to host Conservation on Tap Feb. 12
An artistic response to climate change
Wisconsin lost 10% of its dairy farmers in 2019, marking its biggest decline ever as Trump`s trade wars raged
Walkabout: It’s not gross. It’s food fit for the planet’s future
UW-Green Bay Professor Emeritus Hallet J. ‘Bud’ Harris honored by Wisconsin Academy
“Making the Connection” joins the environment and personal health
Water quality a community issue: Investments necessary to make improvements
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This Week at The State Education Convention
A wonderful session on renewable energy, building design, and tracking the results. If you are attending the convention do not miss this presentation...

SUSTAINABILITY THROUGHOUT THE LIFE OF A BUILDING

Strategies and Case Studies from Three Wisconsin School Districts.

Thursday, January 23, 2020
1:45-2:45 PM | Room 202C

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Environmental Groups Sue PSC in Federal & State Courts Over CHC Line

MADISON–Two environmental groups opposed to the Cardinal-Hickory Creek (CHC) powerline have filed lawsuits against the Public Service Commission (PSC) in state and federal courts seeking to reverse the decision to construct the Dubuque, IA-to-Town of Middleton, high voltage line.

The Driftless Area Land Conservancy (DALC) and the Wisconsin Wildlife Federation (WWF) contend in federal court that the PSC decision violates private property owners’ due process rights and uses eminent domain to take property for a private use in violation of the Fourteenth and Fifth amendments...

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Ken Notes: I wish we could sit down with ATC and discuss win win scenarios. I predicted that this line would be approved from the onset and asked that we tie substantial environmental improvements to it, like land acquisitions, trails, tourism promotion, and less impactful routes. Alas I was told that just say no was a better option, in this case I do not want to be right I want all parties to step up and do what is right!!!

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OPINION: Is bigger better for dairy, environment?
Dave Skoloda -- Just before Christmas, an area dairyman I’ve known for some time told me that he had sold his dairy cows; the low milk prices and mounting costs of operations had made it impossible for him to continue, he said with a rueful smile.

His exit from milk production maybe didn’t show up as one of the 800 Wisconsin dairy farms that went out of business in 2019; his farm has other enterprises that will continue so he didn’t want me to identify him.

But his account of the sale of his herd put a face, and not a happy one, on the story of the painful condition of dairying in Wisconsin and elsewhere in the country because of the milk surplus and resulting low dairy prices...

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Ken Notes: Great Read! I promise that one day soon we will wax nostalgic about Wisconsin`s dairy farms and it will be too late. If we must convert to mega farms, at the very least we should ask them to digest their manure and heat their effluent. We require communities to treat there waste and a CAFO is larger than most cities in the State. Even if the legislation will not pass it should be presented to stimulate the conversation. Finally we should put all factory farms on notice that if they pollute the penalties will be more than the, "Cost of doing business".

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Dems swept the Midwest. Why hasn`t it helped clean energy?

New Democratic governors were sworn into office in three Great Lakes states almost exactly a year ago, each promising action on climate and clean energy.

The election of J.B. Pritzker of Illinois, Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan and Tony Evers of Wisconsin was seen by environmental advocates as a ray of hope for Democrats and environmental advocates at a time when President Trump was busy reversing Obama-era climate actions.

So far, none of the new Midwest Democrats has delivered on bold policies like 100% carbon-free energy, unlike their peers in deep-blue states like New Mexico, New York, Nevada, Maine and Washington. And a rebirth of last decade`s Midwest Greenhouse Gas Reduction Accord hasn`t yet been revived (Climatewire, Nov. 9, 2018)....

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Ken Notes: Answer -- Because this has to be a bipartisan issue driven by sound business principals. Even with a magic wand legislatively, you could not get to where we want or need to be without the support of business and energy producers.

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Kraus-Anderson Construction Company







When Kraus-Anderson began the development process for its new corporate headquarters building in downtown Minneapolis, company leadership determined the guiding principle used throughout the project would be “cost-effective sustainability.” This principle has influenced all decision-making with regard to space planning for customers and employees; building components, systems, and technology; and construction means and methods.  As a result, the building is on track to achieve LEED certification for sustainability....

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Ken Notes:KA is leading by example...

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Wisconsin regulators approve Superior natural gas plant

The project still needs numerous permits and a further review by Minnesota regulators.

Wisconsin regulators on Thursday approved Minnesota Power`s $700 million natural gas plant for Superior.

In a 2-1 vote, the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin OK`d the Nemadji Trail Energy Center`s certificate of public convenience and necessity.

The approval moves Duluth-based Minnesota Power`s plan to build the plant with La Crosse-based Dairyland Power Cooperative forward on a plot of land between Enbridge Energy`s Superior terminal and the Nemadji River. The power plant will be capable of producing between 525 and 625 megawatts of power.

"This is very significant for the (Nemadji Trail Energy Center) project in Superior," Julie Pierce, Minnesota Power`s vice president of strategy and planning, told the News Tribune. "We received the approval from the Public Services Commission that this is the right site and it`s in the public interest for having it in Superior, Wisconsin."...

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 Minnesota Power, environmental group responds to Nemadji Trail approval

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Ken Notes:Several articles on this covering the same ground. I believe this gas project will replace some coal and supplement solar, wind and other renewables. I believe this project will be one of the most closely monitored in the nation and will have to set new standards for emissions and pollution reductions. If that is the case we should move quickly to remove all coal fired facilities in the state, expand our use of solar and wind, and I would love to se us move quickly into biogas on larger CAFO`s in the state.

I wonder if this facility could use biogas from digested manure, I continue to advocate turning lemons into lemonade...

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Renewable Energy Summit
Join RENEW Wisconsin and presenting sponsors Invenergy LLC, Zerology, and Arch Electric as we gather with renewable energy industry experts, utility leaders, government officials, students and advocates for our 9th Annual Renewable Energy Summit to be held at the Monona Terrace in Madison, WI on Thursday, January 16th, 2020!


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Two anniversaries remind us of Wisconsin`s environmental history

STEVENS POINT — Here’s a calendar note: 2020 brings two anniversaries, both with deep and significant ties to Wisconsin.

Fifty years ago this April, the first Earth Day teach-in was held. It became an enduring national movement, and its founder and brain trust was then-U.S. Sen. Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin. The soft-spoken Nelson, from the little northern Wisconsin village of Clear Lake, was a towering figure in our nation’s political and environmental history. We enjoy the gifts he left us every day, even if we don’t realize it.

The enlightened awareness Nelson taught has been a staple of the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters for 150 years, so the Academy is rightly celebrating. What a beautiful thing it is to look upon a history so rich as the Academy’s. Here’s a bit of it, from the Academy’s website:...

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Ken Notes: Great read, I am fearful that we will never return to days of working together on our issues and solving problems for the benefit of our grandchildren...

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The Renewable Rather than Roaring Twenties: A Sustainability Decade

With the Trump Administration trying to drive science out of environmental decision making and climate change out of environmental impact statements, it is easy to be pessimistic about our ability to preserve our planet. Fires from Australia to California, droughts and floods and the devastating impact of extreme weather only serves to increase our sense of fear and foreboding. People willfully resisting the facts of a planet under stress are not only running our country but also leading Brazil, Australia and many others. Despite all of this, I remain optimistic and believe that over the next decade we will make visible progress in addressing a series of interconnected environmental problems ranging from climate change to the loss of biodiversity to the poisoning of our planet’s ecology...

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Ken Notes: I like the ideas of the renewable twenties. I also love the idea of educating everyone on the NEW Economics of renewable energy, not to mention the strides made in cleaning up the environment.

While many will chastise me for this statement, One of the reasons the current administration has reversed environmental policy is that they were being told that current policy was getting in the way of new and cleaner projects, and to some degree the proponents of this were correct. When a new company wanted to locate in an older industrial section of Milwaukee on a site they agreed to clean up and found that it was easier to just locate outside the city because of environmental policy we have to sit down and look at that policy.

We can have the Roaring Renewable Twenties but not if we refuse to work together...

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Digging Deeper: La Crosse Well Contamination

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) - Wisconsin is fighting about 30 PFAS contamination sites statewide, including two PFAS contaminated wells neighboring the La Crosse Airport.

La Crosse shut down well 23 in 2016 when they found PFAS in the water. Three years later, the chemical was found in well 24 too, and the city took that well offline.

Despite the contaminations recent discovery, the problem dates back nearly half a century.

"From the 70s and the 80s, the fire department used to conduct test burns required by the FAA in sandpits out in the fields by the runways. They`d collect these solvents then put them in these test pits, start them on fire, then put them out with firefighting foam," John Storlie, an environmental researcher with The OS Group said. "Well, it turns out these firefighting foams have this compound PFAS."

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Ken Notes:Good read, lots of info, few solutions...

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With heavier rains, sewage surges into Wisconsin waters

Conner Andrews has swum in Lake Michigan since his childhood days vacationing in Door County.

“It was always a huge deal for me to go to the beach and have fun there and enjoy the waves,” said Andrews, a Nashotah resident and former collegiate swimmer.

These days he gets the same feeling swimming at Milwaukee-area beaches. But he has to pick his waters and timing wisely — to avoid wading into a contaminated stew of pollutants, including bacteria-laden stormwater and sewage flowing into local waterways...

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The City Known for ‘Sewer Socialists’ Actually Has Great Sewers

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Ken Notes: Milwaukee is working very hard to ensure this happens rarely at best, and when the systems works Milwaukee has one of the cleanest storm-water and sewage systems in the US. Remember most cities allow most storm-water to drain directly into lakes and streams, Milwaukee treats theirs. Think of all the oil, gas, grass clippings, fertilizer, trash and other yard, street and community debris that most communities simply ignore...

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Clean Energy Organizations Appeal Wisconsin Public Service Commission Decision that Discriminates Against Customer-Owned Renewable Energy

Earthjustice and partners defend fair solar competition generated at homes, farms and businesses who produce and sell clean electricity to We Energies in Wisconsin Circuit Court

January 16, 2020
Madison, WI — Today, the Sierra Club, RENEW Wisconsin, Environmental Law & Policy Center and Vote Solar filed a lawsuit challenging the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin’s approval of We Energies’ discrimination against homes, farms, and businesses who produce and sell clean electricity to We Energies. 

The We Energies proposal that the PSCW approved by a 2-1 vote violates federal and state law by paying more for power from their own systems on customer property than it pays customers who own identical systems.

Two of the three Commissioners voted in December to price electricity from customer-owned clean energy significantly lower than how the Commission allows utilities to value electricity from their own power plants.?Chairperson Valcq dissented and would have treated customer generation fairly, according to the Commission’s order...?

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Suit Claims Wisconsin Agency Discriminates Against Customer-Generated Energy


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Ken Notes: We are back where we started on this issue, the power companies are responsible for maintaining the grid, cogeneration and the delivery systems that the independent producers need to distribute their product. This issue can not be resolved in the courts but rather we need to sit down and negotiate long term solutions for these issues. It has been fairly stated that the energy companies act on behalf of their shareholders over private producers but we must recognize that they are a business and that is actually their job. I am not supporting their position, just suggesting an understanding of their priorities will help us deal with them in the future.

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Xcel plan to idle coal plants could save millions, slash carbon emissions; could Wisconsin utilities do the same?
Minnesota’s Xcel Energy says it can save ratepayers up to $30 million a year and eliminate millions of tons of greenhouse gas emissions by idling two coal plants six months a year and changing the way they operate in the others.

Environmental groups are hailing the plan as a win for the climate and consumers and say there are opportunities for similar savings throughout the Midwest, including at the seven plants that still produce more than half the electricity generated in Wisconsin.

In a filing submitted last month to Minnesota regulators, Xcel proposes to shut down its Allen S. King and Sherco unit 2 generators during the spring and fall and run them only when profitable...
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Ken Notes:This is interesting and my guess is it gets them around the hurdles of site cleanup when you close a plant. I still do not like the idea of having coal around long term but if this is a workable step on the path to 100% renewable I`d look at it...

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Dairyland Power Cooperative

Our commitment to preserving the quality of our environment is not just a program at Dairyland. It reflects a deeply held view that good environmental practices reflect sound operations and contribute to the overall economic and social health of the communities we serve.

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Xcel: Final Phase Complete For Ashland Superfund Cleanup

Work Spans Decades To Clean Up Coal Tar Contamination

Toxic pollutants and wood waste from industry long gone once littered the shoreline along the city of Ashland. Efforts to clean up contamination on the land and within the Chequamegon Bay have been ongoing for decades. 

Now, crews have finished the final phase of construction work to clean up Ashland’s superfund site, said Brian Elwood, spokesperson with Xcel Energy. 

"Over the last several years, we’ve had numerous crews and equipment and materials in that Kreher Park area and this year involved kind of restoring that area," he said...

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Water monitoring a group effort

ATHENS, Wis. – Miltrim Farms, a dairy and crop farm near Athens has earned certification by the Alliance for Water Stewardship for documenting water consumption, implementing soil- and water-conservation practices, and working with partners to monitor water quality...

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Ken Notes:Alas not all farms monitor equally.

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Great Lakes Energy News Roundup: Wisconsin superfund cleanup, Minnesota court rejects gas plant, six GL states join U.S. Climate Alliance
Keep up with energy-related developments in the Great Lakes area with Great Lakes Now’s biweekly headline roundup.

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Concerns Over PFAS Prompt New Fish Consumption Advisory In Madison

State Environment, Health Officials Recommend Limiting How Often People Eat 5 Kinds Of Fish From Starkweather Creek, Lake Monona

So-called "forever chemicals" found in fish from two Madison-area bodies of water have prompted a new health advisory from state health and natural resource officials.

Per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances, also known as PFAS, have been found in all fish sampled from Lake Monona and Starkweather Creek. Specifically, perfluorooctane sulfonic acid, or PFOS, was detected at levels that have prompted a change in how often people should eat five species of fish.

"We advise that consumers limit their exposure to pollutants by eating no more than one meal per month of large mouth bass, northern pike, walleye and yellow perch. For bluegill caught in either water body we are advising consumers to limit their consumption to no more than one meal per week," Mark Werner with the Wisconsin Department of Health Services said Wednesday in a conference call with reporters about fish from these two bodies of water.

There are thousands of PFAS chemicals which are used in nonstick cookware, waterproof clothing and certain firefighting foams, some of which have been banned in cities like Madison and Fond du Lac...


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Report ties green energy to economic growth
Although the growth of renewable energy has stalled in the last decade, a new report promises Wisconsin has the potential to make major strides in moving to earth-friendly power production that can be an economic boon to the state.

The report, “Wisconsin Clean Energy Business Supply Chain: Good for Manufacturing Jobs, Good for Economic Growth, and Good for Our Environment,” includes a directory of 354 Wisconsin companies that are part of the “clean energy supply chain.” It also sets forth a series of policy prescriptions to help grow the clean energy sector. The report, prepared by the Environmental Law and Policy Center, which has a Madison office, was released Wednesday and is also available online.

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Ken Notes: I would also point out that we are on the right side of the economic curve as renewable is now more cost effective that ever.

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What Are PFAS And Why Are They A Problem?

An Introduction To The `Forever Chemicals` That Are Found In The Environment Across Wisconsin

A group of chemicals known as PFAS are prompting increasing attention and concern across Wisconsin, turning up in drinking water in Marinette and rivers in Madison and elsewhere around the state. What are these chemicals and why are they such a big deal?

What are PFAS?

PFAS is a catch-all term for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, which is a group of more than 5,000 synthetic chemicals...


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Ken Notes:Great info here...

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McMahon Group
McMAHON provides full-service engineering and architectural services to public and private-sector clients. We are driven by a service-oriented philosophy to achieve client satisfaction on every project.
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Midwest Energy News Recap...
POWER PLANTS: The Minnesota Court of Appeals rules that state regulators must consider the environmental impacts...

CLEAN TECH: Utilities are increasingly trying to figure out how blockchain software can help secure their operations..

Officials in Dane County, Wisconsin, say clean energy is part of the area’s broader plan...


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Ken Notes: Several stories...

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Trump proposes sweeping rollback of environmental oversight
WASHINGTON (AP) — In a big rollback of environmental oversight, President Donald Trump took action Thursday to clear the way and speed up the development of a wide range of commercial projects by cutting back federal review of their likely effects on the environment.

“The United States can’t compete and prosper if a bureaucratic system holds us back from building what we need,” Trump said at the White House in announcing the proposed regulatory rollback, surrounded by Cabinet secretaries, industry leaders and workers in hard hats...
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Ken Notes:Again we are seeing the legislative pendulum effect. This will continue until we sit down and work together and unfortunately I do not see this happening anytime soon. I would also note that is is almost impossible for a candidate who suggests real compromise to even get on the ballot, much less elected...

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Valley Stewardship Network to host Conservation on Tap Feb. 12

Valley Stewardship Network (VSN) will host the third presentation in its Conservation on Tap series, Wednesday, Feb. 12, at 7 p.m. at the Rooted Spoon in Viroqua. Dr. James Theler will present "Changing Landscapes and pre-European Native Americans in the Driftless Area: A Brief Overview."

Theler`s talk will cover highlights of human culture and environmental change from the arrival of native peoples at the end of the ice age 13,000 years ago to the EuroAmerican period in the Driftless Area of western Wisconsin. Human adaptation and surviving "relict" plant communities and animal species from past climatic episodes will be discussed...

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Utilities Have Big Plans to Cut Emissions, But They’re Struggling to Shed Fossil Fuels

Even a renewable energy leader like Xcel, one of the first to pledge net zero emissions by mid-century, is finding it hard to end coal without adding natural gas.

As major U.S. utilities began making pledges this past year to cut their greenhouse gas emissions to net-zero, or close to it, by mid-century, one of them was already drawing up a road map to make it happen.

Minneapolis-based Xcel was the first large investor-owned utility in the country to set the goal, in December 2018, and it spent 2019 planning how to get there.

But even a leader in renewable energy like Xcel is finding it difficult to shed fossil fuels completely before the 2040s, raising questions about any utility`s ability to break from coal without adding new carbon energy in other forms, mainly natural gas.

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Ken Notes: Until storage becomes cost effective, we need a bridge fuel for peak capacity and demand when renewables are not producing. We can not deny this need so we either need to create new storage tech or find the most environmentally friendly way to produce the additional power we need. Gas vs. coal - gas is the better option.

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An artistic response to climate change

Australia is burning. The Arctic is melting. The most pressing issue of the day — climate change — has pushed artists to grapple with this global emergency in profound, complex and expressive ways.

So audiences for “Floe,” a world premiere coming to Union Theater Jan. 22-24, should be prepared: It will not be a simple experience.

A dance theater work, “Floe” will combine movement, art, sound, spoken text, lighting and more. Images from a changing Arctic will be projected on large inflatable icebergs. Voices from the Arctic to the Gulf of Mexico will be heard. And just as a floe — a sheet of floating ice – travels its own path, both the dancers and the audience will move between Memorial Union’s Play Circle Theater and the stage of Shannon Hall, encountering more surprises along the way...

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Senate Committee Advances Bill To Ban PFAS In Firefighting Foam

A Senate committee advanced a Republican bill by a 3-2 party line vote that would ban the use of firefighting foam that contains chemicals known as PFAS in most cases. Democratic lawmakers objected, saying the bill doesn’t go far enough to protect the public.

Perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances, commonly referred to as PFAS, are chemicals that are found in products ranging from firefighting foam to nonstick cookware. The chemicals have raised concerns because they don’t break down easily in the environment, and research has linked the substances to thyroid disease, decreased fertility in women and cancer.

Sen. Robert Cowles, R-Green Bay, introduced the bill banning PFAS-containing firefighting foam last year. Under the legislation, such foam would be allowed during an emergency or testing under specific conditions...

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Ken Notes: I am sure there is more to the story here, but if the Senate is the roadblock, shouldn`t we take what we can get???

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Wisconsin affiliate of the U.S. Green Building Council


WGBA has combined forces with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and together we will pilot a new model for USGBC chapters and local market engagement...

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Opinion: How we get to a Jewish environmental ethic

It is cliché to call a catastrophe of “Biblical proportions,” but the consequences of global warming, climate migrations, pollution, species and habitat extinctions, and ocean degradation portend catastrophes of such proportions.

Jewish faith and culture have long addressed our responsibility to the Earth and again invite a Jewish response. Torah, their source, is fundamentally about the sanctification of life, so that the preservation of “creation” should be a Jewish imperative....

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Ken Notes: GUT GEZAGT (look it up)!! WOW how do we get his voice out there! Share this!!!

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U.S. House votes to crack down on toxic chemicals; Trump threatens veto
WASHINGTON — The U.S. House voted Friday to pass a comprehensive legislative package that would crack down on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, a class of chemicals known as PFAS that are said to cause serious health problems.

Used in tape, nonstick pans and other everyday substances, PFAS have been linked to cancer, decreased fertility, developmental delays and other conditions and have been found in high concentrations in sources of public drinking water and other sites around the country...

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Ken Notes:Some interesting work by Wisconsin legislators on an amendment. Thumbs up to Rep. Mike Gallagher and Rep. Ron Kind, at least they are trying to find solutions I do not see this getting through the Senate, in fact I do not see the senate even voting on this...

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Wisconsin lost 10% of its dairy farmers in 2019, marking its biggest decline ever as Trump`s trade wars raged
  • Wisconsin shed 10% of its dairy farmers last year, according to data from the state`s Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection.

  • It marked the biggest drop in a single year, and underscored the negative impact of Trump`s trade war in a state critical to his re-election bid.

  • Last year, China slashed its purchases of American dairy products by 50%, helping to throw scores of farmers out of business.

  • The business environment has particularly worsened for small farmers.

Wisconsin shed 10% of its dairy farmers last year, data from the state`s Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection shows.

It marked the biggest one-year drop on record, and underscored the negative impact of Trump`s trade war on a swing state critical to his re-election bid...
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Ken Notes: I do not agree with the political assertions here because I know the primary cause is the rise in CAFO`s in the State. China did drop it`s purchases but the real problem was caused by domestic milk prices. The China market will return because the country can not produce enough protein for it`s 1.4 billion people.

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NEPA modernization needed to protect environment, infrastructure

In 1986, Top Gun hit the big screens, the Chicago Bears won the Super Bowl – let’s hope for the last time – and 1.44-megabyte floppy disks were hitting the market. It was also the last time regulations enforcing one of our nation’s most important environmental laws – the National Environmental Policy Act, or NEPA – were revised. A lot has changed in technology, sports and culture since 1986, so why aren’t the regulations that govern the infrastructure our economy depends on being brought up to date as well?...

...The trouble with NEPA isn’t its goal of protecting the environment. Instead, it’s the failure of the federal government to revise the law’s regulations. This failure leads to wasted time and money, delayed projects and no additional environmental protections compared with what could be achieved if we were to bring these NEPA regulations into the 21st century.

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Walkabout: It’s not gross. It’s food fit for the planet’s future

I once ate a cricket. At a restaurant. Just popped it in my mouth before my visual mind could react. It was breaded, which made it look less like a bug, and it was good, but as I chewed, my visual mind had its way. I swallowed with a shudder.

The thing I kept coming back to, though, was that the cricket tasted good.

Last week, the Association for the Advancement of Science invited me to join a web seminar for journalists called “Fit to Eat? Algae, Insects and Cultured Meat.”....

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Ken Notes: I want more protein, fiber, vitamins, and minerals in my diet. I DO NOT want to know where they come from. I love sushi I do not want to know about the eel or seaweed that is in it. Just make delicious healthy foods using great ingredients and call it something I do not know the meaning of.

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Tony Evers is establishing a strong — but not perfect — environmental record

Twelve months ago, Tony Evers was sworn in as governor after waging a campaign that promised a strong commitment to conservation. So, one year in, how’s he doing?

The bottom line: Evers’ environmental record is very strong — but not perfect. It’s hard to overstate the obstacles the governor has faced. During eight years of Scott Walker, state government had largely abandoned our historic commitment to sound natural resource management. Under Walker, environmental protection funding in Wisconsin declined by more than any other state. Also, Evers has faced a Republican Legislature that has been uncooperative, to put it mildly....

...His action on the Stewardship Fund has been underwhelming so far. The fund, the state’s land conservation program, has been severely cut over the last eight years. Evers’ budget reauthorized the fund for only two more years (instead of the usual 10) and at a reduced and inadequate funding level. However, he’ll likely appoint a task force to develop recommendations for a stronger Stewardship Fund in the next budget...


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Ken Notes:Speaking of political suicide, I am going to agree (a little and I mean very little) with Sp Spe Spen Spencer Black (wow that was even hard to type).

BUT - On the Stewardship Fund, we need strong leadership and bipartisan support. If there are problems with how we use the fund, we need to fix them. If we have problems funding the programs we need to identify segregated funds and mandate the funds long term survival. This can not become a political football and if we need to break bread with Spencer Black to make this happen then schedule the luncheon - just don`t drink the Kool-Aid...

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UW-Green Bay Professor Emeritus Hallet J. ‘Bud’ Harris honored by Wisconsin Academy

The Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters announced on Jan. 14, 2020, the seven recipients of the 2020 Academy Fellows Award. Among them was UW-Green Bay Prof. Emeritus Hallet J. ‘Bud’ Harris (NAS), who has dedicated his career and life’s work to scientific solutions to Great Lakes issues.

“His research and advocacy laid the foundation for ecological restoration efforts that are among the most ambitious in the world,” according to his nominators. “His contributions to science and the people of Wisconsin hardly stopped in 1999, however. To this day, he is an effective leader in efforts to improve environmental quality and sustainable resource use in Wisconsin. His contributions range from front-line leadership in water quality issues to meaningful influence on discussions of climate change, environmental economics, and science education. His career as a scientist and leader is approaching 50 years, with no sign of retreat.”...

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Ken Notes: Congrats!!!!

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World`s first commercial electric plane takes off near Vancouver

The world`s first commercial all-electric plane, the six-seater Harbour Air ePlane with an engine designed by Australian engineering firm MagniX, has taken flight in Canada.

Operated by Harbour Air the six-seater, all-electric commercial seaplane completed a test flight in Canada, marking a "world-first milestone".

The Harbour Air ePlane performed a 15-minute trial flight in the city of Richmond, south of Vancouver, on 10 December. It was piloted by Harbour Air CEO and founder Greg McDougall...

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Ken Notes: I love this, no data I could find on range but hey it flys...

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“Making the Connection” joins the environment and personal health
“Making the Connection” refers to the connection between environmental health and people’s health. That’s the title of the conference being held on March 6th, sponsored by the Wisconsin Environmental Health Network and Physicians for Social Responsibility. It is open to the public and will offer talks from environmental physicians and ecologists...   ...more

Ken Notes: One would assume this is obvious, but the connection needs to be made often...

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Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council

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The WI Sustainable Business Council is a network of Wisconsin businesses and organizations that are interested in, or actively responding to, the challenge of sustainability.

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Ken`s Electric Automotive Stories

News Analysis: Foxconn may prove Tesla’s Musk wrong about how hard it is to build electric cars

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Water quality a community issue: Investments necessary to make improvements

CHICAGO — Protecting and improving water quality is an environmental practice important to farmers.

“Wisconsin faces multiple challenges as it relates to water quality and agriculture and that can be extrapolated to the Midwest,” said Matt Krueger, executive director for the Wisconsin Land and Water Conservation Association.

“Water quality is not the sole responsibility of agriculture, but there is a relationship between the two,” said Krueger during the Improving Midwest Agriculture and the Environment meeting. “Consensus is we must do a better job on water quality issues, and we must invest in it.”

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EQ’s Willis Tower becomes largest building to earn LEED Platinum
Chicago, IL According to EQ Office (EQ), a U.S. office portfolio company wholly owned by Blackstone’s real estate funds, Willis Tower is now the largest building in the United States to earn the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design’s (LEED) Platinum designation. The Tower earned the Platinum designation under LEED’s latest v4.1 rating system, the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) strongest and boldest rating system to date. Willis Tower earned LEED Gold in 2018, and in less than a year, made significant energy, sustainability and comfort improvements to achieve the Platinum status.

In partnership with Rivion, a Wisconsin-based energy consulting firm, EQ improved the building’s environmental quality through a number of building enhancements, including:
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Ideas for Consideration - Please forward, share and discuss!

An agenda for the new administration...


An overriding principal - Restore Wisconsin to the bipartisan national environmental leadership it once enjoyed...


  • Building and Design

    • Work with developers, architects, communities, and business to ensure the highest and most cost effective Green building practices are used in new development.
    • Expedite projects who guarantee the best environmental practices and make sure the systems are in place to ensure this. Trust but Verify.
    • Avoid costly mandates and restrictions that will move businesses to other states or regions.
  • Mining

    • Explore the restoration of the sulfide mining moratorium or...
    • Work with counties to create and enforce new mining regulations, restrictions and enforcement.
    • Delay approval of any new mines until counties have their regulation policies in place.
    • Restore DNR environmental staff and expertise to levels that can review any requests in a timely manner.
    • Require a site reclamation fund be established from the onset of any approved project with a plan in place for complete site reclamation.
    • Allow municipalities to enact special utilities in lieu of or in addition to regular taxes for issues like impact on roads, utilities, infrastructure, and public safety.
  • Renewable Energy and Fuels

    • Work with the utilities, business and communities to encourage the use of renewables, reduced carbon output, and better reporting and measurement.
    • Establish a PSC willing to work with business and power companies while progressing to a lower carbon renewable future.
    • Do not impose legislative mandates on renewables but rather incentivize use of new technologies while maintaining an open dialogue among all parties involved.
  • Our Watersheds and the Great Lakes

    • Become a strong partner in Great Lakes–St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Compact.
    • If water is removed from the watershed, require that it be returned cleaner that it was taken. Again make sure DNR has the resources to monitor and ensure this policy.
  • Land Use and Transmission / Pipe Lines

    • Require the need and or profit for new systems to Wisconsin citizens. If a system like tar sand or electricity is for other states or regions, require that the land uses benefits all citizens in our state in lower utility costs, additions public facilities and reduced air and water pollution.
    • Require that any new system create an environmental offset equal to or greater than the land they take. This can be done in two ways: One additional Parks, Public Lands, Trails, Access to Waterways, Etc. OR Two reduced carbon emissions through the elimination or older less efficient production facilities or the conversion to renewable or exponentially lower emission fuels.
  • CAFO`s and Agricultural Issues

    • Address and regulate CAFO`s like the "cities" that they are.
    • Develop regulations and controls to address the scale of effluent that these facilities produce.
    • Consider using CAFO`s as a model for new waste treatment like digestion and pasteurization.
    • Preserve the small farm in Wisconsin by encouraging sound environmental practices in a cost effective way.
    • Work with all farms, businesses, and communities to improve watersheds, runoff and source point pollution focusing on results rather that penalties or mandates.
  • Transit and Mass Transit

    • Improve our transit and shipping corridors like rail and interstate access to encourage Wisconsin to become an efficient  distribution hub for the Midwest.
    • Encourage communities to adopt new and more efficient mass transit systems.
    • Encourage the use of more efficient buses, trucks and vehicles in the state.
  • ECO Tourism

    • Explore ECO Tourism as an option to preserve our vast agricultural heritage and natural waterways and woodlands.
    • Allow ECO TIF financing to pair tourism development with land and watershed preservation.
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Ken Notes: Just a few ideas, please feel free to pick and choose then share with those on both sides of the isle that will be making decisions.

We now have an opportunity to grab the pendulum in the middle and make a real long term difference in how we manage our resources and what kind of Wisconsin we leave to our grandchildren!

These are personal viewpoints shaped by your feedback. They are not the positions of my sponsors or partners.

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Our resource guide at the bottom of this publication will continue to grow, and you may add links, suggest articles, include your press releases, or comment by eMailing Me. As always thanks for reading, and if you would like to sponsor or get involved call 608.334.2174...   ...more

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