This Weeks Articles...
Report: Wisconsin led nation in cuts to environmental protection since 2008
Industrial dairy farming is taking over Wisconsin`s milk production, crowding out family operations and raising environmental concerns
Targeting nitrate: DNR policy board to consider manure regulations aimed at protecting drinking water
Protest calls for climate action, announces new student coalition
Editorial: Science, not politics, must guide monitoring of water, air quality
Madison, University Of Wisconsin Collaborate To Face Down Climate Change Future
UW-Madison students petition for transition to renewable energy by 2050
Wisconsin roads panel reconvenes after 5-year hiatus
Great Lakes colleges are green with sustainability
Student calls on University of Wisconsin-River Falls to take the LEED
Southeast Wisconsin company focused on wastewater innovation raising $3M
The City Known for ‘Sewer Socialists’ Actually Has Great Sewers
Annual report features company`s strategies for achieving net-zero carbon electricity by 2050
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MADISON, Wis.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Madison Gas and Electric (MGE) has published its 2019 Environmental and Sustainability Report, detailing its sustainable energy goals including net-zero carbon electricity by 2050. The report covers the company`s clean energy investments and its partnerships with customers and other stakeholders to advance sustainability through energy efficiency, new technologies and other ways.
"As your community energy company, MGE is committed to serving and working with all our customers to create a more sustainable future for the benefit of all those we serve," Chairman, President and CEO Jeff Keebler said. "Our goal reflects our vision and signals our direction, but it does not determine our pace. We`re making decisions every day to achieve deep decarbonization as quickly and cost-effectively as we can while working to ensure all customers benefit from the use of new technologies and investments in clean energy."
Ken Notes: Let`s work together to get there...
Wisconsin lawmakers cut environmental protection funding more than any other state over the past decade, according to a new study of state pollution control programs.
Adjusting for inflation, Department of Natural Resources spending on programs designed to protect public health and the environment from pollutants was cut 36% between 2008 and 2018, according to findings of the Environmental Integrity Project...
Ken Notes: Several articles mention this nationally. Is this really the attention we want for Wisconsin. Lets become the State working with business on environmental issues...
SCS - At the forefront of sustainable environmental solutions for over 40 years
ELLISVILLE - Arlin Karnopp doesn’t drink the water in his house.?
Taped to the refrigerator is a sign that says, “Do Not Use.” He’s afraid his grandchildren will fill their cups from the ice dispenser on the door.??
Since 2015, results of his well tests show potentially harmful bacteria and nitrates. Karnopp blames manure spread by large dairy farms on a ridge next to his property...
....“I’m very disgusted," he said. "If we could only turn back the clock.”
Turning it back even five years would take Karnopp to a time when Wisconsin boasted more than 10,000 farms — most of them small, family operations passed down for generations.
Since then, a drawn-out assault of low milk prices has pummeled America`s Dairyland. More than 2,700 Wisconsin dairy farms have gone out of business. Many more face tough decisions this winter as a poor fall harvest has led to soaring prices for cattle feed....
The average size of a Wisconsin dairy farm is about 150 cows. Farms qualify as CAFOs when their milk-producing herds reach 700......
Ken Notes:Please read this....
In 2014, Connie Willett and her husband built a house on a 27-acre lot in the country between Green Lake and Ripon. They had a well dug and tested the water to make sure it was clean.
In the spring of 2016, Willett said, a farmer dumped liquid manure onto a field about half a mile from their home.
Ken Notes: I am not even worried about the truckloads or the tractor loads in the photo. I am worried about the network of ten inch pipe and hoses that deliver liquid manure miles and miles from the source to fields obscure to what people can see and what DNR can detect with the sole intent of emptying the pits. This is not soil management this is equivalent to factories in the 60`s and 70`s dumping toxic waste into our waterways. These farms are lobbying heavily to remain unregulated and it is working...
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.
Protestors will gather every Friday at Library mall as a part of Fridays for Future
Several student environmental organizations led a climate strike demanding climate action and clean energy on campus, they also announced the formation of a new student environemtal coalition, Friday afternoon.
The organizations also distributed petitions containing three key demands– have the University of Wisconsin run on 100% renewable energy by 2050 and have 100% of UW’s electricity come from renewable sources by 2030, open UW’s Sustainability Advisory Council meetings to students and have a plan in place from the sustainability Advisory Council by the end of January 2021...
Ken Notes: I believe the UW can lead the way. I hope as much effort is being out into research by the students as is being put into protests...
A report out by the Better Government Association last week should concern every Illinoisan who cares about the air we breathe and the water we drink.
The report states, among other things, that in Region 5 of the Environmental Protection Agency — Illinois, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio — inspections for air, water and land pollution have dropped by more than 60% in the past three years. That drop is twice as big as other regions of the U.S., which average a 30% decrease in the number of inspections....more
Ken Notes: politics is now about money, and money comes from business. So we need business to recognize the importance of a clean environment and many of them do!
City Will Look At Infrastructure, Operations And How Climate Change Will Affect Them
The city of Madison is teaming up with the University of Wisconsin-Madison to identify the problems that come with climate change and ways to adapt to them.
Worsening climate change means the city and its staff will have to adjust to warmer temperatures, stronger storms and increased precipitation, according to a press release about the partnership.
UW-Madison’s Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, the Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts and UW-Extension Dane County will present those impacts to help the city plan proactively.
Madison Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway said the city is already experiencing the effects of climate change in the form of severe flooding. Floods have battered communities across Wisconsin and storm damage cost the state over $233 million last year alone....
MADISON (WKOW) -- A group of students at UW-Madison are calling on the University to commit to 100% renewable energy by 2050.
During a day of global climate action, students and community members gathered at Library Mall to strike against climate change.
Campus Leaders for Energy Action Now (CLEAN) announced a petition demanding the university transition exclusively to renewable energy by 2050, and derive all electrical power from renewable resources by 2030.
The petition also called on university leaders to open up meetings of the Sustainability Advisory Council to students of the University and come up with a plan of action from the council by the end of January 2021 to reach the energy goals......more
Ken Notes: On my radio show last Saturday I was talking about this and suggested we should work with the energy companies to get there by 2050. A caller suggested we should take over or "Socialize" the energy companies and make them 100% green tomorrow. While I appreciate her enthusiasm, if we are not willing to work on these issues is a somewhat reasonable manner I question whether we can get there at all...One more time, if you want to facilitate change, seek a seat at the table.
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...
MADISON, Wis. — A bipartisan commission tasked with making recommendations on what major Wisconsin road projects should move forward met for the first time in half a decade on Friday.
The Transportation Projects Commission did not recommend any new projects at its meeting, but Wisconsin Department of Transportation Secretary Craig Thompson said it would consider new projects, and how to pay for them, at future meetings.
Gov. Tony Evers, who convened and presided over the meeting, proposed raising the gas tax by 8 cents a gallon in his state budget this year to pay for road improvements. Republicans who control the Legislature rejected that proposal, instead relying on a mixture of cash, borrowing and higher fees to pay for about $465 million road spending......more
Ken Notes: Yea!
Great Lakes colleges fared well on recent separate lists from the Sierra Club magazine and the Princeton Review that ranked the top green colleges of the United States and Canada.
The Sierra Club ranked five Great Lakes colleges in its top 100 — SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (#3), Grand Valley State University (#59), Michigan State University (#66), University of Michigan (#71) and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (#92)....more
Miron specializes in providing innovative pre-construction, construction management, design-build, general construction and industrial services.
RIVER FALLS, Wis. — Plans call for a science and technology building at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls to be state of the art.
The proposed Science and Technology Innovation Center would include a dedicated makerspace and high-tech laboratory facilities where students and faculty would tackle projects in a building meant to foster relationships with private business
....It’s a high standard and Kassem is reaching for the very top — a LEED platinum designation. Mark Klapatch, sustainability/facilities manager for the university, said that would involve analysis of the building site, construction materials and ongoing sustainability operations once it’s built....
Notes:LEED certification is a great goal but can be expensive. Remember there are dozens of ways you can make your project mor environmentally friendly. Ask your architect or construction company for ideas and the cost and return for each. Doing nothing is the worst sin here....
Aqua Innovation`s nutrient concentration system technology reclaims water and other nutrients from raw cow manure while eliminating pathogens.
You may find this article behind a paywall, but the website for the company is here:...more
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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Milwaukee now averages a mere 2.4 combined sewer overflows a year, thanks to a massive underground tunnel, green infrastructure, and flood-control measures.
“Sewer socialists” was a pejorative label applied to the leftists who governed Milwaukee during the early 20th century and often boasted about their achievements in sanitation. One hundred years later, the city’s sewerage system is a source of pride again. Joel Brammier, the executive director of the Alliance for the Great Lakes, has hailed the “astounding” performance of the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD) at stopping overflows, while Adam Krantz, CEO of the National Association of Clean Water Agencies, described the leadership of MMSD Executive Director Kevin Shafer as “the gold standard.”...
Ken Notes: It is an impressive system. Good read...
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