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This week, the more than 6,000-square-foot roof at 770 N. Water St. is getting a green makeover.
Designed by Milwaukee`s New Eden Landscape Architecture, the roof uses vegetated trays atop an open drainage board that helps facilitate drainage on a flat roof like the one on the the 1968 office building, which is on the way to getting a full interior rehab.
The roof covers a bit more than half the roof, leaving room for necessary building mechanicals. ...more
Ken Notes: Great idea, great story! Between solar and vegetated trays we should strive to cover every roof in Wisconsin. For the business readers both of these techs are COST EFFECTIVE...
Kenosha, WI – America’s
leading beverage companies and their environmental and sustainability
partners announced today that the city of Kenosha is the latest locale
selected for investment under Every Bottle Back, a breakthrough
initiative to improve the collection and recycling of plastic bottles.
The $520,000 investment will help more
than 32,000 households convert from an outdated plastic bag recycling
system to 96-gallon, curbside recycling carts. This modernization will
support the automation of recycling collection so that carts will be
lifted and dumped into trucks via an automated arm, upgrading from the
city’s current labor intensive, manual collection of bags.
Kenosha’s recyclable materials are sent to a materials recovery facility
(MRF) that does not accept bagged recyclables, resulting in unnecessary
landfilling of valuable materials, including recyclable plastic
bottles. Over the next 10 years, this investment is estimated to yield
54 million pounds of new recyclables, including 2.1 million new pounds of polyethylene terephthalate (PET)...
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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....
Ken Notes:KA is leading by example...
The Wisconsin chapter of the Sierra club is kicking off a week of climate action starting Monday.
Members of the environmental organization said pollution from coal is making more people susceptible to bad outcomes during the COVID-19 pandemic. They said even when the pandemic is over the effects for those impacted will remain.
“It’s quite notable how the pandemic has exacerbated pollution,” said Victoria Gillet, a member of The John Muir Chapter, the Wisconsin branch of the Sierra Club.
The primary goal of the JMC’s week of action is to address the impacts coal and other pollutants have on the environment.
Gillet said she also wants people to understand that coal is costly not only to the environment but to people’s health and finances as well... ...more
Ken Notes: Glad to see this effort, but I am worried about this becoming a partisan issue. I want to go back to the beginning and follow Gaylord Nelson`s vision, “Our goal is not just an environment of clean air and water and scenic beauty. The objective is an environment of decency, quality and mutual respect for all other human beings and all other living creatures.”
A Marinette manufacturer of firefighting foam is cleaning up a spill
of contaminated water containing arsenic and so-called “forever
chemicals” known as PFAS.
Tyco Fire Products, part of Johnson Controls International, reported the spill to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources on Sunday around 9 p.m., according to a DNR release.
Company officials said a mixture of river water and contaminated
groundwater at its 1 Stanton St. facility was accidentally released,
making its way into storm water drains that flow into the Menominee River.
A spokesperson for Johnson Controls said they promptly notified the agency of a water line break that occurred on Sunday... ...more
Ken Notes: Can we reach out and work with Johnson Controls on this issue rather than throw them under the bus...
SCS - At the forefront of sustainable environmental solutions for over 40 years
Back Forty Mine along Wisconsin border faces insufficient funding, increasing opposition.
The controversial proposed Back Forty open pit metallic sulfide mine on the Michigan-Wisconsin border has suffered major financial and permitting setbacks due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and increasing public concerns over the safety of tailings dams to store mine waste. The proposed mine, would be located next to the Menominee River, which flows into Lake Michigan, and has raised concerns about potential pollution. ...more
Ken Notes:Good, but remember the strategy of the companies behind this will be to wait for the tides to change then move forward when their is less resistance. Especially when they can invest is support at all levels of government.
blooms on Lake Superior have caused a lot of public concern in recent
years and now researchers from UMD believe they know why they`ve been
Although there`s no evidence of toxicity in Lake Superior blooms so
far, they are monitoring it closely to see what triggers these blooms.
"We`ve seen either small or large blooms of a blue green algae along
the south shore of Lake Superior between the Twin Ports and the Apostle
Islands. This falls under the general subject of harmful algal blooms,"
said Bob Sterner, the director of UMD`s Large Lakes Observatory and the
lead researcher of these blooms...
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.
State Officials Working With USDA To Investigate Unsolicited Seeds, Warn Against Planting Them
More than 500 Wisconsin residents have reported receiving unidentified seeds that appear to have come from China.
Reports of strange seed packages arriving unordered have popped up across the U.S. and in Canada.
The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection released an online form on Tuesday for residents to report the unsolicited packages.
of Thursday, DATCP Secretary Randy Romanksi said the agency has already
received more than 500 form submissions, as well as phone calls, emails
and social media messages...
Ken Notes: Yes we need to be very careful here. Do not plant anything unless you know what to expect and trust the source...
A Green Bay-area herbal store has seen an uptick in customers during the COVID-19 pandemic, and it`s not alone in Wisconsin.
"People seem to be much more interested in natural things in general," owner Heather Herdman said...
..."The need to educate residents on recycling or compost didn`t stop. In fact, it probably only increased," Goetsch said.
Consumer relationships to sustainability are morphing. On one hand, people are focusing on biking and gardening, and they`re commuting less. On
the other hand, use of single-use plastic is on the rise out of
necessity for public health. Stores, coffee shops and restaurants have
had to temporarily ban reusable bags and containers....
Ken Notes: We have a governor who should understand the value of education an bring this expertise to the citizens to address any number of issues. Instead he is in the partisan trenches fighting a battle he does not need to fight. We need to highlight the values of environmental efforts rather than to ask for mandates and and control...
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...
Sauk County Well Water Monitoring Program’s results.
is the principal water supply for Sauk County municipalities,
industries, and rural residents. While municipal water supplies are
regularly monitored and required to meet drinking water standards,
private well owners must make decisions regarding when and what to test
for and what to do if there is a problem. In an effort to understand
changes to well water quality over time, effectively target management,
and focus public health outreach efforts related to groundwater and
private well owners, Sauk County undertook steps to initiate a 5-year
project to monitor well water quality....
...This study provides an important
benchmark of well water quality in Sauk County. Work will be done in
years 2-5 to investigate the main factors affecting well water quality.
Year 1 results provide a foundation for future sampling efforts to
investigate how or if groundwater is changing over time....
The largest single site of industrial
contamination in Wisconsin has been certified by the Department of
Natural Resources (DNR) as cleaned up.
The 110-acre brownfield was where the
Milwaukee Road Shops stretched out as a sprawling complex of industry
dedicated to producing and repairing rail cars and locomotives. In the
beginning of the 20th century as many as 3,000 workers labored away at
the shops on the rail cars that carried freight and passengers around
the country... ...more
Miron specializes in providing innovative pre-construction, construction management, design-build, general construction and industrial services.
Promega Corporation announced it has surpassed all its environmental improvement goals set for the end of 2020 and achieved absolute reductions in key sustainability metrics.
In early 2016, Promega determined environmental improvement goals that it wanted to meet by the end of 2020. These goals were based on 2015 data. Promega met and exceeded its goals by the end of 2019, according to Corey Meek, who heads Promega’s corporate responsibility program.
Promega is currently in the process of setting its next environment improvement goals “focusing heavily on renewable energy to further reduce our carbon footprint,” Meek told WisBusiness.com. “Energy efficiency is another we are targeting.”
Meek attributed Promega’s success to its employees. .. ...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.
The EPA recently released its annual air quality report, which concluded that air quality nationwide continues to improve. Our nation’s air quality is 77% cleaner today than it was in 1970, according to EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the creation of the EPA. “Since 1970, implementation of the Clean Air Act (CAA) and technological advances from American innovators have dramatically improved air quality in the U.S.,” according to the report. “Since that time, the combined emissions of criteria and precursor pollutants have dropped by 77%. In recent years, the progress has continued: since 2017, the emissions of these pollutants dropped 7%.”... ...more
Links we like supporting Wisconsin`s Environment and Business. More will follow each week...
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Communities across Wisconsin are looking to develop clean energy plans to do their part against global warming, and La Crosse is getting in on the action as well.
The Wisconsin Clean Energy Toolkit will launch statewide today, with La Crosse, Madison, Eau Claire, Green Bay, and Milwaukee all participating. The Toolkit is a comprehensive guide to energy policy options in the state, and is designed to help communities of any size achieve their goal of going green.
Ken Notes: I will keep this link for awhile...
When the Earth Moves
reclaims the authentic story and original vision of Earth Day as a
bipartisan and socially just environmental movement and highlights the
need for people across generations and on both sides of the political
aisle to play an active part. The premiere coincides with the 50th
anniversary of Earth Day – an event that is expected to activate over a
billion people worldwide around environmental and climate action.
Ken Notes: Please share this link with friends and family. It would be a great opportunity to share and discuss with students. The film is less than 10 minutes long but presents a great deal of information and hope for our future...
We try to include links to help you consider your GREEN economic
development options in Wisconsin. Businesses feel free to send us your information here. ...more
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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.
- 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.
- 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.
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!
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Hot off the “press,” AgSTAR’s updated handbook is a comprehensive compilation of the latest knowledge in the industry on best practices for anaerobic digestion and biogas systems.
For 26 years, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) AgSTAR Program has been helping farmers and communities across the United States develop and implement anaerobic digestion (AD) biogas systems. These systems are critical to reduce methane emissions from manure management operations, while also providing other environmental and economic benefits. As a trusted partnership program, AgSTAR helps educate the public on best practices for designing, implementing and maintaining digester projects and brings together leading experts to discuss opportunities and challenges for advancing the biogas industry.
AgSTAR’s newest resource, the Anaerobic Digester Project Development Handbook
is a comprehensive compilation of the latest knowledge in the industry
on best practices for AD/ biogas systems. The goal of the Handbook is to
ensure long-term project success for AD biogas systems by providing
background and a framework for AD project development.
Ken Notes:I would love to see Wisconsin become the leader in this technology! Every farmer and elected official in the state should download this.
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