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 ...more
1:45-2:45 PM | Room 202C
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 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
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."...
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...
SCS - At the forefront of sustainable environmental solutions for over 40 years
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
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
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...?
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.
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 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...
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...
Ken Notes:Great info here...
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. ...more
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."
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...
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.
audiences for “Floe,” a world premiere coming to Union Theater Jan.
22-24, should be prepared: It will not be a simple experience.
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...
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...
- Wisconsin shed 10% of its dairy farmers last year, according
to data from the state`s Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer
- 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
- 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
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.
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.”.... ...more
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.
Miron specializes in providing innovative pre-construction, construction management, design-build, general construction and industrial services.
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.”... ...more
Ken Notes: Congrats!!!!
“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...
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.
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
“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
Links we like supporting Wisconsin`s Environment and Business. More will follow each week...
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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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Each week Ken will review economic development, job creation,
environmental trends, and social issues in the Wisconsin. He will try to
discuss issues from a sound business
perspective and he will encourage his guests to do the same. He will
offer alternative solutions from experts, pundits, and politicians, and
then examine the economic realities behind them.
Ken notes, "The idea is simple, if we can
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other names we may get Wisconsin back on track, because it has damn sure
derailed over the years".
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