Employee gardens, eco-dives, and repurposed medical supplies – the 2013 MPower Business Champions share their success at this upcoming free, public event…
This holiday season, find inspiration in nature for your gift ideas. Here are five biomimicry-inspired gifts on our wish list.
Do you find inspiration in nature? Biomimicry is the field of imitating natural systems and models for the purpose of solving complex human problems.
Our annual holiday letter - a look back at a successful 2013 and ahead to an even more sustainable community in 2014.
Sustain Dane presents Badger Bioneers 2013 Encore Screening at the Madison Central Library. This is a special film screening of one of our favorite keynotes from the 2013 National Bioneers Conference.
At Badger Bioneers 2013, Jessie Lerner unveils a new vision of sustainability leadership for the Greater Madison Region, and reminds us to take it one step at a time.
Sustain Dane’s Stacie Reece reflects on her role at the recent Racial Justice Summit and the unexpected common threads between racial equity and sustainability.
Sustain Dane’s recent office relocation revealed an innovative sustainable business resource - Madison Green Box, a stellar view of Lake Monona, and Danielle’s secret stash of cardboard boxes.
Sustain Dane, along with Mayor Paul Soglin, MGE and the MPower Champions welcomed Gina McCarthy, EPA Administrator on a special visit to Madison.
Sustain Dane’s Swedish American Green Alliance Intern, Sonja, shares an international visitor’s perspective on bicycling in Madison.
Sustain Dane’s new Sustainable Business Initiatives Intern, Stacie Reece, perks up on a mission to compost spent coffee grounds.
The schools recently selected for the 2013 – 2014 Growing Outdoor Classrooms Program are Lapham Elementary, Orchard Ridge Elementary, and Sherman Middle School in Madison as well as Prairie Elementary in Waunakee, and Marshall Early Learning Center in Marshall.
Environmental scientist, yoga teacher, world traveler, and Badger at heart, Jessie Lerner steps up to lead Sustain Dane in its next chapter.
Just another perk of biking, and, oh my, they are adding up fast!
In this edition, find out how a eco-realization turns into a big plan of action.
Kristen Joiner steps down as Executive Director of Sustain Dane
… An open letter to my first friend in Madison.
An open letter to my first friend in Madison (Part I)
In her third installment in the Stuff series, Creal helps readers find more sustainable options for buying and owning “stuff.”
Creal suggests easy steps to avoiding more stuff in your life.
A special thank you to Sustain Dane’s original papa penguins.
Kristen Joiner shares her vision through the lens of sustainability in her opening remarks at Badger Bioneers Conference 2012.
Stuff. Who needs it?
Sustain Dane’s new intern, Creal, digs in.
What we do today creates the future.
The second of five entries highlighting leaders who are creating a sustainable Madison.
A new study by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory examines the potential of clean energy in every state.
The first of five entries highlighting leaders who are creating a sustainable Madison.
Growing Power to host international urban farming talks.
Priority Driven Budgeting is becoming more popular in cities across the U.S. and for good reason. We make the case for Madison.
Nobel Prize winning economist Paul Krugman examines global climate change through statistics.
Scientists examined the impact Beijing had on curbing traffic emissions during the 2008 olympics and how this same strategy should go global.
Drought throughout Wisconsin forces us to re-evaluate how and why we use our most precious resource.
Bike Fed offering “Share and Be Aware” programs for free for a limited time thanks to grant!
What happens at Sustain Dane during a power outage.
Sustainable gaming, download it now.
Carbon Emissions really do contribute to Global Warming.
Did you realize that the expected harvest of Door County cherries is going to be 1/20th of a typical year?
Phosphorus the Phoe
Green Roofs are growing
Junk food will no longer fuel Disney advertisements.
Special Offer for SBN Members
Edgewood College is offering a $1,250 Sustainable Business Discount to employees of Sustain Dane’s Mpower ChaMpion Business Program and Sustainable Business Network members who enroll by July 20th in The Edgewood College Sustainability Leadership Graduate Program
Celebrate sustainability with a night at the ballpark!
Rick Santorum recently disparaged single mothers as ripping the fabric of society. Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, contributing editor-at-large for Newsweek and The Daily Beast, and deputy director of the Council on Foreign Relations’ Women and Foreign Policy program, reminds us of what we have to learn from their ability to build networks of resilience.
An inspirational new generation of leaders is emerging in Madison: Meet them at tonight’s Eco-Salon
This project, in a New York City school, is an inspiring example of how schools, city government, and non-profit organizations can come together to engage youth in learning while accomplishing a real and meaningful project that will have far-reaching effects.
Each week, Sustain Dane recommends a good eco-film rental from Four Star Video.
We are large. We contain multitudes. And we will never stop changing.
Frito-Lay rethinks chip-making. (Spoiler: they’ll still be using potatoes.)
Accepting Panel Nominations for Sustain Dane’s Badger Bioneers Conference: Sustainable Schools Track
We are interested in highlighting projects that reflect the current status of the sustainable schools movement in Wisconsin. If you are involved in this movement and would like to share your work by participating in one of our panels described below please let us know by Friday, May 11.
The Kentucky farmer is awarded one of the nation’s highest honors.
Send your nomination to Jessie by May 9th
Start out spring with a great Eco-Movie from Four Star Video
Anyone have some electric pruning shears I can borrow?
Monday’s Eco-Salon provides a robust look at Madison’s backyards—and the ordinances allowing chickens and bees
It’s amazing what a little dog doody duty will do.
Learn about edible backyards and the ordinances that make them possible!
Each week, Sustain Dane staff provides a suggestions for an eco-rental from Four Star
That’s right, we are featured on this webinar!
The choices we make regarding the food our schools serve our children not only affects their short and long term health, but also the health of our economy and environment.
Sustain Dane has teamed up with Four Star Video
Meet candidates for Madison’s School Board - and hear their plans for sustainability
Why is it sometimes so hard to do the things we love to do?
Our factoid today is in honor of the beautiful biking and walking weather!
Stop by Four Star Video for an Eco-FIlm
That each day the U.S. consumes…
But is that a long-term solution?
The Lorax splashes onto the big screen
Hollywood is trying to become more sustainable
Using the example of the hummingbird, Wendel Berry stresses the need for humanity to live within ecological and physical limits.
Three of the SD staff had a date with Thad, John and Alan at World Oil Supply: Looming Crisis or New Abundance?
Leave the chocolate and lacy at home, and spend Valentine Day learning about our nation’s crush on oil
As water shortages increase and intensify environmental and economic concerns, more municipalities turn to the sewer for solutions
If you’ve sworn off “winter” biking (yes winter is purposefully in quotes), next week is the week to give it a try.
According to NOAA, the contiguous US experienced its 4rth warmest January on record.
Yesterday’s Super Bowl follows an important trend in professional sports: Going green!
A new documentary raises important questions about wind energy
Guest blogger and Sustainable Business Network member, Kevin Lehner (President, ECSI Assurance, LLC) shares his insights and recommendations around using international models/standards, such as ISO 50001, for businesses to improve their sustainability practices.
If a great documentary is one that has you googling about the topic while the credits are rolling than Dive! wins a gold medal.
It was 6 degrees below the record high of 56 degrees yesterday the last day of January.
Warm Up With Wind Power
The results are in… the student led Green Week at West High was a success!
What the heck is an offset?
What is the best environmental film?
It’s been almost a year since Sustain Dane, Community GroundWorks, UW-Extension and Health Forward Consulting held the first meeting of the GROW Coalition.
SD Director of Communications chastises Cap Times for its sloppy reporting on high speed rail.
Check out the photos from Wednesday’s smash hit!
2012 starts with a strong Eco-Salon
Sustain Dane is starting the year out right by growing the Mpower Business ChaMpion Program and launching the Sustainable Business Network.
Bust out the bullhorns and soapboxes!
Jessie starts the New Year sharing wisdom on the radio!
The release of the EPA’s Mercury and Air Toxics Standards usher in a new year.
A group of Wisconsinites have been working on a joint assembly proclamation that conveys the value of outdoor learning, exploration and fun.
For those who think that America is getting fatter, it is not a new problem.
For those who think there are not solutions.
Local action moves forward regardless of international struggles
Last night at the GROW Coalition’s Open Mic Think Tank Night we learned how one physics teacher and two student leaders, Tyler and Alex, are helping to shape and grow a new Experimental Garden Club at LaFollette High School.
We had the pleasure to hear Lisa Jackson, the EPA administrator address a full house at Union South.
The fun - and learning - starts tomorrow!