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Lessons from leaving town

What we do today creates the future.

Posted: 5:27PM October 5th, 2012 | Comments | Read On »

 

Meet the 2012 Badger Bioneers: Part II

The second of five entries highlighting leaders who are creating a sustainable Madison.

Posted: 8:24PM August 10th, 2012 | Comments | Read On »

 

Clean Energy, In Every State

A new study by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory examines the potential of clean energy in every state.

Posted: 3:33PM August 6th, 2012 | Comments | Read On »

 

Meet the 2012 Badger Bioneers!

The first of five entries highlighting leaders who are creating a sustainable Madison.

Posted: 7:24PM August 2nd, 2012 | Comments | Read On »

 

Growing Power Conference September 7th-9th

Growing Power to host international urban farming talks.

Posted: 4:29PM July 30th, 2012 | Comments | Read On »

 

So Simple Why Didn’t I Think of That?

Priority Driven Budgeting is becoming more popular in cities across the U.S. and for good reason. We make the case for Madison.

Posted: 4:32PM July 26th, 2012 | Comments | Read On »

 

Global Warming and Statistics: My Summer In A Nut-Shell

Nobel Prize winning economist Paul Krugman examines global climate change through statistics.

Posted: 3:34PM July 25th, 2012 | Comments | Read On »

 

Olympic Emissions

Scientists examined the impact Beijing had on curbing traffic emissions during the 2008 olympics and how this same strategy should go global.

Posted: 3:12PM July 23rd, 2012 | Comments | Read On »

 

The Lush Lawn: Drought of Place

Drought throughout Wisconsin forces us to re-evaluate how and why we use our most precious resource.

Posted: 3:50PM July 18th, 2012 | Comments | Read On »

 

Share and Be Aware

Bike Fed offering “Share and Be Aware” programs for free for a limited time thanks to grant!

Posted: 12:41PM July 12th, 2012 | Comments | Read On »

 

Power Outages and Brain Storms

What happens at Sustain Dane during a power outage.

Posted: 4:03PM July 11th, 2012 | Comments | Read On »

 

Sustainable Gaming

Sustainable gaming, download it now.

Posted: 4:04PM July 9th, 2012 | Comments | Read On »

 

Court of Appeals Rules in Favor of Science, Logic.

Carbon Emissions really do contribute to Global Warming.

Posted: 3:42PM June 26th, 2012 | Comments | Read On »

 

Rio 20

Did you realize that the expected harvest of Door County cherries is going to be 1/20th of a typical year?

Posted: 4:11PM June 20th, 2012 | Comments | Read On »

 

Invest Locally

Help Businesses Grow Locally

Posted: 4:42PM June 11th, 2012 | Comments | Read On »

 

Dane County and Friends Fight Phosphorous

Phosphorus the Phoe

Posted: 3:39PM June 11th, 2012 | Comments | Read On »

 

Inspiration with a view

Green Roofs are growing

Posted: 1:29PM June 7th, 2012 | Comments | Read On »

 

Junk Food Ads Get The C’est La Vie From Disney

Junk food will no longer fuel Disney advertisements.

Posted: 3:43PM June 6th, 2012 | Comments | Read On »

 

Local Opportunity: Main Street Green

Special Offer for SBN Members

Posted: 9:29AM May 30th, 2012 | Comments | Read On »

 

Edgewood College Sustainability Leadership Graduate Program

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

Posted: 1:26PM May 29th, 2012 | Comments | Read On »

 

Join us for Mallards Go Green Night

Celebrate sustainability with a night at the ballpark!

Posted: 4:30PM May 17th, 2012 | Comments | Read On »

 

What we can learn about building community resilience from single mothers

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. 

Posted: 4:59PM May 15th, 2012 | Comments | Read On »

 

Eco-Salon Tonight

An inspirational new generation of leaders is emerging in Madison:  Meet them at tonight’s Eco-Salon

Posted: 11:21AM May 14th, 2012 | Comments | Read On »

 

Tying Student Learning to, Um, Sewers?

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.

Posted: 10:11AM May 9th, 2012 | Comments | Read On »

 

Rain, rain, stick around while I rent a movie?

Each week, Sustain Dane recommends a good eco-film rental from Four Star Video.

Posted: 10:25AM May 7th, 2012 | Comments | Read On »

 

It’s Never too Late to Change

We are large. We contain multitudes. And we will never stop changing.

Posted: 1:12PM May 3rd, 2012 | Comments | Read On »

 

Fried Chips In A Baked Landscape

Frito-Lay rethinks chip-making.  (Spoiler: they’ll still be using potatoes.)

Posted: 11:50AM May 3rd, 2012 | Comments | Read On »

 

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. 

Posted: 2:31PM May 2nd, 2012 | Comments | Read On »

 

Wendell Berry Has His Say

The Kentucky farmer is awarded one of the nation’s highest honors.

Posted: 11:00AM May 2nd, 2012 | Comments | Read On »

 

Accepting Business Panel Nominations for Sustain Dane’s Badger Bioneers Conference

Send your nomination to Jessie by May 9th

Posted: 2:39PM April 30th, 2012 | Comments | Read On »

 

Eco-Film Pick of the Week

Start out spring with a great Eco-Movie from Four Star Video

Posted: 1:02PM April 30th, 2012 | Comments | Read On »

 

The Sharing Economy

Anyone have some electric pruning shears I can borrow?

Posted: 8:29AM April 19th, 2012 | Comments | Read On »

 

Don’t Forget Monday’s Eco-Salon

Monday’s Eco-Salon provides a robust look at Madison’s backyards—and the ordinances allowing chickens and bees

Posted: 10:36AM April 6th, 2012 | Comments | Read On »

 

Scoop the Poop!

It’s amazing what a little dog doody duty will do.

Posted: 2:05PM April 5th, 2012 | Comments | Read On »

 

April Eco-Salon Next Monday!

Learn about edible backyards and the ordinances that make them possible!

Posted: 3:27PM April 3rd, 2012 | Comments | Read On »

 

Movies of the month

Each week, Sustain Dane staff provides a suggestions for an eco-rental from Four Star

Posted: 11:44AM April 2nd, 2012 | Comments | Read On »

 

Five Smarties Who Are Making the World a More Livable Place

That’s right, we are featured on this webinar!

Posted: 12:41PM March 29th, 2012 | Comments | Read On »

 

What’s for lunch?

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.

Posted: 2:15PM March 22nd, 2012 | Comments | Read On »

 

Lights, Camera. . . Eco-Action!

Sustain Dane has teamed up with Four Star Video

Posted: 1:59PM March 22nd, 2012 | Comments | Read On »

 

School Board Forum Tonight!

Meet candidates for Madison’s School Board - and hear their plans for sustainability

Posted: 9:30AM March 19th, 2012 | Comments | Read On »

 

Let’s Ride!

Why is it sometimes so hard to do the things we love to do?

Posted: 3:06PM March 15th, 2012 | Comments | Read On »

 

Did you know?

Our factoid today is in honor of the beautiful biking and walking weather!

Posted: 2:26PM March 13th, 2012 | Comments | Read On »

 

Eco-Film Pick of the Week

Stop by Four Star Video for an Eco-FIlm

Posted: 10:44AM March 12th, 2012 | Comments | Read On »

 

Did you know?

That each day the U.S. consumes…

Posted: 5:18PM March 6th, 2012 | Comments | Read On »

 

A Warmer Winter Means Less Heating Costs

But is that a long-term solution?

Posted: 1:09PM March 5th, 2012 | Comments | Read On »

 

Lights, Camera. . . Eco-Action!

The Lorax splashes onto the big screen

Posted: 12:31PM March 2nd, 2012 | Comments | Read On »

 

A Little Green on the Gold Oscar

Hollywood is trying to become more sustainable

Posted: 11:53AM February 27th, 2012 | Comments | Read On »

 

Wendel Berry’s Lesson from the Hummingbird

Using the example of the hummingbird, Wendel Berry stresses the need for humanity to live within ecological and physical limits.

Posted: 5:06PM February 23rd, 2012 | Comments | Read On »

 

Our love affair with oil is part heartbreak

Three of the SD staff had a date with Thad, John and Alan at World Oil Supply: Looming Crisis or New Abundance?

Posted: 11:36AM February 23rd, 2012 | Comments | Read On »

 

Is America’s love affair with oil a heartbreaker?

Leave the chocolate and lacy at home, and spend Valentine Day learning about our nation’s crush on oil

Posted: 2:09PM February 13th, 2012 | Comments | Read On »

 

From Toilet To Tap?

As water shortages increase and intensify environmental and economic concerns, more municipalities turn to the sewer for solutions

Posted: 1:43PM February 10th, 2012 | Comments | Read On »

 

Biking to work in “winter”

If you’ve sworn off “winter” biking (yes winter is purposefully in quotes), next week is the week to give it a try.

Posted: 11:03AM February 9th, 2012 | Comments | Read On »

 

More Than Just Wacky Weather

According to NOAA, the contiguous US experienced its 4rth warmest January on record.

Posted: 4:17PM February 8th, 2012 | Comments | Read On »

 

The Patriots and Giants Are Green With . . . wel, Sustainability

Yesterday’s Super Bowl follows an important trend in professional sports:  Going green!

Posted: 11:02AM February 6th, 2012 | Comments | Read On »

 

Two Sides of the Wind Turbine

A new documentary raises important questions about wind energy

Posted: 12:44PM February 3rd, 2012 | Comments | Read On »

 

Management System Models/Standards Provide Road Maps to Sustainability

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.

Posted: 11:19AM February 2nd, 2012 | Comments | Read On »

 

Dive! the film - review

If a great documentary is one that has you googling about the topic while the credits are rolling than Dive! wins a gold medal. 

Posted: 11:00AM February 2nd, 2012 | Comments | Read On »

 

Observations on Climate Change

It was 6 degrees below the record high of 56 degrees yesterday the last day of January.

Posted: 1:45PM February 1st, 2012 | Comments | Read On »

 

Baby, Its Cold Outside

Warm Up With Wind Power

Posted: 11:46AM January 30th, 2012 | Comments | Read On »

 

Green Week at West High

The results are in… the student led Green Week at West High was a success!

Posted: 5:01PM January 25th, 2012 | Comments | Read On »

 

To offset or not to offset

What the heck is an offset?

Posted: 12:46PM January 20th, 2012 | Comments | Read On »

 

Movies on the mind

What is the best environmental film?

Posted: 11:22AM January 20th, 2012 | Comments | Read On »

 

One Year Old and Still GROWing

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. 

Posted: 3:42PM January 18th, 2012 | Comments | Read On »

 

Getting the story right

SD Director of Communications chastises Cap Times for its sloppy reporting on high speed rail.

Posted: 4:17PM January 17th, 2012 | Comments | Read On »

 

Mpower Business ChaMpions Showcase

Check out the photos from Wednesday’s smash hit!

Posted: 6:03PM January 12th, 2012 | Comments | Read On »

 

A great, great Eco-Salon

2012 starts with a strong Eco-Salon

Posted: 6:14PM January 10th, 2012 | Comments | Read On »

 

What’s Up With Sustainable Business in 2012?

Sustain Dane is starting the year out right by growing the Mpower Business ChaMpion Program and launching the Sustainable Business Network.

Posted: 6:06PM January 6th, 2012 | Comments | Read On »

 

Let’s get loud about transit

Bust out the bullhorns and soapboxes!

Posted: 4:21PM January 6th, 2012 | Comments | Read On »

 

Resolving that 2012 will be a good year

Jessie starts the New Year sharing wisdom on the radio!

Posted: 4:35PM January 2nd, 2012 | Comments | Read On »

 

New EPA Stardards = Big Step Forward

The release of the EPA’s Mercury and Air Toxics Standards usher in a new year.

Posted: 5:13PM December 22nd, 2011 | Comments | Read On »

 

Children’s Outdoor Bill of Rights

A group of Wisconsinites have been working on a joint assembly proclamation that conveys the value of outdoor learning, exploration and fun.

Posted: 4:23PM December 21st, 2011 | Comments | Read On »

 

Do a sit-up for Bonnie Prudden

For those who think that America is getting fatter, it is not a new problem. 
For those who think there are not solutions.

Posted: 4:38PM December 19th, 2011 | Comments | Read On »

 

A Reason for Optimism

Local action moves forward regardless of international struggles

Posted: 2:55PM December 7th, 2011 | Comments | Read On »

 

LaFollette High’s Experimental Garden Club

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.

Posted: 2:59PM December 6th, 2011 | Comments | Read On »

 

The role of Science in decision making

We had the pleasure to hear Lisa Jackson, the EPA administrator address a full house at Union South.

Posted: 3:52PM November 18th, 2011 | Comments | Read On »

 

Sustainability Mash-Up

The fun - and learning - starts tomorrow!

Posted: 3:58PM November 9th, 2011 | Comments | Read On »

 

Put on your fancy pants!

Last day to buy tickets for the annual, greatest sustainability show in Madison . . .

Posted: 10:12AM November 4th, 2011 | Comments | Read On »

 

Sustain Dane staff eat bananas too

Focus on specific goals, instead of sweeping generalizations.

Posted: 11:13AM November 3rd, 2011 | Comments | Read On »

 

Accept Powerlessness

The top 3 things I learned from the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission

Posted: 4:14PM November 1st, 2011 | Comments | Read On »

 

Badger Bioneer Dinners

Tickets for pre-conference dinners with leading sustainability thinkers & doers are now available!

Posted: 10:41AM October 31st, 2011 | Comments | Read On »

 

Change on the Brain

What does it take to effect change? Honestly, I don’t really know. Maybe a better understanding of human behavior will help.

Posted: 12:24PM October 28th, 2011 | Comments | Read On »

 

Leadership in our Public Schools

Principal for a Day at Spring Harbor Middle School in Madison gave me a glimpse of what leadership can mean for our public schools.

Posted: 4:37PM October 25th, 2011 | Comments | Read On »

 

What’s the buzz about beekeeping

Madison City Council needs to pass proposed ordinance for backyard beekeeping

Posted: 4:21PM October 21st, 2011 | Comments | Read On »

 

Visionaries

Utne Reader’s new list gets it right; come see what the fuss is about.

Posted: 10:05AM October 20th, 2011 | Comments | Read On »

 

Bioneers Update: Looking for a frame

Thinking about how you help people interpret so much STUFF!

Posted: 10:43AM October 16th, 2011 | Comments | Read On »

 

Bioneers Update

BIoneers nice, but Madison’s conference will be better!

Posted: 12:55PM October 15th, 2011 | Comments | Read On »

 

Greetings from California

Our first dispatch from the Bioneers Conference . . . where the weather is nice and the speakers are . . . um . . hot?

Posted: 12:16AM October 15th, 2011 | Comments | Read On »

 

Energy Efficient Schools

Students in KEEP’s Wisonsin Energy Efficient Schools Workshop learn about the challenges and opportunities that face schools when they try to reduce their energy use.

Posted: 4:33PM October 12th, 2011 | Comments | Read On »

 

The Meaning of Public Life

Reading Parker Palmer’s new book, “Healing the Heart of Democracy,” and pondering the meaning and decline of public life in America - including the origin of the word public.

Posted: 4:55PM October 11th, 2011 | Comments | Read On »

 

Read All About It!

Eco-Salons hit the front(‘ish) page!

Posted: 9:41AM October 10th, 2011 | Comments | Read On »

 

Why Knoxville, when It could be us?

What is Knoxville doing to expand its number of green jobs more rapidly than other other metropolitan area in the country?  And why isn’t Madison even on the map?

Posted: 4:14PM October 4th, 2011 | Comments | Read On »

 

GROWing, Learning, Inspiring

Friday September 23rd was the second ever GROW Coalition Garden Tour.

Posted: 10:25AM October 4th, 2011 | Comments | Read On »

 

A Case for Investing in Green Jobs

Can green jobs really help grow our economy?

Posted: 4:40PM September 29th, 2011 | Comments | Read On »

 

Deconstructing Your Blocks

What’s YOUR excuse? And, who cares?

Posted: 11:32AM September 23rd, 2011 | Comments | Read On »

 

No place to hide from energy efficiency

Work and life are both dealing with difficult energy efficiency decisions.

Posted: 4:07PM September 22nd, 2011 | Comments | Read On »

 

A DIY Degree

A DIY Masters

Posted: 4:54PM September 20th, 2011 | Comments | Read On »

 

Meet the Bioneers: Parker Palmer

Last in a series of profiles of this year’s Badger Bioneers.

Posted: 3:27PM September 19th, 2011 | Comments | Read On »

 

Stop the Junk Mail!

Junk mail fills out dumps and contributes to carbon emissions. How to stop it?

Posted: 11:38AM September 16th, 2011 | Comments | Read On »

 

Cherokee Middle School’s Garden Blog

Recently a friend forwarded me a link to the Cherokee Middle School Garden blog.

Posted: 12:44PM September 13th, 2011 | Comments | Read On »

 

Meet the Bioneers: Stephanie Ricketts

The fourth in a series of profiles of this year’s Badger Bioneers.

Posted: 4:57PM September 9th, 2011 | Comments | Read On »