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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 »

 

Expeditionary Learning: Bringing the Classroom to the Community

Toki Middle School lies in the Meadowood Neighborhood in the heart of Southwest Madison.  Over the past decade, poverty has taken a strong foot-hold. 

Posted: 12:09PM September 9th, 2011 | Comments | Read On »

 

What You Buy Matters

Lessons in understanding the power you have as a consumer.

Posted: 10:35AM September 1st, 2011 | Comments | Read On »

 

Meet the Bioneers: Kim Neuschel & Jessica Leclair

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

Posted: 1:06PM August 31st, 2011 | Comments | Read On »

 

Sustainability- It’s More Than Going Green

Last week I heard Kaleem Caire from the Urban League of Greater Madison speak about Madison Prep, a proposed public, all-male charter school in the Madison Metropolitan School District.

Posted: 1:00PM August 31st, 2011 | Comments | Read On »

 

A gas-free summer

Could Madison have summertime fun without burning gas?

Posted: 11:59AM August 29th, 2011 | Comments | Read On »

 

Lights, Camera . . Action!

A week of filming wraps up.

Posted: 12:05PM August 26th, 2011 | Comments | Read On »

 

Bears, dogs and beds

10 days, 3 tents, 4 campfires, 1 bear chased up a tree by a terrier.

Posted: 9:16AM August 25th, 2011 | Comments | Read On »

 

Eating our way to a lower carbon footprint

Last Sunday evening I stumbled across a radio program on WUWM called Human Kind. The program, entitled “Our Food Footprint”, explored greenhouse gases produced from the livestock industry.

Posted: 4:49PM August 17th, 2011 | Comments | Read On »

 

Meet the Bioneers: Greg David

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

Posted: 2:15PM August 5th, 2011 | Comments | Read On »

 

GROWing Outdoor Learning

Did you know that there are 33 vegetable gardens at Madison public schools?

Posted: 1:46PM August 4th, 2011 | Comments | Read On »

 

Meet the Bioneers: Will Green

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

Posted: 2:13PM July 29th, 2011 | Comments | Read On »

 

Let’s ban plastic bags!

Other cities have done it . . how about us?

Posted: 11:21AM July 25th, 2011 | Comments | Read On »

 

Happy House Hunting

I have come to realize that in choosing a house I am choosing my options for living sustainably.

Posted: 11:29AM July 21st, 2011 | Comments | Read On »

 

Sharing Books and More

This past weekend I went on a bike ride with friends and stopped for a coffee at Tuvalu in Verona ...

Posted: 10:33AM July 14th, 2011 | Comments | Read On »

 

Next steps for public transportation

Be heard on public transit for Dane County

Posted: 2:27PM July 12th, 2011 | Comments | Read On »

 

Our Spring Trip to Denver

Reinforced we (Sustain Dane and Madison) are on the forefront of sustainability!

Posted: 9:41AM July 8th, 2011 | Comments | Read On »

 

Coming to a park near you. . .

Sustain Dane’s Summer Eco-Movie Night!

Posted: 10:50AM July 1st, 2011 | Comments | Read On »

 

Going European!

Several European cities make big changes to “car culture”

Posted: 11:32AM June 27th, 2011 | Comments | Read On »

 

Tending the Garden at the Workplace

A national trend towards employer-sponsored gardens at the workplace is showing up locally at American Family’s National Headquarters here in Madison.

Posted: 4:17PM June 23rd, 2011 | Comments | Read On »

 

Celebrities Go Green . . . or do they?

Greenwashing watchdog

Posted: 9:50AM June 20th, 2011 | Comments | Read On »

 

Cultivating Education for Sustainability

Last night a group of passionate individuals gathered for 3 hours at the UW-Arboretum to generate ideas about what students should be learning and experiencing to be sustainably literate.

Posted: 10:01AM June 16th, 2011 | Comments | Read On »

 

Its summertime and . . .

. . .and its time to clean up our lakes!

Posted: 10:43AM June 13th, 2011 | Comments | Read On »

 

Union Cab

Mpower ChaMpion finds passionate people for sustainability projects

Posted: 10:38AM June 9th, 2011 | Comments | Read On »

 

Who are the 2011 Badger Bioneers?

Sustain Dane is proud to announce this year’s group.

Posted: 11:14AM June 6th, 2011 | Comments | Read On »

 

More sports news

Hockey players save a river!

Posted: 9:55AM June 6th, 2011 | Comments | Read On »

 

What do boxing and sustainability have in common?

Personal health: The starting point for sustainability

Posted: 10:10AM June 3rd, 2011 | Comments | Read On »

 

Learn about the School Garden Coalition

School gardens are taking root everywhere!

Posted: 4:39PM May 24th, 2011 | Comments | Read On »

 

Nominate a Badger Bioneer!

Do you know a sustainability thinker & doer? Tell us!

Posted: 10:06AM May 13th, 2011 | Comments | Read On »

 

Did you bike to Monday’s Eco Salon?

Highlights from May’s Bike centric Eco-Salon

Posted: 5:28PM May 12th, 2011 | Comments | Read On »

 

Madison’s Sustainabilty Plan - Why You Should Care

I recently had the privilege of hearing Alder Satya Rhodes-Conway speak about our City’s new Sustainability Plan.

Posted: 1:35PM May 11th, 2011 | Comments | Read On »

 

Ideal Backyard wraps up . . . well, ideally!

Eight sessions and eight ideal backyards

Posted: 10:05AM May 9th, 2011 | Comments | Read On »

 

Learning from other cities!

What Chicago can teach about sustainability

Posted: 12:18PM May 2nd, 2011 | Comments | Read On »

 

Bringing Schools and Community Together

On May 26th a new garden will be built at Black Hawk Middle School thanks to Fiskar’s Project Orange Thumb.

Posted: 5:15PM April 27th, 2011 | Comments | Read On »

 

TED Review - Dave Meslin: The antidote to apathy

Dave takes an entertaining and to-the-point approach in outlining seven obstacles that can be overcome to combat apathy.

Posted: 1:18PM April 21st, 2011 | Comments | Read On »

 

Madison gets another chicken coop

the My Ideal Backyard seminar successfully builds a chicken coop!

Posted: 10:12AM April 18th, 2011 | Comments | Read On »

 

another successful Eco-Salon

another great think & drink

Posted: 12:28PM April 15th, 2011 | Comments | Read On »

 

A Dose of Inspiration

I had the good chance to visit three models of community-based sustainability in action this past weekend ...

Posted: 1:25PM April 13th, 2011 | Comments | Read On »

 

18 ChaMpion Businesses accepted into ‘11 Program

From 3 employees to over 7000 employees, Sustain Dane will work with 18 dedicated area businesses this year.

Posted: 4:32PM April 7th, 2011 | Comments | Read On »

 

Sustainability Education in Wisconsin

There are a number of efforts happening in our State in support of Educating for Sustainability ...

Posted: 1:17PM April 6th, 2011 | Comments | Read On »

 

Food, Faith & SUCCESS!

A great early springtime afternoon at James Reeb Congregation, talking about food, faith and sustainability.

Posted: 11:18AM April 4th, 2011 | Comments | Read On »

 

The Home Energy Audit Experience

One week ago today I had my first ever Home Energy Audit for my first ever home.

Posted: 4:48PM April 1st, 2011 | Comments | Read On »

 

We’re Growing!

Hold your hats: Sustain Dane is about to double in size!

Posted: 11:48AM March 31st, 2011 | Comments | Read On »

 

Changing School Food

Sometimes small, seemingly inconsequential things are actually really big victories.

Posted: 3:31PM March 30th, 2011 | Comments | Read On »

 

My Ideal backyard

Time to plant!

Posted: 3:02PM March 28th, 2011 | Comments | Read On »

 

Economics of Happiness

Over 200 people gathered to watch The Economics of Happiness, a documentary about how “going local” can help repair our economies, ecosystems and ultimately happiness.

Posted: 4:47PM March 24th, 2011 | Comments | Read On »

 

Growing Gardens, Growing Kids

There is a lot of noise these days around gardening and food.  Front yard gardens, roof top gardens, community gardens, rain gardens and, yes, school gardens.  Well, what’s the big deal?

Posted: 3:08PM March 23rd, 2011 | Comments | Read On »

 

What Walker’s Actions Have to Do With Sustainability

“The turmoil in Wisconsin is…about transparency and openness. It is about neighborliness, decency and mutual respect.”  William Cronon, Op-Ed in the New York Times 3.21.11

Posted: 3:14PM March 22nd, 2011 | Comments | Read On »

 

Movie Time!

Movie time! Wednesday free screening of “The Economics of Happiness”

Posted: 10:48AM March 21st, 2011 | Comments | Read On »

 

Madison becomes an EPA Climate Showcase Community

Madison becomes an EPA Climate Showcase Community

A group of 15 Madison businesses lead the pack.

Posted: 11:46AM March 17th, 2011 | Comments | Read On »

 

Luigi

Luigi entered my life but two short weeks ago and I have to say I’m in love!  Who would have thought that a body made of aluminum dressed in turquoise and red would not just catch my eye but my heart too.  Who is this Luigi?

Posted: 10:05AM March 16th, 2011 | Comments | Read On »

 

2010 ChaMpion Results

That’s right, the eight 2010 Mpower ChaMpion Businesses expect to save over $2.4 million dollars over the next 5 years from the projects they implemented this year.

Posted: 7:53AM March 4th, 2011 | Comments | Read On »