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Garbage entrepreneurs are turning food waste into a business

From the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, May 23, 2016 – Part-time waitress, full-time garbage entrepreneur — Melissa Tashjian has carved out a niche helping turn smelly food scraps into a dark, rich medium to grow more fruits and vegetables. Two years ago, Tashjian started her little business, Compost Crusader LLC, with a small, slow-moving dump truck and […]

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Poky Pedaling – Shop & Donate by Bike

May 21, 2016, Sunday, Bukholt Park, Stevens Point, WI –  12:45 pm near the Skate Park – Poky Pedaling Stevens Point (PPSP) is creating charity-themed Bike Fun for the opening Poky Pedal of 2016. Shop & Donate by Bike is the first of seven events on the recently released 2016 Bike Fun Calendar. During Shop & Donate […]


Sustainable Homes in Action

May 21, 2016, Saturday – Start off the day with a light brunch and learn about the basics of installing solar during a Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA) Solar Power HourSM. Then head off to tour the countryside and visit with local homeowners who have incorporated sustainable practices and renewable energy into their homes! See the line-up and descriptions of homes […]


Powering Your Plate – Renewable Farm Tour

May 20 & 21, 2016, Friday and Saturday – Join Farmshed, Golden Sands RC&D, Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA), and North Wind Renewable Energy on a tour of Central Wisconsin farms. Friday, begin with a Solar Power Hour at Farmshed and then board a bust to tour a diverse group of farms all of which employ renewable systems […]

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Is your food ‘natural’? FDA to weigh in

From the New York Times, May 17, 2016 – Can you define the word “natural”? The Food and Drug Administration is certainly trying. Since 2014, the agency has asked the public to weigh in on how the term should be defined and used on food labels — or whether it is even appropriate for the F.D.A. […]


Manitowoc factory lands wind tower orders

From the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, May 13, 2016 – Broadwind Energy Inc. has been awarded $34 million in orders for production of tall steel towers for wind turbines, to be made in Manitowoc and Texas. The Cicero, Ill.-based company said this week the orders came from two U.S. turbine manufacturers and that the towers will be […]

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Global Warming Cited as Wildfires Increase in Fragile Boreal Forest

From the New York Times, May 10, 2016 – Scientists have been warning for decades that climate change is a threat to the immense tracts of forest that ring the Northern Hemisphere, with rising temperatures, drying trees and earlier melting of snow contributing to a growing number of wildfires. The near-destruction of a Canadian city last […]

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Gardeners flock to bees’ defense and push to dump pesticide

From the Minnesota StarTribune, May 8, 2016 – Thousands of gardeners, wagons in tow, lined up at the State Fair grandstand this weekend for the Friends School plant sale as they jockeyed for position at the official start of Minnesota’s annual spring planting frenzy. They were also standing at the forefront of what has been a […]

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Two of the world’s top three insecticides harm bumblebees

From The Guardian, April 28, 2016 – Two of the world’s most widely used insecticides cause significant harm to bumblebee colonies, a new study has found, but a third had no effect. The work shows the distinct effects of each type of neonicotinoid pesticide, from cuts in live bees and eggs to changed sex ratios and […]

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Wisconsin launches effort to replace aging lead pipes to safeguard water

From WisconsinWatch.Org, April 27, 2016 – The state Department of Natural Resources announced Wednesday it will target low-income areas with $11.8 million in new grants to replace aging pipes made of lead that supply water to homes. The dangers of lead in drinking water have been highlighted by the crisis in Flint, Michigan, where corrosion from […]

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Babies Who Eat Rice Cereal Have Higher Arsenic Levels, Study Finds

From NPR, April 25, 2016 – When it comes to introducing babies to solid foods, rice cereal is often first. And rice is a staple in many baby and toddler foods. But, as we’ve reported, multiple studies have found that rice-based foods contain traces of arsenic, and sometimes levels are surprisingly high. Now comes a new […]


Point Back to the Land – Mark Your Calendar!

Point Back to the Land, is a series of weekend trips and tours around the Stevens Point Area serving as a gateway for you to experience sustainability. Tour sustainable homes, farms, and businesses; have fun outdoors; and take advantage of deals offered at the local eateries, craft breweries and distillery, local lodging facilities, and more! […]


Emerald ash borer found in Stevens Point

From the Stevens Point Journal, April 7, 2016 – STEVENS POINT – The destructive emerald ash borer beetle that has wiped out millions of trees across the Midwest has been found in Stevens Point, marking the first time the insect has been detected in Portage County. The invasive, metallic-green bugs were found in the 2900 block of Center Street, according to a […]


Some Sunscreen Ingredients May Disrupt Sperm Cell Function

From the Endocrine Society, April 1, 2016 – Boston, MA – Many ultraviolet (UV)-filtering chemicals commonly used in sunscreens interfere with the function of human sperm cells, and some mimic the effect of the female hormone progesterone, a new study finds. Results of the Danish study will be presented Friday at the Endocrine Society’s 98th annual […]