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Green Circle Named One of Four Unforgettable Bike Rides in Wisconsin

From Wisconsin Travel Best Bets, July 2015, This scenic trail in central Wisconsin, which is open to hiking and biking, loops around the city of Stevens Point. It passes through prairies and wetlands, parks and forests. It also connects to more than 20 miles of additional trail riding and it passes near great restaurants and comfortable […]

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The entrance to the Argenta Hills commercial development in Inver Grove Heights, Minn., features a landscaped median that doubles as a stormwater collection area. Elizabeth Dunbar | MPR News

Minnesota Rain Gardens Go Big to Fight Pollution

By MPR News, July 27, 2015 With its Target store and mix of single family homes, Argenta Hills looks like any typical suburban tract. But it’s anything but typical when it rains. Instead of traditional gutters and catch basins, the Inver Grove Heights development has cuts in the curb for storm water to flow into […]

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School Board OK’s borrowing $5.275 million

From The Portage County Gazette, July 20, 2015 ­ The Stevens Point Area Board of Education will borrow $5.275 million to upgrade electrical systems in its buildings and improve energy efficiency. The Board authorized borrowing up to that amount Monday, Nov. 11, while also accepting a contract with Schneider Electric, a global specialist in energy […]

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Stevens Point Public Utilities Maintains a Sustainable Operation

From Wisconsin Public Service’s Energy News, July 2015 At the Stevens Point Public Utilities Wastewater Treatment Facility, you’ll find a team with an ongoing dedication to energy efficiency and conservation. The facility is committed to monitoring, controlling and optimizing processes and equipment. They also work hard to train the entire team and reinforce the environmental […]

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Obama Plan Would Give Poor Easier Access to Solar Energy

From The New York Times, July 7, 2015 The Obama administration on Tuesday announced an initiative to help low- and middle-income Americans gain access to solar energy, part of a series of steps President Obama is taking to tackle climate change, according to administration officials. The administration said it intends to triple the capacity of […]

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Lakefront's Growing Power pale ale is a Belgian-style saison, and their latest brew made with organic ingredients. Photo: Lakefront Brewery

Lakefront goes Organic with Growing Power

From Wisconsin Gazette, July 2, 2015 Business partnerships are nothing new, but some grow more “organically” than others. Milwaukee’s Lakefront Brewery has ratcheted up its relationship with Growing Power, the Milwaukee nonprofit devoted to sustainable urban farming, in order to raise awareness of sustainability issues and opportunities. As a result, Lakefront’s legions of fans have […]

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Focus on Energy Offers Discounts on Power-Saving LED Bulbs

From Journal Sentinel, July 1, 2015 Homeowners looking for savings on utility bills can save more by buying LED bulbs that now come with special discounts from Wisconsin Focus on Energy program. The discounts started Wednesday at big-box retailers around the state but will soon be offered at smaller retailers such as hardware stores. Read […]

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Scott Walker Signs Bill Banning Microbeads

From Journal Sentinel, July 1, 2015 Gov. Scott Walker signed legislation on Wednesday that bans manufacturers from using tiny plastic beads in products after studies showed they are turning up in the Great Lakes and other waterways. The small bits of plastics — known as microbeads — are added to products because of their abrasive […]

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How to Eat Healthy and Save the Planet

From The Guardian, June 29, 2015 As dietitians increasingly focus on the environment, they’re finding that what’s better for the earth is usually also better for the body. Dietitians and food companies are awaiting the US Department of Agriculture’s highly anticipated new dietary guidelines by the end of this year with one key question in […]

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New Research Suggests Nature Walks are Good for Your Brain

From The Washington Post, June 29, 2015 New research suggests a 90-minute nature walk can lead to less rumination – a risk factor for depression. In the past several months, a bevy of studies have added to a growing literature on the mental and physical benefits of spending time outdoors. That includes recent research showing […]

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Solar Users, Advocates Remain Optimistic About Energy’s Future in Wisconsin

From Wisconsin Public Radio, June 24, 2015 Solar energy users and advocates at this past weekend’s Midwest Renewable Energy Fair near Stevens Point said they’re optimistic about solar’s growth, despite controversial rate decisions by the state’s utility regulation agency. Last year, the Public Service Commission allowed some power companies to increase their fixed monthly rate for […]

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