Tim O’Brien Homes gears up for construction in zero-energy neighborhood

From Milwaukee Business Journal, July 10, 2018. Pewaukee-based Tim O’Brien Homes will start home construction this fall within Red Fox Crossing in New Berlin, believed to be Wisconsin’s first zero-energy neighborhood, according to the company. The neighborhood consists of 34 home sites, of which less than 25 are still available. The builder is holding a […]

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McDonald’s First to Serve Certified Sustainable Canadian Beef

From Wisconsin Ag Connection, July 13, 2018. In a major nod to the quality of Canadian beef, McDonald’s Canada announced that it will be the first company in Canada to serve Canadian beef from certified sustainable farms and ranches, beginning with its Angus line-up. This means that for the first time ever, McDonald’s 3 million […]


Create Portage County – Levitt AMP Music Series

Pifner Park, Stevens Point, WI:  May 31 – August 2, 2018 Join us for free live music each Thursday this summer at the Pfiffner Park Bandshell! Concerts run from 6 PM to 8 PM and include kids’ activities, food trucks, local beverages, caricatures artists, dance lessons and a farmers’ market. Click here for the full schedule or here to […]

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2018 Sustainable Farm Tour 

Saturday, August 25, 2018 from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM Langlade County Come tour local, sustainable farms and discover the delicious potatoes, dairy, fruits, and veggies produced right here in Langlade County! The tours will run 9:00 am, 11:00 am and 2:00 pm. Participating Farms: Grandview Orchard & Nursery Stock – W8086 County Rd F, […]

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The Terms on a Food Label to Ignore, and the Ones to Watch For

From the New York Times, July 3, 2018. Food labels are meant to be easy to read, but some terms on those labels are marketing lingo or mean something different than you may think. Here’s what to pay attention to and what to ignore entirely. If your head starts spinning when trying to make healthy […]

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In Baby Teeth, Links Between Chemical Exposure in Pregnancy and Autism

From the New York Times, July 2, 2018. If you are a parent worrying through pregnancy, or maybe trying to make sense of your child’s neurodevelopmental problems, you aren’t always glad to see another story about a new study looking at possible environmental risk factors. From pesticides in the food to phthalates in the plastics […]


‘Farming’ microbes to feed cows could save land and cut emissions

From Anthropocene, June 29, 2018. Replacing traditional crop-based animal feed like soybeans, with food made from microbes, could save several hundred million hectares of land, a new study finds. While this might seem futuristic, the idea actually goes back to the 1970s. That’s when scientists first started growing huge quantities of bacteria, yeast, fungi, and […]

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Gundersen Sparta Clinic honored with ‘green’ award

From News8000.com, June 29, 2018. SPARTA, Wis. (WKBT) – The Gundersen Sparta Clinic is recognized for their sustainability practices. According to a news release, the clinic was one of the organizations recently honored at the U.S. Green Building Council Wisconsin (USGBC Wisconsin) Transformation Leadership Awards, which highlights those that champion sustainable practices. “The Transformation Awards […]

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H&H Energy Services Use PACE Financing to “Go Solar” and Reduce Energy Costs

From Renew Wisconsin, June 28, 2018. The H&H Energy Services building located at 818 Post Road in Madison is the latest Wisconsin business to benefit from commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing available through PACE Wisconsin. H&H Energy Services plan to offset the majority of their warehouse’s electrical use by installing roof upgrades, a […]


Officials warn of high nitrate levels in drinking wells around Armenia

From the Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune, June 18, 2018. ARMENIA – High nitrate levels in private wells in Juneau and Wood counties have caused health departments to issue a warning. The high nitrate levels have been found in private drinking water wells in the Armenia area, according to a news release from the Wood County […]

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Dry wells, sinking land and fears of a global food crisis

From E & E News, June 25, 2018. TULARE COUNTY, Calif. — The bottom is falling out of America’s most productive farmland. Literally. Swaths of the San Joaquin Valley have sunk 28 feet — nearly three stories — since the 1920s, and some areas have dropped almost 3 feet in the past two years. Blame […]