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Stop Global Warming from Going Nuclear
Take Action for Healthy Communities and Clean Energy
Panel votes to kill Smart Growth: Deals blow to local control, private property
rights and lake protection
for Focus on Energy
Cuts in the State Budget Threaten Your Lakes, Rivers and Drinking Water
Army’s Plan to Burn PCBs at Badger Army Ammunition Plant
Road Oil at Badger
AAP: A Report
and CALL TO ACTION by Citizens for Safe Water Around Badger
Action alert on transmission line
URGENT: Fax or CALL Governor Doyle today!!!
From: Tom Kreager, SOUL
Sent: Jun 26, 2005 7:48 AM
Ask Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle to veto the Montgomery bill AM 437/SB
Please call or fax Governor Doyle and tell him to veto this
Pass this along to anyone else who may be concerned about this issue
especially in the southern part of the state!
The bills referred to in this email are the ones which you may have
heard of on the radio or in print: for the first time ever, they
would allow for public lands--in this case the "insurgent" Douglas County's
park and forest lands--to be condemned by Eminent Domain upon request
from a PRIVATE CORPORATION, in this case the American Transmission
Company, to build their huge transmission line though Wisconsin's
wetlands and forest lands.
If this bill is passed NO local public land, park or forest would be
off limits from new transmission lines and may actually be targeted
because of the ease the new bill provides to take it.
Governor Doyle (a Democrat, oddly enough) has indicated willingness
to sign this giveaway of public lands to the corporate interests.You shouldn't need me to tell you that this is a complete sellout by this
governor to the ATC corporation.
The Governor has lamely stated that "we" need to allow this
corporation to have its way, or else face energy shortages in the future. These
statements assume there is no other way than centralized power
production and distribution, when in fact you probably realize there
is a perfectly viable alternative, called renewable energy production
close to the end-user. Locally produced, locally distributed. Simple
Please call or fax Governor Doyle and tell him to veto this
Save Our Unique Lands (SOUL)
from State Media
Our Unique Lands
from State Media
Woodland group to hold seminars
Leadership Institute of Wisconsin is seeking candidates for its environmental
Three seminars, scheduled for Aug. 19 to 20, Sept. 23 to 25 and Oct. 28 to
29, will teach woodland owners how to become leaders in their local communities
on issues related to forestry, sustainable forest management and public policy.
Individuals interested in the program should contact the office of State Rep.
Garey Bies at (888) 482-0001 or by mail at P.O. Box 8952, Madison, WI
the article in Green Bay Press
from State Media
The Department of Natural Resources has announced that money is
available for urban forestry grants. Wisconsin cities, villages, townships,
counties, tribal governments and nonprofit organizations are eligible for these
Grants range from $1,000 to $25,000. Grant recipients must match the grant
dollar-for-dollar with cash, or in kind with labor, services, supplies,
equipment or facilities provided by the recipient or donated by a third party or
Applications are due by Oct. 3, 2005. To receive a grant application packet,
contact Tracy Salisbury, DNR Regional Urban Forestry Coordinator, PO Box 10448,
Green Bay WI 54307-0448, or call 920-662-5450.
articles about the forestry
from State, Regional, National Media
Lakes Awards Winners Lauded For Service:
Work, Research `benefit Us All'
A University of Wisconsin researcher, a local construction company and a
religious order were named Dane County Waters Champion Award recipients Friday
by the Dane County Lakes and Watershed Commission.
Recipients of this year's awards, presented at an evening reception at the
Concourse Hotel, were:
Dr. Elena Bennett of the UW, whose research work on phosphorus led to the
countywide ban on using phosphorus on lawns.
The Joe Daniels Construction company for its work on the Sugar River
The Sisters of Saint BenEdict, who restored a lake on their property on
County M and converted 90 acres of the 130-acre property to native prairie.
"The work we did -- restoring native ecosystems and preserving biodiversity
-- is earth-tending, a centuries-old Benedictine tradition," said Sister Mary
David Walgenbach, prioress of the Sisters of Saint Benedict of Madison.
"Earth stewardship includes extending hospitality to creation and the land
itself so that all who come here receive the blessings of the earth." Read
the article in The Capital Times
MOSES: Nominations Sought For 2006 “Organic Farmer of the Year” Award
The Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES) has issued a call
for nominations for the 2006 “Organic Farmer of the Year” award. This
prestigious award has been presented annually since 2003 at the Upper Midwest
Organic Farming Conference in La Crosse, Wisconsin. More than 1800 people
attended the conference this past February. Previous award winners have been
vegetable producers Martin and Atina Diffley of Eagan, Minnesota, community
supported agriculture pioneers Richard De Wilde and Linda Halley of Harmony
Valley Farm in Viroqua, Wisconsin, and cash grain and hog producers Carmen and
Sally Fernholtz of Madison, Minnesota.
seek to nominate a farmer or farming operation for the award must complete and
return the Nomination Application form, available from the MOSES office
(715-772-3153) or at www.mosesorganic.org. The deadline for nominations is
October 15, 2005.
more information Read
the article at WisBusiness
Clean Wisconsin Praises Much-Improved Great Lakes Water Responsibility
Clean Wisconsin applauds the
June 30 release of two draft agreements designed to
limit diversions of water out of the Great Lakes and to prevent environmental
damage caused by uncontrolled water use inside the basin. “The Agreements
signal a renewed effort to take responsibility for, and protect our Great Lakes
environment and economy,” said Clean Wisconsin Water Policy Director Derek
Scheer. “Of course, as with any compromise between ten jurisdictions, the
Agreements still need some fine-tuning. But after nearly five years’ work, the
Great Lakes governors and premiers should be congratulated for taking this
important step toward agreements that significantly increase Great Lakes basin
water protections,” Scheer said.
Clean Wisconsin's Press Release
Clean Wisconsin: Keith Reopelle Returns
Clean Wisconsin is pleased to announce that Keith Reopelle will be returning to
Clean Wisconsin as Program Director effective July 25, 2005. Keith previously
worked for Clean Wisconsin for twenty years from 1982 to 2002, when it was known
as Wisconsin’s Environmental Decade, where he was campaign director, program
director and lobbyist. Keith is a tireless advocate for Wisconsin’s environment.
He has represented Clean Wisconsin in numerous energy related proceedings before
the Public Service Commission, and in many air, water and habitat rule making
proceedings at the DNR. Keith has a bachelor’s degree in wildlife ecology and a
master’s degree in environmental communications, both from the University of
Wisconsin - Madison.
During his years with Wisconsin’s Environmental
Decade, Keith played an integral role in numerous successful campaigns that
resulted in creation of major environmental laws, some the strongest of their
kind in the nation, including the Energy Priorities Law, Mining Moratorium Act,
Polluted Runoff Rules, and Power Plant Mercury Emission Rules.
the announcement at WisPolitics
Job Announcement: Green Lake Association seeks part-time Executive Director
self-motivated, environmentally minded
individual to oversee association activities
& address issues that impact the
quality of Big Green Lake and its watershed.
Coordinate actions of 2-person staff,
direct GLA business affairs, coordinate
events, collaborate with local agencies,
communicate w/ 650+ members & lake
partners, respond to inquiries. Requires
proficient writing & public speaking
skills, flexible schedule, general business
knowledge, enthusiasm. Computer skills
a plus. Approx. 80 hrs/mn (some eve
accepted until position filled.
resume & cover letter to Green Lake
Association PO Box 364, Green Lake,
WI 54941 firstname.lastname@example.org
GLA is an active, non-profit association
working to ensure that Green Lake remains
one of the premier lakes in the Midwest.
the Job Announcement (PDF)
to accept Clean Sweep grant proposals
Proposals due in late July
Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection will be opening up a
six-week period this June to receive applications for $710,400 in Wisconsin
Clean Sweep grant funds.
All proposal materials will be made available as downloadable documents from
its Web site.
Proposals will be due in late July. Wisconsin Clean Sweep is the new program
that was approved in late 2004, allowing counties, cities, villages, towns and
other units of government to receive grants for the collection of agricultural
and household hazardous wastes.
to the website for the Wisconsin
Clean Sweep Program
the article in Green Bay
LoonWatch seeks volunteers for
count on July 16
LoonWatch is currently looking for volunteers to survey loon populations on
July 16 on the
following lakes in Bayfield County: Bullhead, Cisco, Flynn, Island, Porter,
Shunenberg, Sixteen and Totagatic.
For more information see:
Volunteers can sign-up by visiting the LoonWatch website at
Fighting Bob Fest IV, 2005
“The Vote At
Risk: 40 Years After the Voting Rights Act”
come to doubt the fairness of our democracy and the accuracy of our voting
methods in light of a series of questionable presidential elections and
computer-paperless voting. We have an obligation to protect our voting rights.
It’s a long tradition. During “Fighting Bob” La Follette’s term as Governor,
Wisconsin became the model of voting reform by becoming the first state in the
nation to implement the open primary system for state office. The party bosses
were replaced by the people, their hold was effectively broken, and government
began working for the people.
Now it’s our turn. Since the Progressive Era, the power of money has eroded
La Follette’s many reforms and Wisconsin finds itself, once again, with a
reputation of corrupt politics. Fortunately, as they say, our future is still
Join us in Baraboo, Wisconsin on Saturday, September 10,
2005 where we will celebrate the 150 th birthday of Robert M. “Fighting Bob” La
Follette. We’ll also welcome the grassroots excitement of The People’s
Legislature, and plan a course of action for reform. There will be speakers,
music, and an enthusiastic crowd of progressives looking for new ways to improve
upon the “experiment in democracy” that is Wisconsin.
article about speakers for
Fighting Bob Fest IV
Simple Ways Anyone Can Conserve Energy
• Turn off your lights and other appliances when finished.
close your refrigerator door.
• Switch from incandescent to compact
fluorescent lights (CFL), which are available at any hardware store and use only
a quarter of the energy as incandescent lights for the same price.
Replace old appliances, which are less energy efficient.
• Car pool
• Drive fuel efficient vehicles.
• Keep your
tires inflated to the appropriate amount. Doing so will increase your
• Close your doors when it is too cold or too hot
• Utilize window blinds or shades to block or let in sunlight as
appropriate to help regulate the room temperature.
• Fix leaking
• Install a low-flow shower head to conserve on hot
• Insulate your water heater and exposed water pipes.
draws wide spectrum of attendees - June 18, 2005 SPJ
First Fuel Cell Vehicle to a Family
A Los Angeles family became the first in the United States to lease a
hydrogen-powered car from Honda Motor Co. Ltd. as the company introduces
consumers to the zero-emission technology
the article at Planet Ark
Native Tribes Harness Renewable Energy Projects
The U. S. Department of Energy (DOE) is making nearly $2.5 million available to
18 Native American tribes to advance the use of renewable energy and energy
efficient technologies on tribal lands.
the article at Renewable
Radical new option for things you don't
want... give them away
The temptation to buy buy buy is hard to resist, be it a new outfit, gadget
or item of furniture. Now guilty shoppers keen to offload a no-longer-needed
purchase have a radical new option... simply giving it away.
the article at the BBC
the world one gift at a
Recycling Programs Around The World
BBC correspondents offer snapshots of how
countries across the globe are approaching recycling.
the article at the BBC
Sustainable Summer Reading
Experts in the SRI (Social Responsibility
Investing) and CSR (Corporate
Social Responsibility) arenas offer their
recommendations for books to take on vacation this summer.
the article at SocialFunds.com
"Inclusive Wealth": A New Economic Measure of Sustainability
Inclusive Wealth is a reform of neo-classical economics, using accounting prices
(i.e., substitution prices) to put a monetary value on key capital stocks in
nature, the manufactured economy, human welfare, and human knowledge. The core
idea: manage all those stocks so that they don't decline over time, and
you get sustainability.
What exactly is "Inclusive Wealth"? It is an attempt to measure the the
change in value over time of all the critical capital stocks in an economic
system, at constant prices. Natural resources. Ecosystems. Manufactured
capital. Human welfare. Human knowledge. Inclusive Wealth is "inclusive" for two
reasons: one, because it tries to include everything that actually matters in
economic development (which is a first, even for economics); and two, because it
includes the interests of future generations. This is a genuine economics of
For the big-name team of economists and ecologists who thought this up,
sustainability can be defined this way: the value of your wealth, in all
its forms, should not decline over time. The next generation must
inherit watersheds that still work, infrastructure that isn't collapsing, a
store of knowledge (and healthy people who know the knowledge) that's getting
bigger and richer instead of smaller and stupider, and so on. You measure
sustainability by figuring out whether all those capital stocks are maintaining
or increasing their value, continuously. If they aren't, it's time to change
your course ... or perhaps to learn to fiddle, so that you are ready for when
Rome starts to burn.
the article at WorldChanging
you know that, in the 1980s, one of the top two sites
considered for nuclear waste storage was
River Batholith located along the Wolf River in central
and northeast Wisconsin?
that there are numerous problems with using Yucca Mountain,
the Wolf River Batholith
could once more be a target
site for nuclear waste storage.
of the people and groups who opposed the proposed
Crandon mine, are organizing to
keep the Wolf River
Batholith from ever being used to store nuclear waste.
A website for the group (under heavy construction)
has been started at www.notinmybatholith.com.
you would like to receive meeting notices, send information,
or receive information about this important issue, send
more information about the Wolf River Batholith see
“The only thing
necessary for the triumph of evil is for good people to do nothing." Edmund
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