Addressing Climate Change

one relationship at a time, citizens’ climate lobby focuses on bipartisan approach to reducing carbon emissions

Thu. Jun. 28th, 2018  |  Dr. Kate Hale Wilson

This is a story about a group that is betting the farm on relationships: the relationships between constituents and their elected representatives in Congress, and the relationships among citizens in a democracy ...

How Can I Recycle That?

one woman’s mission: recycling items – old boots, a broken microwave, plastic bags – that would otherwise end up in a landfill

Thu. Jun. 28th, 2018  |  Katie Venit, photos by Joel Pearish

During this year’s spring cleaning, I hauled out all the things that I haven’t disposed of because I felt guilty about tossing them in the garbage: a microwave that caught on fire, old winter boots, a mountain ...

Keeping Home Energy Costs Down: Saving Energy Means Saving Money

Wed. Jun. 27th, 2018  |  Cassandra Kyser

Whether you are a renter or a homeowner, there are easy ways for you to save money and be a little kinder to the planet in the process. I talked with Jolene Neisius, marketing and member services representative ...

Can I Recycle That?

dos and don’ts about what to put in the blue bin and what to pitch

Wed. Jul. 26th, 2017  |  Tom Giffey

If you’re taking the time to read this section of the magazine, you undoubtedly are the kind of person who takes pains to separate your recyclables from your trash. You rinse and sort. ...

Trying to Clear the Air

UWEC research team works to improve air quality along Lake Michigan shoreline

Wed. Jul. 26th, 2017  |  Judy Berthiaume, UW-Eau Claire

A faculty-student team of Blugold researchers is helping scientists better understand how ozone is produced over Lake Michigan, findings that could help communities and industries in three states identify strategies for improving air quality ...

How Does Your Solar Garden Grow?

Xcel’s sun-powered project ready to rise in Eau Claire

Wed. Jul. 26th, 2017  |  Tom Giffey

During the latter half of summer, gardens across the state flourish, and the solar garden being built across from Xcel Energy’s Wisconsin headquarters in Eau Claire will be no exception ...

First Choice Is a Green Choice

award-winning company keeps your electronic junk out of the landfill

Wed. Jul. 26th, 2017  |  Pan Thao

Fifteen years ago, Greg and Bobbie DeVoll came across a newspaper article about how computer and electronic refuse was going to be the next big waste concern for the United States because of harmful materials ...

Red Cedar Watershed Gets the Blues

program explores social aspects of reducing blue-green algae woes

Wed. Jul. 27th, 2016  |  Jerry Poling

Local and regional partners in a new collaborative effort led by UW-Stout, the state Department of Natural Resources, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are ready ...

Helping the City Sustain the Effort

college interns aid city with environmental projects

Wed. Jul. 27th, 2016  |  Samantha West

UW-Eau Claire environmental studies students are working toward a greener Eau Claire community while simultaneously getting a valuable internship opportunity ...

Catching Some Renewable Rays

utility providers connect with solar revolution

Wed. Jul. 27th, 2016  |  Tom Giffey

Five hundred years ago, the realization that the sun was at the center of our solar system revolutionized science. Today, another revolution is taking place, and once again the sun is at the center ...

City of Eau Claire Launches Eco-Awards

Thu. Feb. 11th, 2016  |  V1 Staff

In the immortal words of Kermit the Frog, it ain’t easy being green – but at least now it may get you an award. The City of Eau Claire’s Advisory Commission on Sustainability is seeking nominations for the first-ever Sustainable Eau Claire Awards. The awards – which will be given out on Earth Day (April 22) – will recognize “individuals, businesses, and ...

Curbside Compost: Garbage into Gold

new Eau Claire business will turn your kitchen waste into compost – and take out the trash, too

Fri. Jul. 24th, 2015  |  Barbara Arnold, photos by Kelsey Smith

Red wiggler earthworms served as the initial inspiration for Zacharious and Jamie Pappas’ newly created business, Earthbound Environmental Solutions, which will offer curbside composting to individuals and families in the Eau Claire area ...

Let the Sun Shine In

two Chippewa Valley utility companies launch solar power programs

Fri. Jul. 24th, 2015  |  Mike Seitz

Most people love summer for the same reason: the sun. It warms us up after the harsh winters our state is notorious for – at least for a few months. But that great big burning ball of gas in the sky gives us more than a free tan: Many people are recognizing its ability to provide us with a renewable ...

Harness the Wind

CVTC prepares for power-generating turbine

Fri. Jul. 24th, 2015  |  Laura Lash

While on a road trip in California, driving from Los Angeles to Palm Springs, I came upon a stellar sight. As the landscape got drier, past the city limits and pushing into wide open space, I was greeted by miles of wind turbines at work. It was a beautiful sight; having never seen such a large display ...

Lake Menomin: The Good, the Bad, and the Algae

UW-Stout program attracts undergrads from around the country to confront toxic lake problem

Fri. Jul. 24th, 2015  |  Sam Peters

Lake Menomin and the surrounding watershed are intertwined with the animals, farms, and people of Menomonie. Like so many Wisconsin communities, the city shares a geographic, social, and economic relationship with the local water resources. Unfortunately over time, elevated levels of ...

Earth Friendly Legend

local superhero ReCyclone wants you to use the recycling bin

Mon. Jul. 22nd, 2013  |  Tom Giffey

While other superheroes routinely save the earth by thwarting evil geniuses or slaying otherworldly monsters, the colorfully clad ReCyclone takes a different approach: She’s saving the earth one bottle, can, and corrugated box at a time ...