Catching Some Renewable Rays

utility providers connect with solar revolution

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 ...

Easier to Be Green

Sustainable Future Fest offers an earthy education

If you want to learn how to reduce your carbon footprint by changing your methods of consumption, diet, energy, and transportation, head to Sustainable Future Festival at the Eau Claire County Expo Center. “Several area organizations and businesses ...

Right Out of the Bag

why you should always have reusable bags

The Environmental Protection Agency has estimated between 500 billion and 1 trillion plastic bags are consumed worldwide each year ...

Committee Aims to Bag Plastic Bags

businesses, environmentalists seek common ground on reducing, reusing, and recycling

The Eau Claire City Council stirred a bit of controversy earlier this year when it voted unanimously to form an advisory committee to explore ways to cut down on the use of plastic shopping bags. While many people – including council members ...