August 11: Sustainable Future Fest

all-new festival to feature workshops and more

The Green Movement will reach the Chippewa Valley in style next month with a new event. The first Sustainable Future Festival will take place August 11 and organizers are hoping it will become an annual event. The festival is being held ...

To LEED or Not to LEED, That Is the Question

Green certifications carry weight, but come with an equally hefty price tag

Looking back 10 years ago you would be hard pressed to find the amount of “green” thinking that is going into our food and the buildings that support a sustainable environment. Yet all of it comes at a cost ...

'Old' is the new 'New'

local hotspots for antique furniture and decor

This past summer while hitting up local rummage sales with my husband and parents, I made the find of the day when I stumbled across a magnificently old but perfectly solid chair. I loved it immediately; with its very worn but original yellow ...

No-Mow Lawns

a new movement away from the traditional grass yard

It wasn’t the mowing that drove Linda Soltis to an alternative lawn – it was the moles. Mole tunnels riddled the postage-stamp-sized patch of grass that she labored over watering, weeding, and fertilizing, and she was tired of it. Her solution? ...

Focus on Energy: Go Green to Get Green

It really is easy being green with Wisconsin’s new Focus on Energy program, which assists Wis. residents and businesses manage rising energy costs. The program encourages eligible Wisconsinites to update to more energy-efficient and cost-effective...

Troubled Water

change needed to improve the Red Cedar Watershed

In the Netherlands, watersheds are considered such a vital part of life that local governments are organized around them, rather than by cities and counties. Watersheds are just as important to life here in the Valley, yet many of us aren’t ...