Our annual green feature reinvigorates the eco scene with a selection of tips, tricks, and articles that make living sustainably second nature here in the Chippewa Valley. Take baby steps toward a change using the tip calendar, find out what's hot and what's not, see who's picking up on the trends in the community, and recycle in ways you never imagined possible.

Go Green is sponsored by:

Xcel Energy
Eau Claire

Places & Resources

Green Energy Programs 3

Groups, organizations, and cooperatives that work to provide efficient and sustainable energy.

Green Groups 18

Organizations you can join to work for a sustainable future.

E.C. County Will Help You Fight Waste With Home Composting

county taking orders for compost bins, kitchen pails through Jan. 26

If your New Year’s resolutions include taking better care of the planet, you can start right in your own kitchen and backyard: The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources estimates that 30% of the waste that ends up in landfills could be composted instead ...

Eau Claire County, Local Paper Company Get Recycling Awards

two of the 11 awardees this year are from the Chippewa Valley

Eau Claire County and Cortec Coated Products of Eau Claire were two of 11 organizations recognized by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources with 2023 Recycling Excellence Awards ...

Hazardous Trash Piling Up? E.C. County Clean Sweep Can Help

Sept. 16 event will accept paint, oil, gasoline, lightbulbs, and other waste

Have you been meaning to clean out the garage all summer? Now that fall is here (unofficially, at least), here’s some motivation to get that particular job done: Eau Claire County is holding one of its semi-regular Clean Sweep events ...

Worming into Wisconsin

a closer look at the underground allies we never should have had

It’s 6am in early spring and I’m geared up to hike towards my local arboretum in Eau Claire. I’m volunteering for The Nature Conservancy, ready to stick my feet into unknown places, familiarize myself with the dirt, and get to know the locals a bit more – the locals, of course, being creatures, bacteria, plants, fungi...

Recycling Do’s and Don’ts: Are You Putting The Wrong Items In Your Recycling Bin?

some of the top recycling mistakes in Eau Claire County

Not every item you think is recyclable actually is, and a lot of items actually need to be dropped off at a specific site, not tossed into your recycling bins. While folks who sort through recyclables picked up by local waste management businesses are on the lookout for such items, it helps everyone – including the environment – to know if and where common household items can be recycled...

These Chippewa Valley Salons Recycle Almost Everything – Even Hair

Estilo Salon locations in E.C., Menomonie now Green Circle Certified

Earlier this year, Estilo and its sister salon in Menomonie became two of only a handful of salons in the region to become Green Circle Certified. The certification means that the salons recycle 85 to 95% of their waste. And that doesn’t just mean the paper, glass ...

RESEARCH & RAW DEAL: 2023 LAKES REU Community Forum to Be Hosted in Menomonie

public welcome to enjoy the open research forum about the Red Cedar Watershed

Students, farmers, environmental enthusiasts, and the rest of the community are invited to engage in this year’s Linking Applied Knowledge in Environmental Sustainability Research Experience for Undergraduates program (LAKES REU) Forum to learn...

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Go Green is sponsored by:

Xcel Energy
Eau Claire