Good morning I am writing a note for my business reader. I am aware that often in the past environmental regulation and some of the environmental groups that created, lobbied for, and addressed these issues had little or no concern for the products we consume daily or the jobs they create and the families these jobs sustain. Some don’t understand business, and even environmentally minded businesses find it a struggle to do the right thing in the spotlight of an ever critical public.
The problem is that we have some real problems and some great opportunities. We must work together and we need to end the blame game. I would love to think that environmentalists will realize the potential of cooperation, I am afraid they won’t. A few bullet points on this issue:
As a business leader remind environmentalists that this Earth Day is a great day to work together – as are the other 364 days of the years. Also let me thank you for all your efforts because I see that you do understand that this is a pretty fragile planet.
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Our environment, economy and health depend on conserving natural resources. We disagree on a lot, but we both believe Americans must be good stewards.
The environment has become a polarizing issue in recent years, but as honorary co-chairs of the “Year of the Environment” launching Monday on Earth Day, we are hoping to help make it a bipartisan cause again.
The initiative, aimed at commemorating a half-century of bipartisan environmental progress, will include 12 months of celebrations, special events and public lectures leading up to next year’s 50th anniversary of the first Earth Day, brainchild of the late Wisconsin senator and governor, Democrat Gaylord Nelson.
It’s kicking off at the Gaylord Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, which hosts an annual Earth Day Conference conducted in the spirit of the original 1970 “teach-in.” The event is called Imagine and Adapt: Possibilities in a Changing World....
Ken Notes: I like both of these guys...
The Shepherd Express interviewed six local leaders regarding their plans for Earth Day and the future....
Jennifer Bolger Breceda: Executive Director of Milwaukee Riverkeeper...
Mark Redsten: President & CEO of Clean Wisconsin...
Glenna Holstein: Branch Manager of the Urban Ecology Center...
Tyler Huebner: Executive Director of RENEW Wisconsin...
Cassie Steiner: Public Relations and Outreach Associate of the Sierra Club—John Muir Chapter...
Erick Shambarger: Environmental Sustainability Director of the City of Milwaukee Environmental Collaboration Office (ECO)......more
Ken Notes: Must Read!!!
SCS - At the forefront of sustainable environmental solutions for over 40 years
We explore the past, present and future of Wisconsin’s environmental legacy on Earth Day with former U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold and environmentalist Tia Nelson....
In November of 2018, Wisconsin saw a massive turnout in the midterm elections, resulting in the election of Democratic Governor Tony Evers over Republican incumbent Scott Walker in the gubernatorial race. With just over 1 percent of the vote, Evers’ win was narrow. As he celebrated his victory, Evers promised Wisconsin residents “change is coming” — and change has certainly been seen in the field of environmental policy in just a few months since the election.
Wisconsin has historically been a key player in the the modern environmental movement.
Beginning in the late 20th century, protection, appreciation and
preservation of the environment became the focus of environmental
policy. With the creation of the National Wilderness Preservation System
in 1964 and the Wisconsin Environmental Policy Act in 1971, the
importance of the environment has been a common theme of statewide
policy-making, despite the frequent switch between liberal and
conservative ideology in the Governor’s office.
Ken Notes: Why point fingers at the past when we have a Governor who wants to move us forward.
Miron specializes in providing innovative pre-construction, construction management, design-build, general construction and industrial services.
Mount Pleasant resident Bernadette Borcher tries to do something special on Earth Day. This year she’ll reach out to her state representatives and try to gather more support for policy.
“I was in college when we had the first Earth Day,” Borcher said. “(The environment) always was an interest, I try to do something every year on Earth Day.”
Today is the 49th annual Earth Day commemoration, during which people celebrate the planet and its natural resources. But some are looking to local government to forward initiatives focused on clean energy and renewable resources...
...Neubauer said she remembers being frustrated that elected officials did not give climate change the attention she thought it deserved.
“We actually need a popular uprising of people who care about and are working on this issue,” Neubauer said. “It’s still not a priority to work on this at the state level.”...
Ken Notes: It is not a us vs. them it is a WE must solve this issue. We need to work together to create electric cars, renewable energy, greener buildings, cleaner manufacturing, reduce carbon emissions, and so much more. I have to remind everyone one more time if we are going to get there it is business that will build it, energy companies that will power it, and people who will fund it.
North Korea holds a Tree Planting Day every March. The question is whether it helps regreen a largely denuded nation whose people face food shortages, deadly natural disasters and bitterly cold winters...
...Even as new trees take root, subsistence logging and deforestation have an untold impact on the country’s soil quality and its ability to feed its people.......more
Ken Notes: Today is a great day to remind ourselves that iths is a global issue...
The Wisconsin Supreme Court is stepping into an environmental battle over whether one of Kewaunee County`s largest dairy farms should be able to expand.
The state`s highest court is taking up the case involving Kinnard Farms at the request of the state`s 2nd District Court of Appeals, which declined to hear the case because any ruling would have statewide implications.
At issue is legislation approved during Gov. Scott Walker’s administration that effectively curtails the state Department of Natural Resources’ authority to limit Kinnard’s herd size or require the farm to monitor groundwater as part of state permitting....more
Ken Notes: We soooooooo need CAFO regulations and NEW legislation.....
MADISON – The state`s top environmental
official pledged Tuesday that the Department of Natural Resources will
play a more aggressive role in water quality issues, echoing calls by
Democratic Gov. Tony Evers that more needs to be done to ensure
Wisconsin residents have access to clean drinking water.
DNR Secretary Preston Cole said clean
water was the agency`s top issue, followed by chronic wasting disease in
the state`s deer population....
WGBA has combined forces with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and together we will pilot a new model for USGBC chapters and local market engagement...
Every year around Earth Day, I’m reminded of papers I graded in an environmental sociology class. The assignment was to assess your values, explain how you thought you would live as an adult (about 20 years in the future), and then complete an online calculator to find out: If everyone in the world lived like you, how many planets would we need?......more
Ken Notes: I really enjoyed this one...
Volkswagen believes the future is electric and it’s in a hurry to get there. Perhaps that seems disingenuous for a company that lied and cheated its way to the top of the auto industry by foisting off defective diesel-powered cars on an unsuspecting public for almost a decade, but compared to its peers — General Motors, Ford, Chrysler, Toyota, Honda, Mercedes, BMW, and others — who are slow-walking their way toward an electric car tomorrow, Volkswagen is rushing to embrace the electric car revolution......more
Ken Notes: Great read!!!
Our commitment to preserving the quality of our environment is not just a program at Dairyland. It reflects a deeply held view that good environmental practices reflect sound operations and contribute to the overall economic and social health of the communities we serve.
On January 25, 2019, a 28-story high tailings dam in Brumadinho, in southeastern Brazil failed, releasing almost 3 billion gallons of sludgy mine waste. The spill flooded nearby homes, submerging cars and buses under a river of reddish-brown sludge. The death toll so far has risen to 228 with an estimated 49 people still missing and presumed dead. This is Brazil’s deadliest-ever mining accident.
The same design for storing mine waste, known as the upstream dam construction method, is now being proposed for a large open pit metallic sulfide mine and tailings dam next to the Menominee River on the Wisconsin-Michigan border. While Brazil’s mining agency has already banned this design from further use, Michigan regulators are poised to approve this design and risk a catastrophic dam failure that could send toxic wastes into Lake Michigan and threaten drinking water for millions in the Upper Midwest. A coalition of concerned citizens, environmental groups and the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin is determined to prevent this from happening......more
Ken Notes: Even as a pro business guy, I find if very hard to support a new mine on the WI-MI border. current techniques scar the land create hazardous waste and curtail the development of new products and solutions.
The WI Sustainable Business Council is a network of Wisconsin businesses and organizations that are interested in, or actively responding to, the challenge of sustainability.
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