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Sustainability Summit focuses on growth of waste-to-energy projects

One of the biggest trends in sustainable power nationally is solar and finance companies — rather than homeowners or businesses — paying the upfront cost for solar panels. A bill just introduced in Madison aims to get Wisconsin on that bandwagon. The bill was introduced to get the conversation started on an issue that is strongly opposed by state utilities.

By Thomas Content of the Journal Sentinel

EMBI Student Presents at Posters in the Rotunda 2014

Brian Yagle DATCPCongratulations to Brian Yangle, UW-Green Bay student and UW System Solid Waste Research Grant recipient on his presentation at the 2014 Posters in the Rotunda. His project evaluated data from Wisconsin’s Clean Sweep program that helps pay to dispose of hazardous waste from farms and households.

Plastic Film Recycling Begins at UWGB


Story by Laurie Case, UW-Green Bay Campus Sustainability Coordinator

After emptying out the last flakes from a box of cereal, do you recycle the cardboard box then stare at the plastic liner bag wondering what to do with it? Well, wonder no more! This week, in support of RecycleMania efforts, UW-Green Bay will begin a pilot program with Zeus Recycling to collect and recycle clean, dry, flexible plastic film (#4) from campus and home.

Locally Raised Food in Suring WI.

Yesterday, we took a nice Sunday drive out to Suring WI. to check out Sweet Grass Farm in a quest for grassfed beef. We were not diasappointed. This family run operation has beef, pork, lamb, and chicken available for people concerned about locally raised, humanely operated, healthly food. Please check them out!familybrochure

Super Bowl will be coldest, could also be greenest

Think of the Super Bowl and you think of excess: Big money, big parties, big crowds and an even bigger mess left behind when the circus leaves town.

Well, at least the messy part is getting smaller. Beginning in the 1990s, the National Football League has sought to gradually reduce the footprint left behind by the Big Game, and the league is taking steps to make the Feb. 2 Super Bowl at MetLife Stadium the most environmentally friendly yet, from planting trees to offset carbon emissions to composting food waste to using biodiesel to power generators.

Robyn Nielsen, One of Two EMBI Interns Working on the Brown County Zero Waste

 The Brown County Waste Stream Committee is one of four economic development committees created in March 2012 by Brown County Executive Troy Streckenbach. This committee focused on establishing an attainable business plan and long-term strategy of redirecting the amount of waste going into landfills and turning it into marketable, saleable materials, thus positioning Brown County to be economically and environmentally sustainable. EMBI interns Robyn Nielsen and Jennifer Jankiewicz assisted the Committe with the development of a White Paper outlining a long-term strategy.

2012 EMBI “Green Innovations” Speaker is CNN Top 10 Hero of the Year

Chad Pregracke, author of From the Bottom Up and founder of Living Lands & Waters, a not-for-profit organization based in East Moline, Illinois, dedicated to cleaning up and preserving our nation’s rivers, was Green Innovations 2012: Water – Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow  keynote speaker.

In the past 15 years, Chad Pregracke has helped pull more than 67,000 tires from the Mississippi River and other waterways across the United States.

For Pregracke, removing this debris has become his life’s work. Sometimes called “The Rivers’ Garbageman,” he lives on a barge about nine months out of the year with members of his 12-person crew. Together, they organize community cleanups along rivers across the country.

EMBI’s Lead Intern for the Aurora BayCare Medical Center Project, Jake Eggert:

The multi-year partnership between Aurora BayCare Medical Center and the Environmental Management and Business Institute at the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay (EMBI) has proven to be very successful.  Best practice manuals, cost-benefit analysis, waste minimization, and true cost metrics were developed by interns.  True energy efficiency means more than simply reducing energy usage, rather, it means doing more with less.  Aurora has realized great savings and has the opportunity to continue to improve efficiency as more projects are developed and implemented.

U.S. Aluminium Can Recycling Rate Hits 67 Percent as Imports Rise

Industry recycling rates for aluminum beverage containers in the U.S. have increased to 67% in 2012, according to data released by the Aluminum Association, Can Manufacturers Institute (CMI) and Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI).

Power Plant Carbon Pollution Drops 10% in Two Years

Carbon pollution from power plants has decreased 10 percent from 2010, according to EPA data.