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How Haste Empowers the “Shadow Legislature”

Michael Vickerman of RENEW Wisconsin - an overview of wind and solar renewable energy

Michael Vickerman of RENEW Wisconsin gives an overview of wind and solar renewable energy in WI.

November 8, 2020

Michael Vickerman of RENEW Wisconsin provided an interview of the current state of Wind and Solar renewable energy in Wisconsin. This presentation was part of the HEAT (Environmental) team of Health Dunn Right on 10/21/2020. 

Story of Plastics Panel Discussion

The Story of Plastics Panel Discussion

April 26, 2020

Our recent Virtual Environmental Film Festival screening was very successful. About 30 people signed up to watch the film (and our link was used by another group showing that couldn't work out getting set up - I was glad to help). We had a panel discussion after the movie showing, and had 12 people (some of whom came and went) after the showing.

Environmental Film Series - The Story of Plastic

Still from The Story of Plastic

The Story of Plastic Trailer

April 24, 2020

Thanks to everyone who viewed the film or participated in the panel discussion. 

Jeff Smith - Earth Day Should Be Every Day

Jeff Smith
April 23, 2019

#000000;">It’s been eight years since anyone in our executive branch of government uttered the words “climate change.” Thankfully, Governor Tony Evers brought science, common sense and the term climate change back to Wisconsin.

Jeff Smith: Part Two: Water is Prosperity

February 16, 2019

#111111;">#ffffff;">Last week I wrote about how water is life. This week I hope to show how important water is for all of us to not only survive, but also to thrive.

Conservation Voters Review Legislative Session

September 5, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018CONTACT: Ryan Billingham, Communications Director, Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters, 608-208-1129 (office), 608-213-6972 (mobile/text), or [email protected]

‘Tracking Your Legislators’ spotlights best, worst on conservation

 

Menomonie Sustainability Forum

Environmental Sustainability Forum

May 6, 2018

A panel of local leaders discuss the advances they have made in sustainability, and those they intend to implement in the future. A  Q&A session followed. The panel includes Randy Eide (Menomonie Public Works Dept.), Ron Verdon (Tainter-Menomin Lake Assoc.), Eric Turner (Dunn Co. Development), Amanda Haffele (Solid Waste & Recycling), Dan Prestebak (Dunn Co. Conservation), Jody Hagman (Men. Chamber of Commerce), and Laura Donovan (UW Stout Sustainability).

Removing Wetland Protections Needs Serious Deliberation

Kathleen Vinehout
February 19, 2018

Last Friday afternoon we learned of the 79 bills up for a vote on Tuesday. I spoke with my neighbor shortly after seeing the long list.

“How can they possibly know what they are voting on?” she asked me. I replied there is no time to talk with people and learn the effects of these changes.

Walker Makes Clean Drinking Water an Afterthought

January 25, 2018

State of State Address Again Ignores Reality

MADISON –Despite thousands of Wisconsinites living with undrinkable water and the water of hundreds of thousands of others threatened, Gov. Scott Walker’s State of the State Address barely mentioned that or any conservation issue. His avoidance of these issues spoke volumes about his administration’s prioritization of his special interest cronies over the health of Wisconsin families.

How Haste Empowers the “Shadow Legislature”

January 15, 2018

“Who put all this policy in the budget?” I whispered to my colleague the night the budget passed. “Groups,” he said glumly. “I call it the ‘Shadow Legislature.’”

These groups are often from outside Wisconsin and often funded by large donors. Behind the scenes, they push for policy, added at the last minute, which is unrelated to the state budget but changed laws.