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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Climate Change on Wisconsin Public Television

Climate change may be gone from our state's Department of Natural Resources website, but it will be highlighted on Wisconsin Public Television beginning this Sunday.

Climate Change by the Numbers is a multi-part television program that originally aired on BBC TV in 2015. "At the heart of the climate change debate is a paradox - we've never had more information about our changing climate, yet surveys show that the public are, if anything, getting less sure they understand what's going on." The program looks at the scientific evidence with the guidance of three mathematicians.

Episode 1 will air at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday evening, January 22 on WPT (31.1).

Thursday, January 12, 2017

La Crosse Area Planning Committee Annual Meeting - Jan. 18

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Of course when it rains it pours. On Wednesday, January 18 at 5 p.m. there are two important meetings dealing with transportation, transportation demand management, and alternative transportation in our area.

In a recent post we noted the Alternative Transportation forum being hosted by Sustainable La Crosse.

But, at the very same time, the La Crosse Area Planning Committee which is working on coordinating efforts to better manage traffic in our region without the new DOT recommended road, will hold its annual meeting at Piggy's Restaurant (501 Front Street) which is open to the public. Members of the LAPC include elected officials from La Crosse county cities, towns, and villages so this would be a great time to buttonhole decision-makers and let them know of your desire to drag our transportation system into the 21st century by upgrading bike/ped infrastructure, modernizing (with renewable energy buses, more frequent service, and new routes), and managing parking to make it less attractive than public transportation or shared ride commuting (for example!)

The official word:

The next meeting of the LAPC Policy Board will be Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. at Piggy’s Restaurant, 501 Front St South, La Crosse

La Crosse Area Planning Committee Annual Meeting!!! You’re Invited!!!
Please note meeting start time at 5:00 pm.
Following a short business meeting, technical committee members and the public are invited to join the LAPC Policy Board for complimentary hors d’oeuvres in an informal setting. Hope to see you there! 


1.     Approval of Minutes of the November 16, 2016 LAPC Meeting (Action Requested).

2.     Public comment relative to agenda items, with 5 minute time limit per comment.

3.     Coordinated City/County/MPO Planning and Destination Medical Center in Rochester.
Tom Faella will provide an overview of how land use and transportation planning is coordinated in Rochester, Minnesota with an integrated City, County and MPO planning structure.  Mr. Faella will also discuss the Destination Medical Center project in the Rochester area and how it relates to our local Transportation Demand Management discussion.

4.     Overview of Upcoming LAPC Meetings.
LAPC meetings will be held on the third Wednesday of February, March, and April in 2017, and will focus on parking, transit, and land use and policies, respectively.  Municipalities will report on existing and discuss future projects to implement Transportation Demand Management.  The meetings will be facilitated by Jason Valerius, MSA Professional Services, Inc.  All future LAPC meetings will be scheduled in Rm. 1107 of the new La Crosse County Administrative Center, 212 6th St. North, La Crosse.

5.     Other business; Adjourn; Next meeting to be announced.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Please attend this public forum!

Given that emissions from transportation makes up about a third of green house gases produced by the US every year, climate hawks need to take every opportunity to advocate for ways to reduce miles driven including advocating for improved bike/ped infrastructure, enhancing public transportation, and discouraging trips made by single occupant vehicles. Here's a chance to make our voices, our concerns, and our preferences heard:

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Here's a great opportunity to get involved in the discussion about what we want for our region's transportation future - more roads, more spending on car infrastructure, more pollution, more congestion, more fossil fuel dependence? Or more alternatives including public transportation, high occupancy vehicle lanes, bike infrastructure, etc.


Cities-County Group’s first of two public discussions for January, February

(LA CROSSE, Wis. – January 5, 2017) – The Sustainable La Crosse Commission (SLC) will be hosting a forum on the sustainability of transportation modes in the La Crosse area. The forum will be open to the public and is intended to encourage discussion about environmental, economic, and social impacts and alternatives of getting around by car, bus, walking, and biking. Individuals representing the La Crosse transit utility, biking community, the Scenic Mississippi Regional Transit (SMRT), and the State Dept. of Transportation (DOT) have been invited to participate. Here are the details:

Sustainable La Crosse Commission - Forum on Alternative Transportation
January 18, 2017, 5:30- 6:30pm
La Crosse City Hall 3rd floor Conference Room
400 La Crosse Street, La Crosse, WI 54601

The State DOT is currently studying how to address traffic in the region. The proposed timeline for this project has been extended and State budget constraints have allowed for more discussion about how to best address regional transportation issues.  This forum will help guide future deliberations by the Commission regarding sustainable transportation options for the region.

For additional information, please contact Mike Giese at or at 608 317-5507.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Sustainable La Crosse Meeting - 12/15

View this Agenda in Legistar. Commissioners should notify the chairperson and staff if you are unable to attend.

                                                                                                                                                              City Hall, 400 La Crosse Street, La Crosse, WI 54601                                                                                                                                                                               
City of La Crosse, Wisconsin 
Meeting Agenda
Sustainable La Crosse Commission

 5th Floor Conference Room
Thursday, December 15, 2016                                            
4:30 PM

Call to Order, Roll Call

1            16‑1199           Approval of November 17, 2016 Minutes

                                                       Attachments:  Hyperlink

2           Public Comment

Agenda Items:

3           Staff report & information updates

4           Report & discussion of Green Tier Legacy Communities membership

5           Discussion and possible action on filling business representative member

6           Discussion and possible action to add two non‑voting members

7           Discussion and possible action on process and format for the 2017
                   indicator report ‑ Nichols and Tyser

8           Review status of Jan 18 and Feb 15 SLC presentations

9           Next Meeting Date/Agenda Items


Notice is further given that members of other governmental bodies may be present at the above
scheduled meeting to gather information about a subject over which they have decision‑making

Requests from persons with a disability who need assistance to participate in this meeting should call
the City Clerk's office at (608) 789‑7510 or send an email to, with as
much advance notice as possible.
View this Agenda in Legistar. Commissioners should notify the chairperson and staff if you are unable to attend.

Friday, December 9, 2016

The purge - part 1

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Donald Trump’s transition team has asked the Energy Department for a list of names of all agency employees and contractors who worked on the Obama administration’s climate change policy. A 74-point questionnaire, first reported on by Bloomberg and obtained by Politico, is being circulated by the DOE.

The department, which has reportedly turned the questionnaire over to its lawyers, employs approximately 13,000 people directly, as well as tens of thousands of contractors.
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Saturday, November 26, 2016

NoDAPL solidarity action - Dec. 1!!

On November 20, the police violently attacked peaceful water protectors at Standing Rock. Police used tear gas, rubber bullets, pepper spray, sound grenades, and sprayed them with water cannons in subfreezing conditions. Hundreds of people were injured.

In response, a coalition of groups at Standing Rock are calling for a Global Day of Action on December 1st. The main targets are financiers of the Dakota Access Pipeline and the police departments that have been brought in from across the Midwest to brutalize water protectors.

In La Crosse, supporters will be gathering outside the Wells Fargo downtown (305 5th Ave. S.). Due to the short amount of time to organize, this will not be a programmed protest with speakers. We will gather and take part in a walking protest with signage and pass out informational fliers to Wells Fargo customers and pedestrians.  It would be great to have people sign up for shifts so we can stage an all-day protest from 9am - 5pm.  You can indicate which time period you'll be attending  when you RSVP at

To stay up to date with what's happening in the pipeline fight, follow the Sacred Stone camp or Indigenous Rising Media on Facebook.