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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Feedback Requested

If you attended our recent Climate Action Festival, we'd like to hear from you! Please fill out the brief survey here - it will take less than 5 minutes, we promise. 😊

Thanks to our fantastic tablers, presenters, and all who attended - you are all making a difference in this community and inspiring others to do the same!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

March 16 Sustainable La Crosse meeting

City of La Crosse, Wisconsin
Meeting Agenda
Sustainable La Crosse Commission
5th Floor Conference Room
Thursday, March 16, 2017
4:30 PM

Call to Order, Roll Call

Approval of Minutes

1           17‑0320         Approval of February 15th, 2017 Minutes

                                      Attachments:  Hyperlink

Agenda Items:

2            Staff reports & information updates

3            Update on enabling ordinance revision and commissioner vacancy

4            Update on annual indicators report

5            Recap of alternative transportation and recycling forums, and discussion of next steps

6           17‑0325         Discuss County construction & demolition reuse/recycling ordinance and
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

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the City Clerk's office at (608) 789‑7510 or send an email to, with as
much advance notice as possible.

Monday, March 13, 2017

March 16 La Crosse CCL meeting

from La Crosse Citizens Climate Lobby:


Thursday, March 16 at 6:30 p.m. at 401 West Ave S.
Devashree Saha, Brookings Institution

photo of Devashree SahaDevashree Saha discusses the decoupling of decarbonization and the economy, and how carbon emissions are declining despite a growing economy. She is a senior policy associate and associate fellow at the Brookings Institution Metropolitan Policy Program. Her research primarily focuses on the intersection of clean energy and economic development policy, including the transition to a clean energy economy. Prior to joining Brookings, Saha worked at the National Governors Association, where her work spanned clean energy, transportation, and land use planning issues. She holds a Ph.D. in public policy from the University of Texas at Austin and a master’s in political science from Purdue University.
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Sunday, February 26, 2017

Less Than a Week Away!!

We have an impressive list of groups attending the climate action festival this year to share their knowledge, including:

Cameron Park Farmer's Market
Citizens' Climate Lobby
Coulee Region Ecoscapes
Driftless Region Bicycle Coalition
Friends of the Marsh
Full Circle Supply
Hillview Urban Agriculture
La Crosse Area Transit Advocates
Sierra Club - Coulee Region Chapter
Wild Clover - Green Lifestyle Services
Wisconsin Bike Federation
CARS (Citizens Acting for Rail Safety)

PLUS we will have information on how to weatherize your home (including some really easy DIY tips), how to reduce the carbon footprint of your diet, and SO much more. And don't forget about our workshops/presentations - here's the schedule:

1:30 - Transportation Liberation
2:00 - How to "Green" your Yard
2:30 - 10 Steps to a Greener Lifestyle
3:00 - Citizens's Climate Lobby: Working for a Livable World
3:30 - Weatherizing 101

Hope to see you there!

Friday, February 17, 2017

Climate Action Festival Update!

The details are coming together for our March 4th Climate Action Festival (1:00-4:00 pm at First Congregational Church). In addition to having representatives from local groups, and tables full of information, this year we'll be having short workshop/presentation sessions, where local people with experience in taking climate-friendly actions will share how YOU can make a difference too! Stay tuned to the blog (or the Facebook event here) for a schedule of these sessions and more details on the event. Oh, and did we mention there will be drawings for door prizes?!? Plus snacks, coffee, and tea - we've got it all!

Invite your family, friends, co-workers, acquaintances, even people you meet on the street - everyone is welcome!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Empower American Campuses

If we don't stop USING fossil fuels how can we expect fossil fuel companies to quit SELLING it. Our goal for 2017 should be, "We're not buying."


For Immediate Release

Campaign Launched to Repower Colleges and Universities With 100 Percent Renewable Energy

WASHINGTON - Today, Environment America and the Student Public Interest Research Groups (PIRGs) launched a campaign to secure commitments from American colleges and universities to shift to 100 percent renewable energy.

"Colleges and universities can lead the nation’s efforts to transition to 100 percent renewable energy and address our largest environmental challenges,” said Bronte Payne, Clean Energy Associate with Environment America. “Renewable energy makes our campus communities safer, healthier and helps end our reliance on dangerous fossil fuels.”

“With programs to slow climate change in trouble in Washington, other centers of national leadership need to step up. America's colleges and universities are critically important in this regard,” said Gus Speth, Former Dean, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.

Hundreds of colleges and universities already pledged to achieve carbon neutrality as signatories of the Climate Leadership Commitment. Universities that eliminate use of fossil fuels will play an important role in transitioning the nation to 100 percent renewable energy. The campaign launched as hundreds of college administrators, sustainability directors and clean energy experts met to collaborate on achieving their carbon emission reduction targets.

"Since 2006, the Climate Leadership Network has been driving higher education campuses to meet aggressive renewable energy goals with over 500,000,000 kWh being produced from renewable sources at signatory institutions every year,” said Tim Carter, Executive Director of Second Nature. “In the decade since the Network started, procuring renewable energy is simply a smart business decision in many areas of the country. Environment America's 100 percent renewable energy campaign will bring awareness to the longstanding commitments these campuses have made and accelerate progress across the sector."

A combination of environmental concerns and declining costs have made renewable energy the “go-to” option for many communities, businesses and institutions. Major corporations, including Google, General Motors and Walmart, have already committed to completely shift to renewable energy. Dozens of local governments, including San Diego, California, St. Petersburg, Florida and Georgetown, Texas, also have plans to go 100 percent renewable.

“Colleges and universities are significant users of energy and can make a big difference by transitioning to 100 percent renewable energy,” said Rob Sargent, Environment America’s Clean Energy Program Director. “As influential institutions in our communities they can set an example across America.”

“The shift to a sustainable campus requires the input and innovation of all members of the Cornell community,” said Sarah Zemanick, Campus Sustainability Office Director.  “There will be challenges with transitioning from our current energy systems to new ways of producing, operating, and managing, but as a University we are uniquely positioned to embrace these challenges as educational and research opportunities, and share our progress and successes with the world.”

At the same time, the energy and enthusiasm of public-minded students at colleges and universities has played a role in most important social transformations, and will do so again as we shift to clean energy.

“The idea of shifting to 100 percent renewable energy inspires young people who have the greatest stake in stopping investments in fossil fuels and tackling the climate crisis,” said Nicole Walter, CalPIRG Student Board Chair. “Engaging students on college campuses across the country helps train activists and leaders we’ll need to make the clean energy transition.”

“Now, more than ever, we need leadership. Which is why we are counting on the higher education community to lead, by committing to a rapid shift to clean energy,” said Payne. “We are excited to work with students, faculty and campus administrations to embrace 100 percent renewable energy.”

Find out how you can start organizing support for 100 percent renewable energy on your campus.

Environment America is a federation of state-based, citizen-funded environmental advocacy organizations. Our professional staff in 27 states and Washington, D.C., combines independent research, practical ideas and tough-minded advocacy to overcome the opposition of powerful special interests and win real results for the environment. Environment America draws on 30 years of success in tackling environmental problems.