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Wind: Powering Our Future

Editor’s Note: This contribution is part of our Sustainability Scavenger Hunt series. Read more here, and download the fun activity book for families and classrooms! by Eric Udelhofen of OneEnergy Renewables For thousands of years, civilizations have depended on the wind for power. American colonists used windmills for grinding grain, pumping water and cutting wood at sawmills. …

June 8th, 2017  |  Published in Sustainability, Sustainable Living


Rooftop Solar: A Big Decision with Big Benefits

Editor’s Note: This contribution is part of our Sustainability Scavenger Hunt series. Read more here, and download the fun activity book for families and classrooms! More homeowners, farmers, businesses (even utility companies) are installing solar energy than ever before. Here, we’ll look at the benefits and impacts of a solar electric system installed in 2016 by Valerie …

June 1st, 2017  |  Published in Featured Post, Sustainability, Sustainable Living


Ditch the Clothes Dryer. Bring out the Sun!

Editor’s Note: This is a guest contribution as part of our Sustainability Scavenger Hunt series. Read more here, and download the fun activity book for families and classrooms! by Amy Alstad My grandmother was a very thrifty person; having grown up during the Great Depression, she didn’t like to see anything wasted. She chewed half-sticks of gum …

May 25th, 2017  |  Published in Sustainability, Sustainable Living


Simple Math and Common Sense: Energy Usage at Home

Editor’s Note: This is a guest contribution as part of our Sustainability Scavenger Hunt series. Read more here, and download the fun activity book for families and classrooms! By Mark Lydon, CEM, Energy Advisor with Franklin Energy Every day, a house or apartment gets purchased with grand aspirations of beauty, style, coziness, warmth and fond memories. The …

May 18th, 2017  |  Published in Featured Post, Sustainability, Sustainable Living


White-Nose Syndrome Has Killed 95% of Wisconsin Bats. But There’s Hope!

Editor’s Note: This is a guest contribution as part of our Sustainability Scavenger Hunt series. Read more here, and download the fun activity book for families and classrooms! by guest contributor Jennifer Redell, bat biologist for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Deep in the quiet and relatively warm but wet cave, I search for bats—my fellow …

May 12th, 2017  |  Published in Featured Post, Sustainability


The Magical DIY Barrel Garden

Editor’s Note: This is a guest contribution as part of our Sustainability Scavenger Hunt series. Read more here, and download the fun activity book for families and classrooms! by Renee Frederick, urban farmer and educator The seed catalogs have started showing up in the mail, reminding us planting season is right around the corner. I’m choosing from …

May 4th, 2017  |  Published in Featured Post, Organic Gardening, Sustainable Living


Insects Pollinate Your Food and More, and They Need Your Help!

Editor’s Note: This is a guest contribution as part of our Sustainability Scavenger Hunt series. Read more here, and download the fun activity book for families and classrooms! by guest contributor Shahla Werner Back in 1987 renowned Harvard entomologist E. O. Wilson published a now famous paper called The Little Things that Run the World. In that …

April 27th, 2017  |  Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, Sustainability


Sharing the Joy of Gardening with a New Generation

Editor’s Note: This is a guest contribution as part of our Sustainability Scavenger Hunt series. Read more here, and download the fun activity book for families and classrooms! by guest contributor Megan Minnick Some of my earliest memories are in the garden. My mother had a huge organic vegetable garden, and from a very young age I …

April 21st, 2017  |  Published in Featured Post, Organic Gardening, Sustainable Living


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As Energy Services Manager for Organic Valley, Stanley’s primary responsibility is to facilitate energy efficiency and renewable projects for the cooperative’s 2,000+ organic farmer-owners across the United States. As part of the Sustainability Department, he also works to address short- and long-term renewable energy goals for buildings owned by the cooperative. Stanley’s renewable energy industry experience includes partnering with nonprofits to oversee solar group buying programs, and he has managed residential and commercial projects from origination through interconnection. When not spending time working on renewable energy at Organic Valley, he enjoys writing/playing songs and spending time outside with his family.