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Amy Stocklein

To help reduce plastic pollution, Troy Kids’ Garden created a machine that can recycle plastic. Read more

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“Anthropocene: The Human Epoch,” showing at Union South Marquee on Sept. 25, is a chilling look at humans’ impact on the planet — and a call to action. Read more

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What’s in a future of living with no fossil fuels? It could well look a lot like the past, and the upcoming Sustainability Skill Share weekend will show participants how great-gramma did things. Read more

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The world has 12 years to prevent catastrophic climate change. So why are Wisconsin’s utilities still burning coal? Read more

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David Michael Miller

Alliant Energy of Madison is taking advantage of wind and solar energy price cuts to invest in renewable energy and eliminate all use of coal power by 2050. Read more

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Municipalities and companies are leading the way on renewable energy in Wisconsin. Read more

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David Michael Miller

Gov. Scott Walker and his Republican colleagues have proposed a special tax on electric and hybrid vehicles. This makes little sense and doesn’t do much to close the $500 million transportation budget funding gap. Read more

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Gnar Hoops & Happy World Clothing combines hula hoops and eco-friendly clothing. Oh yeah, the hula hoops are eco-friendly, too. Read more

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Humble Crossings wood caskets are eco- and person-friendly. Designer and builder Gene Delcourt wants to make burial simpler and more meaningful. Read more

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David Michael Miller

​About a year ago MGE launched a public process to create a community energy partnership that would guide the utility’s future energy plans. But citizen input has been minimal. Read more

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Madison’s Rainforest Biodiversity Group has created a Costa Rican ecotourism route. It saves habitat, creates jobs and enables North Americans to see rare species. Read more

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Lauren Justice

Starting Jan. 4, all official court documents filed with Dane County Circuit Court will be filed digitally, instead of on paper. Read more

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Wisconsin environmental and health groups are pushing for a green Christmas this year — one that doesn’t include coal. The groups will hold a forum on the effects of burning coal Wednesday evening. Read more

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American Transmission Company is among many grappling with a sea change in the utility industry. One of the company’s executives will speak on a panel about the changes during the 2015 Energy Summit, hosted by the Wisconsin Energy Institute. Read more

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Large factory farms have been criticized as being heavy polluters and cruel to animals. Wisconsin’s DNR is trying to attract more of them. Read more

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Business owners band together under the new Blue Water Business Consortium to support quality rivers, lakes and streams. Read more

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David Michael Miller

MGE is quietly soliciting input from people about its future direction, but how seriously will it take concerns about coal and clean energy? Read more

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​Madison Catholics are buoyed by Pope Francis’ directive on environmental stewardship. Read more

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About 80 acres at the Dorn Creek Wildlife Area have become overrun with black locust and box elder, invasive trees that colonize and reduce animal habitat. Now Dane County, the state and federal governments will turn these trees into biofuel. Read more

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Paul McMahon

​Festival Foods is using whole ash trees culled from Madison’s streets in place of steel to hold up its East Washington Avenue Store. The cutting-edge technique is a collaboration with WholeTrees Architecture and Structures. Read more

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