Thursday, May 9, 2013
Want to make a real difference in the world? Consider one of these seven "green" careers that help protect -- and improve -- our planet. Provided by Jobs at AOL.
The following story was provided by AOLJobs.com By Debra Auerbach for CareerBuilder Have you ever had an itch to quit your job and instead do work that makes a real difference in the world? In honor of Earth Day on April 22, we've compiled a list of seven jobs that help people live a better life – from the buildings they work and live in, to the energy that fuels their homes, to the air they breathe. 1. Conservation scientist: Conservation scientists are hired to help preserve and protect natural habitats. They usually work with landowners and federal, state and local governments to find the best ways to use and improve the land while conserving the environment.* If you’re looking for a green job in Brookfield, check out our jobs page…
Saturday, May 4, 2013
All the tools you need to start composting in Brookfield, plus where to get free or low-cost compost for your garden.
If composting is an activity on your list of ways to live greener, here's a how to get started in Brookfield. Emily Bishton, a designer of sustainable landscapes and an environmental educator for children and adults, says, "Home composting is a fun and easy way to make fabulous and free soil amendments to make all the plants in your garden healthier," Bishton says. "It also eliminates the carbon emissions that are needed to truck your food and yard waste to composting facilities, truck the finished compost back to a retail outlet, and then to your home.” Collecting Kitchen Compost Composting starts in the kitchen. First, you'll want to set up a system for catching compostable materials during your meal and snack clean up process. These …
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Eating organic is good for your health and it's good for the planet. But sometimes, it can be hard to find. Here's where to get the best organic foods in and around Brookfield.
Did you know that eating conventional produce increases your risk of pesticide contamination by 30%? And chowing down on non-organic chicken and pork increases your risk of exposure to antibiotic-resistant bacteria by 33%? This is all according to a 2012 Annals of Internal Medicine report. If you're not already sold on the benefits of eating organic, consider this: organic foods may have more nutrients than their conventionally produced counterparts. Organic broccoli, for example, has higher levels of antioxidants and vitamin C than the traditionally produced variety, found a 2012 Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture study. There’s also evidence of more heart-healthy omega-3s in organic poultry and dairy. So eating organic is…
Saturday, April 27, 2013
Hundreds of families turned out on a gorgeous spring day Saturday for the Earth Week Finale at the Retzer Nature Center in Waukesha.
The celebration of Earth Week wrapped up Saturday with a big Earth Week Finale at the Rezter Nature Center. Patch editors were on hand to take photos of children of all ages hanging out with the Waukesha County Recycling Raccoon as part of the festivities. Parents were given printed photos as a souvenir of the event. Any families who had their photos taken but did not pick them up Saturday should stop by the front desk of Retzer to get their pictures.
Share your best tips and tricks for living the green life here in Brookfield.
We're looking for all the great ways Brookfield natives are working to preserve and protect the Earth. From composting to creative recycling, we want to hear what you do to minimize your carbon footprint, reduce waste, and just live a greener lifestyle. Please tell us in the comments below or upload a picture!
Friday, April 26, 2013
Thinking of making a major environmental investment in an electric vehicle ? There are more EV charging stations available than you might think in Milwaukee.
Few items are more green than an electric vehicle, and slowly these cars are making their way into mainstream America. The all-electric Nissan Leaf and electric/gas Chevy Volt are two prime examples of cars which can operate entirely without fueling up, if the owner desires. Sales of electric cars have been uneven, according to Forbes, but General Motors CEO Dan Akerson said he expects a half-million such vehicles to be on American roads in the next four years. Among the shortcomings of electric cars are their relatively limited range — less than 100 miles on a charge in most cases — and lack of charging stations. Yet while the Midwest is not known for the same eco-sensitivity as, say, the West Coast, there are still plenty of locations …
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Come celebrate Earth Day at Retzer Nature and get your picture taken with the recycling raccoon!
Earth Week is going out with a bang at Retzer Nature Center and Patch will be there to help capture those Kodak moments. This is the 21st year of Earth Day celebrations at Retzer, lead naturalist Larry Kascht said, and before that, the park celebrated Aldo Leopold. "He was a Wisconsin naturalist who has really been kind of a father figure, or the spokesman for the environmental movement," Kascht said. "But in 1992, we decided we better ‘get with it’ and do something as an Earth Week activity." So for the last two decades, Retzer has celebrated conservation and the environment with a slew of events focused on increasing awareness and appreciation of the environment. "What were trying to do is give people and families a good experience of …
Thursday, February 7, 2013
The Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District is looking for green ideas to reduce flooding and improve water quality. If the organization selects your submission, you could be reimbursed 50 percent of the cost to create it.
Have a green idea that would reduce flooding and improve water quality? The Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District wants to hear about it and they are willing to pony up some cash for good ideas. As part of the 2013 MMSD Green Infrastructure Partnership Program, they are looking to improve water quality by reducing basement back-ups, flooding by sewer overflows and are looking to implement natural storm water management programs that capture, store or filter rainwater. The program would reimburse 50 percent of the cost of eligible expenses for chosen applicants. In order to qualify for the program, applicants would need to provide MMSD with information about the effectiveness of their ‘green infrastructure’ idea including the costs; …