In honor of the summer solstice on June 21, Sustain Dane is celebrating rays of sustainability sunshine—people who are transforming Dane County into a healthy, thriving place for everyone. Today we’re featuring Amy Kesling, Sustain Dane’s Director of Operations.
The eight 2017 MPower Green Teams have accomplished so much in the past year! Read about their projects and plans here.
“Come for the beer. Stay for the food.” Team member Stacie shares all about Off Broadway Drafthouse and their new efforts towards sustainability!
Sustainable Business Intern Lorenza Zebell reflects on her experience at the 2017 MPower Showcase.
The new expansion project at Olbrich Botanical Gardens is full of exciting sustainability features.
Learn about Madison’s Just Dining Guide, and hear from HotelRED’s Director of Operations Seth Blanchard. The HotelRED restaurant and bar The Wise earned a perfect score in the 2016 guide.
Sustainable Business Intern Lorenza shares how she made a small indoor herb planter out of a plastic bottle.
Sustainable Business Intern Lorenza investigates why leaves change color in the Fall, and if this year’s weather will affect the colors we see.
Does Denmark meet the standards of Big ‘S’ Sustainability? Special Events Intern Amanda reflects on her time living abroad for the last five months.
Sustainable Business Intern Lorenza shares information on fenceline zones in Wisconsin, and thoughts on the broader issue of environmental injustice in Dane County.
Want to learn more about the circular economy? Here are 4 ways you can contribute!
Questioning buying that second bag of cheese curds? No need to. Its the sustainable thing to do!
You know that slimy, gross, green stuff taking over the lakes? Turns out we can put a stop to it.
Last Wednesday, community members biked to different locations across Madison to hear about a variety of sustainability success stories and learn how they can get involved with some of these awesome initiatives.
A student at Prairie View Elementary shares their feelings about the school’s new outdoor classroom for #SDWeekOfWins
Check out feedback from educators about Sustain Dane’s Outdoor Learning Network.
Rachel from Public Health Madison & Dane County shares why SD is great partner. #SDWeekOfWins
Muir Elementary School teacher Jen shares how much her students love outdoor learning. #SDWeekOfWins
MPower Champion UW Office of Sustainability makes sustainability wins happen! #SDWeekOfWins
23 new Yahara Watershed Academy graduates - countless impacts. #SDWeekOfWins
The inaugural class of the Yahara Watershed Academy shares their thoughts on the program for #SDWeekOfWins
To celebrate the Week of Wins, Grace & Sarah share their experiences participating in the Student Facilitator program at Sustain Dane’s Badger Bioneers Conference.
Every year, Sustain Dane facilitates the Metcalfe’s Earth Day Bags program. Jason, a teacher at Thoreau school, asked 2nd graders to explain the program. #SDWeekOfWins
The UW Morgridge Center for Public Service makes huge sustainability strides for student life by participating in Sustain Dane’s MPower Champions Program. #SDWeekOfWins
Madison Metropolitan School District’s Science Coordinator Patti shares how Sustain Dane brings outdoor learning to students across the district. #SDWeekOfWins
3rd grade teacher at Prairie View Elementary, Cindi, discusses the deep impacts of Sustain Dane’s work for the school’s Gardenpalooza! #SDWeekOfWins
Muir Elementary School teacher Jen shares how Sustain Dane’s work with the GROW Coalition in 2012-2015 still impacts student wellbeing and learning today.
SD team member Julie visited Prairie View Elementary’s Gardenpalooza and asked PTO President Emily Leggin why outdoor learning is so important for students.
In celebration of SD’s Week of Wins, learn about the many benefits of learning outside.
In celebration of Sustain Dane’s Week of Wins, we’re sharing a story by Julie, SD Director of the Sustainable Schools Initiative, about the impacts of outdoor learning on a student and teacher at Prairie Elementary School.
To celebrate Sustain Dane’s Week of Wins, Sustain Dane student partner and Badger Bioneers facilitator Hannah Lloyd shares a poem on Big ‘S’ Sustainability
Sustainable Business Intern Lorenza shares some of her favorite outdoor summer activities that also support local sustainability-minded businesses.
Intern Lorenza shares what she’s learned about the food system as a whole, and her thoughts on choosing food consciously in Madison.
Sustainable Schools intern Arielle reflects on the past 4 months interning with Sustain Dane.
Outdoor Learning Network Intern Carly reflects on the importance of time outside and risk taking in childhood.
Sustainable Schools Intern Carly examines what Madison’s warm late-winter weather could mean for our trees.
Sustainable Schools Intern Arielle writes about the many benefits of time spent outside.
Social Media/Communications Intern Amanda explores the relationship between nonprofit networks and nonprofit productivity.
Program Evaluation Intern Erich shares the story of his changing perspective on the planet
Gloria Castillo, Sustainable Neighborhoods Initiative Director, shares her story
The Earth’s global climate has been permanently altered by the human race. Some elements cannot be reversed. We have two options when it comes to dealing with our climate: we can either adapt to life in a changing climate or we can mitigate our use of natural resources. Both methods have positives and negatives. Combining both adaptation and mitigation can ultimately slow the negative effects that we have caused and possibly lead to new discoveries toward sustaining our planet’s climate.
Leo Cox explains a new building certification that aims to make the places where we spend most of our lives healthier.
Meet Stephanie and Beverly. Both women underwent transformative journeys in the Edgewood Sustainability Leadership Program, and both women inspired impactful change by partnering with Sustain Dane.
Our business intern Leo Cox unravels his definition of “sustainability” in an attempt to make it simple and non-partisan.
What if we told you that beer, banking and sustainability were all part of one event?
Lucille Marshall, Communications Manager, shares her story
A guest blog post from SBN member Paul Abramson on food waste solutions.
A word to describe someone who is sexy and cares about their surroundings—the best kind of double trouble you want to be.
One thing we are trying to get out of the impact evaluation process is “Are we really making a difference?” Yuwen Chang explores this and other evaluation questions.
When I started at Sustain Dane last fall, I thought that working for a sustainability non-profit would be thinking about how to get people to reuse plastic bags and to recycle cardboard; I thought that sustainability was limited to a small consumer footprint and a respect for the environment. This turned out to be hardly the tip of the iceberg.
CUNA Mutual receives recognition as 2016 World’s Most Ethical Company
Intern Ida answers the question of “How do we get to sustainability?” with some questions of her own.
Sustainable Business Network Member, Phil Sveum of Coldwell Banker Success shares improvements his organization has made to make the real estate process more sustainable.
Intern Ida shares the second installation in a 3-part series about writing a new sustainability story.
We may be thinking about a thousand different concepts when we talk about sustainability, from global climate adaptation to organic local harvest in our plates. But how do we measure these concepts and their true impacts in our life?
Sustainable Business Network Member, Lisa Gundlach shares Second Harvest Foodbank’s strategy towards becoming more sustainable.
Intern Ida shares her thoughts on redefining sustainability beyond the traditional environmental mindset.
Allie shares her experience as an intern at Sustain Dane
Intern Ida reflects on her experience at the 7th Annual MPower Champion Public Showcase.
Intern Ida shares some details about the work she’s been doing on the Madison State of Sustainability.
Intern Ida shares a sustainable motto to live by.
SBN member, Catie Rafferty of H&H Energy Services shares how they have been educating their employees and working on sustainability-related projects.
Opening remarks speech given by Executive Director Jessie Lerner at the 2015 Badger Bioneers Conference.
Sustain Dane intern, Allie shares her experience at the 2015 Badger Bioneers Conference
Intern Ida shares what she’s thankful for this Thanksgiving.
Sustain Dane intern, Allie shares her ideas on how to make this a green Halloween.
Alex Law of Summit Credit Union shares his vision for the future and why he is working towards his Masters in Sustainability Leadership at Edgewood College.
Sustainable Business Network Member, Beverly Hutcherson of UW Health shares her experience in the Edgewood College Sustainability Leadership Program.
Meet Shannon Bunsen, Eric Udelhofen and Jason Vargo, the 2015 Badger Bioneers!
Summer Intern, Jessica Monnin, describes her first intensive class to obtain her Certificate.
Summer Intern Sonia Urquidi writes about her adventures around parks in the upper midwest.
Summer intern, Hallie Duffy, explores the state of diversity in the environmental movement.
Behavior modification techniques that positively reinforce sustainability by Intern, Sam Lynch.
Summer Intern Jessica Monnin shares her resent visit to Aldo Leopold Natural Center.
SD Intern Sonia reflects on her first week in the Sustain Dane office
Summer Intern Sam Reviews the June MPower Sustainability Session on waste reduction.
Sustain Dane intern, Hallie Duffy, reflects on her time in Copenhagen, Denmark - the bike capital of the world!
Sustainable Business Intern Garret shares his experience exploring the great outdoors this spring
Sustain Dane intern Clare shares her attempt to compost and the alternate route she took with her vegetable bits.
SD intern Garret reflects on an evening of revelry at the 3rd annual Sustainability Sideshow!
Jessie Lerner, Executive Director shares her story
Lauren Beriont, Director of Sustainable Neighborhoods shares her story
Amy Kesling, Admin and Membership shares her story
Stacie Reece, Director of Sustainable Businesses shares her story
Julie Jarvis, Director of Sustainable Schools shares her story.
As spring arrives, Intern Kate Matusinec shares how to eat Wisconsin-local year-round.
Erica Beckman explores the creativity in us all this past Valentine’s Day.
Sustain Dane volunteer Erica Beckman visits Pinney Library and learns about recycled book crafts and building community.
Andrew Berger explains the pros of landing an internship during an undergraduate education
Current student/intern social media campaign for Sustain Dane
At Badger Bioneers 2014, Jessie Lerner shares why she believes a third way of being exists.
Intern Katie Cashin wraps up her blog series by offering a vision of a more bike-friendly Madison and strategies for improvement.
Badger Bioneers participant Carl Whiting shares his call to action on the “Wall of Disruption”.
Sustain Dane intern Seth examines his role in our democracy.
A short introduction about Sustain Dane’s four interns from the Business School at UW Madison.
Evaluation Intern Andrew Berger cracks some common myths about another familiar kind of sustainability: the environment.
Intern Katie Cashin continues her biking blog series, exploring the holistic benefits of biking on the plant, the economy, and our society.
Intern Andrew Berger shares knowledge on the interactions between culture and economic development, and argues that economic sustainability thrives off cultural values and behaviors.
Sustain Dane Intern Hailey dives into the world of hydroponics in this two-part series.
Sustain Dane is excited to host Swedish student Madelene for three weeks through a REACT U.S. Scholarship. “REACT U.S. is part of the Swedish American Green Alliance (SAGA), a partnership between the United States and Sweden on clean energy and environmental sustainability. REACT U.S. is an opportunity for five Swedish university students to travel to the United States to conduct three weeks of research on urban sustainability.”