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             The monthly newsletter of the Green Lake Area Sustainability Team*
                                     For September 2010
                    Compiled by Jason Kauffeld, Green Lake County UWEX

*STEAM meets the first Tuesday of every month from 2-3pm in the demo room of the County
Courthouse in Green Lake. The meeting is an open discussion of current projects, ideas for the
future, and a sharing of advice and lessons learned.

     Next meeting is Tuesday, October 5 and is open to all. Please come and contribute!

                       FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
Free NACo Webinars. To register, click here. To learn more, visit the new NACo website at

      • How Can Smart Growth Put Your County On a Path to a Green Economy – Thursday,
      October 14

      • Simple Green IT Strategies to Save Your County Money and Protect Resources –
      Thursday, October 28

      • Save Money through Green Purchasing & Compete in NACo’s 2011 County Greener
      Office Competition – Thursday, November 11

      • Choosing the Right Green Building Strategy for Your County: Incentives or Regulations
      – Thursday, January 20

Nearly $300 Million in Federal Funding Available for State, Local, and Tribal Governments. This
message announces the availability of nearly $300 million in current or upcoming funding
opportunities for state, local, and tribal governments from the U.S. Department of Housing and
Urban Development (HUD), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the U.S. Department of
Commerce, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that can be used to support
climate and energy initiatives including energy efficiency, regional planning, and community
education. For full eligibility and application details, please visit the links provided below.

       EDA Global Climate Change Mitigation Incentive Fund - $14.7 million. Application Due:
       September 30, 2010.

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       HUD Choice Neighborhoods - $65 million. Application Due: October 26, 2010

       EPA Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions Through Energy Efficiency in Homes and
       Buildings Grants – $5.36 million. Application Due: October 27, 2010.

       HUD Indian Community Development Block Grant - $65 million. Application Due:
       October                                 27,                            2010.

       EPA National Environmental Information Exchange - $10 million.         Application Due:
       November 5, 2010.

       HUD HOPE VI Revitalization Grants Program - $124 million. Application Due: November
       22, 2010.

       NOAA K-12 Environmental Literacy Grants - $8 million. Application Due: January 12,

       EPA Upcoming Request for Applications (RFA) for Environmental Workforce
       Development and Job Training Grants Program - $4 million. Application Due: January
       14, 2011
       Eligible Entities: Local governments, Indian tribes, non-profit organizations, and others

DOE Extends Renewable Energy Loan Guarantee Solicitation. DOE announced on August 20
that it is extending the application deadline for the July 2009 energy efficiency, renewable
energy, and advanced transmission and distribution technologies solicitation. Round 8 is
intended to give companies additional time to develop and submit Part I applications. The
Round 8 Part II application deadline is December 31, 2010. See DOE press release and the
Loan Guarantee Program Web site.

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                EDUCATION/ HOW TO / TRAINING
Green Policies, Climate Change, and New Jobs: Separating Fact from Fiction
Mark Partridge, Ohio State University, Monday, October 11th, 2010, 12:00p.m. ET. There is no
fee for attending this webinar. Registration: Would supposed
“green policies” such as cap-and-trade kill jobs? Is “clean” or “green” alternative energy a major
jobs creator and an effective state and local economic development policy? Are there less-
expensive ways for cash-strapped governments to create jobs while protecting the

"Sustainability and innovation: The strengths of liberal arts education," Column, Dubuque
Telegraph-Herald, Sept. 9. Within the diversity of American higher education, the liberal arts or
liberal education tradition has enduring value. Liberal education stresses broad-based learning
and critical-thinking skills that are important in a variety of professions and occupations but are
not tied to a specific specialization...

Save the Date: Fifth State-EPA Environmental Innovation Symposium Scheduled for November
2-3, 2010.     The Fifth State-EPA Environmental
Innovation Symposium, entitled “Environmental Protection for a Changing Climate and Greener
Economy,” will be held in Madison, Wisconsin, on November 2 and 3, 2010, with optional
workshops on November 1 and 4.

State and local officials interested in additional information about developing and implementing
cost-effective climate and energy strategies that help further environmental goals and achieve
public health and economic benefits may visit:

September 29, 2010, 2:00-3:00 pm (EDT): K-12 Benchmarking 101
ENERGY STAR offers free online training to help you improve the energy performance of your
organization. EPA will host this webcast to teach attendees the basics of benchmarking K-12
buildings using EPA’s Portfolio Manager tool. Portfolio Manager can help measure and track
energy and water use across an entire portfolio of buildings. Buildings can earn an energy
performance rating as compared with peer facilities across the country, and top-performing
buildings are eligible for national recognition. To register or see other upcoming ENERGY STAR
trainings, visit:

 DOE Solution Center Webcasts. DOE offers free online training to help organizations improve
their energy performance. To register or to view past webcasts, visit:

U.S. Department of Energy Technical Assistance Program (TAP) Webinars – Fall 2010
On the heels of a successful summer season, TAP is pleased to announce its fall webinar series!

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Over the next few months, we’ll be tackling key issues and challenges that state, local, and
tribal energy practitioners face. For the most up-to-date information, please visit the Solution
Center Webcasts page. Our Webcasts page is also where you can find presentation materials
from past sessions.

New construction puts UW-Oshkosh on the state-of-the-art map, Oshkosh Northwestern, Sept.
14. Living and learning at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh is taking a state-of-the art leap.
Work is expected to start soon on a $32 million suite-style residence hall, and the new $40
million academic building started about a year ago should be completed by next summer.

Richardsville Elementary School in Warren County (Bowling Green), Kentucky. It includes a lot
of great specifics (for an article), such as cost, size, energy use intensity, and some pretty good

A More Critical Look at Green Building. IB recently interviewed UW-Madison adjunct professor
John Nelson about the sustainability movement, including "green-building" concepts. Part of the
interview was presented in the August edition of In Business magazine, where Nelson
recommended a more pragmatic view of sustainability. Nelson describes himself as a "green"
pragmatist (not a skeptic), and he gave us plenty of things to think about, IB decided to
present his views more fully (this week and next).

                     BUSINESS and EMPLOYMENT
Company Bringing 200 Manufacturing Jobs To Cuba City: Wausaukee Composites is reopening
its plant in Cuba City, which will bring 200 manufacturing jobs to the small Grant County
community. Wausaukee Composites announced that it will be expanding its wind turbine
manufacturing plant by 39,000 square feet. "The state of Wisconsin is going to be a partner, as
a part of that expansion, the company will be provided up to $1.5 million in a forgivable loan as
the         jobs        are        added,"          said        Gov.          Jim          Doyle.

“A green investment," The Spectator, Sept. 23. UW-Eau Claire has the largest student-funded
sustainability program in the state, said Ben Ponkratz, director of Student Senate's
Environmental Endeavors Commission. Each student contributes ten dollars per semester
towards a "green fund" managed by the EEC, and their first big project is testing to see if wind
and solar energy can be utilized on upper campus...

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"Survey: Americans want environmentally sustainable businesses," Business News Daily, Sept.
21. Americans believe that U.S. business leaders must understand how to manage business in
an environmentally sustainable manner to remain globally competitive, a new national study
finds. The key to achieving this goal, a large majority said, is educating today’s executives as
well as tomorrow’s leaders. The “Sustainable Leadership Census” was conducted by Harris
Interactive on behalf of the University of Wisconsin-Extension...

"Campus Connection: Forums to focus on 'green' jobs in state," Capital Times, Sept. 19.The
public is invited to a free series of forums called "Green Jobs for Wisconsin's Economy," which
are to examine this growing sector and highlight opportunities for those who would like to learn
more about potential careers in this area. The events, which are organized by UW-Madison's
Nelson Institute for Environmental studies, are to be held on four Tuesdays in room 1106 of the
Mechanical Engineering Building...

Green Policies, Climate Change, and New Jobs: Separating Fact from Fiction. Swank Program
in       Rural-Urban      Policy     Summary       and        Report,      June      2010.,%20Climate%20Change,%20and%20

How Businesses Can Plan for the Unpredictability of Climate Change, by Ryan Schuchard, BSR.
Published August 26, 2010. Read more:

                                        ENERGY Contrary
to stereotypes of the gloomy, cloudy Midwest, Milwaukee, and Wisconsin in general, are very
conducive to effective use of solar energy, and in fact have developed into leaders in the
country in that field. That fact will be highlighted during Milwaukee Solar Week, Sept. 28- Oct.
2. Milwaukee Shines, the city of Milwaukee's solar program, will team with the Midwest
Renewable Energy Association (MREA) and other organizations and businesses to showcase
renewable energy successes and opportunities during the week.

A national solar energy group has established a chapter in Wisconsin. The Wisconsin chapter of
the Solar Energy Industries Association was created to provide education, advocacy, and
networking opportunities to Wisconsin solar energy businesses. Founding members in Wisconsin
include Johnson Controls in Milwaukee, Orion Energy Systems in Manitowoc and the Godfrey &
Kahn          law        firm        in         Milwaukee.                 See         details:

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"Academic centers merge to form statewide energy research powerhouse," Wausau Daily
Herald, Sept. 24. The state's largest academic energy research organizations have merged to
form a single statewide organization with a mission of making Wisconsin a nationally recognized
center of expertise to advance energy, power and control technologies...The consortium brings
together the state's four largest engineering schools -- the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee,
University of Wisconsin-Madison, Marquette University and Milwaukee School of Engineering --
with eight industry partners, including American Transmission Co., DRS Technologies, Eaton,
Johnson Controls Inc., Kohler, Rockwell Automation, We Energies and LEM USA...

"UW-Madison receives $4.5M for electron laser research," Business Journal of Milwaukee, Sept.
24. The University of Wisconsin-Madison has received a $4.5 million grant from the U.S.
Department of Energy Basic Energy Sciences office for research and development that would
advance a laser initiative believed to enable advances in disease research, biofuels, solar cell
development and other disciplines...

New Compendium Describes State and Local Best Practices in Energy Efficiency and
For each practice highlighted, the compendium includes examples of its successful
implementation in U.S. states or cities, as well as insights from state and local government
leaders. The practices are grouped into the following broad categories:

   •   Policies, rules, and regulations;
   •   Financial mechanisms;
   •   Utility regulation and transmission issues;
   •   State and local efforts to lead by example in their own operation; and
   •   Three examples of exemplary cities: San Francisco, Austin, and Seattle.

"UW to join universities working to expand energy research," Badger Herald, Sept. 19. The
University of Wisconsin will be teaming up with three of the state’s largest engineering research
schools to become the fourth member of an energy research powerhouse that will combine
university research and businesses. On Sept. 22, the Wisconsin Energy Research Consortium
will hold its first annual symposium, marking the complete evolution of the Southeastern
Wisconsin Energy Technology Research Consortium into WERC, according to a WERC
statement. The conversion involves the introduction of UW into an already existing consortium
that consists of the Milwaukee School of Engineering, UW-Milwaukee, and Marquette University.
The consortium will also include technical colleges and a broad-base of businesses in

"Energy consortium to test ZBB batteries," Business Journal of Milwaukee, Sept. 20. ZBB
Energy Corp. of Menomonee Falls said Monday that it has won a contract to supply energy
storage systems for use by a multi-university team of researchers conducting renewable energy
studies for the Wisconsin Energy Research Consortium. ZBB Energy (NYSE AMEX: ZBB), a
developer and supplier of large-scale batteries for renewable energy applications, was awarded

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the contract by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. The systems will be provided to the
energy lab at UWM's College of Engineering&Applied Science...

"UW Oshkosh converting waste into fuel," WFRV-TV, Sept. 17. The University of Wisconsin-
Oshkosh is going green with a first in the country. The school broke ground on a biodigester. It
will convert campus yard and food waste into fuel. This renewable energy facility will include
heat and power generators. The dry biodigester will resemble an indoor composting site with air
filters to remove the smell. It will produce up to 10 percent of the campus's electricity and

"Bio-fuels and energy independence symposium Sept. 2 at UW-Superior," Ashland Daily Press,
Aug. 30. Scientists working on a $6.26 million bio-fuel research project at the University of
Wisconsin-Superior host researchers from around the Midwest for the second Bio-Fuel and
Energy Independence Symposium on Thursday, Sept. 2, in UW-Superior’s Yellowjacket Union...

"WE Conserve nears goals," Badger Herald, Sept. 10. Scattered around the University of
Wisconsin campus, signs promote the WE Conserve program, which officials said will meet its
goals to reduce campus energy consumption later this fall. Faramarz Vakili, director of the WE
Conserve initiative, said UW is close to meeting its goal of reducing its environmental footprint
by 20 percent, but UW is not ready to make the accomplishment official...

Solar Farm Proposed for Jefferson County. A 110-acre solar farm proposed for Jefferson
County could be the second-largest solar farm in the nation. A Florida company wants to build
a $100 million, 20-megawatt solar farm capable of producing enough power for 3,500 homes
and generating about $10 million in revenue a year with its 100,000 photovoltaic modules. More         Even within our
organization there would be a lot of different perspectives on the merits of ethanol. In any
case, this is another reminder that modern agriculture is not just in the business of food and
clothing, but also of energy. And our future will be impacted not just by food policy, but by
energy policy.

Energy Research is Federal Priority, by Tom Still. Sometimes, of course, it's little more than a
"photo op," but there's usually more substance than not behind the typical Bring-a-President-to-
Work Day. President Obama's recent stop at ZBB Energy Corp. in Menomonee Falls was just
such an example. Full Story>>

"UW Oshkosh is going solar," Oshkosh Northwestern, Sept. 2. The University of Wisconsin
Oshkosh is installing its first solar energy systems to provide the campus with electricity and hot
water. This is the first wave of solar power installations that will soon be commonplace on the

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New rules for Wisconsin wind turbine sites unlikely to affect southern Brown County project:
Green Bay Press-Gazette, Aug. 31, 2010. The PSC established guidelines for local governments
to set restrictions on projects less than 100 megawatts in generating capacity.

Biomass assessment vague on emissions, jobs, traffic: Wausau Daily Herald, Aug. 31, 2010.
The assessment released Monday serves as the commission's opportunity to suggest
improvements to the project plan submitted by We Energies.

Harnessing the wind: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Aug. 30, 2010. Regulators vote to adopt
standards allowing local governments to pay residents living near turbines.

Biomass plant requires careful land use: Wausau Daily Herald, Aug. 29, 2010. Maintaining
Wisconsin's forests will take responsible practices at every step of the biomass supply chain.

Ace Ethanol receives $595,000 in stimulus funds: Milwaukee Business Journal, Aug. 26, 2010.
The company will use the funds for the installation of heat exchange equipment to reduce
waste heat and make the facility more efficient.

Grants awarded to biofuels projects: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Aug. 25, 2010. A state grant
of more than $463,000 announced Wednesday will help train workers in northern Wisconsin for
production of biofuels.

Ashes to ashes, silicon to silicon: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Aug. 30, 2010. New electronics
recycling rules take effect Wednesday

Study finds coal plant ash in state is polluting water: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Aug. 26,
2010. The analysis of state pollution data by the Environmental Integrity Project, the Sierra
Club and Earthjustice comes as the Environmental Protection Agency is considering whether to
impose federally enforceable regulations for the first time. An alternative option would leave
regulation of coal ash disposal up to the states, as it is now.

You'll pay more for little benefit (opinion): Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Aug. 25, 2010. The
really malign thing is that a fortune will be spent not where it might have the biggest effect but,
redundantly, where regulators' grip is strongest.

Nothing this issue.


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State official takes wind out of turbine health issue: Green Bay Press-Gazette, Aug. 28, 2010.
Policymakers accused of ignoring evidence against building towers.

Free rechargeable battery and cell phone recycling program called Call2Recycle.
Call2Recycle US > Collect Batteries & Cell Phones > Recycling Your Rechargeable Batteries and
Cell Phones

In Arabian Desert, a Sustainable City Rises.
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates — Back in 2007, when the government here announced its
plan for “the world’s first zero-carbon city” on the outskirts of Abu Dhabi, many Westerners
dismissed it as a gimmick — a faddish follow-up to neighboring Dubai’s half-mile-high tower in
the desert and archipelago of man-made islands in the shape of palm trees.

Local Governments Slowly Adopting Sustainability Initiatives – Survey. While communities
across the nation are increasingly conscious of sustainability issues, many localities are still at
the beginning stages of turning green-focused priorities into concrete actions, according to the
International City/County Management Association (ICMA). ICMA says this is the first national
survey to establish benchmarks for sustainability initiatives in local government. Responses from
2,176                                     local                                     governments:

"Wisconsin Institute for Sustainable Technology set for launch at UWSP," WisBusiness, Sept. 7.
Business and industry in the state have a new source of expertise in sustainability solutions
thanks to the Wisconsin Institute for Sustainable Technology (WIST), a service of the University
of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, slated for its official launch Wednesday, Sept. 8. The WIST opening
event, scheduled for 4:30 p.m. in the Laird Room of the Dreyfus University Center, will
showcase some of the institute’s initial projects and grant awardees along with remarks from
leaders who have helped make WIST possible. Rep. Dave Obey, who has helped secure major
federal support for WIST, along with UWSP Chancellor Bernie Patterson and Deans Christine
Thomas and Christopher Cirmo are all scheduled to offer remarks on the institute’s potential

"Students and issues change but passion for environmental sustainability drew students,"
Fourth Estate, Sept. 6. Ecosystems analysis. Environmental control. Population dynamics.
Those are just a few of the concentrations potential students could read about in the 1972-

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1973 UW-Green Bay course catalogue...Such unique courses and concentrations drew many
students to UWGB in the early years of the university. Many students were attracted to the
university’s focus on environmental sustainability. This focus has had a continued presence
throughout the years, giving UWGB students many opportunities to expand in an area that is
continuously growing...

“Theses on Sustainability: A Primer” by Eric Zencey in the May/June 2010 issue of Orion,
Here is the link:

Student Army Updates Oregon, One City at a Time. Sure, law schools have clinics, and some
architecture schools let students do real building projects, but the University of Oregon's
Sustainable City Initiative is in a class of its own. Each year, the multidisciplinary program
brings together a veritable army of faculty and students in architecture, law, business, and
other fields to help a nearby town "transition to a more sustainable and accessible future." In
2009, the SCI program involved more than 350 students on nine projects in the city of
Gresham. This year, SCI is partnering with Salem, Oregon. More than 500 students from 25
different classes are working on 14 different projects. They'll be developing designs for a new
police department and a series of urban trails and bike paths, working to increase civic
engagement, studying transportation in the city's downtown, and, in the process, redefining the
relationship between town and gown.

What New Jersey is doing with their municipalities on a statewide basis--a sustainable
community certification system.

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Riding to School on Sunshine- Wisconsin is home to the nation’s largest fleet of plug-in hybrid
school buses. MADISON— Governor Jim Doyle announced today that Wisconsin is now home
to the nation’s largest fleet of plug-in hybrid school buses. A grand total of 24 plug-in hybrid
school buses will call Wisconsin home—11 of which will be on the road starting the first week of
school. In addition to improved fuel efficiency, the plug-in hybrid school buses last longer, have
lower maintenance costs and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30 to 40 percent. For more
information, visit or

Stimulus assessments for renewable energy, rail overly optimistic: Daily Reporter, Aug. 26,
2010. High-speed rail in America is moving forward, but not as quickly as the government

Full speed ahead (opinion): Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Aug. 25, 2010. There is absolutely no
reason not to accelerate spending on a worthwhile project that promises great economic benefit
- including jobs.

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