The local grassroots environmental group, Citizens for a Clean, Green & Welcoming Community, is working on several projects in 2013. These projects focus on sustainability and reducing our impact on the environment.
Take a look at our continuing and new projects. If something interests you, you are welcome to get involved with our group.
Continuing projects include:
? Choose to Reuse is an event organized by different towns (eRome, Grant, Grand Rapids, Saratoga). People to drop off useful items for others to take for free. Check with your local town for dates.
? Recycling Rangers provide recycling containers and volunteers at local community events to keep recyclables out of local landfills.
? Sustainable Wisconsin Rapids involves working with Wisconsin Rapids officials to move the city toward becoming a sustainable community.
? Green Map. Businesses, parks/green spaces and other organizations will be added to the Central Wisconsin Green Map, which is a web-based interactive map that uses the universal Green Map icons to highlight the ecological, social, cultural and sustainable resources of central Wisconsin. This mapping system helps central Wisconsin visitors and residents discover and locate the area's sustainable assets.
? The Earth Care Booklet contains information on items to recycle, energy saving tips, buying locally and money saving options for food and transportation. To review the electronic version of this booklet, go to the Clean Green Wisconsin Rapids Area Facebook page.
? The Growing Friends Community Garden Project is forming a committee to help complete the work involved with obtaining, preparing and maintaining a site for the garden.
? A Green Certification list of local hotels with Travel Green certification will be expanded.
? Look for our informational booth at events like the Grand Affair and Ag Day to learn more about our group.
New projects for 2013 involve exploring the feasibility of:
? Purchasing available greenhouse space and transforming it into a community center for growing greens and education.
? Having a family friendly event that would provide information on sustainability and on the local environment.
? Creating a bike share program, advocating for bike friendly lanes and having a bicycle rally.
? Earning the Bird City designation for Wisconsin Rapids.
? Adopting an ordinance in the city of Wisconsin Rapids that allows residents to keep chickens.
? Forming a nonpartisan committee that would keep abreast of pending legislation and policies that impact the environment.
? Citizens for a Clean, Green & Welcoming Community also plans to adopt a stretch of highway for cleanup.
If you are interested in joining our group and helping out on one or more of these projects, join us at our meetings at 4 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month in McMillan Library's All-Purpose Room. Or email me, Joe Ancel at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 715-424-4366.
Joe Ancel heads up the local grassroots environmental group, Citizens for a Clean, Green & Welcoming Community.