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Chamber Chat TV – Premiere Episode Loaded. Links here!

Yeah!  Our first episode of Chamber Chat is in the can.  Or on the disc.  I’ve got terminology to learn!  But, it’s done.

Chamber Chat is a new and exciting program concept of all original content engaging businesses, visitors and communities across the State of Wisconsin to share old concepts, ideas and programs plus new ways of seeing old things.  Each episode is 30 minutes long.  Our YouTube account type only allows us to load 10 minutes per upload, so I broke this into segments of interviews and it ends up being 5 of them.  They are embedded below.

Each month our program will focus on one of our programs, projects or events, but will also have guests & experts on to talk about the underlying principle or concept to give it both regional and statewide appeal.  This program is created here in De Pere, but is certainly not just FOR De Pere.  Each episode is 30 minutes long.

This first episode is about Sustainability and features guests from St. Norbert College, SEEDs for De Pere (our community sustainability initiative), Focus on Energy and an international business headquartered here, Megtec, Inc.

PLEASE NOTE:  THE FINAL CLIP INCLUDES AN INCORRECT LINK:  it should be www.dsireusa.org

If you like to see other videos from the Chamber about the community, our members and happenings – Visit our De Pere Chamber YouTube Channel here.

Green Parade on Earth Day

Join the Green Parade

(information from our SEEDs group)

This year marks the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day. What better way to celebrate the gains that we’ve made, and to renew our commitment to preserving the environment than to have a parade…a Green Parade!

GREEN and fun-loving people are invited to take part in the first annual Greater Green Bay Green Parade.

Organizers would like to invite you, your school, business, or organization to participate in this community event.

Rules of the Game

Since this is a Green Parade it will be primarily a fossil fuel-free event. So ditch the truck and flatbed trailer and use your bike, your feet, and other green alternatives to transport your green-themed float. Electric and solar powered cars and scooters, vegetable oil-fueled cars, hybrids and Smart cars, bicyclists, pedi-cabs, rickshaws, roller bladers, pedestrians – anything eco-friendly.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

We encourage floats to be constructed with recycled or reused materials, or materials that can be recycled later. Let your imagination run wild! Visit resale and surplus stores and keep your eyes open for inexpensive ways to make your eco-themed float. Recycling containers will be available at the end of the parade so you can recycle your float and props.

Be Creative

• Cut cardboard boxes into shapes and designs or bend chicken wire into shapes and cover with paper.
• Cover cardboard or wood with water-based paint to add color.
• Cover the float surface with natural materials such as flowers, coffee beans, rice, seeds or leaves.
• Use, paper, aluminum foil and cans, and plastic bottles to construct your float.
• Hook wagons together to create a train, snake, worm, or other multiple-piece float.
• Build your base across two side-by-side wagons, shopping carts or dollies to create a wider float.
• Build your base on an electric golf cart or on top of a hybrid car.
• Build your base on 2 x 4s so people can carry your float.

Award Categories

The Greater Green Bay Earth Week Coalition will award prizes to entrants in the following categories:
• Most Creative Entry
• Best Use of Recycled Materials
• Best Environmental Message
• Most Outrageous

Parade Route

The parade will be downtown Green Bay in the Broadway District. Not sure where we will be starting yet but we will end up at Leicht Park. Not a very long route due to the fact that everything is “green powered.”

Registration

Groups must register for a spot in the parade by April 1st. Please complete the registration and send to Jodi Arndt, 231 South Adams St, Green Bay, WI 54301 or via e-mail to jla@lcojlaw.com.
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Sustainability Gathering – a report

On Saturday, February 20th, 2010, representatives of organizations from the Greater Green Bay Area came together with the goal of networking with other groups/individuals that are already promoting sustainability.  They held group discussions to help determine some ways in which they can make our communities more sustainable places to live.

The following is a complete listing of the most important topics, as decided by each group.

  • Workforce and coalition with paid staff and budget needed to move forward
    • Connect with larger groups
      • i.e. NEW North
  • Social networking
    • Facebook
    • LinkedIn
  • Local food initiatives
    • Community gardens
    • Education-get the word out
    • Empower the public-promotes ownership
    • Food focus groups to analyze area holistically
      • Report back to larger coalition
  • Transportation initiatives
    • Alternative transportation
    • Institutional-wide survey of transportation needs
      • i.e. students at Saint Norbert College
        • to help students feel more connected to community, as opposed to isolated
  • Need for regional transit
  • Education and Communication
    • To drive systemic change
      • Help local governmental bodies to move beyond silo mentality
  • Foster holistically, education, so that leaders already “have it” when setting policies for schools, municipalities
  • Work more collaboratively
  • Promote sustainability
    • Change the systems so that sustainability is the easiest thing to do
  • Social media
    • Website directory
    • Facebook
  • Education locally
  • Local product directory
  • Educate on the importance of consumer choices
    • Stop “out of sight, out of mind” way of thinking when it comes to consumption
    • Little things can make a big difference, power of the people
  • Educate on how sustainability helps the quality of life- promotes health of our community
  • Student presentations to local leaders
    • Students want to make changes, but don’t always know how to get there
  • Create a common theme for Earth Week
    • i.e. water
  • Promote “Green Champions” in your organization
    • Celebrate good work and those who model sustainable behaviors

From these issues, the group decided the next steps should be:

  • Create a regional coalition
    • Be visible in the communities
    • Have a particular area of focus
    • Share ideas and events
    • Need a Point of Contact
  • For now, Jenny Shampo with SEEDs for De Pere
  • Later, maybe NEW North?
    • Need action, not just planning
    • Need paid staff
    • List of all individuals’/organizations’ contact information and websites
    • Social networking
      • Facebook
      • Listserv

For more information contact seeds@deperechamber or jshampoo@deperechamber or www.deperechamber.org/seeds.php

SEED’s for De Pere to host Sustainability Gathering

SustainAbility Gathering on Saturday, February 20th, 2010.

This event is for organizations that are already promoting sustainability.  Groups will have the opportunity to share their current sustainable practices, to make contact with other like-minded organizations in order to spark new ideas and projects and to grow the sustainability movement within the Greater Green Bay Area.

The format of the meeting will be informal and will begin with a meet and greet style continental breakfast beginning at 8:30 a.m. at the Peace and Justice Center of Saint Norbert College in De Pere.  (The room number has yet to be determined and will be included in a formal invitation, approximately two weeks before the event.)  Large and small group discussions will allow organizations to share what they are doing to encourage and uphold sustainable practices and to explore any future projects they may be planning, such as Earth Week activities.

If your organization would be interested in sending one or two representatives to the event, the sign-up form is HERE to be completed and emailed to jshampo@deperechamber.org.  It will provide other organizations with information about your group.  If you have questions or feedback regarding this event or want to confirm your attendance, please respond by e-mail along with your organization’s information to:  jshampo@deperechamber.org

The form calls out a deadline of January 29th, but register anyway!  You have some time yet.

Paper, plastic or your own?

I’ll admit it – I’m a bit of a tree-hugger at heart.  I’m a Mom so that automatically makes me concerned about the state of the planet we are leaving to our children and grandchildren etc etc.  I’m also a child of 70’s who remembers the PSA commercial of the Native American in regalia looking at the litter everywhere and shedding a tear over what we’d done to this beautiful country.  Yes, I am in fact a softie.

I’ve been using canvas bags for groceries (well, no, not religously) since 1996 in Reno, Nevada, so the “Bring a Bag” concept is one I’m used to and I’ve never been a fan of the plastic bag for shopping craze.  Even if I wasn’t already a fan of canvas bags, this presentation would have done it for me.  Check this out and please consider using your own reusable bags for the health of our planet and sustainability within our communities.

SEED’s for De Pere has stickers for your car to help you remember if you have a tendency to leave them in your car!  Just email seeds@deperechamber.org and you can get set up with one!!