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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.


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.

Earth Hour–March 27, 8:30 p.m., local time (WI)

Mission, History & Earth Hour 2010

On Earth Hour hundreds of millions of people, organizations, corporations and governments around the world will come together to make a bold statement about their concern for climate change by doing something quite simple—turning off their lights for one hour. In the U.S. where we are already feeling the impacts of climate change, Earth Hour sends a clear message that Americans care about this issue and want to turn the lights out on dirty air, dangerous dependency on foreign oil and costly climate change impacts, and make the switch to cleaner air, a strong economic future and a more secure nation.

Participation is easy. By flipping off your lights on March 27th at 8:30 p.m. local time you will be making the switch to a cleaner, more secure nation and prosperous America. View the toolkits, to find out what else you can do to get involved including leading the Earth Hour movement in your community.

Set Your Clock

On Saturday, March 27, 2010 at 8:30 p.m. local time, Earth Hour will once again cascade around the globe, from New Zealand to Hawaii

Sparking a Movement

Since its inception three years ago, Earth Hour’s non-partisan approach has captured the world’s imagination and became a global phenomenon. Nearly one billion people turned out for Earth Hour 2009 – involving 4,100 cities in 87 countries on seven continents.

For more information, see https://www.myearthhour.org/home

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.”


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.
Contact Person:___________________________________________________
City: ____________________________________________________________
Type of Entry:_____________________________________________________
Estimated Number of Marchers:_______________________________________

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

Sustainable Communities Forum

Sustainable Communities Regional Roundtable

You’re Invited!

Learn what is happening in the realm of sustainable communities, network with peers, and contribute policy ideas that will move Wisconsin forward in sustainability!

When: March 2, 2010


Where: Kress Public Library

333 N. Broadway
De Pere, WI 54115

What: An interactive roundtable discussion which will begin with an overview of sustainability efforts in the area, and conclude with a facilitated process to identify sustainability policy issues, barriers, strengths, and possibilities.

Who should attend? Roundtables are open to Local community development professionals, local government officials, sustainability board members, organizations and grass roots groups, consultants, businesses, community leaders, and faculty and students who have been engaged in local sustainability efforts.

Purpose: This is one of six round tables being held around Wisconsin as a precursor to the Public Policy Forum. The purpose of the roundtables is to enable participants to have an impact on shaping sustainable community policy in Wisconsin by contributing ideas that will be folded into and help shape the March statewide Public Policy Forum**.  Participant input will be incorporated into a document to be shared with state and local decision-makers, university faculty and students, and process participants. The document will help set an agenda for shaping future policy directions pertaining to sustainable communities in Wisconsin.

Registration: This event is Free.  To register, please contact  the Brown County UW-Extension Office at (920) 391-4610 or email Daul_AM @co.brown.wi.us

Information: For more information, please contact Judy Knudsen, Brown County UW-Extension at Judith.knudsen@ces.uwex.edu or Catherine Neiswender, Winnebago County UW-Extension at catherine.neiswender@ces.uwex.edu.

**About Wisconsin Idea Public Policy Forums: The Sustainable Communities Public Policy Forum is the third in a series of forums designed to focus UW System resources on Wisconsin’s most vexing social, environmental, and economic challenges. These forums inform the debate around selected current issues confronting Wisconsin residents by bringing objective, research-based information to the dialogue. Forums utilize experts to cover national issues impacting the state of Wisconsin. The targeted audience includes state lawmakers, community leaders, business people, faculty, staff, and students.


Help with tracking energy costs


Did you wonder if I fell off the planet?  It has been so SO busy with working on our new home page launch (just about  week to go) and working through every tiny detail that has to be addressed when doing this.  I am always amazed how MANY details there are to deal with and decisions that have to be made for it to be what we want it to be for our organization and most importantly for our members!  So, that has been taking a lot of time.

PLUS, Saturday is our 20th Reunion party for Main Street De Pere and if you’ve ever planned an event or even a part, you can easily understand how busy this time is for us.

But, I’ve been stockpiling some great things to post here at the blog and I want to make sure to get posting again!  And, away we go …

It has been pretty cold here (understatement, yes?)  and I can swear I can hear the power meter clicking from here inside!    From our SEEDs group, a list of energy monitoring software:

The Energy Detective


Harra EEM

HOBO energy monitoring system

HOBOware data logging software


QA Graphics


US Energy Group for USE controller, USE verifier, USE manager

Plug Load Analyzer from Watt Stopper

Energy Cap Energy Management Software

Quality Attributes

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!!

Sustainable Community policy forum


When: March 25-26, 2010

Where: The LEED-certified Communications Arts Center at UW-Fox Valley, Menasha, Wisconsin.

Speakers include: David Morris, vice president of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, the Minneapolis-based nonprofit agency that created the New Rules Project to provide tools to put theory into practice for strong, equitable, sustainable communities; Michael Dombeck, Professor of Global Conservation at UW-Stevens Point and former chief of the U.S. Forest Service; and Satya Rhodes-Conway, senior associate at the Center on Wisconsin Strategy national policy center based at UW-Madison and member of the City of Madison Common Council.

Focus: Day one includes a wrap-up of Regional Sustainable Communities Roundtables leading up to this forum; breakout sessions with three Wisconsin case studies, including La Crosse, and three out-of-state case studies, including the Transition Town of Northfield, Minnesota; and optional entertainment.* Day two is roll-up-the-sleeves time through a hands-on, half-day session designed to advance policy.

Registration: Online registration and details will be available at http://Sustainablecommunitiesforum.wisconsin.edu/.

Information: Contact Sandra Kallio, sandra.kallio@uwex.edu.

Forum participants will: Learn compelling content about sustainable communities and share their stories and local ideas. Network with new partners and build community relationships. Provide input and recommendations that will be incorporated into a final document to help set an agenda for shaping future policy directions pertaining to sustainable communities in Wisconsin. Identify opportunities for the University of Wisconsin to collaboratively support and enhance education, research, and outreach regarding sustainable community policy initiatives and funding.
Sponsors of this Wisconsin Idea Public Policy Forum: University of Wisconsin-Extension, University of Wisconsin Colleges, University of Wisconsin-Extension Sustainability Team, Wisconsin Institute for Public Policy and Service, and University of Wisconsin System.

About Wisconsin Idea Public Policy Forums: The Sustainable Communities Public Policy Forum is the third in a series of forums designed to focus UW System resources on Wisconsin’s most vexing social, environmental, and economic challenges. These forums inform the debate around selected current issues confronting Wisconsin residents by bringing objective, research-based information to the dialogue. Forums utilize experts to cover national issues impacting the state of Wisconsin. The targeted audience includes state lawmakers, community leaders, business people, faculty, staff, and students.

*Note: Optional entertainment the evening of March 25 includes the “Wild Woods & Waters” show at the UW-Fox Valley Communications Arts Center. Reservations, $25, can be arranged through https://foxtickets.uwc.edu or 920-832-2646.


One year ago, SEED’s for De Pere, (Social, Ecological, Economic Development for De Pere) became part of the De Pere Area Chamber family.  My environmentalist heart and my business head are both very excited to have SEED’s part of the family and I am quite excited about what this initiative can and will accomplish.

I’ve long believed chambers are not only uniquely placed to be an incubator for birthing large concepts and ideas, but also that we have a responsibility to do so.  Think about it, chambers of commerce are the one place where everything intersects in a community.  Businesses (all types and sectors since we aren’t a trade group so no specific industry affiliation), individuals, governments, non-profit organizations, faith-based groups and education all are part of the chamber.    Chambers can be the middle ground where all points of view come together and answer the big questions because everyone needed to achieve Big Hairy Audacious Goals are part of the conversation.

In my mind, sustainability from programs like this one should have five “arms” of activity bases that work on parallel, complementary tracks:

  1. Community
  2. Individuals
  3. Businesses
  4. Government
  5. Organizations

The basic premise of “sustainable development” is it meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of  future generations to meet their own needs.   SEED’s Vision is An Ecologically Sustainable De Pere and the Mission is to Generate Ecological integrity, Economic prosperity,and Social equity for De Pere. Further, SEED’s is:

  • A local citizen organization
  • A part of a growing worldwide concern
  • Creating understanding
  • Educating our neighbors
  • Encouraging participation
  • Promoting a better community
  • A 501(c)3 charitable organization as part of the De Pere Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation, Inc.

They seek to take a “Systems Approach” – We will facilitate a systems approach to create contacts, relationships, and links between different assets and people across all sectors to create a holistic approach to sustainable development.

The group has come up with a comprehensive powerpoint presenting their concepts.  You can download it from here (WARNING:  it is a VERY large file – 7mb, click then get coffee).

Interestingly, in the American Chamber of Commerce Executives newsletter this month, is  a link to a report called:  Enterprise at Home for Progress at Large: The Economics of Sustainability – Chambers of Commerce as the New Civic Players in Environmental Sustainability which is a report on several chambers around the country being key players and leaders in sustainability.

While national debates rage over which production methods will lead to a stronger, more
sustainable environment, and while research and development teams struggle to produce
the next revolutionary technology, it is on the local level that incredible progress is being
made in advancing sustainability measures beyond rhetoric. City governments and grassroots activists are often the most obvious players, but there is a powerful—and perhaps unexpected—player in the green arena that is leading the charge in cutting emissions and conserving energy while boosting regional economies: the business community.

Chambers of commerce throughout the country are instituting green business recognition
programs, working to attract clean industries, creating green jobs, and providing resources to local businesses to implement more sustainable practices. These activities are not wild expansions of their mission, but are essential to fulfilling it. Businesses that emit little emissions and consume fewer resources are the stronger, leaner and more agile businesses of America’s future and as the organizations that work to support economic development and improve local quality of life, many chambers of commerce have dedicated themselves to aiding in the success of green businesses. The ingenuity and forward thinking exemplified by the chambers highlighted here are the first bold steps toward a more sustainable and robust American economy.

Big Hairy Audacious Goals are scary, intimidating and exhilarating.   They are also the first step in achieving anything worth achieving.

If you are interested in being part of the conversation for our area, contact  either SEEDS@deperechamber.org or Volunteers@deperechamber.org and we’ll include you!

Meets the needs of the present

without compromising the ability of

future generations to meet their own needs