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February Environmental Task Force Update

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The Environmental Task Force is working on actions for 2020.  Meetings are held the first Monday of each month at 6:30 at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation on Farwell Street downtown.   Read on to hear what they’ve been up to since November!

In November we discussed the current system of waste management in Eau Claire including the importance of recycling and composting.  We had a representative from Memorial High School who shared the actions of their green organization and plans with Earthbound , recycling and composting, and student education. 

There has been discussion about holding community forums to inform the public of all things waste management in the city of Eau Claire.  With the help of our speakers in the industry, we’d like to demystify the process and inform attendees on where their waste ultimately ends and the importance of recycling properly.  As a result of these conversations we have organized an event, see below, to focus on reducing, reusing, and recycling as the third option.   The event will be casual and informative with plenty of opportunities for questions and conversation.  

Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day by attending the Beyond Recycling forum presented by the JONAH Environmental Task Force. Community leaders and industry experts will discuss: how you can reduce your plastic waste, how composting impacts climate change, and how to properly dispose of electronics. You can walk away with environmental information and solutions you can implement at home and pass on to your friends and family.

The forum will be on Wednesday April 22 from 5-8pm. It will take place at Brewing Projekt: 1807 N Oxford Avenue, Eau Claire, WI. Beer and Wisco sodas will be available for purchase and light snacks will be available or you can bring your own.

Speakers include Meghan Burkett, Eau Claire Recycling Corrdinator, Zach Pappas from Earthbound Environmental Solutions, Raphy Hutchens from First Choice Recycling, Kate Beaton of the EC City Council and Lynn Buske from JONAH.

The Environmental Task Force also released the document “52 Tips for a Green New Year” and have been sharing out weekly tips with JONAH Congregations and the larger community.  You can find it here.

Additionally, a few members of the task force have also expressed interest in starting a “Go Bagless” campaign beginning with the downtown businesses and then branching out to the wider community.  Larger retail outlets have already had success with going bagless including; Aldi, Sam’s Club, and Savers.  We’d like to use them as examples and highlight their decision to decrease their impact on the land fill.

We can each do our part and be part of the solution to the environmental crisis. For more information contact Julie Lepp (juliannelepp@yahoo.com) or Sue Waits (waitsr@charter.net).