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Environmental Speaker Series Features Green Travel and Energy-Efficiency

Wisconsin foresight on environmental issues and topics in recent years has led to the creation of programs and businesses dedicated to making our state a cleaner, greener, and more energy-efficient place.

In the second program of the 2009 Environmental Speaker Series, co-sponsored by Going Garbage & Recycling Inc (GGRI) and Door Property Owners, Inc. (DPO), a look at two of these Wisconsin programs and one Door County business will be featured.

The Travel Green Wisconsin and Focus on Energy programs, as well as locally-owned Construction & Energy Management Services, are the focus of the program set for Thursday, April 16 at 6:30 pm at the Bertschinger Center, 7860 Highway 42, Egg Harbor.

The program will feature Will Christianson of Travel Green Wisconsin, Francis Xavier of Focus on Energy, and Gene Sunstrom of Construction & Energy Management Services. Christianson helped launch Travel Green Wisconsin (TGW), the state’s sustainable tourism program in 2006. It’s the first program of its kind led by a state tourism agency in the United States. Christianson will be speaking about new features of the program and the certification process for interested Door County businesses. Any homeowner seeking to live more sustainably can benefit from learning about the TGW principles.

Xavier is an energy advisor on the commercial side for Focus on Energy (FOE), the statewide energy efficiency program that works with eligible Wisconsin residents and businesses to install cost-effective energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. FOE helps Wisconsin residents and businesses manage rising energy costs, promote in-state economic development, protect our environment, and control the state’s growing demand for electricity and natural gas.

Sunstrom will share some easy and inexpensive ways to reduce home energy use and your carbon footprint. Sunstrom says there are many energy “thieves” in one’s home that the average homeowner can eliminate or reduce. Many of these ideas require a minimum amount of labor and expense.

The Environmental Speaker Series was created in 2008. “We view the Speaker Series as a community service, a forum to discuss issues and programs that can positively impact our Door community,” says Chirstie Decker of Going Garbage. Other topics for the 2009 Speaker Series include Zero Waste (May 14), Rain Gardens (June 11), and Invasive Species (July 15). For more information call Christi Decker at 920.854.2114.