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Congratulations! SA wins 2nd DNR Urban Forestry grant!

We got the grant!

Thanks to you…

The DNR has awarded Sustainable Atwood a second grant valued at $49,000 ($24,500 cash + $24,500 donation) for the project proposal:

EAB Readiness & Full-Cycle Response: Stewarding our Urban Forest’s Natural Resources

Sometimes public and private trees must be removed from the urban forest–because of bug, blight or circumstance. Many people would like their tree to become something other than wood chips and firewood, but few know whom to turn to. This grant seeks to connect neighborhoods, professionals, local businesses, artists and organizations to ensure the best use & practices for our trees—for the benefit of all.

Here’s a partial description of the project–a proposed publication called The Neighbor’s Guide to the Urban Forest:

Urban forests are mainly owned, not by cities, but by individuals who are largely unaware that–like drinking water, air and land—they own part of a collective resource that can bring multiple benefits when approached with best management practices. The “Neighbors Guide to the Urban Forest” will help the community understand their part in the management of the forest and, in addition, give them the information they need to make the best use of their woodland lot.

In addition to the brainstorming and networking that will go in to creating the guide, we can look forward to other ways of advancing best urban forest management and high-end-use-first practices by holding wood processing demonstrations, accompanied by teaching events, and the building and installation of Little Urban Forest Libraries, to name a few.

When calls were made in late September to find out if there was enough support to lift this project, it was clear the idea had been germinating for a while. The DNR’s grant award confirms the projects time has definitely come! Thanks to our growing list of partnerships for being game to work on this exciting endeavor in 2012! We hope youll join us, too. Watch this website for updates.

To a sustainable neighborhood AND a very Happy New Year!


Madison Increases Recycling

Madison’s Recycling Program Expands in 2012

The City of Madison will be expanding the list of materials that it will accept in its curbside recycling program beginning January 1, 2012. The changes are possible because of a new recycling processing contract the City has signed with Pellitteri Waste Systems of Madison.

“We are very excited about our new recycling contract,” Madison recycling coordinator George Dreckmann said. “In addition to expanding the list of materials that Madison residents can put in their green recycling carts, we were able to negotiate a lower fee for sorting and selling our material. This lower fee will save taxpayers $173,470 per year.”

City of Madison residents will now be able to add the following material to their recycling carts;

1) All plastic containers with the numbers #1 through #7.
This includes dairy tubs, deli containers and clear plastic clamshell packages and the lids to these containers.
2) Plastic bags
Plastic bags must be placed inside a plastic bag with that bag being tied shut.
Plastic bags that can be recycled include retail store bags, produce bags, and newspaper bags. You can also recycle clean plastic film. No dark green of black plastic bags or film.
3) Empty steel paint cans and their lids.
4) Metal pots and pans
5) Small metal appliances such as toasters or blender bases, and metal power tools.
5) Metal faucets and pipe less than 18″ in length

“We estimate that these changes will mean an additional 500-700 tons of recyclables each year, “Dreckmann said. “That will save $20-25,000 in landfill fees and generate another $60,000 in revenue from the sale of the material.”

For More Information Contact:
George Dreckmann
Informational Website Link: