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Urban Forest Fest | July 26, 2014

urbanForestFestJoin Sustainable Atwood and  Wisconsin Urban Wood as we host the Urban Forest Fest! Its happening during the AtwoodFest in Madison on July 26.

Event details:

Date: July 26, 2014

Time: 10am-4pm

Location: 1904 Winnebago St, Madison WI 53704 – Trinity Lutheran Church parking lot

Questions? Email trees@sustainableatwood.org

Dead trees are wood, not waste.

Map the neighborhood sharing gardens – RipeNearMe

Share your veggies with your neighbor’s with this great website, RipeNearMe!ripeNearMeHomepageScreenshot

As your garden starts to get going this summer and you don’t know how you could possibly eat 20 cucumbers a day, try sharing them with your neighbors with this website. This site started in Australia and folks are just beginning to use it in the US, so right now there aren’t any dots on the map for Madison, WI. Let’s change that!

Add your spring and summer veggies to the map as they ripen, and then share or sell your local, organic food with your neighbors.

Here is a screen shot of the website listing all the locations around the US that are currently using this website:





RipeNearMe: http://www.ripenear.me/

Local Solar | House Party and Information – April 29th

Waiting for the energy company to invest in more solar? Could be a while; theyve fulfilled their quota, so they don’t have much incentive. We do. We wont stop investing in solar until every home, business and organization in our neighborhood that wants to be, is solar powered.

We’re working to make solar accessible to everyone, on any budget. With each of us doing a little bit–or a lot–over time we can make a huge difference. Come find out how you can be part of our solar powered neighborhood.

SolarSAlogoLocal Solar | House Party & Informational
April 29th, 2014
2018 Helena St | Madison 53704
RSVP: Email solar@sustainableatwood.org


Yours for a sustainable neighborhood,

~ Sustainable Atwood

Read more about how Sustainable Atwood is helping to solar power the neighborhood


Dead Trees | All is not lost | You can help

The emerald ash borer is certain to certain to kill ash trees in our neighborhood forest–on both public and private property. EAB is not the only threat to our trees. Many other species are taken from the urban forest for other reasons every day.

All is not lost.

Dead and dying trees are one of the neighborhood’s oldest natural resources--their wood can live on in our homes and lives if they get into the right hands at the right time.  Otherwise, they are likely to be entirely turned to chips and firewood.

You can help.
We created the “The Sustainable Atwood Neighborhood Guide to the Urban Forest” to explain what can be done to ensure timely and best uses of our dead and dying trees.
Help deliver our short guide to every home in the Atwood neighborhood so everyone will know what they can do.
  • We need 10 teams of 2-4 people. (Please create your team)
    • Saturday, April 26 (or any day convenient for your team thereafter) 
    • Team’s choice of two hour time slots between 8am-7 pm
Will you help? Reply to this message to sign up your team.
Thank you so much,
Yours for a sustainable urban forest,
~Sustainable Atwood

P.S. We are looking for a local sponsor to supply refreshments for our teams. We’d love to hear from you.

The Atwood Tool Library – First meeting and workshop! April 14th and 21st

Ever had plans to do weekend home repairs but didn’t know how or have the tools you needed? Or didn’t want to pay for a tool you’d only use once? That’s just what a tool library is for.

Join us April 14th to discuss creating a Tool Library in the Atwood neighborhood! Talk to others who are interested in starting a tool library, learn how other cities have done it, help organize and find others to include in the planning.
Exploring an Atwood Tool Library

April 14th, 2014

Absolutely Art – 2322 Atwood Ave., Madison 53704
RSVP: Email tools@sustainableatwood.org  

Please note: RSVP is not required, but it will help us determine how we set up the room and run the meeting, so please let us know if you can.

*Attend the meeting on the 14th and be entered into a drawing for a free window screen repair at the Martin Glass Workshop on the 21st!*

Then … 
Join us the following week for a sample workshop demonstration!
Learn how to repair single pane windows and mend screens from our neighborhood experts at Martin Glass.
Spring Window & Screen Repair Demo
April 21st, 2014
6:00-7:15 p.m.

Martin Glass – 2323 Atwood Ave., Madison 53704
Suggested donation: $5.00 OR donation of a working tool (non-gas powered) to start our library collection. 

Hope to see you there!

– Sustainable Atwood

PS- Check out the North Portland Tool Library as a great example of our vision for the neighborhood!

News Article in Madison Commons by Sean Kirkby

Urban Wood projects showcased at Atwood Urban Forest Fest

Members of Boy Scouts Troop 34 build a bench out of urban wood that will sit outside Trinity Lutheran Church (Sean Kirkby/Madison Commons)
PHOTO: Members of Boy Scouts Troop 34 build a bench out of urban wood that will sit outside Trinity Lutheran Church (Sean Kirkby/Madison Commons)


By Sean Kirkby    |  Mon, 06/24/2013 – 1:12pm

Despite rain that canceled many of the Atwood Urban Forest Fests events, a small group of neighbors, churchgoers and environmental advocates showcased objects made from urban wood Saturday at Trinity Lutheran Church on Winnebago Street.

Urban wood comes from trees that are not harvested for their timber value, such as those that are damaged or diseased, according to Twink Jan-McMahon, executive director of Sustainable Atwood, which hosted the event.

She said the Atwood neighborhood has more than 8,000 private and public trees that comprise its urban forest.

“When those trees come down, they turn to chips and firewood,” Jan-McMahon said. “We want to change that because there are many, many more things we can make out of the exact same trees.”

For instance, Jordan Henkel, a participant in a woodworking program at Madison College, used locally-donated urban wood to build a bicycle, according to Jan-McMahon.

Sean Gere, owner of Gere Tree Inc., also brought other items made from urban wood to the event, including a bat made from a black locust tree, a platter made from butternut and a bowl made of amur corktree from Olbrich Botanical Gardens.

“Im awed every single time I see the amazing things that can be done with wood,” Gere said. “You can extrapolate out to so many other things we waste that can be re-used.”

The festival also included the dedication of a Little Free Library made from urban wood and containing stained glass windows, which will be placed outside of the church. During the event, a group of Troop 34 Boy Scouts used urban wood to build a bench that will be placed next to the library.

“I am absolutely thrilled to see both the library and the beautiful bench in front of our church,” said Sheldon Elleston, a member of Trinity Lutheran Church. “Its going to be a grace to our church and a beacon of joy to our members and hopefully to our whole community.”

Jan-McMahon said the missing link between urban forest resources and supporting the forest is getting the public to buy local wood or locally-produced products from urban wood.

“Its more expensive dollar-wise but not economy-wise,” Jan-McMahon said. “It really supports the local economy and local jobs.”

Jen Voichick, Habitat for Humanity of Dane County ReStore director, said the ReStore is working with The Wood Cycle of Wisconsin to sell urban wood at its West Side location. She said they are offering “Dane County Blend Flooring,” which consists of urban wood from throughout the Madison area.

Voichick said the location has only sold urban wood for the last three weeks and is planning to launch a publicity campaign to let the public know about the product.

“Its the first partnership weve ever had with a local entity outside of the ReStore, so its a nice thing to start because it has to do with re-using trees,” Voichick said.

The wood is kiln-dried, killing any potential infestations. Voichick said those interested in purchasing urban wood or in finding out more can visit www.restoredane.org

Sustainable Atwood, supported by a grant from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, also offers other services to the community such as “Green Tuesdays,” where the organization shows free movies that focus on sustainability efforts, Jan-McMahon said.

The organization also runs a community solar program, the first of its kind in Wisconsin, in which neighbors loan the organization money to build solar panels, according to Jan-McMahon. Sustainable Atwood pays them back at low interest rates. Urban forestry also goes hand in hand with spreading solar energy, Jan-McMahon said. Neighbors who want solar energy but have trees shadowing their roofs can partner with other neighbors who have sunny roofs to receive green energy without having to cut down trees.

The organization also focuses on other programs too, such as working with Madison Metro Transit to encourage people to ride the bus by offering Sustainable Atwood Commute Cards.

“One of our goals is to be a zero carbon community, and so were trying to get as many people on alternative forms of transportation as possible other than fuel-oriented,” Jan-McMahon said.

Sustainable Atwood plans to host the event again next year, and Jan-McMahon said they hope to make it a model for other Madison neighborhoods and other cities to follow.

Link to original article: http://www.madisoncommons.org/?q=node/1860