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Thursday, 14 November 2019 08:04

A New Thanksgiving Tradition

Thanksgiving is the busiest time of year for travel in the United States. Last year, over 50 million Americans traveled on average 50 miles to reach their Thanksgiving destination, and nearly 90% was by automobile. But, people aren’t the only ones logging in the miles. American food travels an average of 1,500 to 2,500 miles from farm to table, according to the Worldwatch Institute.

Wednesday, 15 May 2019 16:30

Ways to opt out of receiving junk mail

Is junk mail overcrowding your mailbox? If so, you’re not alone; the Environmental Protection Agency reports Americans as a whole receive close to five million tons of junk mail every year and according to the US Postal Service, 59% of all mail delivered is advertising mail, and only about half of it ever gets read. That equates to a lot of wasted paper and even when it can be recycled it still takes a lot of resources to print it in the first place. The Urban Ecology Center receives a lot of junk mail too and here’s how we’re taking steps to (hopefully) get rid of it permanently!

Tuesday, 05 February 2019 09:47

Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food!

I have every intent to cook healthy, delicious, well-balanced meals for Josh (my husband) and Jude (my two-year old) but every time I venture off to the grocery store I end up with the same ingredients. I swear I make every effort to stop by the produce section and examine all of the colorful fruits and vegetables. I often admire those fearless shoppers who throw jalapenos, bok choy and kale in their carts. They seem brave. They seem to know what they are doing.

Thursday, 06 December 2018 12:49

Reuse, Recycle, Recommit!

Whether you are one of the more than 100 million Amazon Prime members or an avid in-store purchaser, the holidays can rack up a lot of extra cardboard and packaging material quickly. Here’s how to spread holiday cheer while keeping Mother Earth in mind. Let's commit to a more earth-friendly holiday season!

Wednesday, 21 February 2018 11:02

Our Culture of Sustainability

The German zoologist Ernst Haeckel coined the word ecology almost 150 years ago. He combined a couple of Greek words to do this trick: “oikos” means "habitation" and “-ology” means "the study of."

This fact may already be part of your ample knowledge, but a quick reminder won´t hurt: ecology started off as the study of where things live. In ecology, sustainability (from sustain and ability) is the property of biological systems to remain diverse and productive indefinitely. Who doesn't want to be diverse and productive indefinitely? I remember when I was younger and able to dunk a basketball…

As the thaw of spring teases our impatient senses, and the red-winged black bird harmonizes with the drip drip drip of the melting snow, the anticipation of wedding season lingers around the corner at the Urban Ecology Center's Riverside Park branch. Couples planning their magical day look for just the right venue, and the Urban Ecology Center becomes an eco-friendly option host to one of the most important days of their life. Green weddings are not just a trendy theme but a smart approach to making that special day mean even more – and we can help!

Monday, 08 February 2016 17:46

Community Gardens

For those of you who like to garden but do not have a yard of your own, we have 35 community garden plots for rent at Riverside Park and 42 raised beds for rent at Menomonee Valley in Three Bridges Park. Gardeners spend the summer gardening alongside their neighbors, lend a helping hand (or green thumb) to each other, share a potluck dinner, and grow spectacular produce!

Riverside Park Community Gardens Handbook

 

Menomonee Valley Community Gardens Handbook

For more information, including prices and availability, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at our Riverside Park branch or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. in the Menomonee Valley.

The only garden plots currently available are in the Menomonee Valley. Get more information and reserve yours here

Riverside Park commnunity gardens
Plots at Riverside Park measure 10 x 15 feet and are located along the Oak Leaf Trail.

mv community garden
Plots in the Menomonee Valley are located in Three Bridges park just a short walk from the Center and measure 4 x 8 and 4 x 10 feet.

Thursday, 31 October 2013 01:00

Energy Efficient Families

With significant increases in energy costs and the depletion of non-renewable resources, families are embracing energy efficiency. Including your children in decisions and actions you take can be rewarding, educational and fun! Here are a few suggestions to begin building your energy efficient home.

Sunday, 01 September 2013 13:24

MUL8ME

If I had a car this would be the personalized license plate for me. It is perfect! If more people would only emulate me, the world would be a much better place don't you think? Am I being arrogant? Sure. Pompous? You bet. Conceited? Not in the slightest. Supercilious? Maybe . . . need to look that one up. But am I right? Absolutely!

Just to be clear, in case you are taking me seriously the last thing I really want is the world to truly emulate me. I'm as messed up a the best of us — just ask my family or my therapist. It would, however, be nice if a few more people chose to compost. Because when it comes to making dirt I am definitely emulatable (take that, spell check!)

I started working at the Center on the Monday after Thanksgiving in 2007. There were a lot of things that impressed me during my first week, but one that sticks out in my mind were the bikes that were parked outside of the building that cold November day. Apparently, despite the below freezing temperatures and threat of snow, some of the staff had chosen to bike to work instead of driving their cars.

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