This year, the Green Energy Summit theme was water. You may be surprised to hear that people from Singapore to Germany and the Netherlands are talking about Milwaukee’s water and technology.
While the City of Waukesha searches to get access to radium-free water, cities in SE Wisconsin are weighing the risks and benefits of sharing water that attract businesses that can provide jobs.
Wednesday morning speakers talked about the water- food-energy nexus. Food production requires both water and energy. How we use that energy is intertwined with the quality of our food and our water.
Thursday, Ed Begley, actor and activist, gave a testimony on how he has reduced his carbon footprint by living simply. He encouraged us to take little steps to cut back on our energy consumption by turning off lights and avoiding “vampire” devices by plugging our televisions and computers into a power strip that can be turned off at the source.
Friday afternoon, Will Allen, from Growing Power, announced the good food revolution to provide Milwaukee residents raised gardens in backyards using good-composted soil to grow food organically without chemicals that can be the source of illness predominant in children today.
This year, I left the Green Energy Summit determined to make changes in my life to reduce my carbon footprint and encourage others to do the same.