“Be the change you want to see.” – Ghandi
“Each food item in a typical U.S. meal has traveled an average of 1,500 miles.” – Steven L. Hopp in Animal, Vegetable, Miracle
“The work we call cultivating ecological consciousness involves becoming aware of the actuality of rocks, wolves, trees, and rivers – the cultivation of the insight that everything is connected” – Bill Devall & George Sessions
“If we continually convert nonrenewable resources into garbage, the prices of those resources and the costs of managing wastes will inevitably rise.” -Karl-Henrik Robert
“Nature provides a free lunch, but only if we control our appetities.” – William Ruckelshaus
“The ultimate test of man’s conscience may be his willingness to sacrifice something today for future generations whose words of thanks will not be heard.” – Gaylord Nelson
Bring your own bags to the grocery store and help save marine wildlife and disposal costs.
Buy in bulk quantities and save money as well as reduce recycling costs.
Buy local to help sustain our community.
Take a bag along on your walk and pick up any roadway trash to keep our community clean.
Reduce your use of plastic bags. Plastic bags take up to 1000 years to decompose in the landfill.
A dripping faucet wastes water. It’s wise to repair.
Water your lawn in the morning to avoid evaporation.
Plant a tree to help reduce carbon dioxide.
Replace conventional light bulbs with Compact Flourescent Lights. They will save both dollars and energy.
Cleaning your windows with vinegar and water works just as well as a chemical cleaner.
Turn off lights in unoccupied rooms.
Drink tap water instead of bottled water.
Low flow shower heads reduce energy costs.
Wait until your dishwasher is full before washing a load.
Change furnace filters regularly.
Lower your thermostat one degree (or more) in winter. Likewise, raise your thermostat one degree (or more) in summer when using an air conditioner.
Eat locally produced food.
Use less meat products and eat lower on the food chain.
Drive your car less; walk, bike, carpool, or use mass transit.
Teach children and teens to abide by ecologically efficient practices. Do them as a family.
Consider planting a natural prairie space to replace a portion of lush, green lawn and conserve water usage.
Don’t use any more detergent than necessary when washing dishes or clothes.
Composting helps the soil hold moisture and reduce water runoff.
Do not put charcoal grill ash in your compost bin.
This website is about working together to address some of the environmental, economic and social issues facing us today. Through sharing information, discussing complex issues, and building networks, we hope to bring about a sustainable community in the Town of Stockton, Wisconsin (Portage County).
On this site you may:
- Learn how to save on your electric bill
- Find a local source of eggs, fruit, vegetables
- Sell, trade, or give away something to a neighbor
- Find a carpool partner (At this time we are encouraging people to use Portage County’s new Rideshare program at www.rideshare.wi.gov.)
Whether you want to make a connection, find a quick tip, or be part of a deeper discussion, we hope this web site has something for you. Please browse our web pages, attend our monthly meeting, participate in sustainable projects, and share your thoughts and ideas. We look forward to hearing from you. Your input and expertise are much appreciated.