Events

Upcoming Events

"Why Yards Matter" Garden Tour
Saturday, June 11, 2022
9 AM - 11 AM
Rain Barrel Workshop

Date and Time to be Announced

This August, the Green Spaces Action Team are planning to present a workshop for the public on making and using rain barrels in their yards. Space will be limited. Registration is required. 

Compost Bin Workshop

This September, the Green Spaces Action Team will present a workshop for the public on making and using compost bins in their yards. Space will be limited. Registration is required. 

 

The Green Spaces Action Team will present a free tour of Baraboo area properties that reduce dependence on lawns and demonstrate the beauty, utility, and practicality of sustainable landscape design. Baraboo Landscape Designer Marcy Huffaker and Sauk County Land Resources and Environment Soil Conservation Technician Serge Koenig will discuss sustainable design techniques that homeowners and landowners can use, and the reasons the landscapes in these locations were converted from typical grass lawns to more sustainable plantings of native plants. Marcy and Serge will also discuss factors people should consider when converting lawns to sustainable or productive space, including plant choices and maintenance. Attendees will travel to the model properties where the techniques have been implemented. Space will be limited. Registration is required.  

 

Past Events

Residential Energy Audits 
March 22, 2022 via Zoom

Torrance Kramer of Accurate-Airtight Exteriors discusses factors homeowners should consider when choosing an Energy Audit practitioner, and typical areas of a home's construction where energy is lost. This program was sponsored by Powered Up Baraboo and recorded via Zoom on March 22, 2022.

On February 26, 2022, Serge Koenig, Sauk County Land Resources and Environment Conservation Technician, and Roman Miller, Baraboo area farmer and practitioner of Management-Intensive Grazing, presented a program "Why Farmers Matter". In their presentation, Koenig and Miller described how switching from conventional farming to Management-Intensive Grazing can benefit the grazing ruminants who eat nutrient-rich forage; the wildlife returning to the pastures; the soil which 

becomes richer, denser, full of life, and remains in place instead of eroding; the nearby waterways which become cleaner and life-sustaining because they are not inundated with runoff from the fields; the atmosphere from which carbon is being sequestered into the healthy soil; the farmer who spends less time tilling and harvesting in the fields or worrying about profits and losses; and the consumer who can purchase safe, healthful food products at a fair price while helping to support local farmers.

Why Trees Matter
September 30, 2021

On September 30, 2021, Mike Hardy, Director of the City of Baraboo Parks, Recreation, & Forestry Department, told what makes the trees on City property so important in helping to mitigate the effects of climate change, and how the City manages its urban forest. This presentation was co-sponsored by the Dept. of Parks, Recreation, & Forestry, the Carnegie-Schadde Memorial Public Library, and Powered Up Baraboo.

Jump Up Your Energy Savings
February 4, 2020

New info from local resources to boost your monthly energy savings. Find out what all 4 ACTION TEAMS are up to!

Celebration of Powered Up Baraboo
December 3, 2019

A celebration of the successful establishment of Powered Up Baraboo and the formation of new Climate Action Teams! Baraboo area residents kicked off a new phase of renewable energy and environmentally sustainable practices in the Baraboo area. This meeting was the follow up to the “Baraboo 2030: Creating a Roadmap for our Carbon Neutral Future” programs held at the library this fall. This program was co-sponsored by the Baraboo Public Library and Powered Up Baraboo and was free and open to the public.

Baraboo 2030 is a program and action project series to help the Baraboo area take steps to go carbon neutral by 2030. To give us insight into how communities in Wisconsin are taking action at a local level, we invited visionary leaders from Madison and Eau Claire to tell about their local journeys toward carbon-neutrality. Michael Vickerman, Policy Director at RENEW Wisconsin, tells about current options in Wisconsin for generating and investing in renewable energy that are available to municipalities. More information is available at 

 www.renewwisconsin.org. Stacie Reece, City of Madison's first Sustainability Coordinator, describes the evolution of Madison's sustainability policies and the current status of municipal projects designed to decrease energy use and encourage generation and use of renewable energy. See cityofmadison.com/Sustainability/ for more information. Kate Beaton, Eau Claire City Council member, tells about her community's inclusive approach to tackling energy use and generation, which goes beyond the municipal level to include area businesses and residences. Find out more about Eau Claire's sustainability initiatives at eauclairewi.gov/government/our-divisions/sustainability.