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Past Events

Solar Energy for Your Home, Business, or Farm

2024-6-12

On June 12, 2024 Powered Up Baraboo hosted a virtual presentation, Solar Energy for Your Home, Business, and Farm. Panel participants who have had solar arrays installed on their homes, business, and farm were on hand to discuss what led them to seek out solar installations, how they chose their installer, how they financed the project, and how their solar installation has affected their power bills. Virtual attendees also heard from the installers who made these solar wishes a reality, including how the process begins for the customer, what services the installer can provide, challenges a project might encounter, and potential financing assistance for which customers might qualify. See video at the Powered Up Baraboo YouTube Channel: https://youtu.be/52r_uFcdXzA

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Solar Energy for Your Home, Business, or Farm

Through the Looking Glass: Studying and Reducing Bird-Window Collisions

2024-5-14

Every year, a billion birds die needlessly in North America by smashing into windows of homes, businesses, and government buildings. The good news is, there are things we can all do to help!

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Through the Looking Glass:  Studying and Reducing Bird-Window Collisions

Bird Banding in the Baraboo Arboretum

2024-5-11

See how wildlife ecologists band migrating birds, and learn what information they gather about these birds. Video now available.

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Bird Banding in the Baraboo Arboretum

Play Your Way Through Baraboo

2024-3-20

Play your way through Baraboo! This interactive experience highlighted how kids, age 1 to 11, can learn more about green energy and conservation at the various places where they live and play.

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Play Your Way Through Baraboo

Energy IMPROVED Home Tour

2023-9-16

Improve your home. Save money. Do the right thing for the climate.

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Energy IMPROVED Home Tour

Native Plant Fundraiser

2023-5-20

Just in time for gardening season, Powered Up Baraboo will host a sale of native plants to help you establish eco-friendly planting areas in your yards.

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Native Plant Fundraiser

Low Mow May

Throughout May 2023

Reduce emissions and help feed the bees during May in Baraboo by observing Low Mow May!

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Low Mow May

Imagine Baraboo

2023-4-29

What in the 'Boo can WE do to help create Baraboo's clean energy future?

Imagine Baraboo was a program designed to help educate people of all ages about renewable and clean energy efforts and opportunities, while encouraging participants to imagine the bright Baraboo of the future. We held story times, worked collaboratively to create a large-scale diorama of our ideal Baraboo, gave away books about renewable energy and conserving resources.

This program was co-sponsored by Carnegie-Schadde Memorial Public Library, Powered Up Baraboo, and the City of Baraboo Parks, Recreation, and Forestry Department, and supported in part by the generosity of the Rooted in Conservation Fund of the Community Foundation of South Central Wisconsin.

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Imagine Baraboo

Ask an Arborist: Tree Planting

2023-3-30

Alison Holets of Canopy Climbers LLC took us through the steps of planting a tree, including considerations such as the types of trees to plant, location, soil type, and more. Tree seedlings, donated by the Chief River Nursery Company, were given away to attendees. The presentation took place on March 30 in Baraboo, WI. The program was co-sponsored by the Carnegie-Schadde Memorial Public Library, Powered Up Baraboo, the Chief River Nursery Company, and the Baraboo Parks, Recreation, and Forestry Department.

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Ask an Arborist: Tree Planting

Let's Get Composting!

2022-10-15

On October 15, certified Master Composter Rick Eilertson presented a free program about the basics of starting, maintaining, and making use of composting in your backyard. Rick discussed best practices for composting, the benefits of static vs. dynamic composting systems, and DIY compost system options. This program was co-sponsored by Powered Up Baraboo and the Sauk County Land Resources and Environment Department.

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Let's Get Composting!

Time for Solar?

2022-10-05

Powered Up Baraboo sponsored a free information session featuring the latest information about installing solar at your business or organization, including updates on new federal incentives. Speakers Mark Hanson, Director of Sustainable Services for Hoffman Planning, Design, and Construction, and Niels Wolter, owner of Madison Solar Consulting, drew upon their 50 years of experience in energy-related projects to present this program.

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Time for Solar?

Want to Do S’more for the Climate?

2022-09-30

Powered Up Baraboo supporters and interested community members were invited to the Greg Wise Pavilion at the Maxwell Potter Conservancy in Baraboo for an evening of celebrating PUB’s recent accomplishments, networking, and brainstorming ideas for PUB’s next actions to promote the use of renewable energy, energy conservation, and sustainable practices in our area. We recognized two Climate Champions for Baraboo: City Parks, Recreation, and Forestry Director Mike Hardy for his climate-conscious accomplishments in his department; and Baraboo School District Board Vice President Mike Kohlman for his efforts to get solar electric panels installed on both the Jack Young Middle School and the Baraboo High School. S'mores over a campfire and other treats made the event even sweeter.

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Want to Do S’more for the Climate?

Rain Barrel Basics

2022-09-10

On September 10, the public was invited to a free presentation about the benefits of using rain barrels. Attendees could register for a chance to win one of eight rain barrels to be given away during the program. Baraboo resident Rick Eilertson, a stormwater engineer, discussed the reasons for using rain barrels, how to set up and use a rain barrel in your yard, and how to maintain and winterize rain barrels. Eilertson has been involved with planning, designing, inspecting, and maintaining stormwater facilities throughout Wisconsin and other portions of the United States for the past 25 years. These facilities have varied in size from 10-acre stormwater treatment systems to the rainwater harvesting and infiltration system on his 0.2 acre residential property in Baraboo. This program was co-sponsored by Powered Up Baraboo, Carnegie-Schadde Memorial Public Library, Sauk County Land Resources and Environment Department, and the Rooted in Conservation Fund of the Community Foundation of South Central Wisconsin.

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Rain Barrel Basics

LED Lightbulb Exchange

2022-08-20

On August 20, the Home and Business Action Team hosted a free LED lightbulb exchange at the Powered Up Baraboo booth during the Baraboo Farmer's Market. Powered Up Baraboo, along with a generous PUB volunteer, purchased LED bulbs to give away for this event in exchange for incandescent light bulbs.

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LED Lightbulb Exchange

"Why Yards Matter" Garden Tour

2022-06-11

The Green Spaces Action Team presented 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 discussed 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 also discussed factors people should consider when converting lawns to sustainable or productive space, including plant choices and maintenance. Attendees traveled to the model properties where the techniques have been implemented.

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"Why Yards Matter" Garden Tour

Residential Energy Audits

2022-03-22

Torrance Kramer of Accurate-Airtight Exteriors discussed 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.

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Residential Energy Audits

Why Farmers Matter to Folks in Baraboo

2022-02-26

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.

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Why Farmers Matter to Folks in Baraboo

Why Trees Matter

2021-09-30

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.

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Why Trees Matter

Jump Up Your Energy Savings

2020-02-04

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

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Jump Up Your Energy Savings

Celebration of Powered Up Baraboo

2019-12-03

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.

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Celebration of Powered Up Baraboo
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