KAGEN CELEBRATES EARTH DAY WITH AN INITIATIVE TO REDUCE OUR DEPENDENCE ON FOSSIL FUELS
|Earth Day is April 22
April 21, 2009
|Green Bay, WI — Congressman Steve Kagen, M.D. is leading us toward an energy independent future and away from or reliance on fossil fuels. To celebrate Earth Day, Kagen joined Director of Wisconsin Environment Dan Kohler, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Chancellor David Ward, Foth Company CEO, and New North, Inc. board member Tim Weyenberg, along with members of the Wisconsin Environment Research & Policy Center, to kick off Vision 2010, a federal initiative to create and sustain non-fossil energy sources.
“Wisconsin has always been a leader in protecting and conserving our environment. In keeping with that honored tradition, we must guarantee that our children inherit a healthy environment and a healthy economy,” Kagen said. “I applaud the ongoing efforts of Wisconsin Environment, the Foth Company, and the University of Wisconsin–Green Bay which will secure green innovations and a bright future for all of us.”
Kagen’s appearance also marked the launch the Vision 2010, Wisconsin Environment’s report on the federal budget, clean energy and the environment, as well as the University’s Earth Day celebration, which includes a range of activities, highlighted by the symposium Green Innovations 2009: Connecting Natural Capital to Economic Competitiveness,
The report highlights specific clean energy businesses in Wisconsin that could benefit from the $150 billion investment in renewable energy contained in President Obama’s budget. The report projects that Wisconsin will receive $11.95 billion over 10 years to support clean energy and create green jobs.
The University event will bring business, academic and community members together for a symposium focusing on the intersection between businesses and the environment, and to christen the Environmental Management and Business Institute, which will connect science, policy and business to focus on issues facing the region’s communities and businesses.
Foth is a personalized consulting firm in the areas of infrastructure, environmental engineering and science, production solutions engineering and manufacturing. Wisconsin Environment is a statewide, citizen-based environmental advocacy organization that combines independent research, practical ideas and tough-minded advocacy for Wisconsin’s environment. New North is a consortium dedicated to economic development in Northeast Wisconsin.