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March 31st, 2021
The Future is Now: Creating a 21st Century Energy Policy in Wisconsin
Join Wisconsin’s Green Fire for a 90-minute panel discussion on opportunities for Wisconsin to chart a path towards an energy system that is cleaner, more reliable, more equitable, and increasingly decentralized. WGF welcomes energy experts from RENEW Wisconsin and the Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA) to discuss the future of clean, renewable energy in Wisconsin and policy opportunities that exist to enact change. Learn how energy consumers can benefit from new policies and investments, how third-party financing can help propel local renewable energy generation, and get a glimpse of Wisconsin’s new State Energy Plan.
Bring your questions for a lively Q&A session with our panelists:
- Heather Allen, Executive Director, RENEW Wisconsin
- Nick Hylla, Executive Director, Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA)
- Keith Reopelle, Clean Energy Consultant and Member of Wisconsin’s Green Fire
When: Wednesday, March 31st, from 11:00 am-12:30 pm
On March 3rd, 2021, Wisconsin’s Green Fire released the report: Opportunities Now 2021-2023: The Future is Now – Creating a 21st Century Energy Policy.
Feburary 25th, 2021
PFAS: Past, Present, and Future – Forever Chemicals in Wisconsin
For additional reading and information on PFAS in Wisconsin, please check out:
Panelists: John Robinson, Wisconsin’s Green Fire
Darsi Foss and Mimi Johnson, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Carly Michiels, Clean Wisconsin
When: Thursday, February 25th, from 11:00am-12:30pm
Feburary 10th, 2021
Conservation Policy in the Biden Administration
President Joe Biden and his team are moving quickly to implement an historic conservation agenda with a strong focus on climate change, environmental justice, and land conservation. Collin O'Mara, President and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation, will join us for this special program to outline the Biden/Harris administration's agenda, with a particular focus on what it means for Wisconsin and our region. Wisconsin conservationist Kathleen Falk will moderate our 90-minute conversation and field questions from participants.
In his role with National Wildlife Federation, Mr. O'Mara leads a coalition of conservation organizations engaged with the Biden/Harris transition and the new administration. He'll speak about the agenda for climate, land and water conservation, environmental justice, and the outlook for environmental programs in the new administration.
Collin O’Mara serves as President and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation, America’s largest wildlife conservation organization with 53 state and territorial affiliates and nearly six million hunters, anglers, birders, gardeners, hikers, paddlers, and wildlife enthusiasts.
This program is co-hosted by Wisconsin's Green Fire and the Wisconsin Wildlife Federation, an NWF Affiliate. Audience size will be limited, and registration will close prior to the event, so be sure to register in advance.
August 26, 2020
Opportunities for Collaboration: A Shared Vision for Wolves in Wisconsin
The Western Great Lakes states could soon see the federal de-listing of gray wolves which have made a historic comeback in Wisconsin since they were eradicated in the mid-1900s. Current state legislation mandates a wolf hunt when the species is not listed under the Endangered Species Act and limits DNR, Tribes and the public from having input on when, where, how and if such harvests should occur. The most recently approved state wolf management plan from 1999 needs to be updated to include the latest ecological and social science in wolf conservation.
This program featured a trio of expert panelists envisioning a future for wolves in Wisconsin. We covered the history of wolves and wolf management in Wisconsin, why an inclusive and transparent process is essential to effective wolf management, what public perceptions of wolves can tell us about coexistence, and how our neighbor, Minnesota, is managing its resident wolf population.
May 21, 2020
WGF Policy Forum: The Future Is Now! Moving Wisconsin into a 21st Century Energy System
Join us to learn how Wisconsin can modernize our energy system and re-imagine our energy future. New technologies are creating benefits for large and small scale energy users alike. Modernizing Wisconsin’s electrical grid will reduce energy waste, increase energy efficiency, and reduce our vulnerability to energy disruptions.
Wisconsin's Green Fire members Gary Radloff and Kerry Beheler will interview a panel of energy experts who will discuss the business case for renewable energy, the creation and benefits of local Energy Districts, and the politics of energy in Wisconsin. We'll showcase examples of successful policy in neighboring states.
Learn how you, as an energy consumer, can get involved and help shift Wisconsin energy into the 21st Century.
April 30th, 2020
WGF Virtual Field Trip - Our Living Ancestors: The History and Ecology of Old Growth Forests in Wisconsin, with John Bates
April 23rd, 2020
WGF Policy Forum - Coming Down the Pipe: Oil Pipeline Regulations in Wisconsin
April 16th, 2020
WGF Virtual Field Trip - Voyage to the Bottom of the World: Penguins, Whales, and Ice
April 9th, 2020
WGF Policy Forum - Science, Conservation, and the Coronavirus
Past Events: 2020 Virtual Annual Meeting Mutiple dates in September
There is no charge for these programs, but we ask you to consider a special donation to help cover costs of bringing these programs to you.
2020 Annual Meeting
Age, Race, Politics, and Conservation Addressing the Elephants in the Room
Webinars September 9, 16, 23, 25, 26
As much as we enjoy getting together for our fall annual meeting, this year we are following a virtual format to keep everyone safe. Our annual meeting events are available to everyone. Join us for a bang up series of webinars by Zoom throughout September, exploring pressing issues for the conservation community and opportunities for Wisconsin’s Green Fire. On three Wednesday evenings (Sept 9, 16, 23) we will explore issues of race, equity, the concerns and interests of students, and hear from political leaders on what we can expect in 2021 and beyond. Spend a fascinating evening with our annual meeting keynote speaker, former U.S. Senator Russ Feingold, on Friday Sept. 25. Then join us for our virtual annual meeting on Saturday morning, Sept. 26 to hear the latest on WGF work and contribute your insights and ideas in our virtual break out groups.
Past Events: 2019 Annual Meeting October 4th & 5th
Working Together, Working Better, Wisconsin’s Green Fire 2019 Annual Meeting will be held on October 4th and 5th at the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point outdoor center and conservation camp at TreeHaven near Tomahawk.
Our Annual Meeting will bring together many of Wisconsin’s most regarded conservation and environmental experts along with agency staff and inspired citizens. Join us for learning, great ideas, and visiting old friends and making new ones.
Check out the latest on the program. At the Saturday business meeting, we will elect several new directors to the board of directors. Download a pdf of the board nominees. The board is bringing changes to the bylaws for review and approval by the members. See a summary of changes and download a pdf of the proposed amended bylaws.