Defining Green: Wisconsin

Hey all, I think it is finally time to head east again! Wisconsin is primarily known as the Badger State, which is a little different than the typical nicknames we’ve been exposed to, so undoubtedly there is a story to be told.

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Essentially, miners in Wisconsin were searching for minerals such as lead and coal during the winter. Their enduring efforts led them to dig for days upon days and even sleep in the caves that they constructed. This idea that they dug and then sheltered themselves in the caves, metaphorically signals that those individuals led a lifestyle synonymous to a badger. Outside of the nickname, Wisconsin has quite a few environmental friendly attractions that I’d definitely suggest for you to go visit! First, the Cave of Mounds is a breathtaking landscape that was accidentally discovered. Personally, I believe the accidents and mistakes we find in life turn out to be the most beautiful. In regard to the landscape itself, miners originally were searching for limestone and set dynamite up to blast the side of the mountain. After the blast occurred, an underground cavern was discovered, which turned out to the one of the most beautiful and intricate cave systems in Wisconsin.7eb4f85108fc31e0f11c1e4a42128c88.jpg

The second place that I would suggest is the Olbrich Botanical Gardens. The Botanical Garden is located in the capital of Wisconsin, Madison. Furthermore, they have an intricate sustainability project in place that is evident through their flourishing masterpiece. Not only is it a beautiful place to visit, the employees take pride in their work, which is definitely apparent through the aesthetics present in the park. For example, instead of using pesticides, individuals handpick insects off of the plants. Furthermore, they use compost or leaf mulch to maintain a healthy, nurturing soil.

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Now for the usual statistics! Again derived from CNN!

  • Air Quality: 48
  • Mass Transit: 16
  • Gas: 14
  • Renewables: 16
  • Carbon Dioxide Emissions: 32
  • Recycling: 15
  • Water Quality: 32

Overall, this places Wisconsin at 11th, which is incredible! Their sustainable efforts throughout the entire state allow for them to rank highly among their competitors!

Definitions via CNN:

Mass Transit: “Residents per method of mass transit”

Renewable Energy: “Renewable Energy in billions of BTUs”

Recycling: “Percentage of waste recycled”

Water Quality: “Percentage of surface waters with impaired or threatened uses”

Air Quality: “Pounds of carcinogens released to air”

Gasoline Consumption: “Per capita gasoline use in gallons” (Note: Lower number means less gasoline used, higher number means more gas consumed)

Carbon Dioxide Emissions: “Annual Carbon Dioxide Emissions in metric tons” (Note: Lower number means less carbon dioxide emissions, higher number means more carbon dioxide emissions)

References:

http://www.caveofthemounds.com/about/history

How green is your state?

http://www.examiner.com/slideshow/cave-of-the-mounds-southwest-wisconsin

http://www.olbrich.org/visit/sustainability.cfm

http://favim.com/image/38387/

Stay Environmentally Friendly,

Jacob

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