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Commission for a Greener Tomorrow

by on January 9th, 2008

I went last night [on Monday] and sat in on the steering team meeting for the Commission for a Greener Tomorrow. This is a citizen led group that is focused on promoting sustainable living in central Wisconsin.

Last night was essentially an organizational meeting as the people gathered there to discuss how the group should be structured. As it stands there are nine committees (I’m now on the recycling and waste management committee). Each committee is focused on a different aspect of sustainability (water, transportation, education, etc.). Each committee will come up with it’s own goals and it seems that they will almost be a semi-autonomous group. When actions are to be taken then the entire group will come together to get things accomplished. At least that’s how it looks like it’s going to work to me (I was the new kid on the block and the group is really just getting started).

There was a lot of discussion at the meeting last night about the desire for this to be a regional organization not a Wausau organization. While mayor Tipple has bought into the vision of the group and has pledged Wausau’s help, the end goal is for each of the 6 municipalities in the metro area to have a representative on the steering committee. So if you live outside of Wausau’s borders I would encourage you to let your elected representative know that you want your city/village/town to support the commission.

I’m excited about the potential for this group to make a lasting and important contribution to the quality of life in central Wisconsin. Sustainability is about so many things, social, economic and environmental and living in such a way that we do not abuse the resources at our disposal ultimately makes life better for everyone.

Keep an eye on this group, and if you are interested in sustainable living (everyone really should be) then you might want to get involved. I found out last night that the commission is really an open group. You are definitely welcome to participate.

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