Profile for Greening Racine

Greening Racine

Profile of Issues to be Addressed


Racine Green Congregations

The goal is to gain a vision of a green Racine in 2025 and then work back (backwash) to see what steps need to be taken to achieve the vision and who are the participants who make it happen. What follows here is a list of areas to be addressed, some initial ideas about specifics, and an identification of some of the stakeholders. Many of the items have already been addressed.


Past efforts: Sustainable Racine, Transitions, Green Racine, Green Cleaning Products Commitment, Sustainable Business Network.


For city government, county government, schools, hospitals, corporation and industries, businesses, non-profits, offices, community organizations, houses of worship, apartment, residences, vital neighborhoods.


Sustainability: Each action and decision should promote sustainability in five areas:

  • Environment: to protect our local life and Earth. Climate change and other eco-threats

  • Economic: to build the economy, especially for the unemployed and underpaid

  • Community building: to learn to work together for the common good

  • Education: to understand what is at stake in the environmental crises

  • Quality of life: to enhance the human spirit in relation with the rest of nature

Address inequalities, hunger, racism, unequal pay, marginalized neighborhoods.



  • Energy efficiency in all government buildings

  • Alternative energy where feasible

  • Supplying alternative (wind) energy for the city

  • City lighting: LEDs or solar for street lights

  • Corporations/ businesses: discount for businesses combining to purchase from CREE

  • Expand stimulus weatherization/ energy efficiency program for low income


Green Economy

  • Green Industries

  • Green Jobs in many industries

  • Entrepreneurs

  • Green training: Gateway, Workforce Development, RAMAC, UWP

  • Buy local green products to increase jobs and services

  • Attract new green industries in city committed to sustainability

CREE, Johnson Diversey, Krantz, Pacific Sand, Gateway, Workforce Development, RAMAC, UWP



  • City buses and cars on natural gas or hybrids

  • Bus service

  • Promote bicycling

  • Businesses provide incentives for green transportation: priority parking for carpooling, bus passes, and bicycling incentives.

HOPES Center, Racine Transit Task Force.



  • See Charting New Waters Johnson Foundation Report, 2014

  • Watershed clean-up and protection for rivers and wetlands

  • Prohibition of toxic garden and lawn products

  • Rain barrels and rain gardens. Prairies.

  • Storm water runoff

  • Lake Michigan from dumping

  • Conserve fresh water resources.

Root/Pike WIN, River Bend, Root River Council, Sierra Club, EJC.


Land Use

  • Parks

  • Shore line, beaches

  • Expand land in trust

  • Empty lots

  • Foreclosed properties

  • Land use of property of corporations, businesses, churches, etc.

  • Planting native species. Plant trees and protect animal life

Caledonia Conservancy, River Bend, Hoy Audubon, SEED, City agencies, Arbor City, Bird City, Land Trust.


Waste, reuse, recycling, composting

  • Green Cleaning Products (county-wide commitment 2009)

  • Ban single-use plastic bags (California has done this)

  • Turn waste into energy. Methane.

  • City wide recycling with local recycling industries

  • Waste site and toxic waste opportunities

  • City wide composting for lawn waste and food waste

  • Air quality by monitoring factory emissions

City waste station, Toxic Waste days, Nicole Zach, recycling program, Legacy Recycling,



  • Eating local: Community Supported Agriculture

  • Urban gardens

  • Food banks. Community meals

  • Natural foods source

  • Aqua-ponic food

Eat Right Racine, Community Supported Agriculture, Wild Root Market, SEED, RUGN, EJC, Sherry Liu, Dr. Fullen.



  • Government and industries divest investments from fossil fuel industries and reinvest in companies whose products and services promote planetary sustainability

  • Work toward financing a city sustainability manager


Resources: The Natural Step, Eco-Municipalities organization, Bio-mimicry Guild, US Sustainability Network, other cities (Milwaukee, Madison, Evanston, Cleveland). Speakers and consultants.


Addendum regarding a ban on plastic bags: Show screenings of Bag It around the community, Create a webpage or Facebook page dedicated to "Plastic-Free Racine", on the webpage, we could have a list of ways people can reduce plastic, along with an ideas box where people can submit their own ideas, Someone would review the ideas and if approved, they would be added to the list, Host beach clean ups, "Say no to plastic straws" campaign, Education sessions for the public about reducing plastic use, Fundraise to buy reusable bags to give away, have people make bags to give away, (from Nicole Zach)