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:
Address inequalities, hunger, racism, unequal pay, marginalized neighborhoods.
CREE, Johnson Diversey, Krantz, Pacific Sand, Gateway, Workforce Development, RAMAC, UWP
HOPES Center, Racine Transit Task Force.
Root/Pike WIN, River Bend, Root River Council, Sierra Club, EJC.
Caledonia Conservancy, River Bend, Hoy Audubon, SEED, City agencies, Arbor City, Bird City, Land Trust.
Waste, reuse, recycling, composting
City waste station, Toxic Waste days, Nicole Zach, recycling program, Legacy Recycling,
Eat Right Racine, Community Supported Agriculture, Wild Root Market, SEED, RUGN, EJC, Sherry Liu, Dr. Fullen.
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)