Growing Greener Generations in Waukesha County
The Waukesha County Green Team is a 501(c)3 nonprofit, a grassroots organization empowering Waukesha County residents to take care of the environment in which we live and raise our families—the quality of our water, our food, the air we breathe, and the phenomenal natural resources. We believe that Waukesha County, Wisconsin will continue to be a great place to live for years into the future if we become fully sustainable. This means creating and maintaining conditions in which people and nature can exist in productive harmony to support present and future generations.
Your donation will help expand our reach as we provide educational resources, especially hands-on experiential learning in classrooms, bring awareness of ecologically responsible alternatives, and forge new habits that are becoming mainstream.
Reaching our goal of $2,500 will fund 100 hours of environmental education and activities through the following three programs:
Expanding elementary education programming
One Simple Act Cards and Displays
Tier 1: Plant Seeds of Sustainability
Expanding Elementary Education Programming
Young people are our future. Establishing respect for the environment in our children is a proven way to bring change into families and the wider community across Waukesha County!
Your donation will help us bring these programs into more classrooms:
Trash Talking, a recycling/waste program teaches children about Zero Waste practices and the plight of the animals who inhabit our plastic filled planet.
Renewable Energy, a fun and interactive program highlighting renewable energy options, specifically solar and wind.
Sprouting Together, a classroom curriculum for elementary age children promoting healthy food, organic gardening, and communal food sharing. Sprouting Together, INC is a non-profit business with a curriculum designed by two Wisconsin-certified educators with over 50 years of public school teaching experience between them. https://sproutingtogether.org/
Alternative Lawncare and the Impact of Our Addiction to Pesticides
What’s in YOUR water? Displays the relationship between chemical applications on our lawns and the impact on our drinking water and human health, especially neuro-toxicity to children. Provides UW-Extension handouts for Alternative and Organic lawn care. Requires a 4’-6’ table.
Conserving Energy and Money with Simple Bulb Replacement
What kind of lightbulbs do you use? A fun, interactive display demonstrates, with a pull of a chain, the visual and monetary differences between incandescent, CFL and LED bulbs. An additional case for energy conservation is made by visually explaining the impact of our coal based energy source. Requires a 4’-6’ table and electrical outlet.
The Environmental and Economic Impacts of Buying Local Food
Why buy local? This display highlights the differences between local and imported food including the hidden cost of fossil fuel in transportation, quality, freshness, health and local economic impact. Did you know fresh, free range eggs have less cholesterol? Requires a 6’ table.
Recycling and Waste
Do you know what to do with your waste? Learn what can and cannot be recycled, how to dispose of hazardous waste, electronics, pharmaceuticals, CFLs and more. Can be tailored for your specific area in Waukesha County. Requires a 6’-8’ table.
Pesticides in Our Food: Making the Case for Buying Organic
Have you heard of the “Dirty Dozen”? An interactive game reveals which produce we buy and consume typically contains the most pesticide and the least. Displays how pesticides are absorbed by plants, their impact on bees and the importance of pollinators in growing food. Requires a 6’-8’ table.
Take the Water Footprint Challenge
Do you know how much water it takes to make a burger? Take the water footprint challenge and discover interesting facts about our hidden water use. Knowledge = Informed Choice. Requires a 4’-6’ table.
Reducing Our Use of Plastic Bags
Is Your Life Too Plastic? The Bag Man brings attention to our over use of plastic bags by demonstrating how many bags the average consumer uses in one year, the downside of plastic bags on our environment and the upside of bringing re-usable bags when shopping.