Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Be ReSpectacle - Donate Old Glasses At Colectivo

No, that's not a typo, we did mean to say re-spectacle as in recycle your spectacles or eyeglasses. During the month of May all Colectivo Coffee cafes are accepting donations of used eyeglasses. They will then take the glasses – uncluding reading, distance vision glasses, and even cases and provide them  to homeless individuals along with free eye screenings to match them up with the correct prescription.

This project is run by medical students at the Medical College of Wisconsin through the Homeless Outreach and Medical Education (HOME) Project and Urban and Community Health Scholarly Pathway.

We love recycling, but especially when the practice adds in an extra charitable aspect like giving the items to those in need. Other similar practices include reusing your slightly used suits for jobless (such as returning veterans) to use on interviews or even donating a vehicle to various organizations for them to fundraise with.

This one is easy and a no-brainer. If you are like me you are keeping an old pair around 'just-in-case', but have you ever had to go to the back-up pair? Probably not, so just walk on over to you closest Colectivo and drop them off so someone else can use them.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Earth Day & Environmentalism: It's A Wisconsin Idea, Lets Keep It That Way

Wisconsin Senator Gaylor Nelson
created Earth Day back in 1970
On Earth Day - every April 22 - is a day for activism and awareness on environmental issues celebrated worldwide, celebration being the keyword where we observe and honor the earth and the environment in festive ways compared to regular activities that can often be seen as a more serious or even adversarial by the movement.

When we think of the environmental movement and states that are at the forefront we may think of California, Colorado, or even Oregon. But did you know that Earth Day was started by a Wisconsinite: Wisconsin then-Senator and former state Governor Gaylord Nelson? Through the work of Nelson and others, Wisconsin actually has a strong presence in environmentalism and being a leader in the celebration and protection of our world. We usually stay away from politics at Greater Milwaukee Men, honoring all men of all walks of life that are doing great thing, but on this and each Earth Day, we would do well to remember that this now global event had its roots with a son of our state, and the movement in general has been led by other sons of Wisconsin, and speak out against current legislation that seeks to curtail conservation efforts and education in the state.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Repair - The Fourth R Of Environmentalism?

In efforts to reduce our impact on the environment, by using less to make things and discarding less things, we have all become accustomed to the phrase "reduce, reuse, recycle" which is sometimes referred to as the three Rs (much like the old "reading, 'rtitng, 'rithmetic of education). It just hit me though that there is another R missing - one for Repair.

I guess semantically repairing could be considered part of Reusing, but to me Repair is a more personal, immediate, and active process than reusing which typically means that someone else is doing the using now instead of you. Reusing usually implies passing the item on so someone else can and will use it versus you re-using it, or using it for a different purpose - what is often called 'upcycling' these days. It could also have been left out of the program because whoever developed it thought it was a common practice, or inherently understood.

But let's take a look at what makes Repair it's own piece of the puzzle an why it should be promoted as much as the other three Rs.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

RadioMilwaukee Hosts Transportation Circus On Alternatives To Cars

Local non-profit radio station 88.9 RadioMilwaukee goes beyond being a radio station to being an organization by and for the community. Through their Community Stories, they promote other Milwaukee organizations and ways to make the city better. Tonight, they apply their mission to an event made to help people learn about the many forms of transportation available in Milwaukee beyond cars with their fun and informative Transportation Circus from 5:30PM to 7:30PM. 

This free and open-to-the-public event is a celebration of Milwaukee, the public and alternative transportation options we have, and the places to enjoy it. 

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

MKE Bike Advocate Keith Holt Wins National Award

Naomi Doerner from the
Alliance for Biking and Walking
presents Keith with the award for
National Advocate of the Year.
If you have been to any recent bicycling events in Milwaukee, you have probably seen Keith Holt there. As one of the city's greatest advocates for bicycling in all its forms he is out and about and is hard to miss. But at one important event, Keith was not to be seen, and his presence was missed, though not unappreciated. Though he didn't even know he was nominated, and thus missed the event, Keith, the Wisconsin Bike Fed’s Southeast Region Director, beat out 13 competitors to win the Alliance for Biking & Walking's Advocate of the Year award at a ceremony in DC during the 2015 National Bike Summit.

“The staff at the Wisconsin Bike Fed could not be more proud of Keith Holt and the decade of leadership he has provided working to improve bicycling equity”  according to Dave Schlabowske, Bike Fed Deputy Director in Milwaukee.