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Nicolet College - Sustainable Living Fair Sept. 25 at Nicolet


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Posted Thursday. Sept. 16, 2010

Information on how to lead a more environmentally-conscious lifestyle will be the focus of the upcoming Sustainable Living Fair at Nicolet College. The fair will run from 8:45 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 25, with a special Bird Walk at 8 a.m. with Laura Erickson, creator of the popular For the Birds radio program. The walk will start at the college’s upper parking lot near the Learning Resources Center.

All events will be free and open to the public.

The fair will include feature presentations by Betsy Rosenberg, an award-winning national reporter who specializes in green and sustainable issues, and Laura Erickson, creator of the popular For the Birds radio program.

Rosenberg will present How to Green Your Routine and Why It Matters at noon in the Nicolet Theatre. During the presentation she’ll give examples of ecosystem decline and also explain ways people can “put on the green glasses” and develop a lighter eco-footprint in their home, work and community environments.

Rosenberg has been a CBS radio journalist and news anchor; presented Eco Talk, the nation’s first syndicated environmental show on Air American Radio and currently presents On the Green Front on the Progressive Radio Network. She has been a regular guest on CNN Headline News and Fox’s Hannity and Colmes. She has received more than a dozen awards for her news and environmental reporting.

Laura Erickson, who will speak at 2 p.m. in the Nicolet Theatre, recently visited the Gulf of Mexico to see and document the effect the BP oil spill has had on birdlife in the region. During her presentation she’ll share photos and video of what she saw and talk about how our use of fuel harms birds. She’ll also discuss both the positive potential for wind power and the associated problems for birds and bats.

At 8 a.m. Erickson will also lead a bird walk, starting at the upper parking lot near the Northwoods Center.

Erickson is author of four books, winner of the National Outdoor Book Award and several conservation, research, and writing awards, and contributing writer for the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. She's been producing her radio program, For the Birds, since 1986.

The day will also include numerous other presentations that focus on the themes of energy conservation and management, healthy food and diets, ethical land use practices and policies, and ways to reduce your carbon footprint.

These workshops and when they start are, at 9 a.m., The Energy Efficient Home and an Introduction to Solar Water Heating, Uninvited Guests at Your Table: The Toxins in Your Food, Protective Zoning Ordinances: The Story of Two Counties.

Presentations starting at 10 a.m. include Mark Yeager, Solar Electricity Costs & Focus on Energy; How to be a Better Steward of Your Yard and Garden and Sustainable Gardening: Growing Your Own Food in the Northwoods.

Presentations starting at 11 a.m. include The Energy Efficient Home; Simple Steps Toward a More Sustainable Kitchen; Land Protection for the Long Term.

Presentations starting at 1 p.m. include Life Without the Honeybee; Practices of a Healthy Lake: The Lake Julia Stewardship Project; and Out and About: What’s Good for the Green Traveler is Good for Business.

Lac du Flambeau tribal elder Joe Chosa will lead an Ojibwe Opening Ceremony at 8:45 a.m.

Those attending will also have the opportunity to view 20 different exhibits, all with a sustainability theme, eat healthy food from vendors, and enjoy music performed by the Wind Eagle Singers drum group as well as R&B and classic rock performed by Hip Pocket.

For more information, click on the Sustainable Living Fair link on the Nicolet College website at

Nicolet College is located one mile south of Rhinelander just off of Hwy. G.


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