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Why Sustainable Development in a Disposable World?

Utilizing The Natural Step as a foundation, Sustain Jefferson assists companies, non-profit organizations, individuals and municipalities in and around Jefferson County, Wisconsin, with their transition to an ecologically, socially and economically sustainable future. The Natural Step is based on sound science, systems thinking and practical business decision-making.

Sustainable development is defined as balancing the fulfillment of human needs with the protection of the natural environment so that these needs can be met not only in the present, but in the indefinite future. The Brundtland Commission coined what has become the most-often-quoted definition of sustainable development as that which "meets the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs." - Wikipedia

Sustain Jefferson seeks to build on this philosophy by educating and reaching out to constituents in Jefferson County, the state of Wisconsin, and throughout the world. Today, with the power of the Internet, methods of sustainable development can reach a wide audience, and impact communities in dire need of restoration.

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Frank Koehn speaks on the proposed taconite mine in Northern WI

Sustain Jefferson will host the presentation on Wednesday, February 29, at 7 p.m. at the Johnson Creek Community Center, 417 Union St., Johnson Creek, WI. The event is open to the public and admission is free, although donations to defray costs are appreciated.

Frank Koehn, former Iron County Board supervisor and town chairman, has raised concerns about legislation now moving through the state Legislature that would allow Gogebic Taconite to develop an open pit taconite mine in the Penokee Hills. The controversial taconite mining proposal has sparked discussion across the state and raised questions about its potential environmental impact on the Bad River Watershed, the Kakagon Sloughs and the Penokee Hills. Other issues associated with the mining proposal include safe mining practices, local control, employment prospects and Native American sovereign rights.

Koehn, a retired teacher and EMT who now works part time at a technical college, is active in conservation, treaty rights and human rights causes. He lives near Ashland and has a particular interest in the Lake Superior Watershed and the area's economy.

Organic Gardening workshops & Potato Fair scheduled for March 31st!

Workshops for beginner and advanced gardeners alike will be conducted by local gardening experts on Saturday, March 31st, during Sustain Jefferson's third annual Organic Gardening workshops and Potato Fair in Jefferson, WI.

In addition, an evening of informal conversation about organic gardening, featuring three experienced local gardeners, will be held on Friday, March 30th, at water house foods in Lake Mills, giving gardeners a chance to socialize and ask questions of the experts. Visit our Garden Workshop page for more details as they develop!

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