Green is about asking the right questions.
Attended the Valley Builders Candidate Meet and Greet in Appleton and was reminded that “Green” can be achieved in lots of different ways. Most people think first of the production of energy but often much more is gained by just not wasting energy and resources. I asked Leslie Kiesow of Bellwether Interior Design how she approached ‘green’ and she talked about showing a client the value of re-upholstering a sofa versus buying a new one. Not only did that re-use resources it was less expensive for the client and resulted in a better end product.
I then talked with Craig Fink who manages the Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Appleton. They re-use materials, appliances, etc from building being demolished. Not only saving energy from new and unnecessary production but also keeps usable materials out of our landfills.
Bottom Line: I passionately believe that “Green” should be the driving force for Wisconsin’s economic future and a Barrett/Schneider ticket will help make that a reality. “Green” can be so much more than we think and many times it’s just about asking the right questions.