ANNUAL MADISON COMPOST BIN AND RAIN BARREL SALE RETURNS ON SATURDAY OCTOBER 10TH
After a one-year hiatus, the annual Madison compost and rain barrel sale is back at a new location. This year’s sale will be held at the Garver Feed Mill on Saturday, October 10th. The new location provides easy, contactless pick-up and experts will be on hand to answer questions.
When it comes to easy, cost-effective ways to lessen your impact on the planet, rain barrels and compost bins provide an eco one-two for your home! Harvesting rainwater for your plants saves money and reduces stormwater run-off into local waterways.
It is estimated that our urban communities contribute about 30% of the total phosphorus that enter in lakes Mendota, Monona, Waubesa, Kegonsa, and Wingra from runoff. And rather than sending more stuff to the landfill, compost bins will help you create nutrient rich soil by turning yard waste and food scraps into organic fuel for the garden.
Compost bins and 50 and 100 gallon rain barrels with diverters are available at discounted prices. Pre-orders before Oct 2nd receive an additional $10 off. Supplies are limited and due to COVID restrictions, pre-ordering is strongly recommended. For more information visit http://www.cityofmadison.com/streets/compost/CompostBinSale.cfm
MadiSUN is a program sponsored by the City of Madison to make going solar easy and affordable. Since 2016, the MadiSUN Group Buy Program has helped homeowners across the area install solar-electric systems on their rooftops. Nearly 150 households have gone solar thanks to the program’s simplicity, reduced price, and customer service. MadiSUN also offers incentives for business, nonprofits, and affordable housing providers. Check out madisunsolar.com to learn more about how to go solar!
The weekly series of virtual brown bags and evening engagements will discuss different aspects of plan development. The first week’s engagements will focus on issues associated with malls and large commercial areas. It will also provide an opportunity to discuss how Covid19 presents new challenges for these areas. The second week will highlight mall redevelopment examples from around the country, and how those efforts activated stagnant, dead or declining commercial areas. Subsequent weeks will take an in depth look at the Greater East Towne and Odana Area Plan boundaries and the unique issues and opportunities present.
These webinars will use Zoom and are accessible via computer, smart phone or phone (audio only). Advance registration is required. Sign up here to participate.
Schedule of Virtual Brown Bags and Evening Engagements:
Week 1: Issues facing malls and potential impacts from Covid19 – Monday May 4th 12:15-1 pm, and Thursday May 7th 5:15-6 pm
Week 2: Case Studies – Mall & Office Redevelopment Examples – Monday May 11th 12:15-1 pm, and Thursday May 14th, 5:15- 6 p
Week 3: Odana Area Plan Focused Discussion – Monday May 18th 12:15-1 pm, and Thursday May 21st 5:15-6 pm
Week 4: Greater East Towne Area Plan Focused Discussion – Monday June 1st 12:15-1 pm, and Thursday June 4th 5:15-6 pm
While your chances of getting sick from coronavirus (COVID-19) in Wisconsin are low right now, this is the time to prepare for widespread illness in the future. This is a new virus, and with that comes some anxiety, but sticking to basic public health prevention practices is very effective in helping us all stay healthy.
By preparing ourselves for the possibility of coronavirus spreading, we can:
Limit the spread of illness: Limiting contact with other people lowers how many people may catch the virus.
Help protect others: Help protect those in our community who are more vulnerable, like the elderly and people with chronic disease, who may be more likely to experience serious complications or death.
Reduce strain on the healthcare system: The more precautions people take to not get sick, the less strain on our healthcare system.
What you can do to stay healthy
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Cough and sneeze into your elbow or a tissue. Wash your hands afterwards.
Wash hands often for at least 20 seconds with soap and water. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces, like doorknobs, remotes, refrigerator handles, and sink handles.
Avoid shaking hands or getting in someone’s personal space.
Stay home if you are sick, and avoid contact with others who are sick.
If you haven’t gotten your flu shot, do so now. Flu is circulating widely in our community. Getting a flu shot lessens your odds of being hospitalized for flu, which frees up hospitals for people who may get sick from coronavirus.
How you can prepare
Just like when you prepare for a big snowstorm, stock supplies now so you don’t have to leave home to get them if illness is widespread in our community. Buy items you’d need to stay home for a week or two, like non-perishable food, tissues, hand sanitizer, and cleaning supplies. Don’t forget daily medications, fever reducing medicine, and supplies for your pets.
Learn about plans and policies for work and kids’ schools if an outbreak of illness occurs. Can you work from home? Who can take care of your kids if they need to stay home?
Think about ways you can minimize your amount of time in crowds. Can you reduce trips to the store? Can you order items online for delivery? Can you sit farther away from people on the bus?
What employers can do
Create plans now for limiting face-to-face interactions in the workplace; use conference calls and video conferencing.
Create a business continuity plan, which details how to provide essential services if a number of employees are sick or unavailable.
Monitoring travelers and people who may have had contact with someone with coronavirus. Read blog posts about our role in monitoring and responding to coronavirus: publichealthmdc.com/blog.
Coordinating with partners in public health, health care, local schools, higher education, and labs—sometimes daily—in order to map out processes, outline our unique roles, and share information.
Planning ahead and helping our community prepare if coronavirus spreads more widely in our community, including partnering with state and CDC officials on when to shut down schools and public events.
When we all pull together as a community to prepare for widespread illness, we protect ourselves, our families, those who are more vulnerable, and those providing services and care to us. Stay tuned as this situation progresses by following us on social media (@publichealthmdc), checking our regularly updated website (publichealthmdc.com/coronavirus), and calling our information line (608) 243-0587.