City: Compost Bin and Rain Barrel Sale Returning

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

USEFUL LINKS TO ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Pre-ordering information https://www.cityofmadison.com/streets/compost/CompostBinSale.cfm

Link to Facebook event announcement – https://www.facebook.com/events/612321003004442/

Madison Water Utility’s EVERY DROP MADISON poll

Recognizing that conservation is water supply, Madison Water Utility and its customers are committed to using water efficiently. After surpassing a 2008 goal (one year early!) to reduce residential per-capita water use by twenty percent by 2020, MWU is updating its Water Conservation and Sustainability Plan to further improve efficiency.

To inform this process, Madison Water Utility wants to engage with their customers to better understand which incentives would be most effective in increasing water use efficiency still further. MWU is working with the WaterNow Alliance , in partnership with the online polling platform POLCO , to maximize public engagement. 

Public input will help guide Madison Water Utility as they plan for the next phase of water conservation and sustainability in Madison. The Toilet Rebate Program has saved more than a billion gallons of water in Madison. Now, the EVERY DROP MADISON initiative seeks community input on new conservation incentives and programs that will bring a new era of water stewardship and source water protection to our city.

You can find the poll at the following link:  https://www.cityofmadison.com/water/sustainability/take-our-every-drop-madison-poll

MadiSUN Program

MadiSUN is a program sponsored by the City of Madison to make going solar easy and affordable.  This is the last year to take advantage of a full 30% Federal Tax Credit, which makes 2019 a great time to explore solar!

Since 2016, the MadiSUN Solar Program has helped homeowners across the area install solar-electric systems on their homes. Over 100 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 with us!

Architectural Control Committee Update

For those of you in the Sandstone Ridge subdivision, the City of Madison has now taken over review for “minor alterations” to property, including requests to put up fences or decks. Any requests for those items, particularly if you are looking for a deviation/variance from the neighborhood covenants, should be directed to the City of Madison Planning Division. Important note: they will only consider requests for minor alterations.

Points of contact:

DreamUp WI Challenge

DreamUp WI is seeking innovators and change makers to submit their bright ideas to the 2019 DreamUp Challenge to help 10,000 Dane County Households increase their net income by 10% by 2022.

The most compelling ideas could advance through three rounds of competition, each offering a $20,000 prize to further develop proposals. Top teams can earn a chance to pitch their idea for up to an additional $1 million in catalytic funding from Schmidt Futures’ Alliance for the American Dream Initiative.

The Request for Proposals is available at: http://dreamup.wisc.edu/2019rfp. Proposals are due Oct. 1, 2019 by noon.

There are several ways you can participate, even if you do not have an idea…yet.

  1. Attend weekly DreamUp MeetUps starting Thursday, May 30, alternating weekly between the Pyle Center (702 Langdon St.) and UW South Madison Partnership (2312 S. Park St.).
  2. Help spread the word. Forward this email, share our social media posts @dreamupwi on Facebook and Twitter, and talk about it.
  3. Invite us to speak with your group or others who you think have ideas.
  4. Help support teams who have ideas as an advisor or subject matter expert. Respond to this email with details.

Visit dreamup.wisc.edu and see 2019 DreamUp WI for more information.

MSCR Learn 2 Ride 2019 – Call for Volunteers

MSCR’s Learn 2 Ride event teaches children and their adults easy, innovative techniques to get kids riding solo on two wheels!  Kids learn to balance, pedal stop and steer on a closed course.  We are expecting over 300 kids this year.

We need volunteers to make this happen.  Volunteers work as helmet fitters, bike course trainers and bike mechanics. This is great for anyone who likes bikes, kids and/or being outdoors. We train all volunteers, no prior skills need. We have two dates, Sunday, May 5 at Memorial High School and Sunday, May 19 at Warner Park. All volunteers receive a t-shirt, snacks and a fun morning outside helping kids learn a new skill.

Full volunteer information and sign up can be found here:

Please share widely with any bike enthusiasts you know.  Facebook event coming soon to facilitate sharing the volunteer info.

Interested in registering a child in Learn 2 Ride? Register online at mscr.org

Questions – contact Mary at 608-204-3045 or mcrowley@madison.k12.wi.us