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Yelp Teams Up to Promote Milwaukee's Sustainability Plan


The City of Milwaukee released its sustainability plan - called ReFresh MKE - in July; now it is looking for ways to bring it to life. The online networking site Yelp is partnering with the City to get the word out through a series of events this week, running Monday, October 7 - Friday, October 11.

ReFresh MKE sets a 10-year road map designed to juggle environmental challenges while improving neighborhoods and creating jobs. Yelp and the city's office of sustainability call this Milwaukee's first sustainability week. They are encouraging Milwaukeeans to find connections that work for them in the plan.

The week started with Eric Resch. He created  Stone Creek Coffee twenty years ago and shared his business philosophy with people gathered around small tables covered with notebooks and coffee cups.

Resch is pushing into his next 20-year plan and says he hopes one day to pass Stone Creek on to his employees.

Other gatherings will be staged  around the city, including at the Urban Ecology Center in the Menomonee Valley and at Great Lakes Distillery.

Susan Bence entered broadcasting in an untraditional way. After years of avid public radio listening, Susan returned to school and earned a bachelor's degree in Journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She interned for WUWM News and worked with the Lake Effect team, before being hired full-time as a WUWM News reporter / producer.