What's Going On?

Water Fest 2018
Will be at Crossroads at Big Creek
Saturday, September 15 from noon to 6pm
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2017 Sustainability Fair

To be held September 23 at Crossroads

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Sustainable Living Fair #6: June 5th and 6th

This year the Sustainable Living Fair will be held at the familiar Crossroads at Big Creek nature, history and science center! Full details are available at the LNRP wedsite!

Sustainability Fair #5 - April 25th & 26th, 2014

Martin Park in downtown Sturgeon Bay will again serve as the venue for this years Sustainable Living Fair! A kick-off program will be held at Crossroads at Big Creek on the evening of Friday the 25th with three exciting speakers on water quality in Door County. There will be many exhibitors on Saturday as well as demonstrations of skills new and old for independence and resilience. Sustain Door and LNPR as well as 5 other organizations are working together to make this a great event.

For more details click here!

Sustainability Fair #4 - April 27th, 2013

Don't miss the fair! On Saturday 4/27/13 from 10 to 4 there will be lots going on
at Sturgeon Bay's Martin and Graham parks, on Oregon Street near the new bridge

There will be lots of booths and two big tents with speakers and exhibits from groups and businesses in our area that feature sustainable concepts and products!

Featured speakers are Paul Tukey of Safe Lawns and
Rick Brooks of "Little Free Libraries" and the "Madison Time Bank"

To sign up as a vendor just download our vendor form and send it in!

Building Wealth without Money

Sustain Door is pleased to announce a community idea exchange program associated with Earth Day.   “Building Wealth without Money – the Economics of Well-Being” is the topic of a 90 minute workshop to be delivered by George Owen on Saturday, April 21, beginning at 3:00 pm at the Bertschinger Center in Egg Harbor.  The program will begin with a 20 minute video about sustainable economics which will be followed by discussion in small groups.  Owen writes that he constructed the program for people “who have already been thinking about (sustainability) a little and are having a hard time seeing how economics fits into a positive vision.”  The program is free and open to everyone.

Owen is a native of Milwaukee whose career as an architect and facility planner took him to Boston, New York, Santa Fe, Washington DC, and ultimately back to Milwaukee in 1990.  He developed his current theories of sustainability while on sabbatical in 2007 at Pendle Hill, a study, retreat and conference center outside Philadelphia. There he focused on building a more sustainable and fulfilling future.  His efforts included initiating a local Transition Town and leading workshops and presentations throughout southeast Pennsylvania.

The Transition Town movement is a global initiative that demonstrates how local communities may use their intrinsic resources to face the related challenges of oil depletion and climate change.  Owen states, “Transition offers a positive vision, an inclusive and transparent process, and taps the power of community and the creativity of ordinary people.”

Nonprofit organizations with missions to promote some aspect of social, economic, or environmental sustainability are invited to send a representative with materials about their organizations to exhibit.  Door County Environmental Council, Door County Land Trust, Wild Ones, and The Community’s Garden have committed to attend.  Other interested organizations should contact Ann Hippensteel at 743-3337 or to reserve a display table in the Bertschinger Center meeting room.

Don't miss World Habitat Day Celebrations

At the Re-Store, 410 N 14th in Sturgeon Bay.

Activities from 10/1 to 10/8, including a presentation of the film "In Transition 1.o" on Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 12 to 1pm with discussion and info. For more info: Re-Store

Film Showing and General Meeting in Fish Creek

There will be a showing of the Film "Transition 1.o" in the Town of Gibraltar Community building in Fish Creek on Wednesday, September 14th at 4pm.  The Community Building is located between downtown Fish Creek and the entrance to Peninsula State Park.  It houses the Post Office and library.  This will be followed in the evening by Sustain Door's monthly general meeting at 7pm in the same building.  All are welcome!

Green Drinks at The Bridge

The Bridge Coffeehouse, Hwy 42, Egg Harbor

Monday, September 12 from 5-7pm

conversation on sustainability - open to all 

Transition Initiative Presentation

Thursday, August 11th Dave Lea will present the case for the Transition Initiative, its background, history and how it applies to Door County.  With pictures and video clips it should be very informing.  Located at the Baileys Harbor town hall at 7 pm, he is there at the invitation of the Friends of the Ridges Nature Santuary.

Green Drinks Considers a Shopper-owned

Grocery for Sturgeon Bay

Lead Organizer will Present a Progress Report on Co-op for West Side

On Wednesday, July 27th Green Drinks will host a public conversation about the advent of a member-owned, retail food store on Sturgeon Bay's west side. The event will be held at Glas Green Coffeehouse in Sturgeon Bay from 5:00-7:00pm. Glas is located at 67 E Maple St. in Sturgeon Bay, just west of the new bridge.
A lead organizer of the West Side Food Co-op, Ross Dippel, will share his take on the progress made in implementing the organizers' business plan.  
The vision of the co-op states, "West Side Food Co-op is a neighborhood grocery store that acts as a cornerstone, supporting and encouraging healthful and sustainable living. Reaching out to all local, sustainable producers and industries, we will model to the world the positive, far reaching impact of a successful, community-owned business."
Local food producers and processors and members of buying clubs should be particularly interested in the opportunities to be found in this new enterprise.  The event is open to the public.  For more information, please call 920-854-3254.


Green Drinks, is a monthly social-networking salon sponsored by Sustain Door and Glas Coffeehouse in Sturgeon Bay.  Green Drinks Door County is part of an international network of local salons of its kind (see  Sustain Door, the local non-profit organization whose mission is to promote the social, economic, and environmental sustainability of Door County, coordinates this agenda-free monthly gathering.
Glas, the green coffeehouse, is a venture for Cellcom, a wireless company based in Green Bay. Glas and its building feature various green elements in effort to reduce stress on the environment. The coffeehouse provides quality coffee, loose-leaf tea, espresso drinks, food items, live music on select days and free Wi-Fi Internet service. To find more about events and specials, visit

Permaculture Design Charrette
40 Acres - Door County, WI
June 29 - July 3, 2011

Become Part of a Permaculture Design Team - No Experience Necessary
Learn Permaculture Design by Doing Permaculture Design
In Beautiful Door County, Wisconsin. A Vacation Capital of the World

Help Us Create a Permaculture Design for this 40-Acre Farm, the home of Lake Michigan Wind and Sun.
Address: 1015 County Road U, Sturgeon Bay, WI  54235

And in addition we will learn about:
- Solar Energy Applications
- Practical use of Wind Turbines.

Want to understand how to apply permaculture design to your own property or to develop your overall permaculture designing skills?
"Learning by Doing" is a powerful way to get there.

5-Day Design Charrette Includes Learning to:
   - Assess the key characteristics of the land;
   - Create a zone and sector analysis;
   - Design-in various rain water harvesting strategies;
   - Minimize energy demands of the farmstead;
   - Design planting systems to care for land and people.

Registration Fee Includes:  
   - Basic permaculture instruction
   - Basic wind and solar energy instruction
   - Practical permaculture design experience
   - Some hands-on swale design and digging
   - Free camping and meals

   - None - Just the willingness to learn a lot
   - Highly recommend purchasing and reading "The Basics of Permaculture Design" by Ross Mars




Lake Michigan Wind & Sun, Ltd.

1015 County Road U

Sturgeon Bay, WI  54235-8353, USA


Sturgeon Bay & Sister Bay Libraries co-sponsor Transition Studies

Starting with the showing of the film "In Transition 1.0" Sustain Door will work with both the Sturgeon Bay and the Sister Bay libraries to introduce the Door County public to the Transition Initiative. As explained below, the Transition Initiative calls on local small communities to develop the skills and will to tackle the many problems that will face each village as fuel and food become increasingly out of reach for the average person - even here in the richest country in the world! In the weeks following there will be discussions and training using "The Transition Handbook" by Rob Hopkins available to loan from the libraries and available at local stores to own. Film showings are as follows:

Sturgeon Bay: Monday April 11 at 4:30 pm;  first study to follow on Mon April 18 same time

Sister Bay: Tuesday April 12 at 1:30 pm;  first study to follow on Mon April 18 same time

Continuing with Transition Initiative

Sustain Door is continuing the momentum that was started with our investigations three months ago into the transition town movement.  This is a rapidly growing and evolving movement as Bill Wilson explained in his recent visit. We will be studying it in depth starting with a public showing of the excellent film "In Transition 1.0" and a discussion to follow at Crossroads on Jan 12th at 7pm

Following this there will be six weeks (see calendar) of exploring Transition using The Transition Handbook by Rob Hopkins, the founder of the movement.  This book will be available in three book stores in the county for $24.95:

Book World (ask for Gina)
10580 Country Walk Dr, Sister Bay, 854-4248 or
30 N 3rd Ave, Sturgeon Bay, 743-3159

Novel Ideas (ask for Michelle)
8085 St Hwy 57, Baileys Harbor, 839-1300

The Peninsula Bookman (ask for Peter)
4083 Hwy 42, Fish Creek, 868-1467

The book is also available for the Kindle on for $14.95

Sign up for the course by calling Dave at 333-0096 or sending an email to

Bill Wilson's Talk

Those of us who attended Bill Wilson's talk were treated to a lot of information in a very short time!!  He used several videos and presentations to dramatically demonstrate the power of the natural world to heal itself, with just a little help from it's friends. One statement he made says it all: "Our problems are immensely complicated, but the solutions are embarrassingly simple!"

Here are some links to a few of the most remarkable videos that he used as well as a follow up to one of the most remarkable:

Greening the Desert

Harvesting Water

Greening - Revisited

You will see a whole wealth of other links concerning permaculture and solving some of the most intractable environmental problems being faced in the world in this section of youtube. 


This last link features Permaculture's originator, Bill Mollison

A video of Bill's talk is available at!!

Thanks Laddie!

Bill Wilson to Present a Seminar: 

Permaculture/Transition to a Post Oil Society

 Bill Wilson of Midwest Permaculture ( will present a seminar on the topic of permaculture, a design model used in gardening, farming, building structures and organizing communities, which is based on natural principles and care for people.  Sustain Door, Inc. will sponsor Wilson’s visit to Door County which will include the presentation beginning at
7 pm on Thursday, December 2, at Crossroads at Big Creek, Sturgeon Bay.

 Permaculture reverses the cultural model of consumption into one of creation.  Permaculture principles are the basis of a popular movement to transition to a sustainable economy from our current economy based unsustainably on limited natural resources.  The Transition Town movement ( and has been adopted officially and unofficially in over 600 communities globally to prepare for economic and global change not out of fear, but out of desire to create authentic ways of living in harmony with the planet and each other.

Wilson has hosted and co-taught over 22 permaculture design certification courses and teaches widely on permaculture and the Transition Town initiative.  He has been interviewed on National Public Radio.  The presentation is free and open to the public.

We con
tinue our exploration of the Transition Town movement

Green drinks will meet again on Wed, September 29 at Glas coffee house. 
Featured will be the film, "In Transition 1.0" which chronicles the origins and accomplishments of this dynamic movement which is moving in sync with the concepts of The Natural Step.

Prior to the film, we are pleased to have Jenny Fischer, co-director of the Sturgeon Bay Community Garden Project who will give a brief overview of the program and answer our questions about it.
There may also be a report concerning the recent
Growing Power conference in Milwaukee!

 Please join us!
Program starts at 4:00 in the Cellcom building's upper room.  Ask in the coffee shop for directions.  Refreshments provided. 
Wednesday is "happy hour" so Lattes, etc. will be $2!!

Contact:  Dick Kaiser, Sustain Door, 920-854-3254
The Transition Town movement is the subject of this month's Green Drinks sustainability networking meeting.  Green Drinks will be held at Glas Green Coffeehouse on Wednesday, July 28th from 4:30-6pm.
In less than four years, nearly 1000 communities worldwide have committed to the Transition Town process.  We will discuss its potential locally.  As an introduction a film of a talk by founder of Transition Colorado Michael Brownlee will be shown.  Brownlee outlines how communities can best respond to changes in the world economy, coupled with declining oil reserves and extremes in climate change.
Green Drinks, sponsored by Sustain Door, Inc. and Glas Green Coffeehouse, located at 67 W. Maple St., Sturgeon Bay, is a monthly social gathering dedicated to encouraging sustainable practices throughout the county. Light refreshments served. Drinks and food available for purchase. Seating is limited. Open to the public. More info at 920-854-3254.

Master Hydrogeologist Featured at June's Green Drinks
Sustain Door's Green Drinks will host Andrew Aslesen of the Wisconsin Rural Water Association at its June 22nd event, 4:30-6:00pm at Glas Green Coffeehouse, 67 W. Maple St, Sturgeon Bay.  
A hydrogeologist with expertise in wellhead protection, Mr. Aslesen will answer questions about our county's geologic features that challenge efforts to protect our drinking water.
Note: Local geologist, Roger Kuhns, will be filling in.
Read more at Green Drinks

A report from John Hippensteel
Hey, I thought the fair went very well with a great turnout of over 500 people.   Great presenters, great vendors, great attendees & great volunteers.  Let's thank Mother Nature for holding off one day on the much needed rain!

In case you are curious, the PV array produced about three times as much energy as we used yesterday, leaving a credit on the Historical Society's meter of about $10. 

Collin's Learning Center used 39 KWH.  The Historical Society used 30 KWH (and this included running a heat pump, etc.) for a total of 69 KWH

The 2 Kilowatt PV array out on the highway produced 179 KWH.

This left 104 KWH of extra production.

It is rare that an event like this would produce more with a PV array than it consumes, but then we had the PV array up for 3 weeks "saving" up this energy.

Thanks for helping to make this a success.

Sincerely    John

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Sustainability Fair 2010

Was at Crossroads at Big Creek

April  24 from 10 to 4

It was great (see report above)

More Info


Sustain Door and Sweetie Pies teamed up

for the Fish Creek Winterfest in February

If you want to see the results, visit youtube here!


We would like to start up another

Natural Step for Business Study Circle

Let us know if you are interested!

To learn more, go to the Sustainable Business page.