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Mary Sussman

Mary Sussman is a freelance writer who specializes in science and medical writing. She is a frequent contributor to the Shepherd Express. Her articles and blogs have been published in the Isthmus, Bay View Compass, Riverwest Currents, Oregonian, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Inside Science (American Institute of Physics) and the website of the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery. She has written on antibiotic resistance, epigenetics, astrophysics, urban agriculture, bees, educational gaming, violence prevention, technology and many other subjects. She received a M.A. in journalism with a specialty in science communication from UW-Madison.

Mary enjoys the rich and varied cultural offerings, people, parks and climate of Milwaukee, as well as the changeable beauty of Lake Michigan.

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The increasing popularity in the Milwaukee area of urban wood for building material is a homegrown success story. more

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In response to the Chinese ban of purchasing foreign recyclables, Great Britain plans to eliminate avoidable waste within 25 years. more

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Rick Meyers, the City of Milwaukee’s sanitation services manager, fielded many questions from people on a recent Doors Open Milwaukee tour about recycling guidelines. Here are some of them. more

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Besides protecting the environment by saving energy, slowing climate change and reducing pollution, recycling saves money. more

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Efforts are underway to expend solar energy use in Wisconsin, but existing governmental policies often hamper that expansion. more

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According to Peter Murphy of MREA, Wisconsin has a lot to gain from solar-friendly policies in place in other states. more

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WEC Energy Group, Inc. (We Energies) is committed to working with individuals and businesses who want to go solar. more

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In Wisconsin, the potential of solar energy has yet to be fully tapped. As costs come down for consumers, the popularity of solar energy increases. more

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David Overstreet is an archaeologist who has spent much of his life working in very old Wisconsin dirt excavating ancient skeletons and artifacts. more

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Urban agriculture has been at the heart of what Walnut Way and Lindsay Heights have accomplished during the past 20 years. more

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Brookings Institute recently released a case study focused on Milwaukee's 150 water-related technology companies. It found that the practice of clustering high-value industries in one place was a factor in promoting growth in regional economies. more

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Milwaukee’s Victory Garden Initiative has, in nine years, installed some 4,000 raised beds, and its farm—and now new farmhouse—seek to respond to concerns about inner-city Milwaukee health, nutrition and food justice issues. more

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Though Will Allen’s Growing Power didn’t turn into the thriving business he had hoped it might eventually become, Allen remains very busy in Milwaukee’s urban agriculture scene. more

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Urban agriculture continues to boom in its many forms in Milwaukee as witnessed by the growing number of community, backyard and commercial gardens in the city. How can you get involved? more

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With President Donald Trump’s aggressive anti-immigrant rhetoric, the travel ban and heated talk in Washington, D.C., about tariffs and possible immigration restrictions for students—particularly from China—international student administrators in ... more

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More than 5,400 people gathered for On the Table—a community conversation event that recently took place at some 200 locations throughout the four-county Southeastern Wisconsin region. more

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Nationally known scholars and activists will gather in Milwaukee at St. John’s on the Lake to discuss the spirituality and technology of aging and death. more

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Joining the zebra mussel and other unwanted invaders in the Great Lakes region is the New Zealand mudsnail; it has recently been discovered in Wisconsin rivers. more

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Except at peak times, Milwaukeeans hardly realize that they are sharing their city with millions of tourists who outnumber them 10 to one. more

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When it comes to adopting widespread use of second-generation biofuels in Wisconsin, farmers are essentially ready to go, but when it comes to moving away from ethanol production, there is still fear of change. more

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