Susan Bence

Environmental Reporter

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.

Susan is now WUWM's Environmental Reporter, the station's first. Her work has been recognized by the Milwaukee Press Club, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, and the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association.

Susan worked with Prevent Blindness Wisconsin for 20 years, studied foreign languages at UWM, and loves to travel.

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Environment
11:30 am
Wed April 23, 2014

Sustainability Focus at UW Milwaukee Has Wide-Reaching Effects

Kate Nelson hopes students and faculty alike rally around UWM's sustainability initiatives.

This week UWM is holding a sustainability symposium.  Chief sustainability officer Kate Nelson says the program has a serious thrust, but it also has its fun side, in an effort to engage students.

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Environment
7:58 am
Wed April 23, 2014

Hartland Family Business Fashioned from Love of Sailing & Repurposing

Olli and Melissa Marban in their new space in Hartland.
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Olli and Melissa Marban’s Hartland business revolves around sailing - particularly using old sailcloth to make items ranging from bags to iPad cases.

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Environment
10:58 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Four Area Nature Centers Team Up to Bring Acclaimed Ecologist to Town

Mequon Nature Preserve's Kristin Gies (left) and Jessica Jens of the Riveredge Nature Center say the collaborative Earth Day event is the beginning of more joint ventures.

Acoustic ecologist Gordon Hempton has traveled the globe and made it his mission to preserve the remaining quiet places. Tuesday evening he’ll share his experiences at the Mequon Nature Preserve.

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Environment
10:36 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Milwaukee Reengineers Streets To Soak Up Storm Water

Ghassan Korbun points out a prime spot for the City's porous pavement program.
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A longer conversation with DPW Commissioner Ghassan Korbun about Milwaukee's green infrastructure strategies.

The City of Milwaukee recently received a $1 million grant from the EPA to build rainwater absorbing streets.

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Environment
7:25 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Escuela Verde Nurtures Project-Based Environmental Thinkers in Milwaukee

Student Andrea Alvarez talks with Advisor Kim Theisen on her chalk-making project.
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Recycling and repurposing are fundamental to Escuela Verde, a charter school in the Walker's Point neighborhood.

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