It can only help the sustainability movement that big-time sports is on board with going green. And we're not referring to the field. We mean, as Phil Busse describes in "Gimme a G!," that sports venues and teams have started paying attention to the ethic and the economic benefits of waste not, want not.
Busse, who not too long ago returned to his hometown after 20 years on the West Coast, is communications director of Sustain Dane, whose title speaks for itself, and has contributed to Isthmus thrice before on related topics. After graduating from law school in Oregon and working as an attorney in San Francisco, Busse moved to Portland, where he was managing editor for the alt Portland Mercury. He did a couple of other things there, such as running for mayor and founding the Media Institute for Social Change.
He notes in his article that the professional sports establishment was quick to recognize the payback from green practices and to pursue them vigorously. The college world was a little slower to catch on, but it's beginning to catch up. Of course, those Packers, they've been green and gold for a long time, just like dandelions in a pasture.
In other news, we are happy to learn that senior contributor Raphael Kadushin, he of the biting dining assessments and incisive cultural commentary, is now appearing on the masthead of National Geographic Traveler as a contributing editor. That's just one of a number of national magazines for which he has written; he also continues at his fulltime gig as senior acquisitions editor at the University of Wisconsin Press. Kadushin last wrote for Isthmus last week, reviewing the Tempest Oyster Bar, which opened in the space previously occupied by Restaurant Magnus.