Back in Action!

Hey Everybody!

I know we have been inactive in the past couple of months but I would like to announce that from this point on we are back in action! To start off our new streak we present you with a quick news update on… take a guess… no?…. climate change!

Incase you guys haven’t been keeping up with the news its becoming known that with the rise of climate change comes the rise of problems with our Earth’s creatures. Thanks to a new study conducted by the Intragovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the negative impacts of a changing climate are coming much quicker than expected - especially when it comes to venomous creatures.

The IPCC’s new study which was, in short, a massive analysis of poisonous aquatic animals, said that we can start to expect to start encountering dangerous species more and more often in ranges we haven’t seen them in before.

For example, lion fish, sea snakes, crown-of-thorns starfish and a number of different types of venomous jellies will be moving towards the poles due to warmer waters.

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Light Up Wisconsin and Goodwill Team Up to Provide Sandra Hall Apartments with Light Bulbs

Sunday, April 15, 2018 – Non-profit organization, Light Up Wisconsin, has come to an agreement with Goodwill to supply Sandra Hall Apartments, located at 4829 Anniversary Lane in Madison, WI, with light bulbs on an annual basis. The deal will brighten the inside of the apartment complex for residents without cost while reducing its carbon footprint at the same time.

Sandra Hall Apartments is a subsidized and low-income 8-unit housing community. The community provides less fortunate individuals and families with a place to stay. And now, the community will receive LED light bulbs donated to them on behalf of the Light Up Wisconsin and Goodwill duo.

The LED light bulbs will take Sandra Hall Apartments into the future of lighting. By using 75% less energy than a regular light bulb, and lasting up to 25 times longer, residents will experience an increase in lighting efficiency. Issues related to lighting will decrease overall.

While discussing the magnitude of the team up, Nika Agapov, CEO of Light Up Wisconsin stated, “This is a big moment Light Up Wisconsin. Goodwill is a massive and respectable organization committed to a similar cause. I can’t wait to work with them!”

The agreement to partner with Goodwill will increase the resources available for Light Up Wisconsin to supply to Sandra Hall Apartments. “The partnership opens up a lot more opportunity for us to give to the community” Agapov goes on to say. “With an organization as big as theirs [Goodwill], we will have more connections than ever before.”

“We’ll make sure to use these connections to provide Sandra Hall Apartments and other communities in the future with high quality LED replacements.” The people within the community are at the heart of Light Up Wisconsin’s aid efforts.  

Light Up Wisconsin’s partner, Goodwill, is also an American non-profit organization, centered on providing job placement services, training, and other programs for community members unable to achieve employment status. Light Up Wisconsin and Goodwill are the perfect duo to provide LED bulbs to the apartment community in need.

And residents are very excited about the news. Elena Golden, LCSW, Director of Residential Services at Goodwill Industries of South Central Wisconsin Inc. had plenty of praise for the charitable move by Light Up Wisconsin.

“We are so excited to be teaming up with Nika’s organization,” she says. “Nika is an ambitious individual with a kind heart and a bright future. I was impressed by the high school student’s drive to better the community. And we can not wait to get started on providing Sandra Hall Apartments with eco-friendly LED lights.”

Elena then goes on to explain the benefits that the LED bulbs will provide to community residents. She states, “The light bulbs will be a massive benefit to the community. LED lights last longer, and are more environmentally friendly. We’re providing them free for everyone living in Sandra Hall!”

To learn more about Light Up Wisconsin, please visit their website, or to purchase stickers, visit

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Circle M Marketing LLC




A Spark of Hope in the Dark Future Ahead of Us

By Maddie Connell & Caleb Radtke

Climate change has been a growing concern for the past few years not only for politicians but for citizens who truly care about our environment. As of right now, there has been a dreadfully disappointing amount of awareness surrounding the issue, and while our polar ice caps continue to melt and the Amazon rainforest converts into more desolate, arid fields, nothing seems to be happening to combat climate change. However, just recently, a spark of hope lit up the courts of San Francisco. On March 7th, a San Francisco judge declared to give climate change an official hearing in court by holding what could be the “first-ever U.S. court hearing on the live science of climate change” (Stuart). The proceeding, which will be heard by U.S. District Court Judge William Alsup, is for a lawsuit which is being brought up by the cities of Oakland and San Francisco against some of the world’s largest oil companies including Shell, Exxon Mobil, and BP in an attempt to join an emerging legal effort to hold the fossil fuel industry accountable for the damages wrought by the rising sea level. Both of the cities are asking the fossil fuel companies to pay billions of dollars in compensation for not only past but future flooding, coastal erosion, and property damage resulting from climate change.

So you may be wondering: if the cities and their people are angry about climate change, why are they targeting large fossil fuel companies? Doesn’t that seem like a hopeless battle? Well, the suits filed claim that a slate of oil, gas, and coal producers not only caused the heat-trapping gases that drove worrying sea level rises but that they did so knowingly; a challenge similar to litigation against big tobacco companies back in the 1990s. California has been facing a plethora of financial problems that come with climate change, and those are not going to diminish any time soon. They have faced an increase in flooding which has caused severe property and road damage, so much of the money that the fuel companies are being sued for will be put towards adapting to the rapid growth of climate change, such as the building of sea walls.

During the 5-hour hearing which will be taking place on March 21, both sides will have the chance to be heard and to present their views on climate change and its history to Court Judge William Alsup, where they hope to impart their understanding of the issue and how it should be addressed in the recent future.


What are LED Bulbs and how do they work?

LED stands for light emitting diode. LED lights produce light about 90% more efficiently than incandescent light bulbs, which are your typical, run-of-the-mill lightbulbs.

How do they work? An electrical current passes through a microchip, which illuminates the tiny light sources we call LEDs and result in visible light.

LED Bulbs

LED Bulbs

Heat sink: A device or substance used for absorbing excessive or unwanted heat.

Thermal management: The ability to control the temperature of a system by means of technology based on thermodynamics and heat transfer.

Lifetime of LED Bulbs

The useful life of LED lighting products is defined differently than that of other light sources, such as incandescent or compact fluorescent lighting (CFL). LEDs do not “burn out” or fail like other light bulbs but instead, they experience something called ‘lumen depreciation’. This is when the brightness of the light bulb dims slowly over time. Unlike incandescent bulbs, the “lifetime” of an LED is established on a prediction of when the light output decreases by 30%. One of the most significant factors of LED light bulbs is their lifespan. On average, LED light bulbs last anywhere from about 50-60,000 hours. This is approximately 50 times longer than a regular light bulb!

LEDs and Heat

Something cool about LED light bulbs is that they never get hot and always stay cool to the touch. This is due to the use of heat sinks* to absorb the heat produced by the LED and dissipate it into the surrounding environment, keeping the light bulbs from overheating and burning out. Thermal management is generally the single most important factor in the successful performance of an LED over its lifetime. The higher the temperature at which the LEDs are operated, the more quickly the light will degrade, and the shorter the useful life will be.



What Is Climate Change?

Climate change is a phrase that pops up constantly in today's social media, news, and everyday topics. Odds are that if you're reading this, you've heard of it. The real question facing us though is what is it? 

According to NASA, climate change is a change in the usual weather found in a place. This can be a change in how much it ususally snows in a year, or it can be a change in a place's usual temperature for a month or season. Climate change is also a big problem facing today's world. Although the Earth's climate has been constantly changing, over the past 50 years the average global temperature has increased at the fastest rate in recorded history. Experts see that the trend is nothing but accelerating: All but one of the 16 hottest years in NASA’s 134-year record have occurred since the year 2000.

                                      Record years listed on right

                                      Record years listed on right


Global warming (climate change) occurs when air pollutants such as but not limited to carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4), and nitrous oxide (N20), also known as greenhouse gases, collect in the atmosphere and absorb sunlight and solar radiation that has bounced off the Earth's surface. In normal circumstances, this radiation would just bounce off the Earth's surface and escape into space - but these pollutants which can last anywhere from decades to centuries in the Earth's atmosphere trap the heat and cause the planet's temperature to rise to unhealthy levels.

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