My name is Katie Knoff. I am a Racine native with a Bachelor’s of Science in Environmental Studies from UW-Parkside. Where I focused my studies on environmental problems in the past, present, and future, specifically water and geographic mapping.

I chose environmental studies because from a young age I loved the outdoors as it always gave me a sense of peace. Throughout the years, I concluded we only have one earth and that we need to take care of it for future generations to enjoy. The best way to do so is to stay educated on environmental issues and work together to find creative solutions to implement best practices in our daily lives.

I am beginning this column because I love the earth and helping my community. Sharing information with Racine County residents will hopefully inspire locals to care as much as I do. I want to make caring about the environment as easy as possible for the general population. So I thought having a place for all things environmentally-friendly would help others become more eco-friendly!

In this column, you’ll find local environmental news about Lake Michigan, Foxconn, and WE Energies. Along with tips to living an eco-friendly lifestyle, including: gardening, harmful chemical-free cleaning and beauty products! If any of these topics interest you, please continue to read my posts.  

Feel free to send any questions or content suggestions to kknoff@racinecountyeye.com.

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