CONOVER - People come to the Northwoods for blue skies, clean water, and fresh air. But how can we make sure it stays that way? One Conover resort has an idea--
Sandy Shores Resort is the first business in the city to be “Certified Travel Green." Juli Welnetz, who owns the resport along with her husband Curt, couldn't be more proud.
"It means a lot to us, the property has been with us since 1931. Our kids are
the fourth generation that have been here, anything we can do to live green.”
"Certified Green" businesses recycle more and use Energy Star appliances to cut out pollution. Welnetz said it was easy enough for her. She hopes she's starting a trend to preserve a place people love.
"A lot of it is promoting your local community; we have menus and different things in our cabins that help do local events. It's just another way of promoting the Northwoods."
One more way the resort cuts energy use-- cabins aren’t air conditioned. There is, however, a year-round breeze.
WAUSAU - Students at Northcentral Technical College in Wausau got to see Tibetan monks create a work of art steeped in Buddhist history.
The Mandala Sand Art is an ancient Tantric Buddhist tradition dating back thousands of years.
The Tibetan Monks from the Drepung Loseling Monastery are on an international tour called Mystical Arts of Tibet where they create mandalas in front of an audience.
"The colored patterns we are using, we are following the scriptures, the Buddhist scriptures. It's a very old tradition, more than 2,500 years ago," says Geshe Loden, head of the Mystical Arts of Tibet.
The monks' last visit to Northcentral Technical College in 2011 was so popular, they were invited back.
"At NTC we feel like it's important to offer our students a variety of different programming, and one of the things we feel our responsibility to do is expose our students to other cultures, other religions, other ideas," says Director of Student Development Shawn Sullivan.
The monks work hours at a time placing sand delicately in the lines of the intricate pattern.
The mandala will take them four days to complete, but the beautiful creation won't last long.
"After finishing this, making the mandala, we consecrate this completed mandala, and we dismantle it to symbolize the impermanence of all the conditioned things, all the phenomena," says Loden.
The monks' tour raises money for more than 3,000 monasteries in India. They also do it to raise awareness about the plight of Tibetans.
"Lord Buddha had started this, and that tradition keeps going on."
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