UW-Green Bay to partner with EPA on Toxics Release Inventory project

UW-Green Bay is one of eight schools across the country selected to participate in the Environmental Protection Agency’s Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) University Challenge, an initiative that challenges the academic community to use TRI data and related information to promote informed decision-making in communities and among manufacturers and in government. UW-Green Bay’s project will include two primary components: one, students and faculty will work to develop a curriculum manual based on an existing TRI research project that has been used in Prof. John Katers’ Industrial Pollution Control course since 1999. This manual then could be used by other universities across the country. The second component involves program participants working to create a new but similar manual and related training program for high school students, thereby exposing more students to TRI data and creating interest in environmental science and the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. UW-Green Bay is in good company on the list — other newly selected schools include UCLA, and current partners include Cornell and George Washington universities. We’ll have more at a later date; meanwhile, you can find additional info here: www2.epa.gov/toxics-release-inventory-tri-program/tri-university-challenge.