The social media crew at Eco U posted on Facebook Wednesday to mark Earth Day.
Student organizations at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay have taken the lead in scheduling a full lineup of Earth Week events Monday through Saturday, April 20-25. Wednesday is the 45th anniversary of the first Earth Day, which took place on April 22, 1970.
Events, times, places and sponsors for the 2015 observances are as follows:
Monday, April 20
• Showing of documentary ‘Making Stuff Wilder’ about modeling future technology after nature’s designs, 8 p.m., Christie Theatre of the University Union, presented by student Chemistry Club
Tuesday, April 21
• Cleanup Walk I — The first of two similar walks this week, this one runs from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. with participants fanning out from the Cofrin Library, outdoors near the “Sifting and Winnowing” replica plaque. Organized by the American Environmental History course.
• Earth Week Forum, from 3 to 7 p.m. in the Union’s Phoenix Room C, with booths and displays by campus and community organizations starting at 3; remarks by NEW Water resource specialist Erin Wilcox at 4; a locally sourced meal courtesy of Trust Local Foods at 5; and remarks by business leader and environmental advocate Robert Atwell, president and CEO of Nicolet Bank, Green Bay, at 6 p.m. The forum is sponsored by the Student Government Association’s environmental committee.
Wednesday, April 22, Earth Day
• Earth Week Picnic, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the University Union plaza atop the Student Services Building — with a no-cost lunch for UWGB students ($5 for community members), live musical performances by the UW-Green Bay Hand Drumming Ensemble and the Milwaukee indie-folk-country band Ladders, and activities and giveaways related to water and native plant species. (Rain location is inside the Union.) Sponsored by the student Public and Environmental Affairs Council, the Dietetics Club and the SLO Food Alliance.
• Lecture on Native Plants, at 6 p.m. in Room 219 of Mary Ann Cofrin Hall, with speaker Justin Kroening from Stone Silo Prairie Gardens talking about the benefits of native plants and value for wildlife, organized by Round River Alliance.
Thursday, April 23
• Planting at the University Garden, beginning at 5:30 p.m., in the planters at the University Union plaza atop the Student Services Building. Volunteers welcome. Hosted by the SLO Food Alliance.
Friday, April 24
• A second day of planting at the University Garden, beginning at 5:30 p.m., in the planters at the University Union plaza atop the Student Services Building. Volunteers welcome. Hosted by the SLO Food Alliance.
Saturday, April 25
Annual Arboretum Cleanup, from 9 a.m. to noon — Participants are asked to meet at the corner of Champeau and Sussex roads and to bring rainboots and gloves. Organized by the Round River Alliance.
Questions about any of the events can be directed to student Anna Gribova, an officer of the PEAC organization, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The students of the American Environmental History course taught by Associate Prof. David Voelker invite the campus community to participate in a cleanup walk to commemorate Earth Day. Although Earth Day is on April 22, the walk will take place on Tuesday, April 21, from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. (rain or shine). Participants should meet outside of the Cofrin Library on the side nearest the Environmental Sciences (ES) building, near the plaque that celebrates the Wisconsin Idea. Participants will be provided with small garbage bags and will be asked to return at 10:30. Participants will be encouraged to walk across campus to enjoy the arboretum trails. The walker who picks up the most trash will receive, as a green badge of honor, a UW-Green Bay T-shirt donated by the Phoenix Bookstore. Participants who are unable to walk on the arboretum trails are welcome to use scooters or wheelchairs on paved or gravel walkways (as appropriate) and will be paired with a partner to pick up trash. If you have any questions, please contact David Voelker.
Monday (April 22) was Earth Day, and recognition and celebrations of the day — and week — have begun here on campus and elsewhere. On Sunday, UW-Green Bay Associate Prof. John Katers and Prof. Emeritus Michael Kraft helped offer some context for the celebration, sitting down for an interview with “CW 14 Focus” host (and former University Communication staffer) Robert Hornacek. “Having an Earth Week or an Earth Day is important in part to remind people. It’s sort of like Christmas,” Kraft said. “I’d kind of like it to be an ongoing activity because the problems don’t occur on one day a year. The problems are ongoing.” Check out the half-hour program online.
It’s almost Earth Day, and two well-known UW-Green Bay faculty members (one an emeritus) will help explain the celebration’s history and significance during Sunday’s (April 21) “CW 14 Focus” program. Associate Prof. John Katers, NAS, will join Prof. Emeritus Michael Kraft, PEA, for the show, which is hosted by former University Communication staffer Robert Hornacek. The pair taped the program Thursday to air at 10:30 a.m. Sunday (April 21). So tune in, set those DVRs or catch it after the fact online: click here.
Earth Day is Sunday (April 22). To celebrate, A’viands has put together some specials and activities focused on ways to keep the Earth healthy. On Friday (April 20) the “Cans for Cookies” promotion means this: Donate a non-perishable food item and receive an Earth-Themed Cookie. Please bring all donations to The Marketplace inside the Leona Cloud Commons from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. All donations will be delivered to Paul’s Pantry here in Green Bay.