University of Wisconsin-Green Bay alumnus Ryan Stockwell recently was named the recipient of the University’s Earth Caretaker Award for his work on renewable energy opportunities and his practice of using no-till farming techniques. He will accept the award Wednesday, April 24 during the Environmental Management and Business Institute (EMBI)’s Green Innovations Symposium at UW-Green Bay.
Stockwell, a 2001 UW-Green Bay graduate, majored in Social Change and Development and History. He earned a master’s degree in History at Miami University and a Ph.D. in History at the University of Missouri.
In his current position as agriculture program manager for the National Wildlife Federation, Stockwell conducts outreach on agriculture policy and performs policy analysis on agricultural legislation impacting wildlife and natural resources. He also provides strategic leadership in eliminating barriers to farmer adoption of cover crops.
For more than five years, Stockwell has worked on environmental issues in various capacities. Prior to his current position, he was a legislative assistant in the Missouri House of Representatives working on renewable energy legislation; and also served as a community organizer in Montana and other western states for the Western Organization of Resource Councils, working to organize landowners and residents around combating climate change. He also was a program director for the Minnesota Project, a nonprofit organization educating farmers, community leaders and policymakers about renewable energy opportunities through anaerobic digesters.
Stockwell, his wife Stephanie and their three sons live in Medford, where they farm using no-till and cover crop practices.
Stockwell will be a guest speaker at the EMBI conference that will be held April 22-24 at UW-Green Bay. The EMBI conference will include a panel discussion on genetically modified organisms, a focus on the Lower Fox River Watershed Monitoring Project and a conference on food and local sustainability. For more information, visit www.uwgb.edu/embi.