Recent grad promotes sustainability in the community

2014 UW-Green Bay graduate Evan Van Lanen’s dedication to sustainability has resulted in $115,000 in energy savings at a regional beef plant. As an environmental supervisor, Van Lanen has many duties including waste-water treatment, air treatment and waste disposal. The team he oversees is responsible for the implementation of a number of new projects, which have resulted in major energy savings. Read more about Van Lanen and his efforts, here (pdf).

UW-Green Bay is once again a Sierra Club ‘Cool School’

UW-Green Bay is ranked 91st on Sierra magazine’s Cool Schools 2016 list. The ranking is based on colleges and universities that focus on sustainability efforts. About 2,000 four-year colleges and universities are welcome to submit data for qualification on categories such as academics, investments, food, innovation, planning, purchasing, transport, water and waste. In what areas can Eco U improve? See the rankings and compare for yourself.

UWGB grads search for mussels

“Occasionally blowing water from their snorkels, Jesse Weinzinger and Adam Brabant stared through diving masks into the murk of the root beer-colored water and dragged their gloved fingers across sand and gravel.” JSonline has the story about two UWGB biology graduates who are helping the DNR document freshwater mussels.

Paul’s Pantry/Campus Cupboard opportunity

The UWGB Campus Cupboard works collaboratively with Paul’s Pantry to provide assistance for individuals who need food. UWGB provides volunteers to work for two hours at Paul’s Pantry, and in return, Paul’s Pantry provides food or paper products to stock the Campus Cupboard. The next date to volunteer at Paul’s Pantry is from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 15. The volunteer hours can also be used for the Inclusive Excellence Inclusivity and Equity Certificate Program for the socioeconomic volunteering criteria.

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Egg cartons needed

Here is a great suggestion for Eco U… Donate used egg cartons. They are being collected in the UWGB Pride Center and the AIC front desk for donation to Paul’s Pantry on June 15.

Science students cut spring break to tag Northern Pike

It’s just a few days into spring, but the fish are a couple of weeks ahead of schedule, which could affect the season. UWGB Associate Prof. Patrick Forsythe and UWGB environmental science students made the news when they cut their spring break short to focus on the egg mortality, by helping to tag the fish. See the Fox 11 segment.

Breaking the ice to spread the rice

Researchers from UW-Green Bay had to break skim ice on a cold morning in mid-November to do it, but they took another big step in a grant-funded pilot project to restore native wild rice, bulrush and wild celery stands to the lower bay.

Students, staff and faculty from UW-Green Bay’s Natural and Applied Sciences unit are behind the effort to seed areas near the mouth of Duck Creek as a first step in returning the desirable plants (for both birds and fish). UW-Green Bay received a $225,000 federal grant, in partnership with Ducks Unlimited, to pursue the habitat improvements in the lee of the new Cat Island Chain breakwater. The work will establish what size plantings are optimal, at what water depths, and the best means (seeding or plugs).

“This is an amazingly unique project on a global scale,” Prof. Matt Dornbush told Wisconsin Public Radio. “This type of stuff really hasn’t been done. So what we’re hoping to do is really try to develop restoration strategies. How do you actually restore these marsh communities to an area this big?” The project will encompass 1,400 acres (more than two square miles), and will take three years.

Top photo: right to left:
· Brianna Kupsky, current ES&P graduate student who is leading the “rice project.”
· Josh Martinez, former ES&P graduate student, now a wildlife biologist with the DNR.
· John Huff: Natural Resources Area Supervisor with the DNR.

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Duck Creek Rice Planting - Nov. 17, 2015

– Photos by Reena Bowman, ES&P graduate student and Fish and Wildlife employee

Use an E-form, save a tree 

The paperless office? Even good ol’ Eco U isn’t there yet, but a friend and loyal Log reader who works in information systems on campus shares the following: UWGB has reached an interesting milestone with the Dynamic Forms (E-forms) initiative on campus. In 2014, the Registrar’s Office alone processed 8,902 electronic forms. With estimates that one tree equals approximately 8300 sheets of paper… “We saved a whole tree last year!” Good work!

Students plan Earth Week at UW-Green Bay

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

‘Eco U’ makes Green Colleges Guide for fourth straight year

UW-Green Bay is one of the 353 most environmentally responsible colleges in the U.S. and Canada as recognized by Princeton Review.

The education services company profiles UW-Green Bay in the 2015 edition of its free downloadable book, “The Princeton Review’s Guide to 353 Green Colleges.”

The Princeton Review chose the schools for this guide based on a survey it conducted in 2014 of administrators at hundreds of four-year colleges to measure the schools’ commitment to the environment and to sustainability. The institutional survey included questions on the schools’ course offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation.

Published April 16, a few days before the April 22 celebration of Earth Day, the 218-page guide can be downloaded at and

The school profiles in the guide feature essential information for applicants — facts and stats on school demographics, admission and financial aid — plus write-ups on the schools’ sustainability initiatives. A “Green Facts” sidebar reports on a wide range of topics from the school’s use of renewable energy sources, recycling and conservation programs to the availability of environmental studies and career guidance for green jobs.

In the guide’s profile, The Princeton Review says “Eco U has historically strong academic programs in environmental science and environmental policy and planning at both bachelor’s and master’s levels,” mentions various UW-Green Bay courses and research opportunities, along with “green” building design feature and the University’s Environmental Management and Business Institute (EMBI).

UW-Green Bay is one of five of the UW System’s 13 four-year campuses to be included in the 2015 edition. The others are Eau Claire, Milwaukee, Oshkosh and Stevens Point.