“When you have an emergency situation, it causes people to rethink a lot of fundamentals about energy generation,” said Michael Kraft, a professor emeritus of political science and environmental studies at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and author of several books on environmental policy.
Seventeen UW-Green Bay student entries competed in the Fall 2020 UWGB Student Business Idea Virtual Pitch Contest. Four cash prizes totaling $1,000 were furnished by Dental City’s Competitive Spark Endowment. The contest also served as a preliminary round for the 2021 Wisconsin Big Idea Tournament (WBIT, or www.wisys.org/events/bigidea).
Students submitted 90-second pitch videos to an online platform where judges, many of whom are alumni and recruiters, evaluated the ideas for new businesses, new products, new nonprofits, and new community projects. The results are First prize of $500 was earned by Kody Klumb (Business Administration) whose idea, Klumbus InsurTech, applies the efficiencies and the safety of drone technology for use by Property and Casualty insurance agents conducting field inspections. Second prize of $300 went to Boa Moua (Business Administration) whose product C.H.A.M.S.T.R. is a shippable, modifiable, stimulating Custom Hamster Activity Maze for hamsters or other small pets. Third prize of $100 went to Apoorva Gurtu (Environmental Science & Policy) who developed the idea The Green Bay Senior Bridge Program. Gurtu’s idea bridges the intergenerational gap, thus decreasing loneliness and social isolation within aging communities, by helping them interaction much more easily with the outside community. Gurtu first introduced this idea in the 2020 Innovation in Aging competition. The Peoples Choice Award of $100 went to Ka Vang (Business Administration) for her idea Ntxhais Hmoob, a modern Hmong-inspired fashion line for everyday wear.
UW-Green Bay, Manitowoc Campus is now offering bachelor’s degrees from start to finish in Environmental Science; Business; Health Information Management and Technology; Psychology; and Writing and Applied Arts.
Megan Hoff recently completed her graduate research assistantship in Green Bay, working for Sea Grant Staffer Julia Noordyk. This was the first time such an opportunity has been offered at one of the field offices. Hoff’s work for Noordyk and for her Master’s Degree in Environmental Science and Policy at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay involved working with the community to develop a watershed management plan for Mahon and Wequiock creeks, which flow through the campus.
UW-Green Bay alumna Morgan Turner (MS, Environmental Science and Policy) is helping airports reduce waste through a combination of her aviation experience and her graduate work. More via 2019 Airport Business Top 40 Under 40 Morgan Turner, TRUE Advisor | Aviation Pros.
UW-Green Bay graduate student, Sam Hoffman, is currently working with DNR to record data on mussels in the Lower Fox River. See more via DNR.
On Thursday, August 1, 2019, Manitowoc Unit of the Manitowoc County Fish & Game Protective Association held its monthly meeting with guest speaker, Jade Arneson, Environmental Science and Policy candidate at UW-Green Bay. Arneson is a graduate of the Manitowoc Campus.
Arneson is studying wild rice on the Bay of Green Bay. Her task is to evaluate the success of wild rice restoration, improve understanding of the relative effects of environmental factors on wild rice success, and inform future management in Green Bay. Document and improve understanding of the rate by which wild rice restoration efforts benefit wildlife within Green Bay. See more via Jade Arneson presentation to Manitowoc Unit of County Fish & Game August 1 via VL Outdoor.
Josh Kaurich ’07 (Masters of Environmental Science and Policy) knew he had a lot more to give, but was unsure on how to express that. At UW-Green Bay, he received guidance on how to connect learning to life. Kaurich serves as principal for Verita Energy, LLC and founded and manages Midwest Energy Procurement Solutions, LLC. More on Kaurich.
Members of the UW-Green Bay Audubon Student Conservation Chapter (which has the honor of being the first Audubon campus chapter in the nation) were featured by the Audubon website for their participation in a Washington DC fly-in event that geared towards raising awareness of the threats facing seabirds. “I think I could easily speak for everyone by saying it was such a wonderful learning experience,” said UW-Green Bay graduation student Tara Hohman (Environmental Science and Policy). Read the full story from Audubon.
The UW-Green Bay Audubon Student Conservation Chapter, which has been recognized as the first Audubon college chapter in the nation, participated in a “fly-in” hosted by the National Audubon Society in Washington, D.C., April 10-12, 2019. The purpose of the fly in was to put people who are passionate about birds and conservation in front of lawmakers in order to advocate for solutions to the seabird and forage fish crisis.
National Audubon provided scholarships for a select number of individuals across the nation, including five students from UW-Green Bay who are Audubon Student Conservation Chapter members, to advocate for seabirds. Attending were:
- Tara Hohman, Environmental Science and Policy Graduate Student, Mansfield, Tex.
- Jade Arneson, Environmental Science and Policy Graduate Student, Newton, Wis.
- Megan Hoff, Environmental Science and Policy Graduate Student, Sleepy Hollow, Ill.
- Demetri Lafkas, Environmental Science and Policy Graduate Student, Marquette, Mich.
- Mari Mitchells, Biology, Madison
“I think I could easily speak for everyone by saying it was a such a wonderful learning experience,” Hohman said. “We worked with amazing staff from Audubon’s D.C. Campaign crew, and were trained on advocating and interacting with congressmen. We all have a better understanding of how much work the politics of advocating and introducing a bills to the house is!”
“Seabirds have declined by 70% on a global scale in the last 60 years due to over fishing of forage fish, which acts as the primary food source for seabirds, as well as the rapidly warming ocean waters which is driving forage fish to go deeper in search for cold water. Currently there is no federal management of forage fish despite forage fish being a key component of the ocean ecosystem.”
National Audubon is asking lawmakers to take the crisis of seabird decline and climate change impacts on the oceans seriously and to pass federal legislation that manages forage fish in a way that is sustainable, takes the needs of seabirds into consideration and prepares us to live in a warming world.
In the photo above, from left to right: Tara Hohman, Mari Mitchell, Demetri Lafkas, Jesse Walls (senior director of Government Affairs for Audubon), Megan Hoff and Jade Arneson.
Story by Marketing and University Communication intern Alicia LeBoeuf