UW-Green Bay utilizing new composter to pull hundreds of pounds of waste from landfills

Students are using the composter to keep hundreds of pounds of food waste out of landfills and combining it with woodchips which is ten made into fertilizer for gardens around campus. At some point, they hope to make the fertilizer available to the community. Source: UW Green Bay Utilizing New Composter to Pull Hundreds of Pounds of Waste from Landfills, Seehafer News

UW-Green Bay new campus composter diverts thousands of pounds of food waste from landfills

“We’ve put about 15,000 pounds of food waste into it already, considering, that’s a lot. We’re averaging about 400 pounds of food waste per day that’s going in there,” said Grant Winslow, associate director of operations for the University Union. Source: UW-Green Bay new campus composter diverts thousands of pounds of food waste from landfills, WBAY

Cellcom funds local environmental initiatives through Green Gifts

The Lower Fox River Watershed Monitoring Program received a Green Gift in the amount of $2,012 to support monitoring activities of the Fox River watershed. The project engages high school and middle school students and teachers in community-based water quality testing. The data provides critical input for our community to assess long-term trends and evaluate restoration efforts. The program is a collaboration among UW-Green Bay, area schools, and community partners to help make valuable contributions to regional environmental protection and public policy.

Assistant Professor Michael Holly funded to help predict groundwater contamination

UW-Green Bay Assistant Professor Michael Holly
Assistant Professor Michael Holly

The Freshwater Collaborative of Wisconsin (FWC) awarded $122,000 to Assistant Professor Michael Holly (Environmental Science, Water Science) to lead a working group to investigate the environmental transport of PFAS. Research completed by the Sustainable Use of Biosolids (SUBS) working group (including PIs at UW-Platteville, Madison, and Stevens Point) will provide training and laboratory experience for undergraduate students at each campus. Completed work will help predict future PFAS groundwater contamination from soils receiving biosolids, facilitate generation of future land application guidelines to protect groundwater wells from PFAS, identify Wisconsin groundwater sources at risk, and evaluate a low-cost treatment to further minimize PFAS leaching.

Reminder: Part Two of Our Common CAHSS: Beyond Sustainability Speaker Series

Reminder, part two of the Common CAHSS: Beyond Sustainability Speaker Series is Thursday, Oct. 22, from 4 to 5 p.m. streamed live here. In this week’s installation, the Civil Rights Movement Meets the Environmental Movement (with Associate Prof. Elizabeth Wheat). More in the press release.

Reminder: Join 700 others in taking the 2018-19 sustainability pledge

The UW-Green Bay Sustainability Committee has created the following pledge for individuals to complete as we head into another school year. By thoughtfully considering each of the items in this pledge, we hope that you will lead a more sustainable lifestyle. Take the pledge.

Take the 2018-19 sustainability pledge

The UW-Green Bay Sustainability Committee has created the sustainability pledge for the 2018-19 academic year. By thoughtfully considering each of the items in this pledge, you might be able to lead a more sustainable lifestyle. Take the pledge. Sustainability creates and maintains the conditions under which humans and nature can exist in productive harmony, that permit fulfilling the social, economic and other requirements of present and future generations.

Sustainable management grad makes a difference for Georgia-Pacific

UW Sustainable Management student Jessie Johnson is headed toward a successful career. Johnson, who graduated from UW-Green Bay in May, 2018 with a Master of Science in Sustainability Management, landed a job at Georgia-Pacific in 2014. She started as a lab technician while she was still in school working on her Bachelor’s in Integrated Leadership Studies with an emphasis on Environmental Policy at UW-Green Bay. Johnson moved up the business ladder rather quickly, as in 2017, a year after graduation, she entered the Environmental Entry Level Professional Program at Georgia-Pacific in Atlanta. The training enabled endless opportunities; her next role could be anything from an environmental engineer in the air, water, or waste departments to a product stewardship associate position or she could become a member of the corporate sustainability team in Atlanta. She is happy to pursue a career that lines up so well with her educational background. Read more about Jessie’s journey here.

Mark your calendar: New documentary, ‘Searching for Sustainability’ will be screened on campus

Watch this space for more, but hold the date: A fascinating documentary, Searching for Sustainability will be shown on campus, Feb. 13, 2018 at 6 p.m. in Phoenix Rooms B and C of the University Union. UW-Green Bay Professor Kevin Fermanich (NAS) and Associate Prof. Debra Pearson (Human Biology) were involved as experts in the film. Included that evening is a discussion panel featuring faculty and local experts. This event will be open to all faculty, staff, students and the general public and there is no charge for the screening. However, an Eventbrite page is being created to help determine an accurate seat count. Please register if you plan to attend.