Reminder: Please dispose of batteries properly

Instruction for the disposal of different kind of batteries is as follows: Alkaline batteries are composed primarily of common metals — steel, zinc and manganese — and do not pose a health or environmental risk during normal use or disposal. Proven cost-effective and environmentally safe recycling processes are not yet universally available for alkaline batteries. Battery types include AAA, AA, A, C, D and 9 volt. Disposal: May be placed in normal trash for disposal. Do not dispose of large amounts (more than 3 or 4 handfuls) of alkaline batteries in the trash. Contact Jill Fermanich at 2273 or if you have large amounts of alkaline batteries for disposal.

Button batteries still contain small amounts of mercury and should be recycled through the state’s hazardous waste disposal contractor. Disposal: Place button batteries between two layers of clear packing tape. Place in campus mail to Jill Fermanich, Business & Finance. Rechargeable batteries: The most common types of rechargeable batteries are nickel cadmium (Ni-Cd); nickel metal hydride (Ni-MH);and lithium (Li-ion). Disposal: Tape all battery terminals. Contact Jill Fermanich at 2273 or for disposal. Lead acid batteries: These are not regulated as hazardous waste as long as they are recycled. Used lead acid batteries may be returned to vendor where purchased at no cost for recycling. Battery vendors are required to accept the spent batteries when a new battery is purchased. Disposal: Contact Mike VanLanen ( in Facilities Management for disposal.

For disposal of other batteries or for disposal of any material for which you have questions, please call or email Jill Fermanich at 2273 or

Do you know what a quiet place sounds like? UW-Green Bay alumnus has an idea

Audio Ecologist Gordon Hempton ’76 (Population Dynamics) started a non-profit back in 2005 called One Square Inch of Silence, which focuses on preserving quiet places — places with no human sound. Hempton and his mentee Matt Mikkelsen recorded the sound of silence in Washington’s Olympic National Park. Read the full story, and listen to the audio recording on National Public Radio.

Incoming UW-Green Bay student awarded a scholarship from Fox Valley Community Foundation

Samuel Langenfeld attended Wisconsin Connections Academy for seven years and graduated in June. Based on his scholastic achievements and proven leadership skills, Langenfeld was awarded a scholarship by the Fox Valley Community Foundation, founded in 1952. This fall Langenfeld will attend UW-Green Bay to pursue a degree in Environmental Design. Congratulations! Read the full story on Waushara Argus.

Faculty note: Michael Kraft publication

UW-Green Bay Faculty Emeritus Michael Kraft (Environmental Policy and Planning, Political Science) announced a January release of his book, Environmental Policy, by CQ Press/Sage in its 10th edition. Kraft says he and his co-editor thoroughly revise the original chapter contributions to this book every three years, and after some 30 years, it continues to be a leading text in the field of environmental policy and politics. You can find it on Amazon.

UW-Green Bay iPat Film: ‘Big Boys Gone Bananas’, April 3

The UW-Green Bay iPat environmental film series returns with a screening of “Big Boys Gone Bananas” at 7 p.m. Monday, April 3, 2017 in the UW-Green Bay Christie Theatre. The film has been called a classic David vs. Goliath story. Find out what happens to a documentary filmmaker when he goes up against a large corporation like Dole Foods. The iPat Film Series is sponsored by the Public and Environmental Affairs Council, The Center for Public Affairs, the Department of Public and Environmental Affairs and the Brown County Library. All showings are free and open to the public. Following each film, a local expert will be on hand to offer commentary and answer questions. For questions, contact Ashley Heath,

PEAC announced World Water Day program

From 3:30 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 22 (World Water Day) Kimberlee Wright, Executive Director of Midwest Environmental Advocates (MEA), will speak about the Petition for Corrective Action, which questions the enforcement of the Clean Water Act by state and national agencies, and a request to the EPA to take action. The program is sponsored by the Public and Environmental Affairs Council (PEAC). Questions can be directed to Matt Malcore,