Thinking spring: Green Innovations event to focus on food, energy sustainability

In what we hope is a sure sign of spring (it just has to be), our friends in the Environmental Management and Business Institute are announcing a terrific lineup for this year’s Green Innovations Symposium, taking place Monday, April 22-Wednesday, April 24 here on campus. Highlights of this year’s conference, the theme for which is “Urban Agriculture and Community Sustainability,” include a keynote address from noted sustainability speaker David Orr, along with a screening of filmmaker Jeremy Seifert’s latest, “GMO OMG.” The University also will host the 10th annual Lower Fox River Watershed Monitoring Program Student Watershed Symposium, and honor Ryan Stockwell ’01, winner of this year’s Alumni Earth Caretaker Award. Our press release has more details.

 

UW-Green Bay to host Green Innovations conference on food, energy sustainability

The Environmental Management and Business Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay will host its fifth annual Green Innovations Symposium, “Urban Agriculture and Community Sustainability,” Monday, April 22-Wednesday, April 24 on the University campus at 2420 Nicolet Drive.

The 2013 symposium will focus on the issues of food industry sustainability, from foods locally produced to sustainable food transportation, bioenergy crop potential and opportunities; local “green” public and private campuses and energy opportunities; and partnerships with students to achieve sustainability. The event is a natural fit for EMBI, which works with public- and private-sector partners to solve environmental concerns in a sustainable manner.

Among the many highlights of the symposium will be a keynote address from noted sustainability speaker David Orr, who will present on “The Oberlin Project,” a joint effort of the city of Oberlin, Ohio, Oberlin College and private and institutional partners to improve the resilience, prosperity and sustainability of that community through economic revitalization, environmental improvements, local agriculture and more. Orr’s public talk will take place from 7-8 p.m. Tuesday, April 23 in the Phoenix Room of UW-Green Bay’s University Union. It is free and open to the public. Orr also will offer the keynote address Wednesday, April 24 during the portion of the symposium for which registration is required.

“For our fifth annual Green Innovations conference, we have the honor of hosting David Orr as the keynote speaker,” said John Arendt, associate director of EMBI. “Orr’s active leadership driving community sustainability in Oberlin, Ohio, demonstrates that business and communities can come together to make sustainable concepts a reality.”

Additional highlights of the 2013 Green Innovations event will include a screening of filmmaker Jeremy Seifert’s latest work, “GMO OMG,” which explores the consumption of genetically engineered food in the United States. That event will take place at 7 p.m. Monday, April 22, in the University Union’s Phoenix Room, and will be followed by an 8 p.m. question and answer session with Seifert. On Tuesday, April 23, the University will host the 10th annual Lower Fox River Watershed Monitoring Program Student Watershed Symposium from 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. in the Phoenix Room. The event is free, but separate registration is required. Please contact program coordinator Annette Pelegrin at pelegria@uwgb.edu or (920) 465-5031 to register.

Registration is required for the final day of the Green Innovations Symposium, which will feature a number of panel and breakout sessions, Orr’s afternoon keynote and the lunchtime presentation of EMBI’s 2013 Earth Caretaker Award. This year’s honor goes to 2001 alumnus Ryan Stockwell, who will share how his UW-Green Bay experience has proven beneficial to his work as the Agriculture Program Manager for the National Wildlife Federation. The Earth Caretaker Award annually recognizes UW-Green Bay graduates who have distinguished themselves in their professional field and are widely recognized for their career accomplishments in the areas of sustainability, environmental management, environmental policy or related areas.

Established in 2008, EMBI helps strengthen UW-Green Bay’s leadership position in the promotion of environmental awareness and eco-friendly initiatives. The annual Green Innovations conference, a component of its primary mission, features international experts and local panelists who provide insight on topics including sustainability in transportation, wind energy and regional health and sustainability.

To register for Green Innovations 2013, or for more information on the event, visit www.uwgb.edu/embi, or call (920) 465-2955. EMBI can be found on Facebook at www.facebook.com/EMBI.uwgb, and you can follow the institute on Twitter, @UWGBEMBI.

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Nominations sought for fourth annual UW-Green Bay Alumni Earth Caretaker Award

The Environmental Management and Business Institute (EMBI) at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is seeking nominations for its fourth annual Alumni Earth Caretaker Award. The deadline for submissions is Nov. 1.

Since its inception in 2010, the Alumni Earth Caretaker Award has recognized a UW-Green Bay graduate who has gone on to make contributions to the environment and in his or her field of study. Nominees are alumni who are highly regarded for their accomplishments in sustainability, environmental management, environmental policy or other closely related areas. Qualified nominees must hold an undergraduate or graduate degree from UW-Green Bay and have at least 10 years of experience beyond the University. Nominated graduates will be notified and asked to submit a letter of application, resume and any additional information they wish to provide (such as letters of recommendation).

The deadline for submitting a nomination is Nov. 1, and the award presentation is tentatively scheduled for April 18, 2013, during EMBI’s Green Innovations Conference. The 2010 Alumni Earth Caretaker Award recipient was Paul Tower, president and CEO of Applied Filter Technology in Snohomish, Wash. The 2011 honoree was Paul Wozniak, senior consultant with Navigant Consulting of Chicago. In 2012, the award went to Victoria Harris, a longtime water quality and habitat restoration specialist with the UW Sea Grant Institute.

Nomination information is available by contacting John Arendt (465-2953; arendtjo@uwgb.edu) or John Katers (465-2278; katersj@uwgb.edu). Visit www.uwgb.edu/embi for more information about the Institute.

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New video: Annual EMBI conference has attendees thinking green

The UW-Green Bay campus was thinking green late last month, when our own Environmental Management and Business Institute (EMBI) held its annual Green Innovations Conference on the topic of water. We’ve got new video that talks about the event, along with the bigger picture of EMBI and its sustainability efforts here on campus — how far we’ve come, and where we’re going into the future. Watch it here.
 

Go Green: Photo recap of Green Innovations 2012

Green Innovations 2012UW-Green Bay’s Environmental Management and Business Institute (EMBI) had another successful event with the 2012 installment of its annual Earth Week symposium.

Titled “Water — Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow,” this year’s conference gave attendees —  many of them high school students who work as part of the Lower Fox River Watershed Symposium Watershed project — an avenue to think about environmental concerns in a sustainable manner.

Among the many highlights, about 100 people heard the inspiring presentation by Chad Pregracke, who started single-handedly cleaning up the Mississippi River, and has now grown his nonprofit Living Lands & Waters organization to the largest river clean-up effort in the world with multiple barges and thousands of volunteers working side-by-side with his small paid staff. The community was also treated to two showings of Tapped, an award-winning documentary that takes a close look at the big business of bottled water.

Among other conference activities were tours of Renard Island, the Fox River Cleanup Facility and other area locations; as well as breakout sessions on various tracks (business, regulatory, and water and economic development). Area high school students showcased their work through the annual Lower Fox River Watershed Symposium.

Madison Richards, Sinclair Richards, and Samantha Noll, high school students from Racine, Wis., presented information on point-of-use water filtration and chemical treatment systems which are being implemented in Kenya and the Dominican Republic. Award-winning documentarians, the team of girls traveled to both countries and filmed the impact that these simple point-of-use filtration devices, which provide clean water, can have on people’s health and lives. Funded by The Dow Chemical Company and The Keystone Science School, the resulting documentary is used as an introduction to a curriculum unit that The Keystone Center designed for high school and middle school students, titled “The Balanced Equation.”

Victoria Harris was presented with the Alumni Earth Caretaker Award for her lengthy career in the water quality and habitat restoration. (See the full feature here.) Presenting her the honor was last year’s recipient, Paul Wozniak, and Prof. John Katers, co-director of EMBI.

Established in 2008, EMBI helps strengthen UW-Green Bay’s leadership position in the promotion of environmental awareness and eco-friendly initiatives. The annual Green Innovations conference, part of its primary mission, features international experts and local panelists who provide insight on topics including sustainability in transportation, wind energy and regional health and sustainability.

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– Photos by Marketing and University Communication staff and student photographer Lindsey Przybylski.

Water conference keynote is open to the public

Although the full conference — the Green Innovations conference — is a registration-required event, the opening night keynote address is always free and open to the public. Chad Pregracke, founder of Living Lands & Water, a grass-roots, nonprofit organization involved in cleaning up the Mississippi and other Midwest waterways, will be the keynote speaker at 7 p.m. tonight (Wednesday, April 18) in the University Theatre in Theatre Hall. For more info and links to Pregracke and conference details, check our news release.

New video: Fox River Watershed Symposium, H.S. students, in spotlight

Taking place in conjunction with Green Innovations 2012 is the annual Lower Fox River Watershed Symposium. Area high school students will showcase their work for the benefit of conference attendees and others beginning at 8:30 a.m. Thursday (April 19) in the University Union. Prof. Kevin Fermanich of NAS and staff coordinator Annette Pelegrin will offer an overview and introduction, and the five student teams will present.

Watershed moments — Just in time for Earth Day — and this week’s EMBI symposium — we’ve got new video detailing this innovative partnership. Since 2003, the Lower Fox River Watershed Monitoring Program has provided high school students and teachers with hands-on experience in assessing the health of aquatic ecosystems in Northeastern Wisconsin. The program is supported through 2013 by a $740,000 gift from Arjo Wiggins Appleton Ltd. For a video showing research in action, and with Kevin Fermanich and participants addressing the benefits, click here.

Sea Grant’s Harris to receive alumni environmental award

Victoria Harris, a longtime water quality and habitat restoration specialist with the UW Sea Grant Institute, will receive the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Alumni Earth Caretaker Award.

Victoria Harris
Victoria Harris
The award is presented annually during the Green Innovations symposium at UW-Green Bay. This year’s conference, sponsored by the University’s Environmental Management and Business Institute, runs April 18 through 20. Harris will receive the award at the concluding luncheon at 12:30 p.m. Friday, April 20, in the University Union.

The Alumni Earth Caretaker Award recognizes graduates who have gone on to influential careers in sustainability and environmental fields. Harris retired a year ago from the Sea Grant Institute, but has stayed active, with her husband, former UW-Green Bay faculty member Bud Harris, in water quality issues. She holds both bachelor’s (’74) and master’s (’98) in environmental sciences from UW-Green Bay.

Previous award winners were Paul Tower, Class of 1978, president and CEO of Applied Filter Technology, a West Coast firm that designs, builds and operates waste gas recovery processes for energy production; and Paul Wozniak, an environmental historian and educator who collaborated on the book Beyond Earth Day: Fulfilling the Promise with U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson, considered the founder of Earth Day.

Among the highlights at this year’s symposium, titled “Water — Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow,” is a screening of the award-winning documentary on bottled water, Tapped; a groundwater panel discussion; tours of Renard Island, the Fox River Cleanup Facility and other area locations; breakout sessions on various tracks (business, regulatory, and water and economic development); and an address by Chad Pregracke, founder of the nonprofit Living Lands & Waters organization. Registration fee for the symposium is $99.

Established in 2008, EMBI helps strengthen UW-Green Bay’s leadership position in the promotion of environmental awareness and eco-friendly initiatives. The annual Green Innovations conference, part of its primary mission, features international experts and local panelists who provide insight on topics including sustainability in transportation, wind energy and regional health and sustainability.

To register for Green Innovations 2012, or for more information on the event, visit www.uwgb.edu/embi, or call (920) 465-2995. EMBI can be found on Facebook at www.facebook.com/EMBI.uwgb, and you can follow the institute on Twitter, @UWGBEMBI.

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