Upcoming iPat films

Save the date for the upcoming iPat (impact = population * affluence * technology) films, part of the 7th Annual iPat Environmental Film Series.

Enjoy entertaining and thought-provoking films that evaluate the condition of the natural world, identify drivers of environmental harm, and consider solutions. At the conclusion of each film a community expert or panel will offer their insights, draw our attention to relevant local issues, and answer questions from the audience.

The films are free admission and sponsored by Public & Environmental Affairs, Public and Environmental Affairs Council (PEAC) and Environmental Management and Business Institute (EMBI). Screenings occur in the Christie Theatre on the Green Bay campus.


Nov. 5, 2018, 7 p.m.: “Comfort Zone”

Dec. 3, 2018, 7 p.m.: “Of Shark and Man”

For more information, contact Ashley Heath at 920-465-2608 or heatha@uwgb.edu or Elizabeth Wheat at 920-465-2848 or wheate@uwgb.edu.

iPat Environmental Film Series: Bananas showing tonight!

Juan “Accidentes” Dominguez is on his biggest case ever. On behalf of 12 Nicaraguan banana workers he is tackling Dole Food in a ground-breaking legal battle for their use of a banned pesticide alleged to cause sterility. The film is “Bananas” and it screens at 7 p.m. tonight (Monday, Nov. 7) in the Union’s Christie Theatre. Admission is free. The iPat Film Series (impact = population * affluence * technology) is an environmental film series sponsored by PEAC, The Center for Public Affairs, and the Department of Public and Environmental Affairs.

iPat movie: ‘Andromeda Strain’

At 7 p.m. this coming Monday (Dec. 7) in the Christie Theatre, the iPat film series will revisit a classic Hollywood thriller that “went viral” back in the days when UWGB was still new. With a nod to UWGB’s 50th anniversary, “The Andromeda Strain” from 1971 will be screened with an introduction and discussion led by Christine Vandenhouten, associate professor of Nursing. It’s a chance to discuss the movie — about a military space capsule that brings a deadly microbe back to Earth — and its current relevance to public health in an age of renewed concern over viruses, pandemics and climate change. Free admission and popcorn! If faculty would like to use this for an extra credit assignment, we can monitor a sign-in sheet for your class. The film series is sponsored by the Public and Environmental Affairs Department, the Center for Public Affairs, PEAC and The Common Theme initiative. Questions? Contact John Stoll, stollj@uwgb.edu or 465-2358.

Author of ‘Dorito Effect’ leads World Food Day discussion at UW-Green Bay

world-food-poster-webThe University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is celebrating World Food Day by hosting an event on October 22 that highlights whole food choices and local farmers in the Green Bay area. All events scheduled throughout the day will take place in the Phoenix Rooms in the University Union on campus, 2420 Nicolet Drive.

The keynote speaker for the event is Mark Schatzker who is nationally known for his book, The Dorito Effect. He will discuss the importance of moving from high-processed, chemically-enhanced, and mass-produced foods to consuming foods the way nature intended. His speech will be from 6 to 7 p.m. followed by locally-sourced desserts and refreshments. His talk concludes a full day of activities including:

Panel discussion — Beginning at 1 p.m., a panel of local farmers and restaurant owners will present their stories to UWGB students and faculty and community audience members
Food, Health, and Sustainability Expo — from 3 to 6 p.m.
Farm to table dinner — Beginning at 5 p.m., a free and healthy farm-to-table dinner will be prepared and served by the Dietetics Health and Fitness Club

Many UWGB student organizations are involved in planning, promoting, and creating this event including the Dietetics Health and Fitness Club, Sustainable Local Organic Food Alliance (SLO), the Public and Environmental Affairs Council (PEAC), Campus Kitchens, Healthy Fork, SGA Environmental Affairs, and Student Life. The event is one of many being held throughout the year celebrating UWGB’s 50th Anniversary.

All events are free to campus and community members. For more information about this event, visit the UWGB Food Day Celebration 2015 website or email Caela Stenski, President of the Dietetics Health and Fitness.


TV-5 spotlights student plastic recycling

What started last year as an idea during an internship, students at UW-Green Bay have turned into a campuswide clean-up effort. Matt Malcore and Anna Gribova told TV-5 News they’re nearing one ton of plastic bags and shrink wrap collected, baled and recycled. The University’s Public and Environmental Affairs Council, or PEAC, is behind the effort.

That’s a wrap: Students keep ton of plastic bags out of waste stream

top-plastic-film-recycleIt hasn’t even been on campus for a year, but the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay plastic film recycling program has already processed the equivalent of nearly one million plastic bags.

“We’ve recycled somewhere between 1800 and 2200 pounds of plastic film,” said former student intern Matthew Malcore. “Not all of it has been just plastic bags, but assuming the weight of a plastic bag is 5.5 grams, this equals the weight of between 816,000 and 997,900 plastic bags. Approaching the weight of one million plastic bags in under a year, just at a community level. That is pretty amazing to me,” Malcore said.

The goal of the plastic film recycling program is to keep plastic films, such as grocery bags and pallet wrap, from the waste stream. When not collected separately, the films can pose problems. If thrown into the garbage can, the plastic film would end up in a landfill, but attempting to recycle it along with plastic or glass containers and paper, could clog the sorting machines at the recycling facility, which are typically designed to handle rigid materials.

“Aware of this problem, we were searching for a better solution,” said Felix Pohl, sustainability communications manager. “If we collect plastic films separately, they do not pose a problem in the waste stream and furthermore the material can be re-purposed by specialized recycling companies.”

In order to accomplish this, an Environmental Management and Business Institute (EMBI) intern took on the job.

“One of our former interns in the EMBI internship program had made contact with Zeus Recycling from Sheboygan regarding plastic film recycling and wondered if EMBI could assist in providing intern support to Zeus in order to launch a pilot program on plastic film recycling here on campus,” said John Arendt, EMBI Associate Director. “Utilizing the Great Lakes Internship Initiative grant, EMBI offered student Matthew Malcore to provide Zeus with that help to begin the plastic film pilot.”

The program officially began on March 1, 2014, when 12 drop-off boxes, provided by Green Bay Packaging, were placed in various locations around campus, including 10 in public areas and two in maintenance areas.

“As we essentially started the program without any particular funding, we utilized donated cardboard containers and mounted self-made signs on them,” said Pohl.

story-plastic-filmAs the student intern, Malcore (pictured at left) was in charge of collecting the plastic film at each of the collection points, sorting, and baling the material. Beginning halfway through the fall 2014 semester, Malcore has been helping to transfer the management of the program to the Public and Environmental Affairs Council (PEAC).

“A significant part of our outreach was to involve the students from PEAC, a great student organization bringing together students from all over campus who share a genuine concern for how we build our future in the face of environmental challenges,” said Pohl.

Malcore, a member of PEAC, will be helping the organization to continue the program.

“As PEAC is now the group responsible for the program, I will be continuously training members on how to collect, differentiate and bale the plastic,” said Malcore.

The program was implemented October of 2014, starting with bins placed in the laundry rooms of residence halls.

“Some bins were packed full after the first week and others took a bit longer to fill,” said Kayla Billet, Residence Life Eco-intern and Co-leader of the Residence Green Life Committee, “The committee members then bring the collected plastic film to the larger collection box in the Community Center. From there the organization PEAC does the collecting and packaging for further recycling.”

The program’s popularity has spread past the boundaries of campus as well.

“Currently, the popularity of plastic film is growing throughout the state, said Arendt, “We have seen other campuses start programs, but UW-Green Bay was the first. K-12 schools are taking on recycling, and the Wisconsin DNR is promoting the program.”

Plastic film recycling programs are a step in the right direction, but according to Malcore, eliminating all use of these plastics is the best solution.

“Single-use plastics have become a growing problem, especially as pollutants of the oceans,” said Malcore, “Using cloth bags instead of plastic bags and re-using water bottles instead of purchasing new ones constantly is always preferable to using single-use plastics. Even though more of the single-use plastics, such as plastic bags, increases the amount of material we reclaim and technically makes the program more profitable, PEAC is an environmental organization and the purpose of both the organization and the program is to reduce environmental impact.”

In the coming months, the program will start diverting the plastic film to TREX Decking in order for the film to find new life in the form of park benches and decks.

“This program provides the opportunity for students, faculty, and staff to first think about plastic film not as waste but as a resource and to actively divert it from the landfill,” said Arendt, “This is education in action.”
Story by Katelyn Staaben, editorial intern, Marketing and University Communication

National Food Day: Meals, talk by Chives owner on Seven Loaves

UW-Green Bay will host a presentation by a well-known local chef and anti-hunger activist to cap its observance of National Food Day on Thursday, Oct. 24. Chef J.R. Schoenfeld, owner of Chives restaurant in Suamico and founder of the Seven Loaves Project to feed the hungry in Rwanda and beyond, will deliver a keynote address and a cooking demonstration at 6 p.m. in the Phoenix Room. National Food Day is a show of support for healthy, affordable and sustainable food. Events begin first thing in the morning with the “No Waste Community Breakfast” at the Mauthe Center. The remainder of the events take place in the University Union, including a locally sourced, sustainably grown, multi-course meal. Student organizations including the SLO Food Alliance, the Public and Environmental Affairs Council and the Dietetics Club are organizing the meal. Read more.

Environmental activities all week

The student Public and Environmental Affairs Council, along with EMBI intern Jake Eggert, are promoting what they call “Eco-Rush Week” activities that include, but are not limited to, the Food Day events on Wednesday, Oct. 24.

Also on the schedule:

•  Monday 10/22 – Movie and discussion, Dive! 5-6:30 p.m. in Alumni Rooms
•  Tuesday 10/23 – Autumn Fest 7:00-9:00 @ Mauthe Center games, bonfire, fun!
•  Wednesday 10/24 – Food Day (see items above)
•  Thursday 10/25 – The True Cost of Coal, visual art tour, 7 p.m., Mauthe Center
•  Monday 10/29 – John Seager, Zero Population Growth 6 to 8 p.m., Rose Hall 250

More details.

Urban farmer, author Will Allen to highlight National Food Day events Oct. 24

UW-Green Bay and The Readers Loft Bookstore are teaming up to celebrate National Food Day Wednesday, Oct. 24, bringing in renowned urban farmer and author Will Allen to keynote an evening address. Allen will speak at 6 p.m. in the Phoenix Room, with the larger Food Day celebration beginning at 4 p.m. and running until 9 p.m. UW-Green Bay’s PEAC, SLO Food Alliance and Dietetics Club will team up to offer a locally sourced, sustainably grown meal from 4:30-5:45 p.m., and various community and campus-based organizations and businesses will be represented at informational tables throughout the event. Allen is the founder and CEO of Growing Power, Inc., and author of The Good Food Revolution: Growing Healthy Food, People and Communities. See our full news release for more details on the day’s events.

Urban farmer, author Allen to highlight National Food Day events at UW-Green Bay

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is partnering with The Readers Loft bookstore to bring renowned urban farmer and author Will Allen to campus as part of National Food Day Wednesday, Oct. 24.

Allen, founder and CEO of Growing Power, Inc. and author of The Good Food Revolution: Growing Healthy Food, People, and Communities, will deliver a keynote address at 6 p.m. in the Phoenix Room of the University Union on campus, 2420 Nicolet Drive.

Allen is a MacArthur Genius Award recipient whose small partnership on Milwaukee’s north side has won attention nationally and beyond from those who advocate for sustainable food systems. Growing Power bills its mission as transforming communities by providing healthy and affordable food and promoting Community Food Centers through training, demonstration, outreach and technical assistance. The organization states its goal is “to grow food, to grow minds, and to grow community.”

Allen’s talk is part of the larger UW-Green Bay discussion of National Food Day, a movement favoring citizen involvement in sustainable food and locally sourced food, where practical. The UW-Green Bay event runs from 4 to 9 p.m. in the Phoenix Room of the Union. Other highlights include:

• A locally sourced, sustainably grown meal will be served, buffet-style, from 4:30-5:45 p.m. The meal is free to students, with event organizers asking community members for a voluntary $1 to $2 donation. The meal is first come, first served, as it is difficult to know how many people will be attending. The UW-Green Bay Public and Environmental Affairs Council (PEAC), SLO (Sustainable, Local, Organic) Food Alliance and Dietetics Club are organizing the meal. Locally sourced dessert and coffee will follow Allen’s talk.

• Several student groups are organizing a canned food drive. Those who are able are asked to bring canned goods to donate.

• Throughout the event, various community and campus-based organizations and businesses will be represented at informational tables. These include the following: New Leaf Food Co-op; Brown County Bee Association; Kellner Back Acre Garden CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) Farm; Seymour Park Community Garden organization; UW-Green Bay Environmental Management and Business Institute (EMBI); PEAC; SLO Food Alliance; UW-Green Bay Dietetics Club.

For more information on Allen and Growing Power, visit www.growingpower.org.