Snapshots: The junk they find in the Arboretum

The Round River Alliance student organization just completed its third annual Campus Cleanup event, focused on the Arboretum surrounding the campus. Not surprisingly, it seems those areas bordering major roads can be hot spots for litter and dumping — with plenty of debris found along Bay Settlement Road near the tower and Niagara Escarpment. For a look at the metal, plastic, paper and old-building-material “bounty,” check out the Round River Facebook page.
 

Students plan Earth Week at UW-Green Bay

Student organizations at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay have taken the lead in scheduling a full lineup of Earth Week events Monday through Saturday, April 20-25. Wednesday is the 45th anniversary of the first Earth Day, which took place on April 22, 1970.

Events, times, places and sponsors for the 2015 observances are as follows:

Monday, April 20

•  Showing of documentary ‘Making Stuff Wilder’ about modeling future technology after nature’s designs, 8 p.m., Christie Theatre of the University Union, presented by student Chemistry Club

Tuesday, April 21

•  Cleanup Walk I — The first of two similar walks this week, this one runs from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. with participants fanning out from the Cofrin Library, outdoors near the “Sifting and Winnowing” replica plaque. Organized by the American Environmental History course.

•  Earth Week Forum, from 3 to 7 p.m. in the Union’s Phoenix Room C, with booths and displays by campus and community organizations starting at 3; remarks by NEW Water resource specialist Erin Wilcox at 4; a locally sourced meal courtesy of Trust Local Foods at 5; and remarks by business leader and environmental advocate Robert Atwell, president and CEO of Nicolet Bank, Green Bay, at 6 p.m. The forum is sponsored by the Student Government Association’s environmental committee.

Wednesday, April 22, Earth Day

•  Earth Week Picnic, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the University Union plaza atop the Student Services Building — with a no-cost lunch for UWGB students ($5 for community members), live musical performances by the UW-Green Bay Hand Drumming Ensemble and the Milwaukee indie-folk-country band Ladders, and activities and giveaways related to water and native plant species. (Rain location is inside the Union.) Sponsored by the student Public and Environmental Affairs Council, the Dietetics Club and the SLO Food Alliance.

•  Lecture on Native Plants, at 6 p.m. in Room 219 of Mary Ann Cofrin Hall, with speaker Justin Kroening from Stone Silo Prairie Gardens talking about the benefits of native plants and value for wildlife, organized by Round River Alliance.

Thursday, April 23

• Planting at the University Garden, beginning at 5:30 p.m., in the planters at the University Union plaza atop the Student Services Building. Volunteers welcome. Hosted by the SLO Food Alliance.

Friday, April 24

•  A second day of planting at the University Garden, beginning at 5:30 p.m., in the planters at the University Union plaza atop the Student Services Building. Volunteers welcome. Hosted by the SLO Food Alliance.

Saturday, April 25

Annual Arboretum Cleanup, from 9 a.m. to noon — Participants are asked to meet at the corner of Champeau and Sussex roads and to bring rainboots and gloves. Organized by the Round River Alliance.

Questions about any of the events can be directed to student Anna Gribova, an officer of the PEAC organization, at sopeac@uwgb.edu.