Cummins announces new appointments | The Republic

Cummins Inc. announced Sherry Aaholm, chief information officer, will assume a newly-created role as chief digital officer, and Earl Newsome will join Cummins as chief information officer.

Aaholm earned a masters of science in sustainability from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.

Source: Cummins announces new appointments | The Republic 

Chancellor Alexander announces direction for carbon neutral campuses

UW-Green Bay Chancellor Mike Alexander made an announcement to the UW-Green Bay community on April 14, 2021 committing the University to take the path toward carbon neutrality. He outlined these steps:

  1. Within the next two months, we will create institutional structures to guide the development and implementation of the plan.
  2. Within one year, we will complete a greenhouse gas emissions inventory and identify near-term opportunities for greenhouse gas reduction.
  3. Within two years, we will have a target date for achieving carbon neutrality, interim dates for meeting milestones to achieve our goal, mechanisms and indicators to track our progress, actions to make carbon neutrality part of the educational experiences of all students, and actions to expand research in carbon neutrality.
  4. We will make our progress to the goal of carbon neutrality publicly available.

“In 1971, Newsweek designated UW-Green Bay as the initial ‘Eco U.’ We need to continue to earn that name.  As a regional comprehensive, it is our mission to solve problems for our region, be a leader in sustainability efforts, and ensure that our communities in Northeast Wisconsin can thrive together in respectful relationship with the natural world for generations to come. I look forward to working with you all towards achieving this goal and thank our Sustainability Committee for moving us down this path,” Alexander said.

 

Best,

Michael Alexander
Chancellor

Filling the composter

Digging in: UW-Green Bay Composter Update

University Union staff at “Eco U” have been hard at work composting. From Oct. 8, 2020 to March 30, 2021, UW-Green Bay processed 37,833 pounds of food waste and is averaging about 2,200 pounds a week in the year-old composter. About 75% of food waste is turned into compost, thus, the composter has created about 28,500 pounds of compost.

The composting process at UW-Green Bay starts as wood chips from local commercial tree removal companies and UW-Green Bay Dining food waste (two buckets of wood chips for every bucket of food waste). Add some heat and time and you have COMPOST!

The plan is to supply Gwood chip and compost pilesreen Bay Community Gardens with compost, but members of the University community and local community will be welcome to the compost sometime this spring.

Questions about the University composter may be directed to Grant Winslow, winslowg@uwgb.edu.

Request: Minimalists needed for sustainability & consumer research

A research request from Assistant Prof. Aniruddha Pangarkar:

“I recently had one of my academic papers published in an A-level academic journal (Journal of Business Research). For taking this research forward, I would like to interview around 15 minimalistic consumers. These are basically individuals who prefer not engaging in indiscriminate purchases or who try to avoid materialistic purchases/collecting and hoarding of unnecessary items. Such consumers are also ecologically focused and practice sustainability and care for societal welfare and the environment. In addition, such consumers focus on well-being, reducing stress levels, improving the quality of life, and focusing their energies on hobbies or interests such as hiking, traveling, gym, yoga (goal-oriented activities), etc., rather than consumerism. Minimalistic consumers also like to declutter and prefer simplistic homes and living spaces. In addition, such consumers also want to enhance their financial savings through exercising prudence (not purchasing unnecessary items or not hoarding and collecting items) or reducing purchases. To qualify for the interview, consumers do not need to meet all the above characteristics. Even if you meet 2-3 of these, it will be good to interview you. The interviews will take between 30-50 minutes. Please let me know if you (or someone that you know) would be interested in participating. If you would like to participate, then please also let me know 3-4 times that are convenient for you anytime starting next week (week of April 12, 2021). If you would like to contact him to know more about this, then please email pangarka@uwgb.edu.

A plan to build housing with net-zero energy consumption was her dream. It’s coming true on a vacant lot in downtown Green Bay. | Green Bay Press-Gazette

As described in a proposal to the Green Bay Redevelopment Authority, Michalkiewicz’s company, Giveadaam Ventures LLC, intends to introduce passive housing — housing that consumes no energy — to Green Bay. Buildings with net zero energy consumption are relatively new in the U.S., but especially so in Wisconsin and Green Bay.

Source: A plan to build housing with net-zero energy consumption was her dream. It’s coming true on a vacant lot in downtown Green Bay. | Green Bay Press-Gazette

Faculty note: Professor Emeriti Russ published paper in Sustainability Journal

Professor Emeritus Meir Russ’ latest paper titled: “Knowledge Management for Sustainable Development in the Era of Continuously Accelerating Technological Revolutions: A Framework and Models” was published recently in the Sustainability journal. In it, Russ declares the end of the Industrial Revolution periods and a start for a new era, for which he proposes a new model of knowledge management-bringing man and machine, decision making and learning together, for sustainable economic development.

The paper is an introduction to a special issue. For more information on the issue, the Sustainability Journal website has more.

Warren Gerds/Critic at Large: No cubby holes in ‘Sustainable Voices’ concert in Green Bay

An important word in the stack is “University.” This was a concert of learning and exploration and consideration and… and… musical notes put together in ways that never hit the Billboard Top 10. The notes were built for elevated considerations and concerns, the stuff secondary (and beyond) education is about.

Source: Warren Gerds/Critic at Large: No cubby holes in ‘Sustainable Voices’ concert in Green Bay | WFRV

Reminder: ‘Sustainable Voices’ is tonight, and Weidner Center’s March line-up

6:30 Concert Series: UW-Green Bay Music’s concert series returns with Sustainable Voices – A Musical Exploration of Ecological Sustainability, a collaboration with Common CAHSS. Streaming live on UW-Green Bay Music’s YouTube Channel on March 8, 2021 at 6:30 PM.

STEAM Engine XIV: This speaker series showcasing presentations on Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics will be livestreamed simultaneously on the Weidner Center’s and STEAM Engine’s YouTube Channels on March 11, 2021 at 7:00 PM.

Pegasis: A virtual concert performed by local Green Bay WAMI (Wisconsin Artistic Music Industry) nominated artist, Pegasis, known for tight harmonies, inventive arrangements, and engaging lyricism. This event will stream live on the Weidner Center’s YouTube Channel March 18th, 2021 at 7:00 PM.

No Reservations: This speaker series presented by UW-Green Bay’s College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences (CAHSS) continues with Dr. Jon Shelton presenting: The Rise and Fall of the Human Capital Myth. This event will be livestreamed on the Weidner Center’s YouTube Channel on March 23rd, 2021 at 6:30 PM.

Source: Weidner Center’s Digital Programming Line-Up for March 2021 | Green Bay News Network

Faculty note: Prof. Chandna among experts on current job market trends with a focus on sustainability

UW-Green Bay’s Associate Professor Vallari Chandna (Marketing and Management) was among those interviewed and was asked to comment on graduates interested in sustainability jobs. Among other things she also mentions, “for all job seekers, certifications are an important way to indicate your interests and show your desire and propensity to “upskill.” Additionally, sustainability graduates’ experience with grant-writing and any major endeavors or projects that are communication-related, is a plus.“ Read the full article including her comments on Zippia’s website.

UW-Green Bay Goes Big With Campus Composter | Wisconsin Public Radio

Students at UW-Green Bay now have the option to compost food waste rather than send it to a landfill. WPR talks with a student leader about how the project came about, and how it’s working so far. Host: Rob FerrettGuest(s): Guillermo Gomez

Source: UW-Green Bay Goes Big With Campus Composter | Wisconsin Public Radio