Earth Week and Virtual Earth Day 50 at UW-Green Bay

A cross-University committee has compiled online Earth Week Events and educational resources as well as an online/virtual event on April 22, 2020, Earth Day 50 at UW-Green Bay. The day includes presentations and discussions from the University community, including live videos and panels to celebrate the 50th Earth Day, together, virtually for the Eco U community.

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Earth Day Events

Here is the current line up for Earth Day 50 at UW-Green Bay, Wednesday, April 22, 2020:

10:30 a.m. – Historical Perspectives on Earth Day, Panel Discussion with Faculty Emeriti

UW-Green Bay Prof. Emeritus H.J. “Bud” Harris (Biology and Environmental Science) 2020 Wisconsin Academy Fellow, Prof. Emeritus Robert Wenger (Mathematics and Environmental Science) and long-time collaborator with the School of the Environment at Beijing Normal University, Prof. Emeritus  Michael Kraft, (Political Science and Public and Environmental Affairs)  and U.S. environmental policy expert, Prof. Emeritus John Stoll (Economics and Public and Environmental Affairs) was as UW-Green Bay student at the time of the first Earth day and the co-founder of  Environmental Business & Management Institute (EMBI) and Prof. Kevin Fermanich (Environmental Science and Water Science) and soil and water resources extension specialist, serving as moderator.
Join the discussion via Blackboard Collaborate

Noon – A Virtual Nature Walk

Join Prof. Georjeanna Wilson-Doenges live on Facebook

1 p.m. – ‘Earth Talks’

  • Michael Draney, “My life with Earth Day”
    I was 2 ½ years old during the first Earth Day in 1970 so Earth Day and I have gone through life together. I want to reflect on how it’s doing as we enter our fifth decade together.
  • Vicki Medland, “Is nature slipping away?
    Earth Day was in part a response to an environment that the organizers no longer recognized. Today, we are shocked by what seems to be a sudden and massive loss of biodiversity and natural landscapes. Why do we not notice these massive changes to our environment?  
  • David Voelker, “Earth Day 2020 in Perspective”
    How can we understand the 50th Earth Day and the environmental movement that it helped launch in historical perspective, and in light of the Covid-19 pandemic?
  • Bill Davis, “A New Water Agenda for Wisconsin.”
    What would a system look like that could achieve our human health and ecology goal regarding water?
  • Kevin Fermanich, Moderator

‘Earth Talks’ Speaker Biographies:

  • Michael Draney is professor of Biology and chair of the Department of Natural & Applied Sciences at the University of Wisconsin–Green Bay.
  • Vicki Medland is the Associate Director of the Cofrin Center for Biodiversity at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and teaches courses related to environmental science and sustainability.
  • David Voelker is a Professor of Humanities & History at UW–Green Bay. He teaches courses in environmental history and humanities, and he is the program coordinator for the 2020 Common CAHSS conference, which will focus on the theme “Beyond Sustainability.”
  • Bill Davis is currently the senior legal analyst for the River Alliance of Wisconsin. He has worked in the environmental movement since 1987. He has an undergraduate degree in Wildlife Ecology and a law degree both from the University of Wisconsin. He has served as the executive director of three environmental advocacy organizations: Wisconsin’s Environmental Decade (now Clean Wisconsin), Citizens for a Better Environment, and the State Environmental leadership program.

Join the discussion on Blackboard Collaborate.

2 p.m. Sustainability in Action – What are you doing?

Guest speakers include Kevin Fermanich, Vicki Medland, John Arendt and Ericka Bloch
Join “Sustainability in Action” via Blackboard Collaborator

Sheboygan Campus members doing their part to recycle

Support the original Eco U (UW-Green Bay) by recycling dry erase and regular markers. The Sheboygan Campus is taking part in the Crayola Color Cycle Program. Place dried markers in one of the labeled boxes located in the LR Building Faculty Staff Lounge or the Fine Arts Building. Student services staff will do the rest.


Recycle your used markers!

Your help is needed in a new Eco-U sustainability initiative. UW-Green Bay is registered campus with Crayola ColorCycle to recycle used markers. Crayola is collecting the markers and diverting them from landfills. Partners on campus—ATS, EMBI, UWGB Libraries, Learning Centers and custodial staff will facilitate the collection. Please do your part by placing used markers from offices to a classroom used marker collection holder (small white cube usually placed on the whiteboards) or the box within The Learning Center, CL 207, instead of tossing them in the trash! Questions about Crayola ColorCycle can be forwarded to Sherri Arendt, John Arendt, Jason Willard, Mike Schmitt, John McMillion, Erica Grunseth or Lindsay Hahn. The committee is working with employees on Marinette, Manitowoc and Sheboygan campuses to have collections sites. as well.

School Social Worker of the Year is award to UWGB alumna

Alumna Melanie Brick ’96 (Psychology) has been named Wisconsin’s School Social Worker of the Year by the Wisconsin School Social Workers Association (WSSWA). She was instrumental in establishing the alternative recess program with Professor Georjeanna Wilson-Doenges (Sustainability and Psychology). Brick is currently a school social worker for the Unified School District of De Pere.

Prof. Deetz receives first ‘Sustainability Teaching Development Grant’

UW-Green Bay’s Sustainability Committee is pleased to announce the first recipient of the new Sustainability Teaching Development Grant, which provides monetary support for professional development activities or projects that lead to the infusion of sustainability into any aspect of teaching. Professor Kristy Deetz (Art and Design) has received this grant for her project titled, “Visiting University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, to talk with professors and observe studio and teaching activities in the Art and Ecology Program.” Using what she will learn at UNM, Deetz plans to offer her students a rich experience integrated with sustainability concepts and practices. She is interested in developing an art and ecology class that combines studio experiences with art history and sciences — it could be offered as a general education class or first-year seminar and also serve as a requirement for the emphasis.

Deadline for Sustainability Teaching Development Grant Call for Nominations is Friday, Feb. 15

The deadline for the Sustainability Teaching Development Grant Call for Nominations is Friday, Feb. 15, 2019. The Sustainability Teaching Development Grant provides monetary support for professional development activities or projects that lead to the infusion of sustainability into any aspect of teaching, including classes, labs, field work and/or undergraduate independent research/study. The Sustainability Committee sponsors this grant. Please contact Georjeanna Wilson-Doenges with any questions ( Learn more.

Reminder: Join 700 others in taking the 2018-19 sustainability pledge

The UW-Green Bay Sustainability Committee has created the following pledge for individuals to complete as we head into another school year. By thoughtfully considering each of the items in this pledge, we hope that you will lead a more sustainable lifestyle. Take the pledge.

Take the 2018-19 sustainability pledge

The UW-Green Bay Sustainability Committee has created the sustainability pledge for the 2018-19 academic year. By thoughtfully considering each of the items in this pledge, you might be able to lead a more sustainable lifestyle. Take the pledge. Sustainability creates and maintains the conditions under which humans and nature can exist in productive harmony, that permit fulfilling the social, economic and other requirements of present and future generations.

Reminder: take the sustainability pledge

The UWGB Sustainability Committee has created an annual sustainability pledge. The link below takes you to a personal pledge asking you to consider ways in which you can live in a more sustainable manner. After completing the pledge, you will be given a four-digit code that can be taken to The Phoenix Bookstore (along with your UWGB ID) to obtain 30% off any reusable water bottle. This offer is valid until Friday, Nov. 11.

UW-Green Bay named in Sustainable Campus Index

UW-Green Bay has once again been named in The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education’s (AASHE) Sustainable Campus Index (SCI). The 2016 SCI recognizes top-performing colleges and universities in 17 distinct aspects of sustainability, as measured by the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS). The index is available for downloading here.