Earth Week 2016

Thank you for visiting the schedule for Earth Week 2016.  This year, we continue our student-led event planning efforts through the work of several student organizations to put on an offering of events that will interest their fellow UW-Whitewater students.  We also have a variety of events geared toward K-12 students through a partnership with the Science Outreach office.  If you have a large group interested in attending or participating in one of these events, please contact us to discuss accommodations further. 

Please take an opportunity to browse this year's schedule and mark your calendar as we get events scheduled.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Water Action Volunteers - Local Stream Monitoring

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM - Whitewater Creek near Ray Trost Nature Preserve (meet at Wells East Parking Lot 20 near Fremont Street at 12:45 PM)

Join us as we perform our first Level 1 stream monitoring on Whitewater Creek, one of the local streams we collect data on and report to the WDNR as part of a citizen volunteer program to measure and monitor the health of our local waterways.  Learn how to perform various measurements that indicate stream health, including temperature, stream flow rate, turbidity, dissolved oxygen, and biotic index of macroinvertebrates.  Ask questions and get more information about the Water Action Volunteers (WAV) Citizen Stream Monitoring program in the state and how you can get involved in this activity in your own neighborhood.  Please email us to reserve your spot and provide your shoe size for waders!

Garden Volunteering and Greenhouse Tour

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM - Upham Greenhouse

 Do you need volunteer hours, or maybe just enjoy working with plants and gardens? Come check out the Upham Greenhouse, and get a first-hand look at what will be going into the campus garden this year!

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PEACE/SAGE Film Showing:  This Changes Everything

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM - University Center:  Summers Auditorium

this_changes_everythingWhat if confronting the climate crisis is the best chance we'll ever get to build a better world? Filmed over 211 shoot days in nine countries and five continents over four years, This Changes Everything is an epic attempt to re-imagine the vast challenge of climate change. The film presents seven portraits of communities on the front lines, from Montana's Powder River Basin to the Alberta Tar Sands, from the coast of South India to Beijing and beyond. Interwoven with these stories of struggle is Naomi Klein's narration, connecting the carbon in the air with the economic system that put it there. Throughout the film, Klein builds to her most controversial and exciting idea: that we can seize the existential crisis of climate change to transform our failed economic system into something radically better. 

Upham Greenhouse Tour

6:00 PM - Meet at Lot 14, near the rear entrance to Upham Hall
Join us during Earth Week to tour our greenhouse at Upham Hall, the home of UW-Whitewater's science departments. Check out plants from desert to rainforest environments, and seedlings preparing to be planted in the campus vegetable garden. If weather permits, we'll also check out the organic garden plot and talk about how we're getting it ready for summer.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Garden Volunteering and Greenhouse Tour

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM - Upham Greenhouse

 Do you need volunteer hours, or maybe just enjoy working with plants and gardens? Come check out the Upham Greenhouse, and get a first-hand look at what will be going into the campus garden this year!

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SAGE Teach-In:  Water Resources

6:00 PM - 7:30 PM - Upham 141

Join Students Allied for a Green Earth as they hold the next installment of their peer-to-peer educational lectures.  This lecture will focus on the water resources issues facing the world, with an extra focus on water issues in Wisconsin.  Learn more about water scarcity and the issues facing the city of Waukesha, pollution, and conservation.  This lecture will not only teach you about the problems and issues we face in managing water resources, but also help you understand how college students can contribute toward addressing this with direct action.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Water Action Volunteers - Local Stream Monitoring

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM - Bluff Creek (meet at Upham Hall front lobby at 9:45 AM)

Join us as we perform our first Level 1 stream monitoring on Whitewater Creek, one of the local streams we collect data on and report to the WDNR as part of a citizen volunteer program to measure and monitor the health of our local waterways.  Learn how to perform various measurements that indicate stream health, including temperature, stream flow rate, turbidity, dissolved oxygen, and biotic index of macroinvertebrates.  Ask questions and get more information about the Water Action Volunteers (WAV) Citizen Stream Monitoring program in the state and how you can get involved in this activity in your own neighborhood.  Please email us to reserve your spot and provide your shoe size for waders!

"Green Tank" Elevator Pitch Competiton presented by UW-Whitewater Earth Initiative

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM - Hyland Hall 2203

green_tankUWW Earth Initiative will host the first annual green business idea elevator pitch competition ("Green Tank") on April 20th from 4:00-5:00pm. You can participate as an individual or in groups up to three. Contestants will have 3 minutes to present their eco-friendly idea(s) for a product, service, or policy to a panel of entrepreneurship judges. Example ideas may include but are not limited to: using recycled materials to create a new product, ways to make the campus more environmentally efficient, or products that could help someone live a "greener" life. These ideas are not limited in size or scale. When creating your idea and related "green pitch" to the panel, make sure to address the practicality, effectiveness, resources necessary, and time period necessary to achieve these ideas. So, when you enter the Green Tank show us your passion for the Earth and your environment. Are you ready to step into the "Green Tank?"

Sign-up by April 18th by filling out the online form here.

Contemporary Lecture Series: Elizabeth Kolbert - "The Sixth Extinction"

7:00 PM - Young Auditorium

elizabeth_kolbertElizabeth Kolbert, winner of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction for The Sixth Extinction, has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 1999.  Her three-part series on global warming, "The Climate of Man," won the 2006 National Magazine Award for Public Interest, the 2005 American Association for the Advancement of Science Journalism Award, and the 2006 National Academies Communication Award. She received a Lannan Literary Fellowship in 2006 and a Heinz Award in 2010, and won the 2010 National Magazine Award for Reviews and Criticism. She is the editor of The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2009 and the author of The Prophet of Love: And Other Tales of Power and Deceit and Field Notes from a Catastrophe, which was selected as one of the 100 Notable Books of the Year (2006) by The New York Times Book Review.  In addition to being awarded the Pulitzer Prize, The Sixth Extinction was a New York Times 2014 Top Ten Best Book of the Year and a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle awards for the best books of 2014.   Visit the College of Letters and Sciences Contemporary Lecture Series website for information on other lectures in the series.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

UW-Whitewater Eco-Fair - presented by WSG

11:00 AM - 3:00 PM - University Center: Hamilton Room

This fair will include exhibitors and employers who are not only offering information about sustainability, but many of them are offering jobs and internship in the field. It will be a great opportunity to network with employers AND there are wonderful, locally-sourced appetizers and snacks available to visitors!  Also, SAGE members will be there serving smoothies by providing human power for a “bike blender”!

Birds of Prey Exhibit and Science Outreach Activities

11:00 AM - 3:00 PM - University Center: outside Hamilton Room

Birds of PreyHave you ever seen birds of prey up close? Perhaps you're not even sure what that means? Come for presentations and demonstrations of birds like eagles, owls, hawks, and falcons and even get a chance to see some rehabilitated birds up close during a meet and greet. 

Join the College of Letters & Sciences Science Outreach Office as they have a wide variety of activities planned for kids of all ages to enjoy and learn more about our natural environment.  For the "big kids," the Science Outreach office is looking for volunteers to assist with these activities.  You can email Anna Courtier for opportunities at this event, or any events in the future where volunteers might be helpful.

In case of inclement weather, the Science Outreach activity tables will be in the University Center and the Birds of Prey exhibit will be either in the Upham Hall lobby or the University Center with the Science Outreach activities (currently being finalized).

Trees in Trouble:  Saving America's Urban Forests

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM - University Center:  Summers Auditorium

emerald_ash_borerIt seemed to happen almost overnight.  Thousands of trees started dying unexpectedly in Southwest Ohio.  The city of Cincinnati almost went broke cutting down trees and trying to keep the invasion from damaging property - or worse.  The killer was a tiny insect known as the emerald ash borer, a new invasive insect from Asia that has the potential to wipe out every ash tree in America...unless we do something about it.  Trees In Trouble: Saving America's Urban Forests tells the compelling story of how one Ohio community confronted their tree crisis, and fought this invasive pest by joining together and taking action. The film also explores other threats to our urban forests, the rich history of urban forestry in the United States, and the exciting new research linking trees and human health. 

Please join us for this short film and a presentation and discussion afterward that will highlight how the City of Whitewater and UW-Whitewater have responded to this invasive threat.

Friday, April 22

HAPPY EARTH DAY!

Campus Garden Volunteering - Fruit Tree Planting

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM - UW-Whitewater Campus Garden (lot next to Ambrose Health Center)

SUBJECT TO CANCELLATION DUE TO WEATHER!  Please join us on Earth Day to plant the first fruit trees of our new orchard at our campus garden site!  We hope to plant about 12 different trees this day and can use some help getting them put in place.

Make a Difference Day

UW-Whitewater hosts an annual day of service in the spring of each year, with the goal of cleaning up a surrounding community while building relationships between the citizens of that community and the students of the University. To get involved or for more information, please contact Kim Clarksen at ClarkseK@uww.edu or visit the Make a Difference Day page on Connect UWW.