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Thank you for visiting the schedule for Earth Week 2017.  This year, we continue our mix of Sustainability Office, academic department, and student-led programming to put on a week of events focused on various sustainability topics, but many of the events fit with a "sustainable food systems" theme.  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. 

We also strive to make our events educationally relevant and are happy to discuss accommodations for faculty to integrate into their curriculum through attendance tracking or by providing more detailed descriptions of our activities and their learning objectives.

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

Monday, April 17, 2017

Campus Garden Preview and Greenhouse Tour

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM - Upham Greenhouse

The Campus Garden, entering its fifth season of production, starts with propagating seedlings for our season in the Upham Greenhouse.  Join the staff and students that work on this project as we highlight our past accomplishments (including donating 1600 pounds of produce to the Whitewater Food Pantry) and talk about our future plans.  While you're here, join us on a brief tour of the Biology Department's specimen collections and learn a few more ways to get involved in all things horticulture on our campus!  If weather permits, we will also provide tours of the Campus Garden space.  

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College of Letters & Sciences speaker:  Ben Hewitt
"Growing a Local Food System: Local food as economic driver and local nourishment"

7:00 PM - Young Auditorium

ben_hewittBen Hewitt, author of the acclaimed The Town That Food Saved and Making Supper Safe, writes and farms in Northern Vermont. His writing demonstrates how regionalized agriculture and food production holds the potential to reinvigorate our bodies, communities, and economies. Hewitt's work has appeared in numerous national periodicals, including the New York Times Magazine, Wired, Gourmet, Discover, Eating Well, Men's Journal, National Geographic Adventure, Outside, and many others. He and his family live in a self-built home that is powered by a windmill and solar photovoltaic panels, and tend a menagerie of animals, including cows, pigs, sheep, and chickens.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Campus Sustainability Walking Tour

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM - Meet in Hyland Hall Atrium

Join the UW-Whitewater Sustainability Office on a walking tour of our campus which focuses on various sustainability features and information regarding our accomplishments in sustainability operations and co-curricular engagement.  This popular tour is a variant of a sustainability presentation offered to many different classes and is adaptable to focus on specific areas of interest for individual faculty.  During this tour, we will cover the basics of campus sustainability and talk about how our buildings and grounds serve to advance sustainability on campus.  The walk will occur rain or shine (unless it is heavy precipitation/storms) so be prepared for a typical April day!

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Water Action Volunteers - Whitewater Creek Stream Monitoring

3:00 PM - 5:00 PM - Whitewater Creek near Ray Trost Nature Preserve (or meet in Upham Hall front lobby at 2:45 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!

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Film Showing and Panel Discussion:  Just Eat It

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM - Hyland Hall 1311

 In The Clean Bin Project, Jen Rustemeyer and Grant Baldwin attempted to produce zero waste in an examination of our throw-away society. As a follow-up, they turn their eye to food waste from farm to fridge. They vow to stop buying groceries and for six months to survive exclusively on discarded food. The myths behind corporate food production and marketing make for easy pickings as the directors dismantle best-before dates and show how our idea of "perfect produce" encourages us to discard perfectly edible and nutritious food-collateral damage in an age of food security headlines. Living off rescued goods their stockpile of found food demonstrates how the supply and demand chain is out of sync. It becomes immediately apparent this is a widespread problem with simple solutions. Unlike many environmental films that portray apocalyptic outcomes or make viewers feel helpless, Rustemeyer's and Baldwin's personal investment makes major sustainability issues comprehensible, solvable and delicious.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

UW-Whitewater Eco-Fair - presented by WSG

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

Presented by WSG, 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"!

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Tar Sands Rally

11:00 AM - 2:00 PM - University Center
Join SAGE as they rally to generate awareness for the environmental destruction caused by tar sands and the proposed Enbridge Line 66 pipeline expansion, which bisects the state of Wisconsin and will be occurring just outside of Whitewater.  Read this article about a similar action coordinated by the Wisconsin Youth Network in March.  This event is coordinated and hosted by SAGE (Students Allied for a Green Earth). 

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  Photo by Jacob Carpenter , Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Campus Garden Preview and Greenhouse Tour

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM - Upham Greenhouse

The Campus Garden, entering its fifth season of production, starts with propagating seedlings for our season in the Upham Greenhouse.  Join the staff and students that work on this project as we highlight our past accomplishments (including donating 1600 pounds of produce to the Whitewater Food Pantry) and talk about our future plans.  While you're here, join us on a brief tour of the Biology Department's specimen collections and learn a few more ways to get involved in all things horticulture on our campus!  If weather permits, we will also provide tours of the Campus Garden space.  

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

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM - Hyland Hall - Timmerman Auditorium

green-tank UWW Earth Initiative will host the second annual eco-friendly entrepreneur competition ("Green Tank") on April 19th from 4:00-6:00 PM. You can participate as an individual or in groups up to three. Contestants must first submit a 1 page paper addressing a sustainability related issue and form and product/service to help alleviate the issue. First round submissions are due by 11:59 PM on March 16th. Finalists will be responsible for putting together a 7-8 minute presentation of their eco-friendly idea(s) for a product, service, or policy to a panel of judges with a variety of teaching backgrounds. Eight Finalists will be selected to move onto the final round. 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 a particular sustainability related issue, how your product/service will be implemented, and how it will ultimately help to solve or have a positive impact on the chosen problem.

Full submission and event details can be found on our website.

James Gordon, Musician Performance

Wednesday, April 19: 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM, Summers Auditorium

james-gordonThe Canadian singer/songwriter, environmental and social activist is often featured on Wisconsin Public Radio's "Simply Folk" program Sunday evenings. His music derives from various topics as environmental activism, social justice, humor, and mental illness. James Gordon will be joining us for a concert and discussion about his music and motivations.  UW-Whitewater sponsors for this event include the College of Letters and Sciences, Department of History, Department of Geography, Geology and Environmental Studies, Department of Psychology, and the Sustainability Office.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Science Outreach Earth Week Activities and Birds of Prey Presentations

10:00 AM - 2:00 PM - University Center: Second Floor

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.

Have you ever seen birds of prey up close? Perhaps you're not even sure what that means? Come for presentations of birds like eagles, owls, hawks, and falcons from Northern Illinois Rapter Rehab and Education and get a chance to see some rehabilitated birds up close.  Shows will be at 10 AM, 11 AM, and 12:30 PM in UC 266.

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Scaling Our Consumption

Thursday, April 20: 10 AM - 2 PM, South end of UC

sageSAGE event showing how much U.S. land is used for meat consumption and how much of that land is used for the feed. This demonstration will help people see how much land we use and the effects it has on the climate due to land degradation, fossil fuel usage, and methane release.

Water Action Volunteers - Bluff Creek Stream Monitoring

4:00 PM - 6:00 PM - Bluff Creek on County Trunk Highway P (or meet in Upham Hall front lobby at 3:45)

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!

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Friday, April 21, 2017

Fruit Tree Planting Event with University Honors Program

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM - Hillside along Lauderdale Drive  near Wells Hall

SUBJECT TO CANCELLATION DUE TO WEATHER!  Please join us on Earth Day to plant the first fruit trees of our new orchard as part of the Campus Garden project.  We will be planting 40 apple trees of different varieties.  The apples that are harvested from this orchard will be donated to the Whitewater Food Pantry in the future.   We expect to have a large number of volunteer helpers here to visit the University Honors program that will dig the holes, but we will probably need some help ensuring the trees are planted properly and watered.  If you are interested in assisting, please feel free to email us.

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Campus Sustainability Walking Tour

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM - Meet in Hyland Hall Atrium

Join the UW-Whitewater Sustainability Office on a walking tour of our campus which focuses on various sustainability features and information regarding our accomplishments in sustainability operations and co-curricular engagement.  This popular tour is a variant of a sustainability presentation offered to many different classes and is adaptable to focus on specific areas of interest for individual faculty.  During this tour, we will cover the basics of campus sustainability and talk about how our buildings and grounds serve to advance sustainability on campus.  The walk will occur rain or shine (unless it is heavy precipitation/storms) so be prepared for a typical April day!

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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.

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Saturday, April 22, 2017

Whitewater Creek Stream Cleanup

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM - Meet at Whitewater Creek Nature Area

Join the Rock River Stormwater Group and members of UW-Whitewater's American Marketing Association as we embark on a spring cleanup of Whitewater Creek. This is a vitally important task since most storm drains, including many on our campus, deposit water into Whitewater Creek. These storm drains often pick up a variety of trash that gets deposited and accumulates in the stream or on the stream banks. Join us to make a tangible difference for our local waterway and connection to the Rock River watershed.

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