Schedule of Events

Thank you for visiting the schedule for Earth Week 2018.  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 "environmental justice" theme.  We also have 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!

Volunteer Opportunities: Stream Monitoring at Whitewater Creek

Monday, April 9: 2:30-4:30 PM, Whitewater Creek near Ray Trost Nature Preserve (or meet in Upham Hall front lobby at 2:15 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!  


Campus Garden Preview and Greenhouse Tour

Tuesday, April 10: 4-6 PM, Upham Greenhouse

The Campus Garden 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 and talk about our future plans for our sixth season of production.  Take 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 area.  The Gardening Club will also be working on plant-related projects from 5-6 PM!


Back Forty Mine Panel Discussion

Tuesday, April 10: 7 PM, UC 259A

A public panel discussion! Qualified experts and community members are going to be sitting on the panel to discuss Aquila Resources proposed Back 40 Mine Project. We hope to inform Wisconsin residents about the mining project, as well as some of its challenges and solutions.

Canadian mining company, Aquila Resources, has proposed to build the Back 40 sulfide mine along the Menominee River. The mine would lie on traditional and sacred Menominee land, 150 feet from the Menominee River.

This would inevitably pollute water resources necessary for life. Not only would this harm the Menominee River, but the pollution would stream down into Green Bay, and spread into Lake Michigan. Anyone would relies on Lake Michigan's abundance could be affected.


  • Al Gedicks: professor of environmental sociology at University of Wisconsin- La Crosse and executive secretary of the Wisconsin Resources Protection Council. He is a longtime environmental and Native- solidarity activist.
  • Guy Reiter: community member of Menominee Nation
  • Aquila Resources and Michigan Department of Environmental Quality has been invited.

Science Outreach Earth Week Activities and Birds of Prey Presentations

Wednesday, April 11: 10 AM-2 PM, Upham Hall & University Center

The College of Letters & Sciences Science Outreach Office will be hosting a variety of activities for elementary students to learn more about our natural environment.  Have you ever seen birds of prey up close? Come for presentations about raptors like owls, hawks, falcons, and kestrals and get a chance to see some rehabilitated birds up close during a meet and greet with Northern Illinois Rapter Rehab and Education.  Students will also learn how stormwater impacts our local environment, get an up-close look at a functioning greenhouse, learn about animal tracks, and more!

For the "big kids", the Science Outreach Office is looking for volunteers to assist with these activities. For more information, email


"Green Tank" Pitch Competition presented by American Marketing Association (AMA) and UW-Whitewater Earth Initiative

Wednesday, April 11: 4-6 PM, Hyland Hall-Timmerman Auditorium

green-tankUWW Earth Initiative will host the third annual eco-friendly initiative competition, Green Tank, on April 11th at 4:00 P.M.  Green Tank provides students an opportunity to share their entrepreneurial insights as they present their thoughts and ideas of how to create a more sustainable future for a chance to win cash prizes!

You can participate as an individual or in groups up to three. Contestants must first submit a one page paper addressing an innovative sustainability-related initiative and how it can be implemented on our UW-Whitewater campus. Make sure to address a particular sustainability-related issue, how your program will be implemented, and how it will ultimately help to solve or have a positive impact on the chosen problem.  First round submissions are due by 11:59 PM on March 23rd.  Finalists will also be responsible for putting together an 5-8 minute presentation of their eco-friendly initiative(s) for an audience and panel of judges.  Finalists will be selected on April 1st to move onto the final round.

To register or learn about submission and event details visit

Film Showing and Panel Discussion: Return of the River

Thursday, April 12: 5 PM, Hyland Hall 1319

A documentary infused with hope, RETURN OF THE RIVER explores an unlikely victory for environmental justice and restoration. The film follows a group of committed people as they attempt the impossible: to change the public opinion of a town-and eventually the nation-in order to bring two dams down. Ultimately the community comes to a consensus, launching the largest dam removal in history and showing the way to a more sustainable future. The film offers inspiration amid grim environmental news, showing how an idea moved from "crazy" to celebrated reality. 

University Honors Program and Mini-Conference

Friday, April 13: 1-3:45 PM, Hyland 2203 and Hyland Atrium
Join the University Honors Program, College of Letters and Sciences faculty, Sustainability Office, and several student organizations as we host an Environmental Justice Mini-Conference in Hyland Hall from 1-3:15 PM on Friday, April 13. This event will feature a lecture by Dr. Stephen Levas of the Geography, Geology, and Environmental Science Department on the status of coral reefs worldwide and their impact on the health and livelihoods of people that depend on them for survival. The lecture will take place from 1-2 PM in Hyland 2203.

After the lecture, join UW-Whitewater students for a poster session highlighting environmental justice issues from 2-2:45 PM. Afterward, we will return to Hyland 2203 to discuss takeaways from both the mock lecture and the poster session. Finally, a panel of students representing sustainability and social justice student organizations will talk about some of their activities supporting these important topics.


College of Letters and Sciences Contemporary Lecture Series: Marc Edwards - "Saving Humankind from Itself: Science Politics and Human Failure from Lysenko to Flint"

Monday, April 16: 7 PM, Young Auditorium

marc-edwardsMarc Edwards is the Charles P. Lunsford Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Virginia Tech. His research group's work laid the groundwork for uncovering the 2001-2004 D.C. lead crisis and the 2014-2016 Flint water disaster. The White House awarded Professor Edwards a Presidential Faculty Fellowship in 1996, and he won a MacArthur Fellowship in 2007. In 2013 Edwards was the ninth recipient of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and the Society on Social Implications of Technology Carl Barus Award for Outstanding Service in the Public Interest for "courageously defending the public interest at great personal risk." In 2016 he was named among TIME magazine's 100 Most Influential People, the World's 50 Greatest Leaders by Fortune, Politico's 50, a list of visionaries who have transformed American politics, and Foreign Policy magazine's 100 Leading Global Thinkers.

Awake, A Dream from Standing Rock - Documentary Showing

Tuesday, April 17th at 7pm in Heide Hall room 101.

This documentary will detail the defiance of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe, along with the 500 other tribes and multicultural allies of the #NODAPL movement, who captured the world's attention by leading the peaceful resistance against the Dakota Access pipeline. While many may know the details, Awake will tell the story of Native-led defiance that forever changed the fight for clean water, the environment and future of the planet.

UW-Rock County Earth Day Event:  Mutual Aid Disaster Relief - Solidarity Not Charity

Thursday, April 19: 5-8:30 PM, UW-Rock County Campus

madrThe Mutual Aid Disaster Relief (MADRelief) Training Team is visiting UW-Rock County as part of their national capacity-building and educational tour. They will explain how natural storms turn into unnatural disasters through dangerous new forms of "disaster capitalism" and "extreme resource extraction," and train diverse affinity groups on principles of grassroots direct action humanitarian aid and crisis response, covering a wide range of topics such as "Solidarity, Not Charity," "Scouting, Mapping, and Understanding Your Community's Resources," "Building Power in Collaboration," "Overcoming Trauma Together," and "The Logic of Logistics." Join them, along with other local environmental and social justice organizations, to learn how to get organize and take action to respond to some of our most pressing environmental and social challenges.

This session is Part One: Protectors Vs. Profiteers - An Illustrated Presentation About Disaster Capitalism and the Rising Resistance to It.  If you are interested in attending Part Two:  Giving Our Best Read for the Worst - A Participatory Workshop About Solidarity, Building Grassroots Power, and Community Organizing as Disaster Preparedness, they will be hosted by Angelic Organics Learning Center on Friday, April 20.  YOU MUST REGISTER FOR PART 2 OF THIS EVENT!

Make a Difference Day:  Campus Garden Opening Day

Friday, April 20: 2-4 PM, UW-Whitewater Campus Garden

Help the UW-Whitewater Sustainability Office get the Campus Garden started right with our kickoff outdoor activity for the 2018 season!  Work will include cleanup from winter and bed and row preparations by hauling and spreading compost and wood chips.  By the end of the session, we hope to have volunteers plant the very first seeds in the campus garden to get another season of donations to local food pantries started!

UW-Whitewater hosts Make a Difference Day, an annual day of service in April of each year, to make a positive impact on the surrounding communities while building relationships between the citizens of participating communities and the students of the University.  To get involved in this project, please register through ConnectUWW here.  If RSVP is full, contact us via email for participation options.  


Make a Difference Day:  Whitewater Creek Stream Cleanup

Sunday, April 22: 10 AM - 12 PM, Brewery Hill Park, Whitewater

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.

UW-Whitewater hosts Make a Difference Day, an annual day of service in April of each year, to make a positive impact on the surrounding communities while building relationships between the citizens of participating communities and the students of the University.  To get involved in this project, please register through ConnectUWW here.  If RSVP is full, contact us via email for participation options.