Earth Week 2015

Thank you for visiting the schedule for Earth Week 2015.  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.  Please take an opportunity to browse this year's schedule and mark your calendar.  If you have a large group interested in attending or participating in one of these events, please contact us to discuss accommodations further. 

Wednesday, April 15

DIY Recyclable Workshop presented by UW-Whitewater Earth Initiative

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM - Old Main Ballroom UC275

Bring your org, bring your floor, but most importantly bring yourself to the Old Main Ballroom UC 275A on April 15th! Come to have fun and create an outfit made entirely out of recyclable materials with your friends. Not only will it be a blast, but there will be prizes as well! Also, you can trade in your extra plastic bags for a reusable one!

Thursday, April 16

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”!

Monday, April 20

Documentary Showing:  Fuel

12:30 PM - 2:45 PM - University Center:  Summers Auditorium

fuelDirector Josh Tickell takes us along for his 11 year journey around the world to find solutions to America's addiction to oil. A shrinking economy, a failing auto industry, rampant unemployment, an out-of-control national debt, and an insatiable demand for energy weigh heavily on all of us. Fuel shows us the way out of the mess we're in by explaining how to replace every drop of oil we now use, while creating green jobs and keeping our money here at home. The film never dwells on the negative, but instead shows us the easy solutions already within our reach.

There will be a 15 minute Q&A after the film.

Enbridge Tar Sands Resistance Tour

3:00 PM - Hyland Hall:  Timmerman Auditorium

Tar Sands Resistance LogoInternational organizations the Sierra Club, 350, Energy ACtion Coalition, and Honor the Earth and our very own Dr. Eric Compas will be speaking about international issues including climate change, tar sand extraction and transportation, violations of treaty rights, and the Enbridge LIne 61 Expansion project, which runs less than 3 miles outside of Whitewater!

College of Letters and Sciences Speaker Series: Ellen Gustafson “A New Understanding of Hunger, Obesity and the Food System”

7:00 PM - Young Auditorium

Ellen GustafsonEllen Gustafson is a sustainable food system activist, author, innovator and social entrepreneur. Her first book, We the Eaters: If We Change Dinner, We Can Change the World, was published in May 2014. She is the Co-Founder of Food Tank: the Food Think Tank. Before the launch of Food Tank, she founded the 30 Project, a campaign that has helped to change the conversation about the global food system by connecting hunger and obesity. She is also the creator of the Change Dinner campaign and HealthClass2.0, which are helping individuals change the food system at dinner tables and in schools. Gustafson was also a US Spokesperson for the UN World Food Program.

For more information, visit Ellen's homepage or check out this TED talk:

Tuesday, April 21

Documentary Showing:  Revenge of the Electric Car

10:30 AM - 12:15 PM - University Center:  Summers Auditorium

revengeRevenge of the Electric Car presents the recent resurgence of electric vehicles as seen through the eyes of four pioneers of the EV revolution. Director Chris Paine (Who Killed the Electric Car? 2006) has had unprecedented access to the electric car research and development programs at General Motors, Nissan, and Tesla Motors, while also following a part time electric car converter who refuses to wait for the international car makers to create the electric cars the public demands. As more models of electric cars than ever before start to arrive in showrooms and driveways across the world, Chris Paine's film offers an inspiring, entertaining and definitive account of this revolutionary moment in human transportation. Revenge of the Electric Car follows these auto makers as they race each other to create the first, best, and most publicly accepted electric cars for the new car market.

There will be a 15 minute Q&A after the film.

Advanced Technology Vehicle Show

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM - Upham Hall Parking Lot

Take an opportunity to see some of the latest and greatest vehicle technologies on display right here on campus.  Vehicles like the Nissan LEAF and Chevrolet Volt are leading the way to incorporating electric vehicle technology into modern vehicles, but many other types of vehicles exist that have sustainability in mind.


Advanced Technology Vehicle Owner Experience Panel

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM - Upham Hall

Join several individuals who have real-world experience driving advanced technology vehicles as they share their experiences, for better or worse, driving the vehicles demonstrated during the vehicle show.

LEAF 10k

Maryam LEAF

Wednesday, April 22

Birds of Prey Exhibit and Science Outreach Activities

9:30 AM - 2:00 PM - In front of Upham Hall (Rain Location for Science Outreach is University Center, Rain Location for Birds of Prey is TBD)

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. Demonstrations will be at 10 AM, 11 AM, and 12:30 PM with tabling exhibits the rest of the time. 

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).

Warhawk WellChats:  Growing and Eating Locally

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM - Summers Auditorium


Growing a garden is a great way to get more locally-grown produce in your diet, provides a great outdoor hobby to enjoy with others, and provides physical activity for a healthy, active lifestyle.  However, it can be difficult to get started as a college student.  Join UW-Whitewater Sustainability Coordinator Wes Enterline as he covers some basic beginning gardening opportunities that doesn't require a big plot of land to work.  We will also cover other resources you can use to find locally grown produce and discuss the benefits of eating locally for you and for our environment. 

Documentary Showing:  Green Fire

4:15 PM - 6:00 PM - Winther 2001

green_fireAldo Leopold is considered the most important conservationist of the twentieth-century. He is the father of the national wilderness system, wildlife management and ecological restoration. His classic book A Sand County Almanac inspires us to see the natural world as a community to which we belong. Green Fire explores Leopold's personal journey of observation and understanding and reveals how his ideas resonate today with people across the entire American landscape, from inner cities to the remotest wildlands. The film challenges viewers to contemplate their own relationship with the land community. 

There will be a 15 minute Q&A after the film.

Thursday, April 23

Bicycle Recycle hosted by UW-Whitewater Cycling Club

10:00 AM - 2:00 PM - Outside of the University Center - north side

The Cycling Club, will be coming to campus to provide free bicycle checkups and even some basic maintenance. Come get your bike checked out, get your tire tubes patched, and your brakes inspected and get your bike is ready to roll for summer!

Bicycle Recycle

Garden Volunteering and Greenhouse Tour

Upham Greenhouse - 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

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!


Documentary Showing:  Homeland

3:15 PM - 5:00 PM - Winther 2001

homeland"Homeland" tells the stories of five remarkable Native American activists in four communities who are fighting these "new Indian Wars" - each in his own way passionately dedicated to protecting Indian lands against disastrous environmental hazards, preserving their sovereignty and ensuring the cultural survival of their peoples.  With the support of their communities, these leaders are actively rejecting the devastating affronts of multi-national energy companies and the current dismantling of 30 years of environmental laws.

There will be a 15 minute Q&A after the flim.

Friday, April 24

Water Action Volunteers - Local Stream Monitoring

10:00 AM - Whitewater Creek near Ray Trost Nature Preserve (meet at Upham Hall 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.