Thank you for visiting the schedule for Earth Month 2022. This year, we are excited to partner with Whitewater Student Government's Sustainability Week to offer a variety of events in both in-person, virtual, and hybrid formats. Please contact us if you want to discuss event partnerships for any events and outreach you want to partner with us on. As a small office with limited student contact but plenty of available staffing and resources, we love to highlight the work of other departments working on sustainability issues and assist with various event planning and promotional services.
Please take an opportunity to browse the scheduled events below and check back often! We plan to have our final calendar of events by the beginning of March, but Also be sure to follow our social media accounts to enjoy interactive posts and activities such as bingo, polls, discussions, live videos, and virtual tours!
UC Live and the Sustainability Office have joined forces in creating a plant-friendly event to kick off Earth Month with some greenery. Practice your artistic skills on a macrame plant hanger and receive your very own houseplant to put the plant hanger to work. All materials will be provided and staff will be on-hand to help you create the plant holder and offer tips on how to help your new plant thrive.
In the bayous of southern Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana, a band of Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw natives has resided on the Isle de Jean Charles for seven or eight generations, since the Indian Removal Act of 1830 forced them from their ancestral home. However due to coastal erosion, the Isle de Jean Charles has been disappearing and its diverse wetland ecology has become increasingly imperiled. Increasingly questioning their isolation, and wavering between resistance and abandonment, these early-stage climate refugees sense the impending loss of community, culture, and environment that is never factored into statistics of economic growth or the price of energy.
The Sustainability Office is putting on a Clothes Swap! Browse a wide selection of different styles and sizes to choose from and exchange your old clothes for something new (to you)! Partcipants who want to take clothes are encouraged to bring something to donate so we can provide an ongoing selection to all participants. All donations after the event will go to The Community Space.
All people deserve to be safe and welcome enjoying outdoor spaces, which includes equitable access to quality natural spaces and employment or leadership opportunities in the outdoor industry. To help provide this experience to all of our students, UW-Whitewater is an Ice Age Trail Campus and collaborates with members from the Walworth/Jefferson County Chapter of the Ice Age Trail Alliance to explore one of the oldest and highest-quality sections of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail, located just east of Whitewater. Join the chapter on their weekly guided hike around Lake LaGrange.
For students needing transportation, a Warhawk Shuttle will leave the University Center in Lot 12A at 3:30 PM to bring students to this location for the hike. Others are encouraged to carpool to the departure location by 3:45. Please sign up for the shuttle using this link if you need transportation.
Before the hike, we will be hosting a showing of the 30 minute documentary Breaking Trail from Credo Nonfiction, which tells the story of Emily Ford, the first African-American women to complete a thru-hike of the entire Ice Age Trail during the winter of 2021. Her inspiring story of perserverence with her trusty sidekick Diggins examines hiking from Emily's unique identity while offering up some basic tips on how to survive a Wisconsin winter on the trail.
We are excited to hear from YOU, the aspiring filmmaker, to share a short film on any topic related to the environment or sustainability to help us celebrate Earth Day. Anyone is welcome to participate. To participate, please read the instructions for content guidelines and find the submission form. Submissions are due April 10.
On April 20, the films will be shown as a film festival and attendees will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite films. The top three with the most votes will win a prize from various campus and community organizations or companies.
Learn form experts and activists in our area about how they are taking action against climate change and help answer questions about the science of climagte change. Speakers include:
Join representatives from the City of Whitewater and UW-Whitewater as they introduce the new Arboretum at Starin Park with an unveiling of planting designs to be installed in 2022 while celebrating the re-certification by the Arbor Day Foundation as a Tree City USA and Tree Campus Higher Education. The event also features a ceremonial tree planting, presentations on the importance and value of trees, and refreshments that are all sourced from trees! Check out the upcoming tree sale being held by the Urban Forestry Commission to promote the planting of high-quality native trees in the Whitewater area.
WSG and the Sustainability Office partner together to help pick up trash in our community in this hands-on service event. Anyone from the campus or community that is willing to help is welcome to participate. While meeting other participants you will help in picking up trash from neighborhoods across the UW-W area. Trash bags and gloves will be provided. Once everyone is done collecting trash we will group together to see how much trash everyone picked up! Please register in advance using this link.
The Automatic Earth, for wind ensemble + electronics by Steven Bryant, addresses the ongoing climate catastrophe and evokes the psychological effect of the impending disruptive change to our entire way of living on the planet, even under a best-case scenario. The piece weaves together two threads: the climate crisis, and the technological transformation of what it is to be human. The tandem acceleration of technological wonder and ecological catastrophe means, at best, a strange, unrecognizable future, likely within our own lifetimes.
The piece will be performed by the UW-Whitewater Symphonic Wind Ensemble, the premiere wind and percussion ensemble on campus. The group has distinguished itself internationally, nationally, and regionally; honors include being the first university band from Wisconsin to perform at Carnegie Hall. Tickets are available from tickets.uww.edu. All Department of Music events are FREE for students with their Hawkcard, you do not need to reserve a ticket in advance.
In the lobby before and after the show, you can learn more about the climate crisis and ways to address it.
Come be a part of an energizing evening about the vital issue of climate change as presented by Senior Chief Meteorologist Bob Lindmeier, who has spent 41 years with WKOW-TV in Madison and is a trailblazer in discussing climate change during TV weather broadcasts. Mr. Lindmeier will set the big picture view of climate change with his compelling look at the factual science and positive ideas for the future, including topics such as the historic background, human influence in changes we are seeing now, concerns and consequences of climate change, near and distant future climate projections, and what we can do about it all. The lecture will be followed with a Q&A and audience brainstorming session to focus on solutions. Make sure you show up early to see table displays from local organizations working for a more sustainable future. For more information, contact Dr. Bob McCallister.
Join us on Make a Difference Day as we get some bed preparation and seed planting done and dig a hole to plant our ceremonial Arbor Day tree. More information on how to register for Make a Difference Day is available here.
Time to celebrate another year as a Tree Campus Higher Education institution with a ceremonial tree planting on Arbor Day. We will be planting another tree as part of our 50 Trees for 50 Years of Earth Day fundraising effort launched in April 2020. The event will start with a short introduction to our Tree Campus certification and the Salisbury Idea native tree inventory found throughout the Salisbury and Chopp Arboretums before we finish planting this year's ceremonial tree. Brief tours of the Little Red Schoolhouse and Halverson Log Cabin will also be available after the ceremony.