Earth Day has a long and proud tradition in Wisconsin since it was Gaylord Nelson, former Governor and Senator from Wisconsin, that created the holiday in 1970. At UW-Whitewater, we have scheduled a wide variety of different events over the last several years. Our initial Earth Day offerings consisted of a one-day conference and eventually grew to incorporate the entire week of Earth Day and was renamed Earth Week. Now the planning efforts involve students much more than they originally did to provide programming that is most relevant and interesting to students.
Our current event schedule has just been released.
RecycleMania is a national recycling competition UW-Whitewater has participated in since 2009. The competition started as just a competition against rival schools in Ohio and eventually grew to include several hundred schools located in the United States, Canada, and a few other countries around the world. The competition is held during the beginning of spring semester and lasts eight weeks total. The goal of RecycleMania is to maximize the amount of the overall waste stream being recycled while striving to reduce the overall amount of waste being generated and encourages schools to undergo specific steps to eliminate waste. There are also several other categories, such as electronic waste or plastic wrap, that is considered as part of the RecycleMania competition.
RecycleMania 2015 has just finished and the final results will be updated here. Meanwhile, you can visit the RecycleMania results page for the latest information.
Campus Conservation Nationals (CCN) is a relatively new competition designed to encourage students to reduce their overall energy (electricity and heating) usage during the three weeks of the competition. UW-Whitewater has participated in this event one year, but we have also held energy reduction competitions and campaigns in other years unaffiliated with CCN. Since this competition also occurs in spring semester in close relationship with RecycleMania, these two events combined are generally referred to as the Eco-Olympics.
Campus Sustainability Day is a one-day event meant to be like an "Earth Day for fall semester." This day generally occurs during the third week of October and UW-Whitewater has participated in a few small events on Campus Sustainability Day over the last two years. This day is finally beginning to get more national attention and backing by other colleges and universities as well.
Fall 2014 Campus Sustainability Day will take place on October 22, 2014. No events have been planned yet for UW-Whitewater.