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UWGB students complete their entrepreneurial skills building program in Milwaukee

Five UW-Green Bay students travelled to Milwaukee 10+ times this semester for an independent study to build their entrepreneurial skills. The program was hosted by The Commons ( Pictured are (from left to right) freshmen business administration student Maria Arunkumar, freshmen business administration student Kirby Katers, senior psychology student Jordan Shefchik, junior computer science student Evan Grzyb, and senior business administration student Jake Taylor. The students had to apply to the program and work on teams with students from a variety of majors and degree levels from other eastern Wisconsin colleges and universities.

Jake (an EMBI Certificate student) and Evan worked on a team developing a startup called “Portal Fitness,” an innovative home fitness company giving climbers the equipment they need to improve at home. The startup’s tagline is “Climb on your time.” Jake (far right) is holding their first product prototype.


EMBI Office Closed November 23rd and 24th

The Environmental Management and Business Institute (EMBI) will be closed November 23rd and November 24th for the Thanksgiving holiday.


Thank you.


EMBI & WDNR Receive Citation from Senator Rob Cowles

On Tuesday, August 15, 2017, the Environmental Management and Business Institute (EMBI) and the Wisconsin DNR jointly received a citation from Senator Rob Cowles recognizing the work done to revive the Wisconsin Recycling Markets Directory. The Wisconsin Recycling Markets Directory is an online tool that allows users to search for recycling outlets for hard-to-recycle or unusual recyclable materials, as well as common items such as paper and metals. Users can select from the drop-down category menu and further narrow their search by item or material type.

The partnership with Joe Van Rossum and Jennifer Semrau from the WDNR has allowed EMBI, led by Director John Arendt and student Emily Drown, to re-launch the directory which was previously hosted by the UW-Extension Solid and Hazardous Waste Education Center.

The next time you are seeking an outlet for a recyclable material, try the WRMD. If you know of or represent a firm that should be listed, use the “directory submission form.”

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UW-Green Bay Students Earn WCSWMA Scholarships

Two UW-Green Bay students earned scholarships through the Wisconsin Counties Solid Waste Management Association (WCSWMA). Emily Drown, a student employee with EMBI, and Kirby Katers, incoming freshman for fall 2017, each received one of four available WCSWMA 2017-2018 scholarships. Congratulations to Emily and Kirby for their accomplishment and for representing UW-Green Bay!

The Wisconsin Counties Solid Waste Management Association (WCSWMA) is an Internal Revenue Service 501(c)3 non-profit with a mission focused on environmental education, solid waste management, recycling, environmental engineering and the environmental sciences. In order to achieve its mission, WCSWMA has developed a scholarship program for university students majoring in fields related to the noted fields. Scholarships are open to students with declared majors and enrolled at accredited Wisconsin universities or colleges.


Evan Van Lanen, EMBI Grad Continuing to Make a Difference

Read how Evan Van Lanen, a 2014 graduate from UW-Green Bay and holder of EMBI’s Certificate in Environmental Sustainability and Business has used his training to help local company JBS Packing improve operational excellence.



NAS Student Wins CSWEA Academic Excellence Award

Academic Excellence Nichols (002)The Central States Water Environment Association (CSWEA) has selected Matthew Nichols (Chemistry) as the 2016 Academic Excellence Award recipient for University of Wisconsin – Green Bay. The award will be presented during the banquet at the 89th Annual Meeting, which will be held at the Monona Terrace in Madison, WI. during the evening on Thursday, May 19, 2016.

Award Description
CSWEA presents an Academic Excellence Award to a student from each university with a recognized Graduate Program in Environmental Engineering in the state which is to host the annual meeting. Nominations are made by the faculty of the engineering department. The recipient award winner will receive a cash award, a paid one-year student membership in the Central States Water Environment Association and a Letter of Commendation from the Association president. The award recipient is invited to the annual conference and the registration fee, including the Association luncheon and banquet, is be paid by the Association. The award will be presented at the annual banquet.

EMBI and CFPA Share in a $441,000 Internship Grant


UW-Green Bay has been awarded a three-year, $441,324 Career-Ready Internship Grant from Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation to create nearly 250 new paid internships over the 2015-16, 2016-17 and 2017-18 academic years. The grant will be used to create paid internships for juniors and seniors who don’t receive enough financial aid to cover college costs. UW-Green Bay will work with local businesses and nonprofit agencies to identity placement opportunities for eligible students. Great Lakes and UW-Green Bay officials note that those of modest means are often unable to accept unpaid internships because they need to earn a paycheck, missing out on valuable, real-world experience. Ashley Heath, associate director of the Center for Public Affairs, and John Arendt, EMBI associate director, are UWGB’s point persons for the program. For full details,

UW-Green Bay Faculty Identified for New Chilean Center

UW-Green Bay Faculty John Katers, Robert Wenger, Hernán Fernandez-Meardi, Gabriel Saxton-Ruiz, and Mike Zorn have been listed as research partners in a new collaboration under development with the Sustainability Research Center & Strategic Resources Management located at the Universidad del Desarrollo, Chile.


EMBI Student Award Winners for Fall 2015

The Office of Student Life has announced the names of the fall 2015 award recipients for the Thirty-Fifth Annual University Leadership Awards program and three EMBI students have distinguished themselves:

Kelsey McCormick – Chancellor’s Leadership Medallion
Kirsten Gullett – University Leadership Award
Sravani Karnam – University Leadership Award


UW-Green Bay Named a University Partners Connector for the 2016 Clean Energy Trust Challenge

Clean Energy Trust is an impact investor that fuels innovation to create a healthier environment and more prosperous future.

They launch, fund, and grow early stage clean energy businesses in the Midwest through direct investment, venture development, and advocacy.

Clean Energy Trust is a 501C3 public charity. Its unique funding model gives our fund the flexibility to invest in earlier-stage technology than traditional funds. The philosophy is to be “first money in” and work closely with promising young companies to achieve growth milestones and successful exits.

They have developed unique relationships with investors, labs, large corporations, and entrepreneurs to source quality companies for investment and rely upon a broad pool of scientific and business experts to evaluate their investment potential.

To date, CET has awarded $3.2M in funding to 29 clean energy startups. Startups benefitting from our programs have gone on to raise an additional $70M in follow on funding – and have created over 300 jobs.

Clean Energy Trust specializes in commercializing research from labs and universities into the market. They invest between $50 – $500k in seed stage rounds to enable startups to develop a prototype or complete a market milestone to attract further investment.

Interested faculty and students are encouraged to visit the Clean Energy Trust website: