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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:

‘Greenest Cities’ website features Katers’ insight

UW-Green Bay’s John Katers is one of 10 experts quoted by the web publisher WalletHub in its rankings of 2015’s Greenest Cities in America. Katers, chair of NAS and director of the Environmental Management and Business Institute, also provided answers on the site’s “Ask the Expert” page in which he address four questions:
• How do cities benefit by ‘going green’?
• What policies/initiatives offer most bang for the buck?
• How best to attract green businesses?
• Realistic, cost-effective ways for individuals to go green?
Among other things, Katers suggests that recycling is often only the third best option, “after reduce and reuse.”

Additional Progressive Dairyman Articles by Katers and Holzem

Katers, Holzem contribute articles on waste management to dairy publication Natural and Applied Sciences Profs. John Katers (of EMBI) and Ryan M. Holzem (of the new Environmental Engineering Technology program) recently wrapped up a three-article series for the Progressive Dairyman magazine. Karen Lee, the editor, asked Katers and Holzem to address considerations for using digesters on large dairy farms. The Progressive Dairyman print and online editions reach more than 25,000 large-herd, forward-thinking producers throughout the United States. The April and June articles are summarized below:

* “Considerations for sizing an anaerobic digester,” published online on April 28, 2015, described the need to properly quantify and characterize the manure and water sources that would end up in the digester, and use the appropriate hydraulic and solids retention times to obtain optimal digestion.

* “Four reasons why anaerobic digesters fail,” published online on June 29, examined issues of poor design and equipment selection, lack of technical expertise, maintenance, and inadequate follow-through.



Drs. Holzem and Katers Publish Article on Co-digestion for Dairy Operations





In a recent edition of Progressive Dairyman, Drs. Ryan Holzem and John Katers identified necessary considerations for increasing the production of biogas from anaerobic digestion at dairy operations.

Green Innovations Conference Goes International

UDD ConferenceOn August 19th 2015, Dr. John Katers and several of his students in the UW- Extension Online Sustainable Master’s degree program attended and presented at the Green Innovation Conference at the Universidad del Desarrollo, Santiago, Chile. The Universidad del Desarrollo and the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay have shared a reciprocal visiting relationship for the past fours years, supporting each other in the promotion of environmental sustainability. The Green Innovation Conference, originally established by EMBI in 2009, now has an international presence with the first Chilean conference.