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.
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. http://www.progressivedairy.com/topics/manure/co-digestion-considerations-for-anaerobic-digestion-systems
On August 19th 2015, Dr. John Katers and several of his students in the UW- Extension Online Sustainable Master’s degree program http://sustain.wisconsin.edu/degrees-and-certificates/masters/ attended and presented at the Green Innovation Conference http://www.udd.cl/noticias/2015/08/21/green-innovation-conference-en-la-universidad-del-desarrollo/ 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.
Rock Our Water – Presented by Nicolet Bank
Rock Our Water will feature music from Bill Staines, Dead Horses, and special guest and host Cory Chisel.
Rock Our Water is a celebration of our unique water resources, one of the largest bodies of freshwater in the world, and raises awareness of the issues threatening the Lower Fox River and Green Bay, where we live, work, and play.
2013 EMBI Green Innovations “Urban Agriculture and Community Sustainability” keynote speaker, Dr. David Orr will be the keynote for 2015’s Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education’s (AASHE) annual conference & expo. David Orr is the Paul Sears Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies and Politics and Special Assistant to the President of Oberlin College. David Orr created the Oberlin Project, his vision of full-spectrum sustainability: an all-encompassing joint venture by the town of Oberlin, OH and Oberlin College to create a thriving, sustainable and environmentally friendly community.
This year’s conference will be held in Minneapolis from October 25-28 and promises to be an enlightening event. http://www.cvent.com/events/aashe-2015-conference-and-expo/event-summary-fc440cae5a7d4c2c89480f782d320300.aspx
EMBI partner, Aurora Health Care is an integrated, not-for-profit, health care provider serving communities throughout eastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois. In addition to being a leader in the healthcare field Aurora Health Care is also known as a leader in implementing energy efficient solutions in their facilities. Aurora Health Care has been instrumental in installing many non-standard measures including surgery room occupancy controls, boiler controls, temperature turndowns on steam systems, and chiller replacements to name a few. With the help of on staff Energy Program Manager Jedd Winkler, Aurora Health Care maximized their Healthcare Multi-facility Bonus opportunities in 2014. Jedd has also contributed input to the upcoming Healthcare Fact Sheet.
It hasn’t even been on campus for a year, but the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay plastic film recycling program has already processed the equivalent of nearly one million plastic bags.