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Students Receive Local TV Exposure for Plastic Recycling

PEAC members making a difference!



Congratulations Aurora – 2015 Energy Efficiency Excellence Award Winner

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.


UW-Green Bay is #15 Top Environmental School in the Country

Best Colleges Advocating Environmental Science

The rankings are based on published surveys, student data, and other school and career data collected through several sources including the following agencies:


That’s a wrap: Students keep ton of plastic bags out of waste stream

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.

That’s a wrap: Students keep ton of plastic bags out of waste stream

Congratulations EMBI students!

Congratulations EMBI students in winning Natural and Applied Sciences (NAS) scholarships January 30th, 2015. We are so proud of you!

Kristine Berry, senior, Environmental Science major from Mishicot, Wis. – Brown County Waste Transformation Team Scholarship

Matthew Malcore, junior, Environmental Science and Environmental Policy and Planning major from Green Bay, Wis. – Alfred O. and Phyllis E. Holz Scholarship

Jeremiah Shrovnal, junior, Environmental Science major from Green Bay, Wis. – Chad Moritz and Beth Meyerand Scholarship

Hanne Guthrie, senior, Environmental Science, Spanish, and Pre-Professional Engineering Program majors from Chanhassen, Minn. – American Transmission Company Scholarship

Robyn Nielsen is the University’s first-ever recipient of a GRO Fellowship from the EPA

GroUW-Green Bay senior Robyn Nielsen is the University’s first-ever recipient of a Greater Research Opportunities (GRO) Fellowship from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Nielsen, who is double-majoring in Environmental Policy and Planning and Environmental Science, recently received final notification of the $50,000 fellowship, which provides up to $20,700 per year of academic support for the student’s junior and senior years and $8,600 for an internship at an EPA facility in the summer between the student’s junior and senior years.

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Food Day at UW-Green Bay- October 20th

This year, EMBI is one of the campus sponsors for Food Day 2014

1)TED-like speakers ;
2) A panel discussion comprised of local trailblazers who play an active role in our local food system (farm to fork to soil) followed by
3) A massive (free) meal created from primarily local ingredients (come BEFORE the meal to meet farmers who grew the food)!
4) The 20th will also feature the two-time James Beard Award Winning Chef, Michel Nischan, as the night’s keynote speaker

Come out and take part in the celebration – if the amazing opportunities to connect and learn weren’t enough. Come for the prize drawings – the more things you take part in, the more raffle tickets you earn! Look out for local gift cards and prize baskets as prizes!

Details here: Final food-day-2014

EMBI, Grad Student Get Funding for Tosca Study of Shipping Containers

The Environmental Management and Business Institute was recently awarded project funding from Tosca Ltd. to complete a life-cycle analysis of shipping containers used by the Green Bay company. Environmental Science and Policy grad student William Lobner will be supervised by EMBI associate director, John Arendt, in taking a closer look at reusable plastic containers and corrugated containers used in Tosca’s poultry transportation sector. The $7,700 in corporate funding is seen as another positive indicator and natural outgrowth of the larger Career-Ready Internship Initiative started last year.

EMBI Receives $150K Grant to Boost Internship Opportunities

imagesCAEU71S0UW-Green Bay’s Center For Public Affairs (CFPA) and Environmental Management and Business Institute (EMBI) have received an additional $150,000 grant to bolster internship opportunities for students. Log readers may recall that the University last year was part of Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation’s Career Ready Internship Initiative pilot program. After receiving a grant in the same amount last year, UW-Green Bay is one of 40 Wisconsin Colleges and universities to receive some of the more than $5.2 million in grants being awarded for 2014-15. “This opportunity benefits our students, organizations in the region, and the UW-Green Bay campus,” said John Arendt, EMBI associate director. “It’s a win-win for everyone.” For more:  

Congratulations to John Katers, the Frederick E. Baer Professor in Business

katers-175University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Prof. John F. Katers, Natural and Applied Sciences, has been named to the Frederick E. Baer Professorship in Business, effective July 1, 2014. He is appointed for a five-year term.


The professorship recognizes and gives support for a tenured faculty member who has demonstrated a productive commitment to scholarship and/or outreach, and whose work exemplifies the spirit and mission of UW-Green Bay. It is specified for faculty members who work directly with business leaders, in business development or with students who later enter the business world. Scholarship namesake Frederick E. Baer had a distinguished 44-year career with Paper Converting Machine Corporation, culminating in his tenure as the company’s president and CEO from 1969 until his retirement in 1993.

Katers, a member of the graduate faculty in Environmental Science and Policy, teaches courses on pollution control, pollution prevention, waste management, renewable energy and resource management. His research has been in these same areas, where he has been able to consistently obtain research funding for his work, supporting more than 30 graduate student thesis projects and numerous other undergraduate research projects. Most notably, Katers has worked on anaerobic digestion systems for dairy farms, an area in which Wisconsin is a national leader, and on solid waste and recycling issues in the state. He is the current chair of the Brown County Solid Waste Board. Katers is also the director of the University’s Environmental Management and Business Institute (EMBI) and serves as the academic director of the newly created online M.S. program in Sustainable Management.

Katers has been at UW-Green Bay since 1995, working for the University of Wisconsin Solid and Hazardous Waste Education Center as a recycling specialist before joining the Natural and Applied Sciences faculty in 1999. He holds a B.S. in Environmental Science and Business Administration and an M.S. in Environmental Science and Policy from UW-Green Bay and a Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Marquette University. Katers has received numerous awards for community service, including the UW-Green Bay Founders Award for Community Outreach and the Distinguished Alumni Award from Green Bay Southwest High School. He was also named a Wisconsin Idea Fellow by the University of Wisconsin System in recognition of his outstanding public service and outreach to business and industry. More recently, he was awarded a Fulbright Specialist position that will allow him to travel to Chile to work collaboratively on sustainability issues with the Universidad del Desarrollo in Santiago.

In his free time, Katers enjoys golf and bowling, where he is the author of eight 300 games. He also coaches youth bowling and baseball, but everything else stops when the Green Bay Packers play.