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EMBI Offices Closed July 4th & 5th

The Environmental Management and Business Institute (EMBI) will be closed July 4th and July 5th for the Independence Day holiday. We will re-open on Monday July 8th for regular business hours.



STEAM Engine Event

The STEAM Engine event will be held at the Neville Museum on March 13th at 6:00pm. This event will feature speakers centering on topics of science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics. The evening will include speaker presentations, a question and answer discussion, and a social networking hour. It will be an excellent opportunity to gain new knowledge and to take part in community discussion.

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STEAM Engine VIII Poster



Conservation Lobby Day – March 27th 2019

On March 27th from 10:00am to 5:00pm, Wisconsin Conservation Voters will be holding a Conservation Lobby Day at the Monona Terrace in Madison. This event is an excellent opportunity for voters to meet with State Senators and Representatives to talk about conservation issues. Discussion will center on specific topics regarding drinking water contaminants, saving public lands, and investing in clean energy. The event is free to attend and lunch will be provided. In order to help diminish carbon emissions, a bus will be available with various pick-up locations.

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Smart Cities – Smart Futures Competition

Smart citiesThe Smart Futures Competition sponsored by Foxconn will award up to $1 million in prizes to students and staff at Wisconsin universities for new smart city ideas. The competition is designed to encourage the development of smart technology and focuses on connecting communities throughout Wisconsin. The first round of submissions were accepted starting on October 1, 2018, and more submission rounds will be available over the next three years. Attention will be given to smart city technology, such as ideas regarding smart homes, smart energy, and management of resources.

The competition’s first round closed on October 31, 2018, and over 300 submissions were received. After evaluation by total of 50 judges, including the director of EMBI, Foxconn will announce the first round prize winners in December. The second round of submissions will open mid-December and close at the end of January. UW-Green Bay students and staff are eligible to participate and should be encouraged to take part in this excellent opportunity.


UW-Green Bay Attends Wisconsin Sustainable Business Conference 2018


On December 13th, UW-Green Bay students and EMBI faculty will attend this year’s 11th Annual Wisconsin Sustainable Business Conference at the Monona Terrace Center in Madison. This year’s conference theme is “Sustainably Forward” and is sponsored by the Wisconsin Manufacturing Extension Partnership. The event will feature speakers from various companies and will include a variety of sessions about sustainability. The conference will be a great opportunity for students to learn more about sustainability and new and innovative business practices in Wisconsin.

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.”

Citation - EMBI WDNR










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.