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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.

CIT Goes Pro in Recycling

It’s not the holiday season just yet, but the Computing & Information Technology (CIT) elves were busy over the summer replacing 567 (yes, really!) total pieces of computer hardware – desktops, laptops and monitors. When you have purchased a computer for yourself, you may remember the copious amounts of packing materials. Cardboard boxes, Styrofoam around everything, plastic bags around cords, connectors and installation DVDs – it adds up to a lot of materials. Now magnify your one purchase by 567 and you’ll get an idea of the volume of ‘stuff’ CIT was generating with their unpacking.

Although the cardboard has been recycled for many years, this is the first year that the plastic bags, plastic film and Styrofoam went to a recycler instead of the landfill. With the new plastic film recycling program started in Spring 2014, and with help from the Environmental Management and Business Institute’s John Arendt to find a home for the hallway of Styrofoam, this year the vast majority of the packaging was recycled! “I never realized how much waste we produced from computer packaging until we put it all in one place,” said Ryan Ledvina, computer inventory and allocations manager.

ACH Foam of Fond du Lac made the trip up to campus to collect the Styrofoam and helped us keep the material out of the landfill. The recycling process at ACH Foam either grinds the material to be reused in new expanded polystyrene (EPS) materials or it is processed into a resin for making products such as garden furniture, coat hangers and crown molding.

Just in case you wondered where the replaced computers and monitors end up, they are either used to upgrade existing public and student workstations or made available to purchase through our on-campus surplus program. You can get an HP desktop with Windows 7 for $100 (2010 models) or $150 (2011 models), as well as 2011 21.5” iMacs ($400) and Gateway 19” widescreen monitors ($15). Visit the Surplus website to learn more and keep the recycling and reuse going strong!

Big shout out to the CIT staff for taking the initiative to collect and manage the packaging waste for recycling!

New Display Case for EMBI

displaycase (3)Continuing the message of recycling and reuse, EMBI has taken over one of the two little used display cases on the second floor of the Environmental Sciences building. Come visit some of the work of our interns on display and learn a little more about the EMBI Certificate program. And remember, the EMBI office is only one floor down. We would love to talk to you about your future in sustainability!

 

“She Believed she COULD, so she DID…”

Heather-Tucker-May-14-2-150x150Of the roughly 1,000 new UW-Green Bay graduates to turn their tassel last month, perhaps none were more excited to have completed this leg of the journey than Heather Tucker. 

After a long journey which involved balancing school, work, and family, Heather’s path at UW-Green Bay reached a milestone May 17 with graduation ceremonies.

Continue on to read the story on recent grad and EMBI Certificate recipient, Heather Tucker.

http://blog.uwgb.edu/adults/she-believed-she-could-so-she-did/

June 3, 2014 by  Eric Craver

 

EMBI Intern Develops Green Business Recognition Program

logo_GreenBusinessProgramEMBI summer intern, Hanne Guthrie has developed and rolled out a new Green Business Program for the city of Port Washington, WI. to recognize area businesses who have focused on green and sustainable practices within their operations. The first founding member of the progam, Java Dock Cafe has spurred other local businesses to accept the challenge of being recognized as good environmental and community stewards. For more on the program, check out the links below:

http://www.ozaukeemag.com/java-dock-cafe-ports-first-green-business/

http://cityofportwashington.com/greenBusinessProgram.html

 

A Green Twist on Savings Bonds

“Clean Energy Victory Bonds Act of 2014” In 2014, Representatives Zoe Lofgren and Doris Matsui introduced the Clean Energy Victory Bonds Act, in the House of Representatives. The bill will allow all Americans to invest in Treasury Bonds for as little as $25 each that will fund a clean energy future. The $50 billion raised from the bonds will fund clean energy programs that support wind, solar, energy efficiency, and electric vehicles in the United States

http://cleanenergyvictorybonds.org/

Sustainability Summit focuses on growth of waste-to-energy projects

One of the biggest trends in sustainable power nationally is solar and finance companies — rather than homeowners or businesses — paying the upfront cost for solar panels. A bill just introduced in Madison aims to get Wisconsin on that bandwagon. The bill was introduced to get the conversation started on an issue that is strongly opposed by state utilities.

By Thomas Content of the Journal Sentinel 

http://www.jsonline.com/business/sustainability-summit-focuses-on-growth-of-waste-to-energy-projects-b99234945z1-252830961.html#ixzz2xHBKiE3T

EMBI Student Presents at Posters in the Rotunda 2014

Brian Yagle DATCPCongratulations to Brian Yangle, UW-Green Bay student and UW System Solid Waste Research Grant recipient on his presentation at the 2014 Posters in the Rotunda. His project evaluated data from Wisconsin’s Clean Sweep program that helps pay to dispose of hazardous waste from farms and households.

Plastic Film Recycling Begins at UWGB

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Story by Laurie Case, UW-Green Bay Campus Sustainability Coordinator

After emptying out the last flakes from a box of cereal, do you recycle the cardboard box then stare at the plastic liner bag wondering what to do with it? Well, wonder no more! This week, in support of RecycleMania efforts, UW-Green Bay will begin a pilot program with Zeus Recycling to collect and recycle clean, dry, flexible plastic film (#4) from campus and home.

http://news.uwgb.edu/featured/go-green/02/28/plastic-film-recycling-launches-at-eco-u/

Locally Raised Food in Suring WI.

Yesterday, we took a nice Sunday drive out to Suring WI. to check out Sweet Grass Farm http://www.sweetgrassfedfarm.com/index.html in a quest for grassfed beef. We were not diasappointed. This family run operation has beef, pork, lamb, and chicken available for people concerned about locally raised, humanely operated, healthly food. Please check them out!familybrochure