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.
UW-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: http://news.uwgb.edu/log-news/releases/08/26/grant-to-boost-internship-opportunities-14122/
University 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.
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!
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!
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.
June 3, 2014
EMBI 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:
“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
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