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UW-Green Bay Named a University Partners Connector for the 2016 Clean Energy Trust Challenge

Clean Energy Trust is an impact investor that fuels innovation to create a healthier environment and more prosperous future.

They launch, fund, and grow early stage clean energy businesses in the Midwest through direct investment, venture development, and advocacy.

Clean Energy Trust is a 501C3 public charity. Its unique funding model gives our fund the flexibility to invest in earlier-stage technology than traditional funds. The philosophy is to be “first money in” and work closely with promising young companies to achieve growth milestones and successful exits.

They have developed unique relationships with investors, labs, large corporations, and entrepreneurs to source quality companies for investment and rely upon a broad pool of scientific and business experts to evaluate their investment potential.

To date, CET has awarded $3.2M in funding to 29 clean energy startups. Startups benefitting from our programs have gone on to raise an additional $70M in follow on funding – and have created over 300 jobs.

Clean Energy Trust specializes in commercializing research from labs and universities into the market. They invest between $50 – $500k in seed stage rounds to enable startups to develop a prototype or complete a market milestone to attract further investment.

Interested faculty and students are encouraged to visit the Clean Energy Trust website:

‘Greenest Cities’ website features Katers’ insight

UW-Green Bay’s John Katers is one of 10 experts quoted by the web publisher WalletHub in its rankings of 2015’s Greenest Cities in America. Katers, chair of NAS and director of the Environmental Management and Business Institute, also provided answers on the site’s “Ask the Expert” page in which he address four questions:
• How do cities benefit by ‘going green’?
• What policies/initiatives offer most bang for the buck?
• How best to attract green businesses?
• Realistic, cost-effective ways for individuals to go green?
Among other things, Katers suggests that recycling is often only the third best option, “after reduce and reuse.”

Additional Progressive Dairyman Articles by Katers and Holzem

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.



Drs. Holzem and Katers Publish Article on Co-digestion for Dairy Operations





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.

Green Innovations Conference Goes International

UDD ConferenceOn August 19th 2015, Dr. John Katers and several of his students in the UW- Extension Online Sustainable Master’s degree program attended and presented at the Green Innovation Conference 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 Concert – August 11th, 2015











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.

David Orr Joins AASHE 2015 as Keynote


David Orr

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.

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: