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Department of Public and Environmental Affairs

PEA Juniors and Seniors — make sure to apply for our Outstanding Student Scholarship (deadline Nov. 15)

PEA faculty would like to encourage all eligible students to apply for the PEA Outstanding Student Scholarship to be awarded in May 2012.

To be eligible for the award and scholarship, individuals must be full-time undergraduate students at UW-Green Bay, and must have at least junior standing, with a UWGB grade-point average of 3.25 or better at the time of application, and a similar grade point average in the major/minor. Only students who are public administration or environmental policy and planning majors or minors with one or more remaining semesters at UW-Green Bay are eligible for this award.

The Outstanding Student Award plaque will be given to one student each spring during the PEA Celebrating Students event held in May of every year. The recipient will also receive a $500 tuition reduction for the spring semester. In case of a tie, both recipients will receive a plaque and share in the award.

The deadline is November 15. For more details, please contact Katia Levintova, PEA Advisor (

iPat Film Series

We are excited to announce the launch of the iPat Film Series (Impact = population * affluence * technology). This new environmental documentary series kicks off this coming Monday evening with its first feature showing: “The 11th Hour”. Each film showing will be followed by a short informational session with a local expert and time for Q&A from the audience.

The series is free and open to the public. Please join us!

If you have any questions, please contact Ashley Heath in the Center for Public Affairs, 465-2608 or

Fall 2012 Lineup:

  • The 11th Hour, Monday, Sept. 17th, 7:00 pm Christie Theatre
  • Sun Come Up, Monday, October 1st, 7:00 pm, Christie Theatre
  • Last Call at the Oasis, Monday, November 19th, 7:00 pm, Christie Theatre

Coming Spring 2013:

  • Vegucated
  • If a Tree Falls
  • No Impact Man

Download the promotional flyer (PDF)

To what extent have recent trends in population growth, consumption, and technological innovation modified the natural world? Given these changes, is it likely that future generations will be able to meet their own needs? If not, what steps can we take as individuals and as a community to address these shortcomings? And what role should government/public policy play in shaping the human-nature relationship?

This film series explore these questions in depth. These films evaluate the condition of the natural world, identify the key drivers of environmental harm, and consider the merits of proposed solutions. At the conclusion of each film a panel of experts and community activists will offer their insights and draw our attention to relevant local issues. Audience members will be invited to chime in as well and pose questions to the panel.

Sponsored by PEAC, The Center for Public Affairs, and the Department of Public and Environmental Affairs.

Please consider donating to PEA Scholarships benefiting our students

Dear PEA Alumni, as this year’s donations campaign gets under way, please consider contributing to the PEA Endowed Scholarship. Faculty members established this scholarship in 2009 and all of us contribute to it. This fund provides annual scholarships for our outstanding students, who make us all very proud and represent our department and university so well. The guidelines for awarding scholarship are described below and, if you scroll down, you can read about recent recipients of this award, all clearly outstanding students who go on to even more impressive achievements. You can select PEA Endowed Scholarship from the list of endowed scholarships at UWGB. Thank you so much in advance! Together we can preserve tradition of academic and public service excellence that our department is so proud of.

Professor Kraft’s new book earns major national award

Congratulations to our colleague, professor emeritus Mike Kraft, on receiving American Political Science Association’s Lynton Keith Caldwell Prize for best scholarly book in environmental politics published in the last three years. For more details on the book’s impact and the award, please click here.

Professor Phoenix to receive a national award for her work

This November professor Laurel Phoenix will receive the Icko Iben Award during the annnual meeting of the American Water Resources Association (AWRA) in Jacksonville, Florida. AWRA established the Icko Iben Award in 1971 to recognize persons who have made outstanding contributions to the promotion of communications among the various disciplines of global water resources. This year the award will be given to professor Phoenix in recognition of her work as an Associate Editor of Water Resource IMPACT publication. Congratulations from all of us!

PEA Fall 2012 Open House is on Monday, September 10

Our next semi-annual Open House where we share strategies for success in the program and beyond has been scheduled! During our Fall  2012 Open House gathering, you will get information about program requirements, double-majoring, internships, certificates, teaching and research opportunities, tips for applying to graduate school, including Law Schools, information about getting involved on campus, and much more. We just approved some changes to our curriculum — be the first to know about these changes! You will meet most of the faculty members in the PEA Department and will have a chance to ask us any questions you might have. This event is for all students, but it is particularly helpful for those of you who just signed up for one of our majors or minors. There will be lots of informal conversations and friendly advice. And some light refreshments will be served.

Please join us on Monday, September 10, 4-5PM in 1965  room of the University Union (next to the Common Grounds coffee shop).

Professor Laurel Phoenix is a new co-director of the UWGB Center for Food in Community and Culture

Professor Phoenix will be overseeing most of the Center’s projects now. For more on the Center please click here.

Dave Depeau, triple major, is Spring 2012 Outstanding Student

David Depeau, Environmental Policy and Planning, Political Science, and Public Administration major, will be recognized on Friday, May 11 and Saturday, May 12, 2012 as the Spring 2012 Outstanding Student Award recipient, a semi-annual selection made by the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Alumni Association. Congratulations, Dave! What an honor for all your hard work! For more on this story click here.

Even more good news!

Seven of our students are this semester’s recipients of Chancellor Medallions and University Leadership awards. Congratulations to Chad Bianchi, Dave DePeau, Morgan Gantz, Michael Hengels, Jacob Eggert, Heba Mohammad,  and Justin Presny.

Congratulations to PEAC, 2012 Outstanding Student Organization at UWGB!

Public and Environmental Affairs Council was named Outstanding Student Organization for this academic year! It has done so many wonderful things throughout the years to make our campus and community more sustainable. Well done!