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Department of Public and Environmental Affairs

Learn It @ Lunch

The Center for Public Affairs and Public & Environmental Affairs Department are excited to announce a brand new student forum series: Learn It @ Lunch. This new series offers students and other participants the chance to learn more about a specific issue in an informal setting directed by experts on the topic. Throughout this and subsequent semesters PEA students will be invited to attend these forums (lunch included!) with topics centered on student interests. Have a suggestion for a Learn It @ Lunch student forum topic? Email us!

Please join us for the first installment of the series on Friday, March 1st in the Heritage Room and will focus on Careers in Public Affairs and Graduate School (highlighting information on Masters in Public Administration programs – MPA). Come ready to listen to experts on the topic and to get all of your questions answered! Please click here to see our flyer with all the details.

N.E.W. Zero Waste Coalition Invites Environmentally Minded Individuals to Attend Its Meetings

Amy Spears, Oneida Nation Environmental Specialist, and Dean Hoegger, President, Clean Water Action Council, recap key concepts, principles, and practices that support Zero Waste.

“Waste Not ……. Want Not”
• What happens to your household waste once it goes into the garbage truck?
• Are there items in your garbage that could and should be re-cycled?
• Do you have a collection of whipped topping, sour cream, and yogurt containers in your cupboards?
• What happens to the cans and plastics you put on the curb?
• How “dangerous” are plastic bags?
• What about food waste — can we turn food waste into “gold?”
Come, learn more! Bring some household containers and plastics. Find out if they are recyclable.
When: Thursday, March 7, 6:45 – 8:00 p.m.
Where: Central Branch Library, 515 Pine Street, Green Bay
Who: Mark Walter, Facility Manager for Recycling and Household Hazardous Waste, Brown County. “The Waste Not”.
Contacts: Dean Hoegger, President, Clean Water Action Council (newsletters, Summer 2012: Moving Toward Zero Waste); Linda Patzke, 920-822-7047

Professor Dallas Blaney a VIP Media Guest at Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week

As a winner of the blogging contest “Engage: The Water-Energy Nexus” held by UAE’s Masdar organization, our own professor Blaney was invited to participate in the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week in January 2013. Selection committee noted that prof. Blaney’s “post demonstrated a thoughtful, well-researched response to the prompt, and stood out among the more than 70 submissions we received.” As a part of the recongnition, the organizers took care of all travel and accommodations expenses. Congratulations from all of us!

Professor Blaney will be giving a luncheon speech soon. Please be on a look-out for the email invitation to that event.

iPat Film Series of Spring 2013

We are excited to announce the spring lineup of the iPat Film Series (Impact = population * affluence * technology).

The second semester of our environmental documentary series kicks off on the evening of Tuesday, February 5th  with its feature showing: If A Tree Falls.

Each film showing will be followed by a short informational session with a local expert and time to 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

iPat Film Series – spring 2013 lineup:
If A Tree Falls, Tuesday, February 5th, 7:00 pm Christie Theatre
No Impact Man, Tuesday, March 5th, 7:00 pm, Christie Theatre
Vegucated, Tuesday, April 2nd, 7:00 pm, Christie Theatre

Please see here for the flyer of the iPat Film Series.

And our academic honors for 2012-2013 year go to….

PEA Outstanding Student Award: Alex Moeller and Ashley Skalecki

PEA Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award: Tiffany Bowring, Michael Hengles and Heba Mohammad

PEA Outstanding Teaching Assistant Finalists: Melissa Childs and Portia Georgia

Congratulations from all of us in PEA!

Congratulations to our December 2012 graduates and Happy Holidays!

On behalf of everyone in Public and Environmental Affairs — happy holidays to all our colleagues, students, alumni and friends. Have a wonderful holiday season and a restful winter break!

This time of year, we are especially proud of all our December graduates. Best of luck for the next chapter of your lives!

PEA Spring 2013 Open House is on Monday, February 4, 4-5:30pm

Our next semi-annual Open House where we share strategies for success in the program and beyond has been scheduled! During our Spring  2013 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, February 4, 4-5:30PM in the Phoenix A  room of the University Union (across the hall from the Corner Store).

Steps To Make a Difference Walk Resumes this fall

The UW-Green Bay Civics Club and Center for Public Affairs will host the seventh annual Steps to Make A Difference Walk at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 27 on the Cofrin Arboretum Trail at UW-Green Bay, 2420 Nicolet Drive.

Registration for the four-mile walk, which is held in conjunction with national Make a Difference Day, begins at 9:30 a.m. in the Phoenix Room of the University Union. The registration fee is $20, which one can donate or have sponsored by family and friends. Registration forms can be found online at

Using the findings of the Brown County LIFE Study, which was spearheaded by UW-Green Bay Assistant Prof. Lora Warner, student organizers have chosen four organizations to receive the proceeds of this year’s walk. Checks must be made out to one of these four organizations (UW-Green Bay does not benefit from the walk):

• Baird Creek Preservation Foundation (
• Ecumenical Partnership for Housing, Inc. (
• Hand-N-Hand of NEW, Inc. (
• Neville Public Museum Foundation (

The annual Make a Difference Walk aids organizations that serve the Green Bay community while also providing an opportunity for students to learn how to organize, advertise and lead an event, as well as connect together with campus and community members to help others. In previous years, the event raised more than $40,000 for nonprofit organizations throughout the Green Bay community, receiving national attention in USA Weekend as a semifinalist for a Make a Difference Award.

For further information, contact student walk leaders Teresa Wroblewski ( or Kayla Viste ( or faculty sponsor Lora Warner (

PEA Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award Announcement

Dear students in all of our programs,

Public and Environmental Affairs Department invites teaching assistants to submit application materials for PEA Outstanding Teaching Assistant Scholarship and Award. Any student who assisted any faculty member teaching in the PEA department is eligible for $200 scholarship. The award recognizes excellence in the classroom instruction that so many Teaching Assistants bring. Your major does not matter.

Those of you who have already TA’ed for Global Politics, American Government, Intro to PA, Intro to Public Policy, Political Behavior, First Year Seminar or any other course taught by the PEA faculty members, please consider applying by Dec. 15.

For more details, please contact Katia Levintova (

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 (