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Throwback Thursday in honor of 45th Earth Week

Two students planting a garden at UW-Green Bay

Pictured in the 1973 photo are Schellie Hensley (right) and Marcia Karras (left).

In 1973, the first gardening efforts occurred on the UWGB campus. Barbara Rosenbaum, a student from Missouri, contacted the Office of Student Life wondering if there was a section of campus land that could be made available for a garden. Other students, faculty, and staff soon joined the efforts. Dick Christie, director of student life, made sure the gardening group received funding. Although the allocation was only $100, the group accomplished a great deal the first year.

The garden consisted of a half-acre lot and was divided into a communal section and individual areas. The small organic campus garden grew cabbage, beans, corn, radishes, lettuce, and other vegetables.

One of the organizers was Schellie Hensely, a senior from Illinois. He indicated the limited gardening funds were extended by using the leaf mold from a campus recycling project. Hensley stated the campus gardeners learned from organic gardening publications and members of the group who “grew up on a farm” as well as intuition.

The 1973 garden quickly became bigger in purpose with the campus fruit trees benefitting from the garden mulching and pruning; planned renovation of the greenhouse; and the creation of a library on organic gardening.

Fast forward to 2010 when the current SLO Food Alliance was established and a new campus garden began on the plaza of the University Union. As part of UWGB’s Earth Week celebration, this year’s garden will be planted on Thursday and Friday.

This content was originally posted by the UW-Green Bay Archives and Area Research Center to their facebook page on Thursday, April 23, 2015. View the original Facebook post.

Green Honors for UW-Green Bay: 4th consecutive year in Princeton Review

UW-Green Bay is one of the 353 most environmentally responsible colleges according to The Princeton Review.

Published April 16, a few days before the April 22, 2015 celebration of Earth Day, the free, 218-page guide can be viewed at www.princetonreview.com/green-guide or downloaded at http://www.princetonreview.com/college-rankings/green-guide/download.

This direct link refers to the online profile of UW-Green Bay:

Excerpt from the Princeton Review’s Guide to 353 Green Schools: “University of Wisconsin—Green Bay (UW—GB) is affectionately dubbed “Eco U.” “Environmental research and applied ecological sciences were the focus of the institution’s educational philosophy at its inception,” and UW—GB’s support of ecological research is both elaborate and wholehearted. Students have access to various programs, courses, student research, and internships in sustainability. UW—GB’s Environmental Management Business Institute is committed to education and research regarding local, regional, and global environmental problems. The Capstone Seminar in the Environmental Science and Policy graduate program allows students multiple perspectives to research issues such as carbon calculations, sustainable development, biofuels, and riparian restoration. It should be no shock that “Eco U” has historically strong academic programs in environmental science and environmental policy and planning at both bachelor’s and master’s level—including bachelor’s programs in environmental science and environmental policy and planning and a master’s program in environmental science and policy, as well as an online masters program in sustainable management. UW—GB students have a chance to witness various green construction efforts in their campus community. Mary Ann Cofrin Hall boasts an integrated photovoltaic system; campus design connects buildings with energy-efficient underground tunnels. The Cofrin Memorial Arboretum forms a natural boundary of 290 acres encircling campus and serves to restore and preserve some of Wisconsin’s native ecological communities. Plus, students can do their part in their daily lives; UW—GB has a detailed recycling program and various outlets for alternative transportation.”
Source: http://www.princetonreview.com/schools/1022776/college/university-wisconsin-green-bay#!campuslife

 

EARTH WEEK arrives at #EcoU, events April 20 through 25

 

EARTH WEEK 2015 AT UW-GREEN BAY

Monday 4/20 – Saturday 4-25
Download the complete program here (PDF, 3MB): Earth Week 2015 UW-Green Bay

All events are free (unless noted) and will take place at UW-Green Bay campus, 2420 Nicolet Drive, Green Bay, WI

 

Monday, April 20th
Showing of NOVA Documentary Making Stuff Wilder

8:00pm, Christie Theater
A short documentary about modeling future technology after nature’s designs.
Sponsored by UWGB Chemistry Club

 

Tuesday, April 21st
UWGB Earth Day Forum, 3:00pm – 7:00pm, Phoenix Rooms C

3:00pm – 4:00pm, Convention featuring environmental organizations from UW-Green bay and Northeast Wisconsin
4:00pm – 4:45pm, Erin Wilcox, Water Resources Specialist, NEW Water
5:00pm – 6:00pm, Locally sources meal provided by Trust Local Foods
6:00pm – 6:45pm, Robert Atwell – President/CEO Nicolet Bank
Sponsored by SGA Environmental Committee

 

Wednesday, April 22nd
Annual UWGB Earth Day Celebration

11:00am – 1:00pm, Student Services Plaza (indoor Union if rain)
Annual UWGB Earth Day celebration with a meal for UWGB students ($5 for community members), live musical performance, water activities, and native seeds.
Sponsored by Public and Environmental Affairs Council (PEAC), Dietetics Club, SLO Food Alliance

…also on Wednesday:
Seminar with Justin Kroening
Justin Kroening from Stone Silo Prairie Gardens, Speaker on Native Plants
6:00pm, MAC 219
Justin will discuss the benefits of native plants and give tips on how to turn your garden into an oasis for wildlife!
Sponsored by Round River Alliance

 

Thursday, April 23rd & Friday, April 24th
Planting in the Student Services Plaza

5:30pm, Student Services Plaza
Our kick off to the planting season. Come get your hands dirty in our University’s garden. No prior experience is needed!
Sponsored by SLO Food Alliance

 

Saturday, April 25th
Annual Arboretum Clean-Up

9:00am – 12:00pm, meet/park on the corner of Champeau Rd & Sussex Rd at 9:00am.
Come clean up the Cofrin Memorial Arboretum. Wear rainboots and bring gloves!
Sponsored by Round River Alliance

…also on Saturday:
Fox Wolf Watershed Alliance’s Third Annual River Clean-Up Project

8:00am – 2:00pm, various sites
Register online: www.fwwa.org/rivercleanup
All volunteers are welcome to join us for a free lunch and an afternoon of music and fun at our River Celebration at Fox-Wolf Watershed Alliance headquarters in Appleton (1000 N. Ballard Road).
Sponsored by UWGB Ducks Unlimited Chapter

 

If you have any questions, please contact Anna Gribova, Co-President of PEAC, via sopeac@uwgb.edu. If you have a disability and would like to discuss accommodation, please contact Student Life at (920) 465-2720.