UWGB Campus Composter

The campus composter that was installed in October has already accumulated 15,000 pounds of food waste, with about 400 pounds of food waste put in every day.  The food waste comes from food service on campus and is combined with locally sourced woodchips in the composter.  The compost will be used as fertilizer for campus gardens.

Just another example of how UWGB maintains its status of Eco U, University.

UW-Green Bay new campus composter diverts thousands of pounds of food waste from landfills

Common CAHSS: Sustainability through Citizen and Community Engagement

The event Sustainability through Citizen and Community Engagement will be on December 3rd at 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM as part of this years Common CAHSS: Beyond Sustainability conference.

Click the link below to find out more about the event including a list of speakers:

https://cahsseffect.org/et/sustainability-through-citizen-and-community-engagement/

Sustainability Teaching Development Grant

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Applications are due February 15, 2020. The Sustainability Teaching Development Grant provides monetary support for professional development activities or projects that lead to the infusion of sustainability into any aspect of teaching, including classes, labs, field work, and/or undergraduate independent research/study. The Sustainability Committee sponsors this grant. Please contact David Helpap, Chair of the Sustainability Committee, at helpapd@uwgb.edu with any questions.

STEAM Engine Event

The STEAM Engine event will be held at the Neville Museum on March 13th at 6:00pm. This event will feature speakers centering on topics of science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics. The evening will include speaker presentations, a question and answer discussion, and a social networking hour. It will be an excellent opportunity to gain new knowledge and to take part in community discussion.

Click on the links below to find out more information.

https://www.steamenginegb.com

https://www.facebook.com/events/325166704768290/

STEAM Engine VIII Poster

 

 

Conservation Lobby Day – March 27th 2019

On March 27th from 10:00am to 5:00pm, Wisconsin Conservation Voters will be holding a Conservation Lobby Day at the Monona Terrace in Madison. This event is an excellent opportunity for voters to meet with State Senators and Representatives to talk about conservation issues. Discussion will center on specific topics regarding drinking water contaminants, saving public lands, and investing in clean energy. The event is free to attend and lunch will be provided. In order to help diminish carbon emissions, a bus will be available with various pick-up locations.

Find Out More Information: https://conservationvoters.org/events/conservation-lobby-day

Register for Lobby Day and make your voice be heard: https://secure.everyaction.com/zvQ8KTXJUU2n6upvEWCNdg2

Bus Route Information: https://secure.everyaction.com/BYX9WKitIE6StGmBeHfLIQ2

 

Sierra Club’s Cool Schools Ranking 2018

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The annual Sierra Club’s Cool Schools Ranking recognizes schools on their sustainability and environmental initiative. The Sierra Club evaluates schools on a variety of aspects including school curriculum, campus engagement, and research and innovation. Among the hundreds of schools listed, UW-Green Bay ranked 239th.

 

Smart Cities – Smart Futures Competition

Smart citiesThe Smart Futures Competition sponsored by Foxconn will award up to $1 million in prizes to students and staff at Wisconsin universities for new smart city ideas. The competition is designed to encourage the development of smart technology and focuses on connecting communities throughout Wisconsin. The first round of submissions were accepted starting on October 1, 2018, and more submission rounds will be available over the next three years. Attention will be given to smart city technology, such as ideas regarding smart homes, smart energy, and management of resources.

The competition’s first round closed on October 31, 2018, and over 300 submissions were received. After evaluation by total of 50 judges, including the director of EMBI, Foxconn will announce the first round prize winners in December. The second round of submissions will open mid-December and close at the end of January. UW-Green Bay students and staff are eligible to participate and should be encouraged to take part in this excellent opportunity.

UW-Green Bay achieves silver environmental ranking

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With a solid effort from the UW-Green Bay Sustainability Committee, UW-Green Bay is again seeing STARS thanks to a newly confirmed environmental rating of SILVER from a program that measures and encourages sustainability in all aspects of higher education. UW-Green Bay has participated in the Association for Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education’s (AASHE) Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System™ (STARS) which measures and encourages sustainability in all aspects of higher education. This is a voluntary evaluation process completed every three years in which colleges and universities review their sustainability efforts against the STARS framework.

STARS is designed to:

  • Provide a framework for understanding sustainability in all sectors of higher education.
  • Enable meaningful comparisons over time and across institutions using a common set of measurements developed with broad participation from the campus sustainability community.
  • Create incentives for continual improvement toward sustainability.
  • Facilitate information sharing about higher education sustainability practices and performance.
  • Build a stronger, more diverse campus sustainability community.

This framework assigns various levels of credit to topic areas and based on the number of credits accrued, a school achieves a reported bronze, silver, gold or platinum level.

UW-Green Bay’s Sustainability Committee completed its initial STARS review in 2011 and achieved a silver level. In November 2017, UW-Green Bay once again earned a silver level ranking; the third time in a row. This ranking will be used by organizations such as Princeton Review and the Sierra Club to promote the most environmentally responsible colleges in the U.S., letting students know we are Eco U™.

For more information about the STARS program and to view UW-Green Bay’s rating: UW-Green Bay STARS Report.

UW-Green Bay Once Again on the AASHE Sustainable Campus Index

The 2016 Sustainable Campus Index (SCI) recognizes top-performing colleges and universities in 17 distinct aspects of sustainability, as measured by the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS).

STARS is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance. It was developed by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) with broad participation from the higher education community. STARS participants submit data to earn a Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum rating, or recognition as a STARS Reporter. The credits included in STARS span the breadth of higher education sustainability and are organized into four categories: Academics, Engagement, Operations, and Planning & Administration. As of July 2016, 637 STARS reports have been submitted by 398 institutions in 9 countries. All reports are publicly accessible on the STARS website. https://stars.aashe.org/

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