Donate! Or: A smart twist on moving out for the summer

Girl placing donation goods into box.

For the Spring Semester move-out, we partner with St. Vincent DePaul of Green Bay for a collection drive. Bins are set up in the common areas of most buildings for students to donate the items they no longer want – whether clothes, kitchen goods, furniture, books, stuffed animals (yes, there have been a few!).

In the last two years, students have donated over 2.5 tons of goods to help support local thrift shop programs and community services in Green Bay! Unopened food goods such as soup, pasta, coffees or teas, and other edibles are collected and provided to Paul’s Pantry for redistribution to those in need.

So when you move out, there are many better options to find new homes for your ‘stuff’ than to just pitch it into the garbage bin. Take a few extra minutes to keep reusable materials out of the landfill and be proud when you leave for the summer or for good that you’ve helped keep EcoU green.

The following items can be donated in 2015: Clothing, Other Textiles, Kitchen items, Shoes, Books, other household items. Non-perishable food items will also be collected again this year and donated to Paul’s Pantry of St. Vincent DePaul. These items can be placed in the bins labeled accordingly.

NO Televisions or other electronics please. In 2015, no electronic appliances can be donated. Instead, the Brown County Port & Resource Recovery Department will accept these and many other items. Please refer to their website for more information:

Donation stations are located at:
Community Center, Mailroom Lobby
Pamperin, 1st Floor Lounge
Thompson, 1st Floor Lounge
Liebl, 1st Floor Lounge
Haevers, 1st Floor Lounge
Robishaw, 1st Floor Lobby
Harden, 1st Floor Lobby
Downham Hall, 1st Floor Lobby

Container with donated materials

Scheduled pick-ups will take place on Friday, May 15th and the final pick-up will occur on Monday, May 18th.

Sponsored by Residence Green Life Committee, UWGB Sustainability and St. Vincent DePaul of Green Bay. If you have any questions, please contact John Gerow of Residence Life.

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 or downloaded at

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.”


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



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:
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 If you have a disability and would like to discuss accommodation, please contact Student Life at (920) 465-2720.

iPat Film Series presents “Damnation” 7pm on April 7th (free!)

The film will be shown at the Christie Theatre in the Union at 7pm, April 7th. Join for free! Popcorn will be served for free as well. Here is the trailer:

Free event hosted by the Department of Public & Environmental Affairs and the Center for Public Affairs at UW-Green Bay.

See the poster here (PDF): iPat Film Series_spring 2015

Campus Conservation Nationals 2015: How low can you go?

“The Residence Green Life Committee wants to know: “HOW LOW CAN YOU GO? Not for the limbo, but energy usage! Campus Conservation Nationals is taking place in the 11 Residence Halls at UWGB. Each building will compete to reduce the most energy usage and commit the most to energy saving habits at Winning buildings will receive reusable water bottles and grocery totes. The meter readings start TODAY and continue until April 10th. Good luck and may the meter be ever in your favor!”

Find current updates from the Residence Green Life Committee on their Facebook page:

Recyclemania Week 5: We recycled 5.41 lbs per capita!

The results for Week 5 are in: UW-Green Bay recycled 5.41 lbs per capita during that week and placed well in the field. Here are the complete rankings:

Recyclemania Week 5 Results
Recyclemania Week 5 Results

Find the complete ranking at




“Green Fire” on screen for free, March 3rd at the Christie

The film will be shown at the Christie Theatre in the Union at 7pm, March 3rd. Join for free! Popcorn will be served for free as well. Here is the trailer:

The iPat Film Series (impact = population * affluence * technology) is sponsored by PEAC, The Center for Public Affairs, and the Department of Public and Environmental Affairs at UW-Green Bay.

Questions? Contact Ashley Heath ( ) or Rachel Russell (

Join Campus Car Share for $1 – Spring Promotion

Promotional Information from Enterprise

Bring on Spring! Join Enterprise CarShare for $1*

Enterprise CarShare is excited to invite you to join an exclusive car sharing program on your campus. We have dedicated parking spots on campus with a variety of vehicles that are available 24/7 for running errands or visiting friends. Our low, hourly rate includes fuel and damage/liability protection, plus you only have to be 18 years* or older to rent! For a limited time, join for only $1* and enjoy rates starting at $5 per hour!

Once you’re a member, car sharing is easy:

  • Log in and reserve the vehicle you want.
  • Use your membership card to unlock the car and go!
  • Return the vehicle in the designated spot you got it from.

Join now and receive this exclusive deal by entering SPRING in the application’s promo field.

Learn more at [scroll down to the section for universities to find UW-Green Bay] or contact Enterprise at

The Enterprise CarShare Team

Car Share Promotion Banner
Promotion valid through March 15th. See details.

Terms & Conditions: Offer expires 3/15/15 for Enterprise CarShare University programs only. Offer includes $1 application fee and waived first-year membership fee. $5 rates valid 7 days a week on all vehicles through 3/15/15. Offer cannot be transferred, applied to previous rentals or balances owed or other fees, charges and has no actual cash value or surrender value. Must meet Enterprise CarShare membership qualifications. Students 18-20 years old must provide a valid .edu email address and complete our online Parental Acknowledgment Form. Offer cannot be combined with any other offers, promotions or discounts. Taxes, fees, and other restrictions may apply. New applicants only. Enterprise CarShare and Enterprise is a trademark of Enterprise Holdings, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. © 2014 Enterprise CarShare F02378

1 through 7, Recycling Heaven! Things just got easier…

From today on all plastic bottles and containers are accepted in our single stream recycling. Wether yoghurt cups, milk bottles, or fruit containers, all go into the blue bin in your dorm room, and into the blue container outside. Thanks to Brown County Recycling for sharing their recylcing guide with us! Please pay attention to which items cannot be recycled in the single stream bins and see the photos attached and their website at

How to recylce plastic
How to recylce plastic
How to recylce paper
How to recylce paper
How to recylce metal
How to recylce metal
How to recylce glass
How to recylce glass