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UWFox Offers Earth Day Event, Seminar and Lecture

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According to Dr. Teresa Weglarz, lecturer in biological sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley, “Each of us bears some weight upon the earth through resource use.  This weight is your ecological footprint or the measure of your impact on the earth.  The good news is that there are simple ways to reduce your impact and the students of UWFox are helping show the way.”

Under Weglarz’s leadership, UWFox students will host an Earth Day celebration on the campus Earth Day Celebrationlawn on Saturday, April 21st from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Activities will include a raffle for a free compost bin, free Earth Day canvas bags to the first 80 visitors, a recycled art creation station for kids, plus the chance to buy and learn about earth-friendly products and ideas. A community swap allows members of the public to give away an item they no longer need and swap for something they do need. The event is free and open to the public.

The first Earth Day was held on April 22, 1970.  Former Wisconsin Senator and environmental activist Gaylord Nelson is generally given credit for his leading role in conceiving the idea of a designated day to celebrate the Earth’s environment. Responding to wide spread environmental degradation, Nelson called for an Environmental teach-in. Over 20 million people participated in 1970 and it is now observed each year by more than 500 million people and national governments in 175 countries.

According to Jessica Meulemans, a sophomore at UWFox who helped prepare a composting display for the event, “I think the Earth Day celebration is a great idea. There's so much we can do to improve and protect our environment. It is so incredibly simple to do the little things, such as recycling and composting” Other student presentations will feature biodiesel, eating green, and energy saving tips. 

Nicole Daubert, an elementary education major at UWFox, challenged teachers from local schools to get involved in the Earth Day Grocers Project.  Following a lesson about Earth Day, children decorated paper grocery bags with their ideas about Earth Day. The bags will be returned to the stores to be used by customers to promote Earth Day.

For further details about the Saturday Earth Day celebration at UWFox, contact biology lecturer Teresa Weglarz at (920) 832-0136 or by e-mail at teresa.weglarz@uwc.edu.

Other UWFox campus events to recognize Earth Day include:Renewable Energy 101

A daylong workshop designed to provide individuals with the knowledge and vocabulary to speak confidently about renewable energy to their neighbors, elected officials and classmates. “Renewable Energy 101” will be presented by the Midwest Renewable Energy Association’s PowerUp! Students for Renewable Energy program. Speakers will provide an overview of the different technologies and their applications, including topics such as solar hot water, photovoltaics and wind systems. The seminar takes place on Friday, April 20 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at UWFox on Midway Road in Menasha. The workshops are free and open to the public however pre-registration is requested. To register or ask questions, contact Joy Perry, lecturer in biological sciences at UWFox, at joy.perry@uwc.edu or 832-2653.

A lecture by Dr. Michael Dombeck, University of Wisconsin System Fellow and Professor of Global Conservation at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, will be presented as part of the ongoing Scholars Series at UWFox. His lecture, “Earth Week: Where We’ve Been, Where We’re Going, and What You Can Do” will happen at noon on Monday, April 23rd in the Fine Arts Theatre on the UWFox campus. The event is free and open to the public. For more information about any of the Scholars Series presentations, contact Dave Hager, director of university relations at 832-2611 or email david.hager@uwc.edu.

Posted 4/17/2007