UW-WC Plans Earth Week Activities

Community Invited to Join UW-WC Students in Area Clean Up

UW-Washington County is planning several activities to celebrate Earth Week, April 17-23.  These activities include:

  • Milwaukee River cleanup – Saturday, April 16, 8:45am - noon
  • Science Poster Display involving this year’s theme, “Energy”
  • Seminar - Wednesday April 20, 2011, 12:00 noon-1:00pm, Room 228

UW-Washington County students are making plans to join over 2,500 volunteers to clean up the Milwaukee River and other areas on Saturday morning April 16. They will pick up garbage at several sites including the river walk north and south of Hwy 33, Riverside Park, Ridge Run Park, UW-WC,  Silver Creek and Quaas Creek.  The project is in conjunction with the larger “Friends of Milwaukee’s Rivers”(FMR) annual River Clean Up project.  FMR’s mission is to “protect water quality and wildlife habitat in the river corridors and to advocate for sound land use in the Milwaukee, Menomonee, and Kinnickinnic River.” The annual river cleanup is part of Keep America Beautiful - Great American Cleanup, the nation’s largest annual community improvement program.  Several UW-WC professors will join the students during Saturday’s activities including:  Wayne Schaefer, Toye Ekunsanmi, Peter Gibeau, Talitha Selby, Robert Sanborn, Gary Britton and Interim Dean Paul Price.  The group will meet at 8:45am in the student parking lot at UW-Washington County (400 University Drive, West Bend) and will work until noon. Community residents are welcome to join the group. Last year over 150 students and community members participated in the clean-up efforts.

Students in Dr. Mohamed Ayoub’s Chemistry classes will have displays and reports dealing with this year’s theme, “Energy” on display during Earth Week. These activities are part of the International Year of Chemistry (2011).  Students are researching and presenting different topics related to “Energy” with a science poster display addressing the following topics: solar energy, wind energy, fuel cells, natural gas, nuclear energy, geothermal energy, biodiesel, energy conservation at home, energy conservation in transportation, algae-based fuel, and other alternative fuels.  The poster display will be at the Collins Science Building near room 228.

The Science & Math Club is sponsoring a seminar on Wednesday, April 20 from noon to 1pm in Room 228. Title: Quad Graphics Inc. Sustainable Building Features and Environmental Practices   The speaker is Ms. Cheryl Moran, Corporate Environmental, CHMM, LEED O&M, Quad/Graphics, Sussex. Everyone is welcome – free admission



Sue Bausch