UW-WC Plans Earth Week Activities

Milwaukee River Clean Up, Recycling Seminar, Poster & Book Display Planned

UW-Washington County is planning several activities to celebrate Earth Week, April 22-27, 2012.  These activities include:

  • Milwaukee River cleanup – Saturday, April 21, 9:00am - noon
  • Tree planting- Wednesday, April 25. Members of The S.T.E.M. Club will plant trees on campus grounds from noon – 1pm. 
  • Seminar – “Recycling-Going Beyond the Bin” - Thursday, April 26, 2012, 12:00 noon-1:00pm, Room 228  Speaker: Mr. Joseph VanRossum, Recycling Specialist and Director, UW-Extension Solid & Hazardous Waste Education Center, UW-Madison.
  • Science Poster Display involving this year’s theme, “Recycling” – on display all week
  • Campus library will have a display of books on recycling.

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 21. They will pick up garbage at several areas in the community including: the Eisenbahn Trail, Bicentennial Park, Riverside Park, Ridge Run Park, UW-WC, Silver Creek, Quaas Creek, and  LacLawrann Conservancy. In addition, some volunteers will be manning canoes and going down the river to clean debris along the banks.  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. 

UW-WC faculty and staff joining the students during Saturday’s activities include:  Dean Paul Price, Wayne Schaefer, Toye Ekunsanmi, Peter Gibeau, Talitha Selby, Robert Sanborn, Gary Britton, Tamara Becker, and Howard Wetzel.  The group will meet at 8:45am in the student parking lot at UW-WC, (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.

Anyone joining the effort should plan to wear old clothes and shoes and bring their own gloves and raingear (if necessary). Donations of baked goods are welcome. Trash bags will be distributed. Participants will receive free t-shirts as well as a pass to the Milwaukee County Zoo and Milwaukee Domes.

Dr. Mohamed Ayoub’s chemistry students are researching and presenting a science poster display, addressing the recycling of plastic bottles and bags, glass, paper, cardboard, newspaper, aluminum cans, batteries, cellular phones, tires, grass clippings, computers, furniture, paint, wood as well as the recycling of various organic chemistry compounds.  The poster display will be at the Collins Science Building near room 228.  The campus library is also planning a display of books on recycling. Anyone living in Washington County is able to use the campus library, free of charge.

The Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (S.T.E.M.) Club is sponsoring the following S.T.E.M. Club Seminar:

Thursday April 26, 2012, 12:00 noon, room 228: S.T.E.M. Club Seminar

Title: “Recycling – Going Beyond the Bin”

Speaker: Mr. Joseph Van Rossum, Recycling Specialist and Director, UW-Extension Solid & Hazardous Waste Education Center, UW-Madison

To serve the refreshments at its seminars, the S.T.E.M. Club is using cups, plates and paper napkins made of recycled materials.  The Club will distribute limited amounts of “B2P, Bottle 2 Pen” pens made of recycled plastic bottles.

The S.T.E.M. Club will also celebrate Earth Week and Arbor Day by planting trees on campus on Wednesday, April 25 from noon – 1pm. They will also be distributing native trees, on a first come, first serve basis, while supplies last.  All are invited to participate.


Sue Bausch