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Earth Week 2019

April 22, 2019 is Earth Day. UW Oshkosh will celebrate this day as part of a week of celebrations. 

The first Earth Day on April 22, 1970, marked a turning point for American environmentalism—20 million Americans participated in the nationwide event that many consider the catalyst for the modern environmental movement.

Each year the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh celebrates Earth Week through a variety of events, activities and speakers.

Monday, April 22

Tabling in Reeve

10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Reeve Concourse

Tuesday, April 23

Speaker Jill Hirosky “Solving the Climate Challenge.”

11:20 AM – 12:20 PM

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Kate is a volunteer for Citizens Climate Education and works to inform the public and our local leaders about how we can most immediately impact climate change. Kate retired from Kimberly Clark Corp last year after 34 years as a Senior Research Scientist.  

Keynote: University Speaker Series – Malia Hulleman

7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Location: Reeve Union Ballroom 227

Wednesday, April 24

E-Waste Collection

7:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Blackhawk parking lot

Recycle your household electronic waste. Campus operating units, please contact the Sustainability Office for more info about how to recycle campus-generated E-waste.
Accepted Items

  • Cell phones, Rechargeable Batteries, Cords, CRTs/Computer Monitors, CPUs/Computer Towers, Printers, DVDs/VCRs, Fax Machines, Cell and Corded Phones

Items Not Accepted

  • TVs, Microwaves, Dehumidifiers, Light Bulbs, Alkaline Batteries, Household Appliances

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Film: “The Human Element”

4:30-6:00 PM

Location: TBD

Speaker Melissa Weyland: “The True Cost of Our Food”

7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

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Food plays so many roles: health, community, tradition, and pleasure, to name a few. We’ll dive into food labeling, marketing, regulations and the varying methods used to produce the foods we’ve grown to enjoy today. We’ll leave with a deeper understanding of why our food costs what it does and how our dinner decisions today shape the world we will live in tomorrow.

Melissa has worked professionally in the agriculture and food industries for over 12 years. She currently works for CROPP Cooperative/Organic Valley as the Midwest Regional Pool Manager where she oversees 100 organic farms throughout Wisconsin. Melissa dairy farms with her parents and three sisters west of Neenah, operating 1600 certified organic acres and milking 110 Holstein cows. She enjoys serving the community as a UW-Extension Master Gardener Volunteer and is a member of the Oshkosh Food Cooperative Board of Directors.

Thursday, April 25

Film: Dolores

7:00 PM

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One of the most important, yet least known activists of our time, Dolores Huerta was an equal partner in founding the first farm workers union with César Chávez. Tirelessly leading the fight for racial and labor justice, Huerta evolved into one of the most defiant feminists of the 20th century — and she continues the fight to this day, in her late 80s. With unprecedented access to this intensely private mother of 11, Peter Bratt’s film “Dolores” chronicles Huerta’s life from her childhood in Stockton, California to her early years with the United Farm Workers, from her work with the headline-making grape boycott launched in 1965 to her role in the feminist movement of the ’70s, to her continued work as a fearless activist.

Featuring interviews with Gloria Steinem, Luis Valdez, Angela Davis, her children and more, Dolores is an intimate and inspiring portrait of a passionate champion of the oppressed and an indomitable woman willing to accept the personal sacrifices involved in committing one’s life to social change.

1 hour 35 minutes long

Bike Fair 

10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Location Reeve Union (Library side)

Local bike vendors and advocates will be on hand to answer your questions about the local biking scene as well as provide opportunities to buy biking gear.

Friday, April 26

Tree planting

Time TBD

Location TBD

Every year during Earth Week at UW Oshkosh, we commit to planting more trees on campus. UW Oshkosh has been awarded with a Tree Campus USA designation since 2010. We plan to plant trees this year, as we have done in the past, if the weather works out. Check back later for updated information regarding this event! Learn more about our landscaping sustainability.

Film: Gasland  

4:00 PM

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After being approached by a natural gas company interested in leasing his land, Josh Fox sets out to investigate the fracking industry. He interviews those affected by fracking across the United States to try and gain a better understanding of the impacts the industry has on the environment and the people who live near drilling sites. Released in 2010, “Gasland” has been nominated for an Oscar in Best Documentary and has won multiple awards, including an Artistic Vision Award and an EMA Award.

1 hour 47 minutes long