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Sustainability Reverse Pitch Competition

The Sustainability Institute for Regional Transformations (SIRT) and WiSys are pleased to announce an exciting opportunity for our students – a Sustainability Reverse Pitch Competition! Please consider including this Competition in your spring courses as an assignment or an extra credit opportunity. The competition is open to students from all three campuses. We have representatives from six different organizations presenting sustainability problems they face and they are looking for possible solutions from student teams. On February 12 the representatives will formally present their problems and students will be able to form teams and select the problem they want to tackle. The teams will check in with the representatives occasionally as they work on the problem and then they will present their solutions on April 23. Both events start at 5:30pm at the Culver Family Welcome Center.

Participating businesses and organizations:
Oshkosh Corporation/Oshkosh Defense
Oshkosh Public Library
Planet Perk
UW Oshkosh

Please contact us at for more information.

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Earth WELLNESS Training

June 15-19, 2020

Earn your Environmental Educator Certification in Earth WELLNESS Training
Wisconsin Environmental Literacy & Leadership for Naturalists, Educators, Students & Society

This new professional development opportunity is for naturalists, PK-12 educators, and students alike; anyone who takes interest in teaching about the natural world.  This program will empower you to give nature lessons and discuss environmental issues.  It is also designed to help teachers focus on integrating the 2018 Wisconsin Standards for Environmental Literacy and Sustainability into your lesson plans as you help learners connect, explore, and engage in the world around them.

In addition to increasing your knowledge and gaining new approaches to teaching, you will practice methods to better advocate for the protection of natural resources.  Daily field trips to local natural areas will bring you in contact with experts on topics including plant and animal identification, ecosystem interconnections, ecological geology, habitat assessment, and threats to biodiversity including habitat destruction, invasive species, air and water pollution, over-exploitation, and climate change.  In response to these issues, we’ll also explore energy efficiency, environmental activism, responding to science denial, ecological grief, and much more.

Earth WELLNESS Training is funded by UW Oshkosh’s Sustainability Institute for Regional Transformations (SIRT) and the workshops are free unless taken for credit.  Upon completion of this 40-hour training you will receive an Environmental Educator certificate in Earth WELLNESS Training.*

  • Cost: Free!!
  • Where:Based at UW Oshkosh with field trips to nearby nature areas.
  • Physical exertion: Field trips will require each participant to hike up to 2 miles on rough or uneven ground daily. Appropriate footwear is required.
  • HousingDormitory housing is available at UW Oshkosh for a nominal fee
  • Graduate credit (optional):  Sec Ed 715 “Current Trends in Curriculum and Instruction” (2 cr.) (tuition: $300)

*Environmental Education statutory requirement PI 34.022(2): Completing the WELLNESS Workshop satisfies the Department of Public Instruction requirement for “Environmental education, including the conservation of natural resources, for licenses in early childhood regular education, elementary and middle school regular education, science, and social studies.”