UWM’s Conservation Club hosts Build Your Own Terrarium, providing students with fully recycled materials to build their own terrariums in the Student Union. (UWM Photo/Pete Amland)
Students channel their creativity while building terrariums, each creating a unique ecosystem. More than 250 students attended Earth Week’s most popular event. (UWM Photo/Pete Amland)
UWM students Wangian Zheng (left) and Maiko Minagawa stopped by the event between classes to build terrariums. (UWM Photo/Pete Amland)
Student Farzad Ghodsi puts some finishing touches on his terrarium. (UWM Photo/Pete Amland)
Maryland Avenue was closed over the lunch hour April 18 for food trucks and exhibits exploring how to use public spaces for safe, sustainable transportation. (UWM Photo/Elora Hennessey)
Students Sarah Sarich (from left), Lily Gierke, Emily Ortega and Sumona Dhara explore a section of UWM’s 9,200-square-foot greenhouse on the roof of the Northwest Quadrant. Greenhouse manager Paul Engevold offered tours to educate students on plant species and to teach them how to get involved in the upkeep of the facility. (UWM Photo/Elora Hennessey)
Student UWM student Sarah Sarich captures a photo of one of the greenhouse’s 640 plant species. The facility boasts over 100 plant families, showcasing a range of plant biodiversity, evolution and adaption. (UWM Photo/Elora Hennessey)
Kicking off with a talk by “No Impact Man” Colin Beavan, Earth Week at UWM highlighted ways that the community can enjoy, protect and preserve the environment.
Students and faculty were also encouraged to participate in the No Impact Challenge, a weeklong carbon cleanse to discover how living more sustainably can benefit everyone. Daily challenges pushed people to produce no trash, use no energy, buy nothing new and eat locally sourced food.
The challenge concludes April 23 with an “eco-sabbath,” where people are encouraged to unplug and spend the day without using social media or television.