Earth Week

When: April 22nd-26th, 2019

Earth Week: During Earth Week, Student Involvement sponsors a series of events and programs, in conjunction with student organizations and relevant departments, to bring attention to the many different ways students can enjoy, protect, and preserve their environment.

Events for Earth Week 2019


Farmer’s Market & Recycled Art Show                                                   

Spaights Plaza                                          

10am – 3pm 

We’re back! Come enjoy tasty local vendor fare at the UWM Farmers Market! Community members, alumni, and even current UWM students will be vending and performing at the market.  There will also be a Recycled Art Show that showcases student art created using only recycled materials to highlight the importance of recycling and the surplus of waste that pollutes our earth.  Come vote on your favorite piece of artwork!

Upcycle with CAB                                                   

Union Concourse                                          

1pm – 3pm 

Join the Campus Activities Board for Earth Week and upcycle your books, clothing, and make some sustainable journals made out of recyclable materials. We will be accepting donations in the CAB office two weeks prior to the event.

Speaker: Dr. Kyle Whyte                                                   

Fireside Lounge                                          

5pm – 7pm 

Come engage in an enriching environmental presentation by Dr. Kyle Whyte!  Dr. Whyte, an enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, is a professor at Michigan State University where his research addresses moral and political issues concerning climate policy and Indigenous peoples, the ethics of cooperative relationships between Indigenous peoples and science organizations, and problems of Indigenous justice in public and academic discussions of food sovereignty, environmental justice, and the Anthropocene.

Riverbridge Cleanup                         

Meet at Riverview Front Desk                                                                 

6pm – 7pm 

Want to clean up the trails and river area between RiverView and Cambridge Residence Halls? Meet at the RiverView Service Desk at 6:00pm and you will be put into teams with supplies to help beautify the area! Please wear closed toe shoes and weather-appropriate clothing since we will be outside!


Build-Your-Own Terrarium                          

Union Concourse                                                                 

11am – 1pm 

Join the Studio Arts and Craft Centre in the Union Concourse to make your very own terrarium. Customize your contents and learn how to take care of it! Supplies are limited and are available on a first-come, first-serve basis, so arrive early.

Panther Pitch-In

Meet at Meltwater House                 

1pm – 7pm                                                                                           

Come join UWM and its community in a Spring outdoor work day from 9 am-12 pm, ending with free lunch. Activities will range from cleaning out our rain gardens to aiding in our compost operations. Volunteers will get the opportunity to learn about caring for our natural spaces while doing hands-on service work to improve our community. Meet at the Meltwater house right next to Sandburg dorms (small wooden building next to the south-most tower). We will be outside, so dress for the weather.  Link to sign up:

Plant Potting                      

Sandburg Hall                                                   

7pm – 8pm                                                                                           

Come to the Sandburg and Cambridge lobbies to decorate a pot and plant greenery to liven up your living space! Pots, soil, and plants/seeds will be provided.


Bike to Campus Day                                  

Spaights Plaza                                                                                  


Start your morning riding in with the Chancellor.  Rides will start from multiple locations ending in Spaights Plaza with a light breakfast and info booths.  Stay tuned for ride locations at


It’s Only Waste If It’s Wasted                                             

Union Concourse                                                                                 

10:30am – 1:30pm                                                           

Why are we throwing it all away?  Let’s talk about “waste”, recycling, reuse, and resource recovery.  What are the personal, cultural, and economic barriers to better resource reclamation?  When trash simply goes “away”, what are the consequences and how can we do better?  Stop on by and wander through the “waste” conversation, revealing the hidden worlds of food recovery, electronic waste recycling, and simply where your water bottle goes (or doesn’t go…).

Pull Your Weight                                                       

Union Concourse                                                                                    

10:30pm – 1:30pm                                                                                     

The average human creates around 130 lbs of waste a month, can you pull that weight?  Test your strength against the amount of waste and learn about ways to reduce your waste impact.  By making eco-friendly decisions in our purchases, composting/recycling more, and with help of programs like the Green Fund, we can all choose to produce less waste and be more able to pull our weight.

Social Justice Lecture Series                                                  

Union Art Gallery                                                                                

6pm – 7:30pm                                                                                       

Drop in to listen to the following talks as a part of the Social Justice Lectures Series:

Lane Hall (Overpass Light Brigade)

Melanie Ariens (environmental artist activist/artist in residence for MKE Water Commons)

Brian Sales- Groundwork organization and WI Green Vets