Earth Week

When: April 14-21st, 2018

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 2018


Panther’s Pitch In! UWM’s Spring Cleaning, Greening Work Day                                                   

Meet at Sandburg Hall Meltwater House                                           

9am – 1pm 

Come join UWM and its community in a Spring outdoor work day!  Activities will range form 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 Meltwater House right next to Sandburg residence hall (small wooden building next to the south-most tower).  We will be outside, so dress for the weather.  See you there!  Sign up at:


Solar Picnic Table                         

Spaights Plaza                                                                 

11am – 1pm 

Come join UWM and its community in a Spring outdoor work day on Saturday, April 14th from

Thunderbird Strike: Discussion and Game Play

Fireside Lounge                                                                                 

2pm – 4pm                                                                                           

Come explore Elizabeth LaPensée’s new game, “Thunderbird Strike” with the Inclusive Excellence Center and American Indian Studies staff and students.  We will begin by discussing the game and how environmental activism can happen through a multitude of ways.  Following the discussion, we will have the game available for students to do live play!

Riverbridge Clean-Up                                                                                                                             

Meet at Cambridge & Riverview front desks                                                   

3pm – 6pm                                                                                           

We will be meeting at Cambridge and Riverview desks to head out to clean up the trail and areas surrounding the river on south campus.


Build Your Own Terrarium                                 

Union Concourse                                                                                 

11am – 2pm                                                                                           

Join us in the Union Concourse to learn and make your own terrarium.  Supplies are limited, so arrive early!

Good Food, Strong Communities Author Panel

Fireside Lounge                                                                           

6pm – 8pm                                                                                           

The UWM Office of Sustainability, the UWM Food Center and Pantry, and Boswell Book Company are happy to host the Milwaukee launch of the multi-author anthology, Good Food, Strong Communities.  Authors from the book will read excerpts from their chapter with a Q&A hosted by UWM students studying food systems change.  The event will be bookended by a reception to share local foods with the authors and community food organizations.  Follow the event on Facebook for speaker and community resource updates.  Contact Renee: for accommodation requests or questions.  Free and open to the public.


Ban the Bags                                             

Union Concourse                                                                                 

10am – 3pm                                                                                           

Supported by the Green Fund sustainability grant, the Ban-the-Bags initiative seeks to end the distribution of single-use plastic bags at UWM.  Students in favor of ending single-use bags on campus are encouraged to sign the petition!  The Ban-the-Bags team will be holding a workshop that involves re-purposing unwanted t-shirts into reusable shopping bags, raising awareness about the environmental impact of plastic, and recruiting support for the petition.

Earth Week Lunch Break with CAB                                                       

Wisconsin Room                                                                                   

12:30pm – 2:30pm                                                                                     

Join CAB to learn how to make a lunch that is eco-friendly and tasty!  Students will also receive a free lunch box and food at the event.


Sandburg Flicks                                                                               

5pm – 7pm                                                                                       

Come to Flicks to create a potted plant in the residence halls!


Food Sovereignty and Sustainability                   

Union 280                                                         

11am – 1:30pm                                                                                       

American Indian Student Services, The Electra Quinney Institute, and The UWM Food Center and pantry are pleased to host a panel discussion on Food Sovereignty and Sustainability led by our remarkable guest speakers: Angela Kingsawan, Fawn Pochel, and Joanie Buckley.  There will be two difference sessions, starting at 11am and 12:15pm.  Join us for one or both, as time allows!  Between sessions, we will also have a refresh and resource break to informally gather and chat about how to support regional Indigenous Food Sovereignty efforts.  Follow the event on Facebook for speaker and community resource updates.  Contact Renee: for accommodation requests or questions.  Free and open to the public.


Black, Brown, & Green: An Environmental Justice Tour                             

Depart from the Concourse                                                                       

10:30am – 3pm                                                                                         

Dealing with neighborhood change: how neighborhoods fight for equitable development

FREE for UWM students – lunch provided

Adventure through the Walker’s Point, Menominee Valley, and Lindsey Heights neighborhoods and explore some initiatives to counter gentrification and systemic racism.  See how black and brown communities are culturally and socioeconomically responsive to the community in an age of redevelopment and how they fight to preserve natural resources and develop green initiatives.  Learn about what organizations like: CORE El Centro, the Urban Ecology Center, Alice’s Garden, the Juice Kitchen, and Outpost Natural Foods are doing to make an impact!  PantherSync Pre-Registration Required.

Meet in the Union Concourse at 10:30am.  Limited to 40 students

More information here:


Earth Day of Service                                     

Urban Ecology Center (Riverside Park location)                                          

1500 E. Park Place, Milwaukee, WI 53211                                                               


Join fellow alumni and families for a family-friendly morning of service projects at the Riverside location of the Urban Ecology center, including park and neighborhood clean up, working on the gardens, garlic mustard removal and fence building, followed by a cookout for all volunteers starting at noon.  All ages are welcome.  Adults bringing children to participate must supervise them throughout the project.  
All alumni and those they register will receive a free T-shirt and lunch, which will be served from 12pm-1pm.  Please register by Friday, April 13.

Register here: