Earth Week

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.

Saturday, April 16th 

Spring Cleaning, Greening 2022 

UWM Heat Plant, 9 am-12 pm  

Grab your garden gloves & clippers and join the UWM Office of Sustainability as they clear out green infrastructure on campus. Meet at UWM, at the Heating Plant parking lot off of Downer Avenue. It’s our time to cut back the old growth for the new to arrive. If there are enough volunteers, multiple sites will be addressed across campus. 

Monday, April 18th  

Reusable Shopping Bag Decorating

Union Concourse, 2-4 pm 

Make your grocery trips more sustainable by bringing your own bag! We’ll have free bags for you to decorate and take with you. Sponsored by the Conservation Club

Tuesday, April 19th 

Terrariums 

Union Concourse, 1:00-3:00 pm 

Join CAB and the Studio Arts and Craft Centre for Earth Week as we provide you with the materials to make your own terrarium in an upcycled container! 

Wednesday, April 20th 

The True Cost 

Fireside Lounge, 6 pm 

After hearing the news of the collapse of the Rana Plaza in Bangladesh, filmmaker Andrew Morgan set out to explore and investigate the business of fast fashion. While the Garment Industry is a 3 trillion-dollar industry, workers are forced to work in poor conditions for little pay. In The True Cost, Morgan travels to 13 different countries to collect information and conduct interviews with garment workers to highlight the conditions they experience, then follows up by exploring the fast fashion network in the United States, and how the media pushes for consumerism and perpetuates these conditions. Followed by a discussion about fast fashion. Cosponsored by Student Involvement and the Conservation Club

Milwaukee Shapes the Universe

Virtual, 7-8pm 

Join a virtual panel discussion focused on space research and technologies being innovated in Milwaukee, hosted by the UWM Planetarium and UWM Lubar Entrepreneurship Center. UW-Milwaukee researchers will share their latest technologies and ideas around space tech and innovation. This week’s panelist is Dr. Prasenjit Guptasarma. The panel will be moderated by Planetarium Director Jean Creighton. For questions, please email planetarium@uwm.edu. 

Registration Link: https://uwm.universitytickets.com/w/event.aspx?id=1794   

Thursday, April 21st 

Project of the Week/Clothing Swap 

Concourse, 10 am-6 pm 

Looking to swap out your dreary old winter wardrobe for some fresh new spring pieces? Look no further! Join us on the concourse for a clothing swap to celebrate spring and sustainability, it has all the excitement of thrifting with one key difference – it’s free! Come pick out some new-to-you items and check out our upcycling-inspired project-of-the-week from 11am-2pm, sponsored by the Studio Arts and Crafts Centre to explore the hidden possibilities of your clothes. Cosponsored by Student Involvement, Conservation Club and UWM Alumni Association  

Bike Expo

UWM Fountain, 2 pm- 4pm

Join Outdoor Pursuits for free bike tune ups, a helmet raffle, and bike related giveaways!

 

Friday, April 22nd  

Field trip and class with Madam Chino 

Departing from Concourse, 12:30-4:30 pm  

For Earth Week, we’ll be visiting the amazing space of Madam Chino! Madam Chino is alumna Vanessa Andrew who has built a remarkable fashion business since graduating from UWM. Basing much of
her own designs on reclamation of other materials, Vanessa is the perfect artist to lead students in a class on how to be more mindful consumers of fashion and how to use reclaimed materials to make new items. Only 6 spots available (free and open only to UWM students) – email Kyla Yeadon at klyeadon@uwm.edu to secure your spot! Sponsored by Studio Arts and Craft Centre

Glass Pantry Trip

Departing from Concourse, 3-4:40 pm  

Join the Conservation Club on a trip to the Glass Pantry, Milwaukee’s own refill store. Bring your own containers and prepare to learn from the store’s owner about how to make your shopping trips more sustainable! Sponsored by the Conservation Club

Secret Life of Planets  

Planetarium, 7-8 pm 

Celebrate Earth Day with a journey to each planet in our Solar System to explore the mysteries that lie within and learn what it would be like to call another planet home. Behold the latest discoveries such as Jupiter’s ever-changing storms, Saturn’s intriguing moons, and Mars’ potential for life. The program will include an indoor stargazing session of the night sky followed by the opportunity to ask questions.  FREE for UWM Students, and $6 for community members. For questions about this event, please email planetarium@uwm.edu. 

Registration Link: https://uwm.universitytickets.com/w/event.aspx?id=1793