Earth Week Event Descriptions

Earth Week is only days away! The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater will be kicking off Earth Week 2013 on Earth Day, Monday April 22nd. The events will last through Friday, April 26th. The UW-Whitewater Earth Initiative invites all students, faculty, and community members to participate in this week long celebration to support sustainability and environmental protection. Make sure to check out the events running throughout the week and get involved!

Take a look below and see what is going on during Earth Week to spread sustainability awareness throughout our community:

Race to Recycle

Where: University Center

When: Monday (4/22) 8:00am-1:00pm Tuesday (4/23) 8:00am-1:00pm

So you think you know how to recycle? Think again! In today’s day and age, the use of plastic has become commonplace in packaging. Race to Recycle is an activity designed to create valuable crowd engagement. Common recyclables are given to participants, who then must attempt to sort the recyclables into their respective recycle bins. Participants are rewarded with a sustainable reusable water bottle. Race to Recycle is a fun interactive game that was a crowd favorite at the recently held WellFest 2013.

Do One Thing (DOT) Campaign/ Sustainability Wall

Where: University Center

When: Monday (4/22) 8:00am-1:00pm Tuesday (4/23) 8:00am-1:00pm

The success of the Free Speech wall on campus is being transferred to sustainability. The UW-Whitewater Earth Initiative wants students to pledge one thing they are going to do to be more sustainable throughout their career at UW-Whitewater. Students will have the option to write on our Sustainability Wall, post on the Facebook Wall, or tweet us. It’s a new way for students to engage in sustainability.

Plastic Bag Collection

Where: University Center

When: Monday (4/22) 10:00am-4:00pm Tuesday (4/23) 10:00am-4:00pm

Plastic bags are regularly just thrown out, so S.A.G.E. has decided to take them off of student’s hands. During this event, S.A.G.E. will have a table in the UC to collect plastic bags. A person can receive one reusable bag for every ten plastic bags that he or she turns in. During tabling at this event, students and faculty will also have the opportunity to take a pledge to not use plastics for a day or two or even an entire week.

Do It for the Kids

Where: Roseman Building

When: Wednesday (4/24) 8:00am-2:00pm

Like working with kids? S.A.G.E. will be working with kids from the Local Whitewater Elementary School on ecological activities. These activities will help kids learn ways to be more sustainable like what types of trash can be recycled. This activity is great for education majors who plan on working with kids in the future as well.

The Eco-Workshop

Where: University Center 264

When: Wednesday (4/24) 1:00pm-4:00pm

S.A.G.E. will be hosting a fair in which people can learn ways to be more sustainable. There will be multiple booths set up to teach various tips and tricks. Students will be able to do everything from mending clothing to learning how to decrease their ecological footprint.

Recyclable Fashion Show

Where: Hyland Hall 1000

When: Wednesday (4/24) 4:00pm-5:30pm

This is no ordinary fashion show! In order to show support for Earth Week, our fashion show is a friendly competition among orgs to see who can create the best outfit made from everyday recycled materials. This competition will be held on Wednesday, April 24th in Timmerman Auditorium (Hyland Hall 1000) at 4pm-5:30pm. Each group will have 30 minutes to design an outfit, made out of as many recyclable items. We ask that you please bring your own recyclables with you, in order to ensure you will have all the supplies you need to create your outfit masterpiece although we will have all supplies for putting them together and some recyclables provided. After 30 minutes, a member from each group will model the outfit in front of a panel of three “celebrity” judges. The judges will score the outfits based on creativity, use of recycled items, and overall appearance.  The selected winner will receive a prize! This fashion show is a great way to show your support for Earth Week, while having fun along the way!

Birds of Prey

Where: Outside University Center

When: Thursday (4/25) 10:00am-2:00pm

Wildlife conservation has become an increasingly important practice due to the negative effects of human activity on wildlife.  The Northern Illinois Raptor Center will be visiting the UW-Whitewater campus to not only talk with students about harmful effects on the environment, but also the BIRDS who are also affected.  They will be bringing birds to do demonstrations and provide a more sentimental view on sustainability and the environment.

Sculpture Contest

Where: Center of the Arts 2057

When: Thursday (4/25) 1:00pm-3:00pm

Students will be creating masterpieces out of what most of us would see as everyday trash. This will be interesting!

Movie: ”YERT”

Where: University Center- Summer’s Auditorium

When: Thursday (4/25) 5:00pm-8:45pm

The ecological movie “YERT” (Your Environmental Road Trip) is a movie about three friends who hit the road with the goal of using the least amount of garbage possible. This critically claimed, award-winning film is a must-see for anyone looking for a good laugh while learning great waste reducing tips.

Photo and Video Contest

Where: Whitewater

When: Monday-Thursday

See something awesome outside? Submit photos of anything outside involving nature or sustainability and the best ones will be on display on the big screen in Hyland Hall! Send your photos to:

Green Team Clean-up

Where: Starin Park

When: Friday (4/26) 11:15am-3:00pm

Join S.A.G.E. members in cleaning up trash around and outside of campus. This activity is a great way for students to get actively involved in Earth Week while meeting a few new people along the way. It is also a great opportunity to pick up community service hours for graduation.

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