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In its commitment to champion sustainability in its many forms, the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh will celebrate Earth Week April 20-25. Earth Day, an international celebration intended to inspire awareness of and appreciation for the environment, is April 22.

UW Oshkosh students, faculty and staff as well as members of the greater community are invited to participate in “green”-themed events on campus throughout the week, covering such topics as clean water, conservation, sustainable foods and sustainability on campus.

“Earth Week presents an opportunity for the University to further promote the importance of sustainable living on campus and beyond,” said Almut Beringer, sustainability director at UW Oshkosh.

UW Oshkosh became the first university in the nation to declare itself a Fair Trade University in September. For more about UW Oshkosh’s sustainability initiatives and accomplishments, visit

Monday, April 20

  • 7-8:30 p.m., Reeve 227C — “The Great Lakes Water Wars,” Peter Annin, author.
  • 7-9 p.m., Reeve 202 — Wisconsin Review’s Spring Reading, featuring the works of University students, faculty and staff members, including nature writing.

Tuesday, April 21

  • Throughout the day, Reeve Union — RuckusRoots, a grassroots effort to engage young adults in the environmental movement through art and music, featuring the “octomasher.”
  • Throughout the day, Reeve Concourse — Posters by students in Stephanie Spehar’s anthropology course “Human Dimensions of Wildlife Conservation.”
  • 7-8:30 p.m., Reeve 227AB — “Conservation in Nicaragua: Sustainability for the Tropics,” Sarah Otterstrom, executive director, Paso Pacifico.
  • 8:45-10:45 p.m., Reeve 307 — “The Gods Must Be Crazy,” film and discussion.

Wednesday, April 22

  • Throughout the day, Blackhawk Commons and Reeve Concourse — “Sustainable Food and the Community Garden.”
  • 6 p.m., Reeve 227BC — Earth Dinner, reception at 6 p.m.; Organic Valley farmer at 6:30 p.m.; “Addressing Global Food Insecurity,” Sister Ann Brickner, Peace and Justice Center director, St. Norbert College at 7:30 p.m.; tickets are free, but the suggested donation at the door is $5 for students and $15 for the public, available at Titan Central in Reeve, (920) 424-1234.

Thursday, April 23

  • 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Reeve 201 and 202 — Celebration of Scholarship, featuring undergraduate and graduate research, including posters from the Environmental Studies Senior Seminar.
  • 2-3:30 p.m., Reeve 227A — Open Forum on Campus Sustainability, introducing Almut Beringer, UW Oshkosh’s sustainability director.
  • 6-8 p.m., outside or Reeve Underground — Rocking the Earth, featuring music by Groovitational Pull.

Friday, April 24

  • 1-2 p.m., Reeve 214 — Clean Water Act, Storm Water and UW Oshkosh, Steve Arndt, facilities director, UW Oshkosh.
  • 2-4 p.m., meet at Reeve 214 — Fox River Campus Cleanup.