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The first Earth Day on April 22, 1970, marked a turning point for American environmentalism—20 million Americans participated in the nationwide event that many consider the catalyst for the modern environmental movement.

Each year the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh celebrates Earth Week through a variety of events, activities and speakers.

Monday, April 17

Every year during Earth Week at UW Oshkosh, we commit to planting more trees on campus. Recently, UW Oshkosh was awarded with a Tree Campus USA designation for the seventh year in a row. This year we are planting 20 trees to help improve our campus landscape. Look for new trees popping up on campus throughout the week as the grounds crew works to beautify and enhance our green spaces. Learn more about our landscaping sustainability.

More Than Honey

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Sage 2210

This documentary examines declining bee populations and what that means for modern society. It shows the effects of smoking bees and how we handle bees within the bee industry. At this event there will be some prizes and the winner will be selected at random along with collecting donations for the bee farm in Florida. Before the documentary, we will explain the bee crisis and some ways everyone can help.

Tuesday, April 18

E-waste Recycling Drop Off

7:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Blackhawk Parking Lot (#15)

Recycle your household electronic waste. Campus operating units, please contact the Sustainability Office for more info about how to recycle campus-generated E-waste.
Accepted Items

  • Cell phones, Rechargeable Batteries, Cords, CRTs/Computer Monitors, CPUs/Computer Towers, Printers, DVDs/VCRs, Fax Machines, Cell and Corded Phones

Items Not Accepted

  • TVs, Microwaves, Dehumidifiers, Light Bulbs, Alkaline Batteries, Household Appliances

Contact Hunter Hart (

Surfing for Change, Kyle Thiermann

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7:00 PM

Reeve Ballrooms

Kyle is the son of activists who exposed him early to the value of civic engagement. As a surfer, he was in a social circle with lots of young people who were not engaged in social or environmental issues, nor inclined to watch long documentaries. He knew they were nonetheless caring people, and that if engaged effectively and given clear direction, they could be tremendous force for change. Thus was born the notion of serving as a conduit using digestible documentaries to highlight specific issues and solutions. This event is sponsored by University Speaker Series, Reeve Union, the Office of Sustainability, and Environmental Studies.

Wednesday, April 19

Film Screening: “Containment”

6:00 PM

Sage 1210 

Part graphic-novel, part documentary, this film explores the complicated problem of how we should manage radioactive wastes that will be harmful to humans far into the distant future.

Sponsors: Environmental Studies Program, Engineering Technology Program, SEAC.

Contact: Jim Feldman,

Thursday, April 20

 “Coming Alive: Action and Civil Disobedience - Wake the Frack Up”

Doors open at 5:30PM

Organic Baked Potato and Salad Bar: 6:00 PM (Contact if you would like a to reserve a table for your department or would like an individual ticket for the dinner reception. Suggested donation $5/student and $10/staff, faculty, or community member.)

Keynote address: 7:00 PM

Reeve Ballrooms

Taylor Brorby, is a poet, essayist, and activist who responds to the boom in hydraulic fracturing in his beloved home state of North Dakota by writing poems and essays, engaging in action and civil disobedience. His lyrical, moving call to action is grounded in love of place and commitment to the future. Brorby calls us to “wake the frack up” and defend the places we love before they are destroyed.

There will be a book signing at the talk. His books: Fracture: Essays, Poems, and Stories on Fracking in America and Coming Alive: Action and Civil Disobedience will be available for sale.

Email if you would like a to reserve a table for your department or would like an individual ticket for the dinner reception. Suggested donation $5/student and $10/staff, faculty, or community member.

Sponsors: SEAC, Environmental Studies, Sustainability Office, and English

Contact: Laura Hartman, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies,

Friday, April 21

Citizens Climate Lobby: Dan Dietrich: “What you can do about climate change”

9:10 AM - 10:10 AM

Clow L101

Dr. Dieterich will show how CCL, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, empowers people to become effective advocates for a livable world. He will also describe why members of Congress in both parties can support a market-based “carbon fee and dividend” approach that reduces the worst effects of the climate crisis while growing the American economy.

Contact: Shannon Davis-Foust

Saturday, April 22

Fox-Wolf Watershed river cleanup

9:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Contact the Wildlife Conservation Club to get registered and help clean up the UWO riverfront or register your own team at !

Hands on Oshkosh

8:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Registration opens April 11 with a link on
Residence Life will be completing grounds work with Lisa Mick, Grounds Director
250+ students will work at 15-20 other sites around the City of Oshkosh

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