Sunday, Feb. 28 at noon Between River & Sky
Location: Myrick Park Trailhead
Join creators Misha Bolstad, Kelly Sultzbach, and some of their students, on a literary and graphic walk through the La Crosse marshes. The short hike will feature the work both classes did for the literary anthology website they compiled and created: betweenriverandsky.org. Environmental Literature students will read some of the environmental poetry that inspired their own analysis of why these pieces might help us reconsider our relationship to our local parks. Advanced Graphic Design students will discuss the relationship of the photographs and stylistic choices to those issues and locations. Participants are urged to bring their smartphones to read the annotations and view the photographs during the walk, and also their sketchbooks to record any inspirational ideas.
Monday, Feb. 29 from 5:30-7 pm: Film Screening & Discussion -- One Woman's Journey Down the Mighty Mississippi
Location: Room 1400, Centennial Hall. In the summer of 2015, Ashley Dechant spent 74 days traveling down the Mississippi River from Minneapolis to New Orleans alone in a 12-foot fishing boat. During the journey, she documented her experiences and the people she met on the river. Following the screening, Dechant will talk about her experience and answer questions. This project was supported, in part, by a UWL Undergraduate Research Grant.
Monday, Feb. 29 at 7 p.m. -- Reading at The Root Note
The Word into the World: Writing a Sense of Place with Jill Sisson Quinn. Creative Writing students from UWL will share their environmentally-themed original work. Ms. Quinn will take the stage at 8:00, reading from her essay collection Deranged: Finding a Sense of Place in the Landscape and in the Lifespan, which “links ecological exploration with moments of individual maturation.”
Monday, Feb. 29 at 7:30 pm. The Crochet Reef Project
Location: Annett Recital Hall, Center for the Arts. Australian-born science writer Margaret Wertheim is one of the masterminds behind the Crochet Reef Project, a unique creation which resides at the intersection of mathematics, marine biology, handicraft and community art practice, and also responds to the environmental crisis of global warming and the escalating problem of oceanic plastic trash. Learn how she and her twin sister Christine took crochet skills taught by their mother and combined them with geometry-- while watching episodes of Battlestar Galactica and other television fantasies. Since 2005, the project has grown to include Satellite Reefs in over thirty cities and countries worldwide.
Tuesday, March 1 from 1:10-2:05: Discussion -- The Science of Art & the Art of Science
Location: Hall of Nations, Centennial Hall. Bring your lunch and join the conversation with Creative Imperatives Guests and UWL faculty about the multitude of ways that art and science influence one another and prompt creativity and innovation in both disciplines. Light refreshments will be available. Participants: Joe Anderson, Barrett Klein, Adrienne Loh, and guest Holly Walter Kerby
Tuesday, March 1 from 2:15-3:40 pm Communication Studies Presentation-- Debating Science
Hall of Nations, Centennial Hall: Four students will debate Wisconsin environmental policy regarding increasing environmental protections. The debate will demonstrate academic debate procedure and strategies.
7 Rivers Alliance: Tuesday, March 1, 2016 from 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM Creating Community Solar Gardens and Farms
We are pleased to partner with Dairyland Power Cooperative, Xcel Energy and Western Technical College to offer a regional seminar on best practices in planning thermal and photo-voltaic solar installations. With recent federal tax credits extended, this is a must attend event for businesses and municipalities exploring solar alternatives to offset energy costs. $12 for students.
Keynote Speaker: John Farrell, Director of Democratic Energy at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance
Megan Levy, Director of Local Energy Programs for The Wisconsin State Energy Office
Lissa Pawlisch, Coordinator of Energy Programs for the State of Minnesota (invited)
Joe McDonald, CEO, Vernon Electric Cooperative, Westby, Wisconsin
Brian Krambeer, CEO, Tri-County Electric Cooperative, Rushford, Minnesota
David Donovan, General Manager of Customer and Community Relations for Xcel Energy
Sustainability Institute: March 2nd from 2-4pm
Western Technical College's Lunda Center for our end of the year Project Showcase. This is a great opportunity to witness how our business champions have reduced their environmental impact and moved towards sustainability as well as learning more about the MPower Program. MPower is a one-year, fully customizable program for businesses and organizations in the 7 Rivers Region that want to reduce their environmental impact while saving costs and creating a healthier and more engaging workplace and community.
Wiscorps EcoWednesdays: March 2, 2016, 7:00 pm
Legacy of Trap Shooting at Myrick Park Colin Belby, Associate Professor of Geography and Earth Science at UW-L: Are you aware that Myrick Park was once considered one of the nation’s best trap¬shooting sites, hosting regional and national competitions over several decades? Colin will discuss the history and legacy of the trapshooting activities, highlighting the findings of his team’s efforts to map the shot fall zone and assess the potential environmental health risks associated with the trapshooting.
UWL's Joint Committee on Environmental Sustainability meets Friday, March 4 at 11 a.m. in Wimberly 114. Guests are welcome to observe.
Coulee Region Climate Alliance: Saturday, March 5 at 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
First Congregational Church(corner of Main and Losey). A Community Fair to learn about and connect with area groups and individuals working on climate and sustainability issues. What better way to prepare for the Spring than with free food, great ideas, and wonderful people? Come connect with community members and regional organizations working to combat climate change. Assess your carbon footprint and learn how you can get involved in your community to affect this global issue. We are all affected by climate change. Come out and help us do something about it!
The Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge will honor the life and work of conservationist and naturalist Aldo Leopold on Saturday, March 5, at the visitor center on Brice Prairie 11:00 a.m.
Join noted local storyteller Kenny Salwey to hear fascinating stories of his life along the backwaters of the Mississippi River.
Saturday, March 5 from 2-4 pm
Board room of the D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership at Viterbo University at 2:00 p.m. Presentations on the theme of “nature connections” by Janet Silbernagel, University of Wisconsin-Madison professor and Directory of the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies; Jason Gilman, Director of Planning & Development for the City of La Crosse; and Joyce Cielecki, La Crosse County Health Department Biodiversity Educator. Readings from Leopold’s A Sand County Almanac will follow.
Luther College Sustainability Leadership:
This Fri-Sat conference in Decorah, IA (April 8-9) looks like a great chance to share ideas with other students interested in sustainability and to hear from an interesting speaker. Applications are due March 15. https://www.luther.edu/sustainability/outreach/leadership/
ACTING LOCALLY FOR CLIMATE SUSTAINABILITY, March 5, 2 p.m.-5 p.m.
Hosts: Coulee Region Climate Alliance.
Place: First Congregational Church, La Crosse
Description: A Community Fair to learn about and connect with area groups and individuals working on climate and sustainability issues. What better way to prepare for the Spring than with free food, great ideas, and wonderful people? Come connect with community members and regional organizations working to combat climate change. Assess your carbon footprint and learn how you can get involved in your community to affect this global issue. We are all affected by climate change. Come out and help us do something about it!
Food and coffee is generously donated by People's Food Co-op and Jules Coffee House, as well as by members and supporters of Coulee Region Climate Alliance.
CARS, Citizens Acting For Rail Safety - La Crosse
Citizens Climate Lobby (National Page)
Coulee Partners for Sustainability
Coulee Region Ecoscapes, LLC
Coulee Region Sierra Club
Mississippi Valley Conservancy
ONE at University Wisconsin La Crossee
UWL Students For Sustainability