Earth Week

UW-Stout's Earth Week Celebration 2021
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Earth Week Events Schedule

We have some great events to celebrate Earth Week! 

April 19th // Plastic Waste & Recycling Discussion Panel, 6-7:30pm, Microsoft Teams
Join us for a panel discussion on sustainability and plastics in our world. More info here.

April 20th // Plant Sale, 8am-2pm, First floor of the MSC
The Natural Areas Club is having a plant sale for students, employees, and the public. The cost is per plant will be $2-$8, varying by size.

April 21st // Trash Pick-Up, 12-2pm, Meet outside the MSC
Join the SSA Sustainability Council in cleaning up our campus! Bring your friends and meet us outside the MSC. More info here.

April 22nd // Hiking, 12-2pm, Meet at Menomonie Depot Visitor Center near Riverside Park
Join the SSA Sustainability Council for a hike down Red Cedar Trail.

April 23rd // Wall-E Screening, 9pm, South Lawn of MSC
Blue Devil Productions is screening Wall-E outdoors. Rain location is 210 Applied Arts.

Sustainable Stout Jute Bag

Celebrate Earth Week With A Free Reusable Bag!

The Stout Student Association's Green Fee is helping students celebrate Earth Week with a free reusable bag! These bags are made from 100% jute, a natural fiber, and printed by the Stout Typographic Society. To claim your bag, complete our form.

Bags are available for current UW-Stout students only. Bags will be given out on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Earth Week in University Dining

Plant-Forward, Local, and Culturally-Inclusive Earth Week

University Dining is honoring Earth Week with a number of plant-forward eating options, local ingredients, and new culturally-inclusive flavors. Keep updated on what about what they will be offering each day via their Facebook and Instagram accounts.

Social Distance Sustainably

You can be sustainable and #saferathome!

  • Plan and plant a garden to grow your own food. Use your own yard, a (socially distanced) community garden space, or try container gardening! Growing your own food is a great way to have fresh, healthy food without having to set foot in the store.
  • Go for a walk or hike! Just be sure to keep 6+ feet apart from people you meet in the outdoors.
  • DIY! Make some of your most commonly used items with sustainable ingredients like detergent or dish soap.
  • Take a virtual yoga class or work out at home. Not going to the gym or the yoga studio saves gas, which saves on carbon and money.
  • Cook your own sustainable meals. Use ingredients from local farmers, the local food co-op, or organic and fair trade ingredients. And use smaller pots/pans because they require less energy.
  • Take a bike ride on the Lake Menomin Loop (or any route that suits you)! Make sure your tires are adequately pumped before heading out.
  • Turn your living room into a movie theater. Watch a movie in the dark with some popcorn. Keeping the lights low or off saves energy. And while you’re at it, grab a blanket and turn down the thermostat a bit. You save 1% of your total heating bill for every degree you reduce your thermostat.
  • Meditate! Take some time to breathe. There are lots of apps to help you get started with meditation, including some with student discounts.
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Our Favorite Sustainability Films

Movies are great for social distancing! Check out the favorite films of UW-Stout sustainability experts and advocates.
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Katie Ankowicz, UW-Stout student, displays her sustainability pledge.

What's Your Sustainability P

Share your photo on Facebook or Instagram and tag @sustainablestout! Or email us your pic and we'll share it on social.
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Our Favorite Sustainability Books

Looking for a good read? Check out book recommendations from UW-Stout sustainability experts and advocates.
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Free Energy Savings Kit for Off-Campus Students

Students living in an off-campus apartment or residence in Wisconsin can order free LED light bulbs and other items!
Gaylord Nelson

Gaylord Nelson: A Vision for the

Learn more Gaylord Nelson, the founder of Earth Day.
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How to pump up your bike tire

Hop On Your Bike

A quick lesson in bike tire maintenance from UW-Stout's Sustainability Office.
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Sustainable Stout on YouTube

Our YouTube Channel has some great tips and tricks for being more sustainable.
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Gaylord Nelson
Gaylord Nelson / U.S. Senate Historical Office

Wisconsin's Proud
Earth Day Roots

This year marks the 51st anniversary of Earth Day, an event founded by Wisconsin's own Gaylord Nelson. Nelson served as Wisconsin's 35th Governor and became nationally known as "the Conservation Governor" for his efforts to protect natural resources and waterways, create environmental jobs, and increase Wisconsin's outdoor recreation infrastructure.

In 1962, Nelson was elected to the United States Senate. Noticing an absence of environmental consciousness at the federal level, he worked for years to push for laws that protected the environment. In spite of a growing public concern about the planet, many of Nelson's arguments were not popular with his fellow lawmakers. But in the late 1960s, Nelson started to urge for a "national day for the environment" and on April 22, 1970, Earth Day was born.

Gaylord Nelson was originally from Clear Lake, Wisconsin, just 41 miles northwest of UW-Stout. Following his time in the U.S. Senate, he continued to fight for our planet. In 1995, he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in recognition of his work for the environment. As Wisconsinites, we are proud to call him one of our own.