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Union: Share The Earth

SHARE THE EARTH is a series of earth-friendly events that takes place in the UWM Union during the academic year. All events are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted.

(Other campus events listed below - don't miss all the great stuff happening during Earth Week!)

Earth Week at UWM!

Monday -Friday, April 21-25 - UWM Union, Spaights Plaza and Golda Meir Library

April 22, 2014 is the 45th anniversary of Earth Day, a national celebration founded by Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson in 1970. Join Student Involvement and the UWM Office of Sustainability, along with the Environmental Sustainability Committee and other student organizations, in a week-long celebration of Mother Earth. This year, Earth Week at UWM includes the first UWM Sustainability Symposium! In addition to all the great symposium events, additional fun things are planned, including a recycled fashion show and a bike-powered concert!

Concern for the environment crosses boundaries of politics, religion, race, and economics, engaging us all in the effort to preserve the natural world, now and for future generations. Come Share the Earth during Earth Week!


Monday, April 21 - 12pm and 12:30pm - Union Concourse

Earth Day Runway with Madam Chino and friends!

Local designer (and UWM alumna!) Madam Chino returns to UWM for Earth Week with a new collection of recycled fashion. 

Watch this video from a couple of years ago! The runway show is new and different every year!

5:30pm - Union Theatre
The Black Student Union & Institute for Urban Agriculture & Nutrition are hosting a screening of Growing Cities, a film about urban farming in America. In their search for answers, filmmakers Dan Susman and Andrew Monbouqette take a road trip and meet the men and women who are challenging the way this country grows and distributes its food, one vacant city lot, rooftop garden, and backyard chicken coop at a time. 
The film will be followed by a panel discussion featuring local leaders in sustainability and urban agriculture. Panelists include:
  • Dr. Stan Stojkovic, Dean of the UWM Helen Bader School of Social Welfare (Moderator)
  • Kate Nelson, Director of the UWM Office of Sustainability
  • Dr. Linnea Laestadius, Assistant Professor at UWM's Joseph J. Zilber School of Public Health
  • Damien Coleman, Founder of Elyve
  • Will Allen, Founder, President & CEO of Growing Power, Inc.
FREE and open to the public


Tuesday - Thursday, April 22-24 - UWM Union and Golda Meir Library

UWM Sustainability Symposium

UWM Office of Sustainability is hosting the inaugural UWM Sustainability Symposium, April 21-25. All UWM students, faculty and staff are invited to choose from a wide variety of educational presentations to attend throughout the week, including an exciting State of Sustainability Address on April 22 and workshops covering topics including food, transportation, energy, diversity and affordability. 

For more information and to register, visit the website!


Earth Week terrariums!!

Tuesday, April 22 - 3-4:30pm - Union Concourse

Did you miss the Geek Week terrarium event in February? Well, lament not, because we're doing more terrariums on Earth Day! The Studio Arts and Craft Centre, Conservation Club and Campus Activities Board are partnering again to give students a chance to make a really cool terrarium. Watch for them on the Union Concourse from 3-4:30pm on April 22, EARTH DAY! 

Here's a little terrarium action from Geek Week:


Wednesday, April 23 - 2:30-5:30pm on Spaights Plaza

Join Outdoor Pursuits on Spaights Plaza during the day to tune up your bike now that winter is finally (finally?) over! Learn how to use some of the tools available for UWM bike riders as well as check out some of OP's gear and learn about their AMAZING PROGRAMS



Wednesday, April 23 - 7:30pm - Union Theatre

Share the Earth Environmental Film Series presents....To Make a Farm

(Steve Suderman, Canada, 73 min, 2011)

Named one of the ten most popular Canadian films at the Vancouver International Film Festival, To Make A Farm asks: what might the future of local food and farming look like? This beautifully photographed documentary explores the lives of five young people who have decided to become small-scale farmers. 

FREE and open to the public.


Thursday, April 24 - 6-9pm - Union Ballroom

Bike-powered concert!

Celebrate Earth Week with an off-the-grid concert featuring some top notch musicians and energy provided courtesy of Power by the People. Volunteer riders exercise their thigh and good-deed muscles by pedaling to provide all the power for the bands. Come rock out to great tunes, ride to keep the energy high and help us Share the Earth during Earth Week at UWM!

Music by Fahri, Lost Spirit and DJ Steve Siphonic!

To volunteer to pedal one of the bikes (provided by Power by the People), contact Linda at


Thursday, April 24 - 12-5pm, and Friday, April 25 - all day - Union Concourse

Photography exhibit from UWM's Alternative Spring Break trip to Asheville, NC!

(River by Colin Daly)


Happening elsewhere on campus:

From UREC Outdoor Pursuits, in the Klotsche Center and Pavillion Room 131A:

Improvised Shelters II: Constructing a Bivouac 
April 24 (3:00 - 5:00pm) 
Learn how to make a rain and wind resistant shelter from downed trees, sticks and leaves, etc. If you grew up making forts or you want to try something new and fun join us for instruction that might just save the day during an unexpected night out. FREE!

From University Housing

Tuesday, April 22

Location: Between Golda Meir Library and Chapman Hall
& Shuttle Stops at Cambridge Commons & RiverView Residence Halls

University Housing’s Sustainability Committee is hosting an event themed around utilizing alternative modes of transportation to reduce carbon emissions. The committee has titled the event “Pedal for Change” and will host the event on April 22nd (Earth Day) from 11:00am to 4:00pm.  For the event, we are taking one of University Housing’s student shuttles off route for part of the day and encouraging students pedal to campus instead.  To provide a mode of transport that allows large groups of students to travel to and from the University Housing's South Campus buildings (RiverView and Cambridge Commons), the committee has contracted the Milwaukee Pedal Tavern company to bring two pedal taverns to campus as a mode of alternative transport.  In addition, students will also be encouraged to utilize their own bikes if they already own them.  University Housing is excited to welcome Chancellor Michael Lovell and Vice Chancellor Michael Laliberte to the event, who will be joining a group of our students on a pedal tavern ride.

To add to the event, University Housing is partnering with a variety of on-campus and off-campus groups to provide additional biking-related activities for on-campus students, bike owners, and non-bike owners.  for students located on the main campus or in our South Campus builds, we are partnering with the University's ROTC program to bring in their pedal carts for races located at the University Housing shuttle stop by the Golda Meir Library.  Near the races will be representatives from Vulture Space, a Milwaukee non-profit organization whose mission is to get Milwaukee on bikes through providing do-it-yourself work spaces and knowledge to build, maintain, and fix bikes.  Vulture Space will be setting up a mobile repair center near the pedal cart races to assist students seeking help with bike tune-ups and repairs (and all services and help are free!).  As part of the event, University Housing is working with UWM Surplus to donate over 25 old and damaged bicycles to Vulture Space, where they will repaired and restored for the benefit of future riders.

For more information, contact Joshua Maxwell (, Residence Life Coordinator, East Tower and chairperson for the UH Sustainability Committee.

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