UW-Platteville to host virtual Earth Day event

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In honor of Earth Day, the University of Wisconsin-Platteville will be hosting a virtual event, Pioneers Protecting the Planet and Transforming Campus, from 1-2 p.m. on Thursday, April 22.

Faculty and staff who are actively engaged in environmental programs on and off-campus will discuss the active sustainability programs on campus, as well as building renovations at Boebel Hall and Sesquicentennial Hall.

Among those presenting is Amy Seeboth-Wilson, UW-Platteville’s sustainability coordinator, who will speak about UW-Platteville’s solar array, which is scheduled to be operational by fall 2021. It will be the largest state-owned solar array in Wisconsin and make the university the sixth-highest on-site producer of renewable energy among higher education institutions in the nation.

“When students attend UW-Platteville, they can rest assured that they are doing the right thing for the planet,” said Seeboth-Wilson. “Our waste reduction efforts, energy efficiency programs and transportation offerings have all helped reduce our carbon footprint by 21% since 2013. Sustainability is an integrated approach that is good for our students, our bottom line and our environmental legacy.”

Current students will also present research on electric vehicles and the zero waste conservation project, a petition to make campus zero waste by 2035. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions, both during and after the presentation, by entering their questions into the Zoom chat. The event will also feature green trivia throughout, giving participants the opportunity to win green gifts.

UW-Platteville offers more than 300 courses, nine degrees, and countless applied experiences that integrate sustainability knowledge. Learn more about UW-Platteville’s sustainability efforts, visit the Pioneers Protecting the Planet and Transforming Campus event page, or register for the event online.