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Now Hiring! UW-Platteville Summer Land Stewardship Crew

Description: The UW-Platteville Office of Sustainability is hiring a crew of three to four students to implement a variety of projects that help our university be the best possible stewards of our land and planet. Specifically, students in this position will work outdoors half of the time (tending to the Edible Campus Garden, managing our food waste compost program, and helping with other campus landscaping projects) and work in Pioneer Restore the other half the time (helping organize, sell, or otherwise responsibly dispose of items no longer needed on campus). While no prior experience in gardening or resale is necessary, it is a plus.

This position can qualify for internships and we are able to work with the right students to tailor job aspects to career interests. We expect this job to serve as a learning experience for highly motivated employees who wish to make the world a better place. We provide job training and one field trip to visit examples of sustainability.

To apply: Please submit a cover letter, resume, and three references as a single PDF to seebotha@uwplatt.edu by 5 p.m. Friday, March 23rd, 2018.  Questions should be directed to Amy Seeboth-Wilson, Sustainability Coordinator (seebotha@uwplatt.edu, or 608-342-7244, Royce 308).

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View our preliminary AASHE Stars 2018 Ranking.

The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) has a ranking system called Stars. This is the second time our campus has completed a Stars report (we first did one in 2016). In 2016 we participated as a reporter, this year we submitted our ranking to be scored. We should have a confirmation on our score by early April, and in the meanwhile, it looks like we scored as a silver (out of bronze, silver, gold, and platinum).

See our preliminary 2018 report here (pdf)

Pioneer Talks: Good Food Grown Right

Wednesday Mar 21 from 5:00-6:10 p.m.
Nohr Gallery

Come listen to the stories of how George and David, against all odds, became true pioneers in the Agriculture Industry.

George Siemon, CEO of Organic Valley
During the firm crises of the mid-80's George helped start a farmer owned, organic value-added vegetable co-op. In 2015, that same co-op, now known as Organic Valley and selling dairy products, eggs, and produce nationwide, became the first organic-only food company to pass $1 billion in revenue. George took an unconventional path to find success, and helped hundreds of family farms along the way. Organic Valley is headquartered in La Farge, WI, one and a half hours northwest of Platteville.

David Parr,  owner of Parrfection Produce and 2013 alumni of the UW-Platteville Agribusiness program
In the short time since his graduation, David has accomplished what many have not: a thriving local produce business in our cold state of Wisconsin. Today, David aggregates produce from about 120 area farmers which he then distributes throughout the upper Midwest. His product can be found in mainstream grocery chains including Hy-Vee. Parrfection Produce is based in Monticello, WI, one hour east of Platteville.

This is a free event open to all students, faculty, staff, and community members. Appetizers will be provided.

Faculty & Fire: Talkative Trees & Campus History

Wednesday September 13, 6-7:30 p.m.
Memorial Park Shelter (by rugby field)

Join us to learn about how people and natural events have worked together over thousands of years to shape the place that we call home.
Dr. Larson will use tree rings to decode our past and talk about what this means for our future. Stick around for a campfire afterwards!

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Salsa Making Workshop

Wednesday September 20, 4:30 – 6 p.m.
Edible Garden between McGregor and Royce Halls

Learn how to harvest and turn fresh ingredients into delicious salsa. We will meet in the campus garden to harvest the ingredients and then move to the kitchen in the basement of McGregor Hall to clean, prepare, and eat our harvest. 

Pizza Making Workshop

Wednesday September 27, 4:30 – 6 p.m.
Edible Garden between McGregor and Royce Halls

Learn how to harvest and turn fresh ingredients into pizza. We will meet in the campus garden to harvest the ingredients and then move to the kitchen in the basement of McGregor Hall to clean, prepare, and eat our harvest.

Herbs Explained Workshop

Wednesday October 4, 4:30 – 6 p.m.
Edible Garden between McGregor and Royce Halls

Learn how to identify the most common herbs and then learn about how they are used in cooking and other practical applications.

Prairie Seed Collection Workday

Saturday October 7, 10 a.m - Noon
Edible Garden between McGregor and Royce Halls

Join us to help collect seeds from one of our many campus prairies. These seeds will then be used to help create more prairie's across campus. Dress comfortably and appropriately for the weather!

Between Earth & Sky Movie

Monday September 18. 6 p.m. Meet & Greet with Producer, 6:30 Producer’s introduction, 7:00 Film
Doudna Hall Room 103

Learn about how climate change is impacting America's last frontier, Alaska, and meet the producer. This event is co-sponsored with The School of Agriculture, Office of Sustainability, Agronomy/Soil and Water Conservation Club, REC Club, TREES Lab, Sustainable and Renewable Energy Program, Green Campus Project, Wisconsin Association of Energy Engineers.

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Faculty & Fire Lecture: Star Gazing

Thursday October 12, 8 - 9:30 p.m. 
Memorial Park Shelter (by rugby field)

Join us to look at constellations and learn about how the planet we live on is influenced by, shaped by, and interacts with the universe and beyond. Stick around for a campfire afterwards!

Bike Ride

Thursday October 26, 5:30-7 p.m.. 
Meet at the turnaround on the south side of the Student Center. Bring your bike!

Learn about our city trail network. Cycle Club will lead this (easy) ride from campus to Walmart along the paved trail. We will split off on the return ride and those who wish can stop and get ice cream with us at Berry Yo’s (bring $), the rest will return to campus.

Edible Garden Fall Workday

Saturday October 28, 9 a.m - 11 a.m. 
Meet at the Edible Garden between McGregor and Royce Halls

Help us put the garden away for the fall. Activities will vary but likely include garlic planting, painting, pulling up plants, and spreading mulch. Dress comfortably and appropriately for outdoor work.

Seed Saving Workshop

Wednesday November 1, 4:30 – 6 p.m.
Edible Garden between McGregor and Royce Halls

Learn the ancient art of seed saving!

4th Annual Local Food Film Fest

Thursday Nov 16 from 5:30-7:00 p.m.
Nohr Gallery

Back by popular demand, join the Office of Sustainability to watch a series of short films on our food system, followed by a discussion of what our campus and community is doing and could be doing better to support local agriculture.  http://realfoodfilms.org/