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Keynote speaker will kick off Earth Week on campus

April 19, 2013

A keynote address by a guest speaker will kick off Earth Day and Earth Week activities April 21-27 at University of Wisconsin-Stout.

Heather Hackman, a consultant and former associate professor of human relations and multicultural education at St. Cloud (Minn.) State University, will present “Developing a Socially Just Climate Lens: An Essential Element of a Sustainable Future,” from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 22, in room 210 of the Applied Arts Building, 415 13th Ave. E.

The planet EarthMonday, April 22, is Earth Day, an annual environmental awareness day started by former U.S. Sen. Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin. For more information go to the Earth Day website devoted to Nelson.

Hackman will examine how social justice is fundamental to the creation of a truly sustainable future. She will discuss the components of the approach, how it can be developed and how it can be applied to climate change issues in order to create an equitable and sustainable future for everyone.

The address is free and open to the public. It will be preceded by a reception from 5:45 to 6:20 p.m. in the Furlong Gallery atrium.

A student workshop, led by Hackman, on the same issue will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Monday in the ballrooms of the Memorial Student Center. The workshop is designed to outline some of the essential challenges regarding climate change and examine ways student leaders can respond through a social justice perspective.

Other campus Earth Week events include:

•  Sunday: A highway trash cleanup project by the student group Greensense.

•  Tuesday: “Troubled Waters” documentary, 5 p.m., 210 Applied Arts

•  Tuesday: Katy Walter of Clean Wisconsin presents “The New Normal: Predicting Climate Impacts and Building Resilient Communities,” part of the Food for Thought Film and Speaker Series, 7 p.m., Harvey Hall Theatre.

•  Wednesday: Two documentaries, “Vegucated,” on the vegan diet, 6:30 p.m., and “The Price of Sand,” on the frac sand mining boom in Wisconsin and Minnesota, 8 p.m., 321 Applied Arts.

•  Thursday: Tours of the Memorial Student Center focusing on sustainable aspects of its recent renovation, 2-4 p.m.

•  Thursday: Food Science Club student Salsa Cook-Off, room 232 Heritage Hall, 6 p.m.

Along with Greensense, other UW-Stout groups sponsoring the week’s activities are the Natural Areas Club, Sustainable Agriculture Education Association, Environmental Sustainability Office, Stout Adventures, Sustainable Construction, Ally Initiatives and the Chancellor’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusivity Coalition.

For more information on UW-Stout Earth Week activities, click here.

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