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[University of Wisconsin-Green Bay News Release]

For Immediate Release:

April 16, 2008

Sierra Club to honor UW-Green Bay, Student Government Association

GREEN BAY-The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and its Student Government Association will receive a Power 2 Change award from the Sierra Club Thursday for continued efforts toward reducing the campus's carbon footprint and creating a greener planet.

The awards ceremony is 1 p.m. Thursday at the Milwaukee Recycling Education Center, 1313 W. Mt. Vernon Ave., Milwaukee.

The UW-Green Bay and the SGA will receive the Climate Protection Award for contributing to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, the Sierra Club announced.

"UW-Green Bay has long been known for its commitment to the environment. As students, we are excited to have contributed to the effort," said senior Crystal Osman, secretary of environmental affairs for the SGA.

The Sierra Club recognized the campus and the SGA for having a proactive approach to using renewable energy.

In 2006, students voted to support a $1.69 increase in student fees per semester to purchase "green energy."

The University now buys 10 percent of its electrical power from renewable sources mostly wind and biogas energy through the Wisconsin Public Service Corporation's NatureWise program.

Mary Ann Cofrin Hall on campus also uses solar power to generate electricity for the building and incorporates other energy-saving technologies.

Special roofing materials and a thin film of photovoltaic material in the glass of the Wintergarden Atrium produce the electricity.

"Clearly, colleges and universities can make a difference and set a wonderful example of what individuals, business and institutions can do to address the threat of global warming," according to the Sierra Club.

UW-Green Bay is also one of four UW System schools looking to use only renewable energy sources in the near future.

In 2007, Chancellor Bruce Shepard signed the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment. In doing so, the University has agreed to develop a long-range plan aimed at reducing and eventually eliminating its greenhouse gas emissions.

"All colleges and universities should be making an effort to identify their carbon footprint and seeking ways to reduce it," said Prof. Michael Kraft, Public and Environmental Affairs. "This campus, in light of our heritage, ought to be a leader in that effort and we are."

"Our reaffirmed commitment to environmentally sound practices comes 'bottom up,' from our students, our faculty, our staff and, certainly, our community," Chancellor Bruce Shepard said. "That is so important for it means that the very commitment to sustainability is, itself, sustainable."

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