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Earth Caretaker Award


This award recognizes University of Wisconsin-Green Bay graduates who have distinguished themselves in their professional field and are widely recognized for their career accomplishments in the areas of sustainability, environmental management, environmental policy, or other closely related areas. If you know of a UW-Green Bay alumnus who meets the award’s criteria, please return to complete the online nomination form to be considered for a future award.

2024 Earth Caretaker Award Recipient

John Stoll

John Stoll

John R. Stoll moved to Green Bay from Escanaba in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan to complete his final year of high school. Upon graduation in 1969 he became a member of the first group of students to alight upon the newly built Shorewood campus of the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay. Growing up with an abundance of experiences in northern forests and natural areas, he was an open sponge for concerns regarding their future and that of our planet. 

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2024 Earth Caretaker Award Honorary Recipient

Kevin Fermanich

Kevin Fermanich

Prior to his retirement in Fall 2022, Kevin was a Professor of Water Science, Geoscience, and Environmental Science at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and a soil and water resources specialist with Wisconsin Extension.   In this capacity, he recently helped initiate the designation of National Estuarian Research Reserve (NERR) in the bay of Green Bay and chaired the natural areas site selection committee for the NERR nomination.

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Nomination Criteria:

  • Has earned either an undergraduate and/or graduate degree from UW-Green Bay.
  • Has not attended UW-Green Bay in the last 10 years.
  • Must have a distinctive and distinguished record of achievement with recognition and reputation extending well beyond the immediate environment in which they live and work.
  • The record of distinctive achievement should extend over a substantial period of time to assure continuity of performance, stability and maturity.

Nomination Process:

  • Alumni, friends of the University, faculty/staff, and the public at large are invited to make nominations.
  • Nominations are accepted year round (via the website or mail), with the deadline of October 31 for consideration for the award for the following year.
  • Nominees are notified and asked to submit the following for their file:
    • Letter of application
    • Résumé
    • Any additional documentation they wish to provide including letters of recommendation from others
  • Recipients are required to attend the awards ceremony, which will be held during Earth Week.
  • After all the necessary documents have been received, candidates remain active for consideration for a period of three years
  • One award will be presented each year

Additional Award Information


Contact the EMBI Director:
John Arendt at 920-465-2278 or