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Our Past, Present
& Future

Since its beginning, UW-Green Bay has championed sustainability.

Environmentalism and sustainability aren't just what we do—they're part of our DNA, a legacy that dates back to when we were first dubbed Eco U® by Harper’s Magazine and Newsweek in the early 1970s. But our environmental problems haven't gone away. In order to combat these problems, we need to provide resources and facilities for our students so you can do research and make new discoveries. And we're not just stopping there—we're continually forming partnerships and funding facilities to envision a better future.

Sustainability at UW-Green Bay

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Our World-Class Resources Inside and Out

Our program focuses on hands-on experiences to ensure the words you read on a page come alive in opportunities throughout the region.

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Across the Bay

Research often takes advantage of the University's location on the shores of Green Bay, a short distance from world-class wetlands, the Door Peninsula, extensive Western Great Lakes forests and the Great Lakes themselves.

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Our Natural Areas

We have five University-managed natural areas: Kingfisher Farm, Peninsula Center, Point au Sable and Toft Point. We also own a permanent forest research site in northern Wisconsin, the Wabikon Forest Dynamics Plot, which is managed by the U.S. Forest Service as part of the Smithsonian Institution's Global Earth Observatory Network.

Explore Outside

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Cofrin Center for Biodiversity

The Cofrin Center for Biodiversity can provide many resources for students, including staff resources and support for research projects. It's conveniently located right on campus.

See the Center

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Established in 2008, the Environmental Management & Business Institute seeks to promote environmental awareness and eco-friendly initiatives.

Learn About the Institute

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Museum & Herbarium

The Richter Museum of Natural History and University Herbarium provide many resources for ES&P graduate students, including taxonomic collections.

Access Collections

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On-Campus Greenhouse

Approximately 230 varieties of plants are grown in the greenhouse at the Green Bay Campus. Here, students can observe plant growth and protect agricultural biodiversity.

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Cofrin Library

The library provides access to many pertinent journals for our students, and interlibrary loans are readily accessible from the broader UW System when sources are not available locally. You can view student theses from 2014-present in the UW-Green Bay Thesis Collection.

Visit the Library

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Ongoing Collaborations

UW-Green Bay researchers have established successful ongoing collaborations with regional governmental agencies and conservation organizations, including the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. National Park Service, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, U.S. Department of Agriculture, The Nature Conservancy, and NEW Water, as well as local governments and regional businesses and industries.

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Resources & Equipment

We provide resources like vehicles, boats, ecological monitoring equipment, modeling software and laboratory space to help you conduct research. Ask a potential advisor what equipment is available for your specific area of interest.

Patrick Forsythe

Get Support

Patrick Forsythe is an expert at understanding fish populations. He's also an expert at answering questions from students about our graduate program, too.

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