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Environmental Management and Business Institute

The Environmental Management and Business Institute (EMBI) helps strengthen the university’s leadership position in the promotion of environmental awareness and eco-friendly initiatives.

The key goals of the work at EMBI include:

  • Strengthen and connect academic programs that analyze environmental problems, and seek practical, cost-effective solutions to these problems.
  • Provide outreach services to businesses and agencies that seek options for addressing environmental problems. Whenever possible, students will be enlisted to participate in these campus/community collaborations.
  • Promote research by faculty and students aimed at solving local, regional and global environmental problems.
  • Serve as an academic resource for improving environmental sustainability of the UW-Green Bay campus.

Environmental Management and Business Institute

Cofrin Center for Biodiversity

The Cofrin Center for Biodiversity is dedicated to providing educational and research opportunities for students at UW-Green Bay. A vast collection of online biodiversity resources can be found at

In addition to offering extensive resources for research and learning and detailed information on regional natural areas, the Biodiversity Center is responsible for administering and managing the following:

  • The Richter Museum, a natural history museum that houses over 50,000 animal, fossil, mineral, and anthropological specimens, including one the world’s largest bird egg collections
  • The UW-Green Bay Herbarium, which includes over 35,000 pressed plant specimens
  • The UW-Green Bay Greenhouse
  • Five natural areas that total over 1200 acres of ecologically important habitats including forest, wetlands, and beaches
  • The Wabikon Lake Forest Dynamics Plot, one of 40 global forest research plots in the Smithsonian-directed Center for Tropical Forest Science
  • Several research and travel grants that support biodiversity-related student research for undergraduate and graduate students
  • An annual international research travel course in Panama coordinated with the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute
  • Coordinating the Lower Fox River Watershed management program that offers unique hands-on research opportunities for high school students from eight area schools to study water quality in local streams
Cofrin Center for Biodiversity

Center for Public Affairs – Research in a professional setting

The Center for Public Affairs enhances civic engagement and quality of life in the community by

  • Conducting applied and scholarly research and technical assistance
  • Providing students opportunities for internships, service learning, honors research, and civic engagement
  • Sponsoring educational programs to share information and dialog about civic issues
  • Providing a mechanism for collaboration by community organizations and citizens

While the Center draws on faculty throughout the University, it is housed in the Department of Public and Environmental Affairs, an interdisciplinary unit concerned with public policy, public and nonprofit administration, political science, environmental policy and planning, and emergency management.

Center for Public Affairs

Center for Food in Community & Culture

The Center for Food in Community & Culture strives to strengthen the relationship between sustainable food systems and the environment, healthy people, and prosperous communities.

The Center encourages, develops, conducts, and disseminates scholarship that:

  • Integrates the perspectives, data, and approaches from multiple disciplines, including Nutritional Sciences, Anthropology, Nursing, Economics, Environmental Policy, Social Work, Business Administration, Education, and the Arts.
  • Draws upon local knowledge of healthy, sustainable food production, distribution, and consumption practices.
  • Relates local food systems and practices to national and global ones.
  • Analyzes the relationship between food systems and environmental quality and sustainability.
  • Analyzes the relationship between food systems and personal and public health.
  • Analyzes the relationship between food systems and equitable communities.
  • Analyzes the relationship between food systems and food security.
  • Examines ways to address the immediate needs of people facing malnutrition and hunger.
  • Considers how food systems relate to forms of income and power inequities, including those between rich and poor countries.
  • Considers the significance of culture and aesthetics in shaping food systems and practices.