News Release

Published on Tuesday, April 12, 2011

As a partner in Earth Week La Crosse 2011, Western Technical College will be hosting several special events the week of April 18-22. All events are free and open to the public.

On Monday, April 18, Western’s Butt Crew will kick-off the week by cleaning up cigarette butts and other waste on Western’s main campus. Clean-up will begin at 11:00 a.m. and continue through 5:00 p.m.

Later that morning, College President Lee Rasch and Vice President Mike Pieper will participate in the annual Dumpster Dive, from 11:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. in the courtyard between the Academic Resource Center and the Applied Technology Center. Their mission will be to sift through a college dumpster in search of recyclables.

Tuesday, April 19, a Fresh & Local Foods event will be held at the Lunda Center, from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. The film “Fresh” will be shown, followed by a discussion with local farmers and representatives from the People’s Food Co-op.

Also on Tuesday, Western staff and faculty will lead a Marsh Run/Walk starting at 2:00 p.m. at the Welcome Center.

Wednesday, April 20, everyone is asked to wear green in support of agriculture and the environment. Events for the day include Shred Fest from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., where Shred Right will be on site offering shredding services for confidential files. At Noon, another Marsh Walk group will leave from the Welcome Center.

Thursday, April 21, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Landscape Horticulture Club students will be planting trees on the La Crosse main campus as a kick-off to the Arbor Day Foundation’s Tree Campus USA. At 11:30 a.m., the final Marsh Walk will leave from the Welcome Center.

For more information about these events or about other sustainability efforts at Western, visit or contact Shannon Havlik at 608.789.4733. For details on Earth Week La Crosse 2011, visit