News Release

Published on Friday, April 05, 2013

In honor of Earth Week April 22-27, Western Technical College will host several events at its La Crosse Campus. All events are free and open to the public.

Monday, April 22 – Energy Day Celebration
• A special screening of the film “Switch: the Most Important Issue of our Time” will take place from 1:00-3:30 p.m. in the Lunda Center, 319 7th St. N. The film is embraced by both the environmental groups and the energy industry for providing a balanced and pragmatic solution for our energy future.
• Following the film, a panel of local businesses and organization will share what they are doing to become more energy efficient. Panel members will include: Mike Pieper, Western Technical College Vice President of Finance and Operations; Tom Thompson, Gundersen Lutheran Sustainability Coordinator; and alternative fuels experts from Kwik Trip.

Tuesday, April 23 – Waste Minimization & Recycling Day
• Vice President of Finance and Operations Mike Pieper and Building and Systems Technology student Ben Heyer will take the annual Dumpster Dive, from 11:00 a.m.-12:00 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 to show how much “trash” should actually be placed in recycling containers.

Wednesday, April 24 – Green Commuting Day
• Everyone is encouraged to participate in the Green Commuter Challenge by traveling to campus by carpool, bus, bike, or foot. There will be a Bicycle Commuting 101 discussion, from Noon-1:00 p.m. in the Union Market, covering the rules of the road and safety tips.
• Free bike inspections and tune-ups will be provided from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. in the Cleary Courtyard, courtesy of Bikes Limited.

Thursday, April 25 – Taste the Difference
• A water taste-test will be held in the Student Union from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Sample Western’s drinking fountain water and bottled water to see if you can taste a difference, and find out if you’re unnecessarily spending money and resources on bottled water.
• Lunch specials featuring produce from local farms will be available in the Kumm Center Union Market.

Friday, April 26 – Tree Campus USA Awareness Day
• As a member of the Tree Campus USA program, Western is encouraging individuals or groups to take a nature walk, from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., and try to identify the trees and plants around campus.

Throughout the week, Western’s Tobacco-Free Workgroup will canvas the campus cleaning up cigarette butts and other waste.

For more information about these events or about other sustainability efforts at Western, visit