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11/7/18 · Marquette hosts 4th annual Great Lakes Enviornmental Film Festival

The film festival engages students, faculty, staff, community members, and visiting filmmakers in a dialogue about local and global environmental issues and filmmaking. This year's two-day festival featured eight films, including "The Reluctant Radical" directed by Lindsey Grayzel.

10/24/18 · Fiserv Forum, home of MU men's basketball, is world's first bird-friendly arena

The new Milwaukee Bucks arena, Fiserv Forum - also home to our men's basketball team - is the first venue of its kind to include design features and operational practices that prevent bird collisions and protect migrating species.

10/18/18 · AHPRC project includes green infrastructure for stormwater management

We have installed a large stormwater collection system at the site of the new Athletic and Human Performance Research Center, located across from the Al McGuire Center. Buried underground adjacent to the project, the system will capture and contain runoff during rainfall events. This will protect our rivers and Lake Michigan and alleviate our water treatment burden.

9/28/18 · LED lighting upgrades at Marquette Place and Brew Bayou

Marquette Place and Brew Bayou are almost entirely lit by LEDs now. Upgrades to LED lighting conserve electric energy, reduce carbon emissions, and save labor and operating costs.

9/27/18 · Marquette Sustainability launches ink cartridge and cellphone recycling program

Marquette Sustainability will now collect used or unwanted ink/toner cartridges and cellphones so we can recycle them properly and keep them out of the landfill. Contact for dropoff instructions.

9/17/18 · Marquette Sustainability launches Green Team

The Marquette Green Team is a new, collaborative team of student, faculty, and staff leaders who advance sustainability through peer education, outreach, and engagement. Each Green Team member represents and leads a community of his or her choice or definition. Learn more about the Green Team and sign up.

9/11/18 · Residence Hall front desks increase paperless efforts

Thanks to what started as a student-led initiative at Humphrey Hall, now all residence halls use paperless processes for their daily logs, key checks, etc. They are also investigating paperless processes for their mailrooms.

8/22/18 · September 20 & 21 are Marquette U Ride the Bus Day, free for MU faculty & staff

MU faculty and staff can pick up free bus passes in advance for our first-ever Marquette U Ride the Bus Day. Grab a colleague and try the bus for a greener, healthier, and stress-free commute! Learn more about Marquette U Ride the Bus Day.

8/6/18 · Free 30-day Zipcar membership for all MU students, faculty, staff

Zipcar, our car-sharing service provider, is offering free 30-day memberships to all students, faculty, and staff who register by September 30, 2018. Also, existing Zipcar members who drive three or more times within the first month of the school year will earn $10 in driving credit. Apply for Zipcar.

7/13/18 · MU transforming Schroeder-AMU outdoor area into new green space

Marquette is revamping the Schroeder-AMU outdoor area by transforming it into added green space with lots of trees.

7/11/18 · MU Dining Services phasing out plastic straws

Marquette Dining Services retail locations (e.g., Marquette Place, Brew cafes) are phasing out plastic straws and transitioning to eco-friendly paper straws.

6/8/18 · Bucks arena to launch sustainability program

The new Milwaukee Bucks arena - home of Marquette men's basketball - will not offer plastic straws; concessions will use compostable materials.

6/5/18 · Incoming students learn about sustainability at SPARK

Marquette Sustainability, Students for an Environmentally Active Campus, and SPARK Leaders engage the incoming class of 2022 in sustainability outreach and education.

5/10/18 · Students donate unwanted items during residence hall move-out

Residence Life collected students' unwanted but reusable items and donated them to Goodwill and Casa Maria. This effort to reduce waste prevents those materials from going to the landfill.

5/9/18 · Facilities Planning & Management continues to reduce paper

Staff from most Facilities shops will no longer print work orders as of 5/9/18. Since September 2017, the shops have reduced their work order paper consumption by 38%, which will save about 23,000 sheets of paper per year.

5/8/18 · Enrollment in Environmental Studies rising

During Spring 2018, enrollment in the Environmental Studies program increased to 30 majors and 5 minors. The program started in Fall 2016.

4/20/18 · The Commons on track to become LEED-certified

The Commons is on track to become Marquette's seventh LEED-certified building. It will feature a green roof, Marquette's first green wall (hops), and and underground stormwater collection tank that will also be used to meet irrigation needs. It will also have low-flow water fixtures and energy-efficient LED lighting.


Events & Activities

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Great Lakes Environmental Film Festival at Marquette

Wednesday, November 7 - 7:00p - Marquette Hall Room 100 - FREE and open to the public

Thursday, November 8 - 7:00p - Varsity Theater - FREE and open to the public

The Great Lakes Environmental Film Festival (GLEFF) is a student-run annual event that challenges audiences to go beyond passive viewing and take action for the environment. GLEFF presents thought-provoking films and dialogue that raise awareness of sustainability, environmental justice, and ecological issues at the local and global level.

Learn more about the Great Lakes Environmental Film Festival


Milwaukee Riverkeeper Annual Gathering

Thursday, November 8 - 5:30p-7:30p - UWM School of Freshwater Sciences

Mingle with fellow river lovers, hear from the Milwaukee Riverkeeper crew, and celebrate this year's successes at our annual member gathering. Includes cocktail hour with cash bar and appetizers. Event is FREE, and you do not need need to be a member to attend.

Register for the Milwaukee Riverkeeper Annual Gathering


Marquette Community Engagement Symposium

Tuesday, November 13 - 8:00a-4:00p - Alumni Memorial Union

The symposium provides students, faculty, staff, and community organizations the chance to share information, tools, and resources to strengthen partnerships. This year's keynote speaker is Dr. Howard Fuller, Distinguished Professor of Education and Founder/Director of the Institute for the Transformation of Learning at MU. The symposium includes breakout sessions, posters, networking reception, breakfast, and lunch.

Register for the Community Engagement Symposium


Soup with Substance: Discussion on Water Issues in Cape Town, South Africa and Milwaukee

Wednesday, November 14 - 12:00p-1:00p - Alumni Memorial Union Room 157

Marquette will host Dr. Kirsty Carden of the Future Water department (University of Cape Town), and she will be discussing how local government is involved and what citizens can do to promote better legislation regarding water.

Learn more about this event


Environmental & Water Resources Engineering Seminar Series

Wednesday, November 14 - 12:00p-12:50p - Engineering Hall Room 236

Kyle Bibby (University of Notre Dame) presents "Developing cross-assembly phage as a viral fecal indicator"

Learn more about the Environmental & Water Resources Engineering Seminar Series


MCTS NEXT Community Meetings for Bus Transit

Monday, November 19 - 12:00p and 7:00p - Alumni Memorial Union Room 157

MCTS is calling on all Golden Eagles for their input and support as it kicks off one of its largest projects ever! MCTS NEXT is a comprehensive review of the entire transit system. Whether you ride every day or use the bus occasionally, MCTS wants to hear from you. Come see the proposed changes and help create the transit system of the future at an open house on Monday, November 19th at 12:00p or 7:00p at AMU 157. Snacks and prizes will be given away at each session.

RSVP here for 12:00p session

RSVP here for 7:00p session

Learn more about MCTS NEXT


Moral Ground: Faith & Ecology Conversation Series

Tuesday, November 20 - 7:00p-8:30p - Urban Ecology Center Riverside Park

A reflective call to ethical action for environmental justice: Supporting your move from terrifying facts to powerful obligations to effective actions. Do we have a moral oblication? Yes... 11/20: because the world is beautiful. Presented by Interfaith Earth Network, a program of the Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee. Please come prepared to spend a half hour outside, no matter the season.

Learn more about the Interfaith Earth Network


Environmental & Water Resources Engineering Seminar Series

Wednesday, November 28 - 12:00p-12:50p - Engineering Hall Room 236

Faten Hussein (Marquette University) presents "Cell surface display of phosphate binding protein for potential phosphorous removal and recovery"

Learn more about the Environmental & Water Resources Engineering Seminar Series


Soup with Substance: Connecting Faith, Environmental Justice, and Sustainability through Education and Service

Wednesday, April 24

The MU Center for Peacemaking's Soup with Substance series and Huda Alkaff present "Connecting Faith, Environmental Justice, and Sustainability through Education and Service." Huda, founder and director of Wisconsin Green Muslims (WGM), will be sharing her environmental justice work. Formed in 2003, WGM leads two initiatives - Faith Communities for Equitable Solar and Faithful Rainwater Harvesting - connecting diverse faith communities to the unifying powers of solar and rainwater in a peer-learning circle while building interfaith relationships, advancing equitable solar energy and nature-based solutions to flooding, and strengthening our community. WGM works on climate and environmental justice issues related to water, food, fair trade, solar energy, energy efficiency, waste reduction, transportation equity, Green Ramadan, and 100% Renewable Energy for All.

Learn more about the Center for Peacemaking's Soup with Substance series



11/13/18 - The Commons chooses paper towels over hand dryers (Marquette Wire)

11/7/18 - Marquette film festival prompts environmental dialogue (Marquette Wire)

11/5/18 - Stormwater collection system installed by new Athletic and Human Performance Research Center (Marquette Wire)

10/26/18 - Straw bans? Composting buckets? Wisconsin campuses adopt dramatic 'green' changes (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

10/24/18 - Fiserv Forum deemed the world's first bird-friendly sports arena (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

9/18/18 - Marquette Sustainability launches Green Team (Marquette Wire)

9/11/18 - Marquette Dining Services aims to set example for green dining nationwide (Marquette Wire)

9/11/18 - MMSD funds $1.2 million for WaterCARE project at MU (Marquette Wire)

9/4/18 - The Commons green roof part of Campus Sustainability initiative (Marquette Wire)

8/7/18 - Campus dining locations ditch plastic straws (Marquette Wire)

7/13/18 - Construction underway on North Common project near AMU, Jes Res (Marquette Today)

4/10/18 - University attempts to ease recycling suspicions among students (Marquette Wire)

3/27/18 - Catholic campuses use bees to teach sustainability and engage local community (National Catholic Reporter)

2/27/18 - Core curriculum to adopt environmental sustainability theme (Marquette Wire)

2/27/18 - The Brew makes change to compostable materials (Marquette Wire)

9/28/17 - Jesuit institutions recognized for sustainability efforts by Princeton Review (Ignatian Solidarity Network)

9/27/17 - Dining hall compost bins continue to help sustainability efforts (Marquette Wire)

9/18/17 - Student-run gardens populate campus greenspaces (Marquette Wire)

9/12/17 - World-renowned nature photographer visits campus, advocates environmentalism (Marquette Wire)

9/8/17 - Compost in Schools is an A+ (Compost Crusader)

8/29/17 - Beehive installed on Engineering Hall rooftop (Marquette Wire)

4/28/17 - Marquette celebrates first Earth Day Mass (Campus Ministry)

4/27/17 - Earth week invites sustainable entertainment (Marquette Wire)

4/18/17 - Humphrey Hall operates paper-free (Marquette Today)

9/13/16 - MU hires new sustainability coordinator and adds environmental studies major (Marquette Wire)

4/23/15 - Lovell signs St. Francis Pledge in recognition of Earth Day (Marquette Wire)