Earth Week Events 2021

April 20th , Tuesday 12-1pm - Shawn Shafner

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"How the Potty Trained Us"

From communal Roman toilets to the Queen who banished the bowel movement, Shawn "The Puru" Shafner unearths the origins of our dis-ease. In this stand-up comedy / TED-style lecture / character-shifting solo play, Shafner exposes how current sanitary practices threaten our health, environment, and 40% of the world still living without safe toilets - and invites us to get our sh*t together before it hits the fan.

Fascinating, hilarious and totally timely, How the Potty Trained Us asks us to take the plunge, join a revolution pushing for change from the bottom up, and proudly declare "I'm a pooper!"

Shawn, has spread poop positivity over ten years on four continents, at colleges across the country, toured four critically acclaimed shows, released three years of Poopcast episodes, produced one feature-length documentary, and had countless conversations about the doo we all do do. Find out more at  


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April 21st, Wednesday 12-1pm- Mark Webster 

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"How Spirituality and the Work of Conservation can Lead to Community Rebuilding- From an Indigenous perspective"

Mark’s Anishinaabe name is Nodaway Benaise, of the Sturgeon Clan.  He is enrolled in the Oneida Tribe of Wisconsin, and his ancestry includes Menominee, Mille Lacs Ojibwe, Stockbridge-Munsee, French and English. Mark has experience as an educator, lecturer and curriculum specialist in American Indian history and culture has taken him all over the world, working with people, communities and organizations. As a parent of four children, Mark was fortunate to serve on the board to bring about Milwaukee’s Indian Community School, a flagship institution of Urban American Indian education. He has served as an advisor on the Gates Millenium Educational Foundation and Is former board member of Indian Summer Festival.  When not in the classroom or working on a commercial project or speaking engagement, Mark an adjunct lecturer at UW-Milwaukee in the School of Continuing Education.  

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April 22nd, Thursday 12-1pm – Wawa Gatheru 


“How to Make the Environmental Movement Antiracist.” 

Wanjiku "Wawa" Gatheru is an environmental justice advocate, writer and current graduate student at the University of Oxford.  She is a first generation American of Kenyan descent and the first Black person in history to receive the Rhodes, Truman and Udall Scholarships. As an intersectional environmentalist, Wawa is motivated to uplift the voices of those most adversely impacted by environmental inequities through changing conservation conversations. For her work in collaboration with other activists and thought leaders, Wawa has been recognized as a 2020 Young Futurist by The Root, a 2020 Grist 50 FIXER, a 2020 Glamour College Woman of the Year and has spoken on her work across the country. 

April 22nd, Thursday - Chalk the Walk for Earth Day 

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Join us for the first annual Earth Day Chalking event at UW-Stevens Point main campus, Marshfield, and Wausau. We invite UWSP students, staff, faculty, K-12 students, and adult community members from around the area to showcase their love for the Earth. Prizes will be given to the top-voted chalk creations! 

Come join the three UWSP campuses for a chalking event on Earth Day! Sign-up for a chalking slot for the chance to win prizes 💜💛

Each persons who signs up will be given their own sidewalk square to chalk-up! Supplies will be provided, so please do not bring your own chalk.

There will be 4 categories for judging: UWSP students, UWSP Faculty and Staff, Stevens Point Area adults, and Stevens Point Area K-12 students.

The theme for the artwork is the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Each participant will be asked to select a theme (or multiple) to be the focus of their chalk art. See this website for more information on the SDGs: Sustainable Development Goals

Registration forms:

Main Campus Registration

Wausau Campus Registration

Marshfield Campus Registration 

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For further information, visit the UWSP Office of Sustainability Facebook Page