Media Advisory: UW-Parkside to Host Wisconsin Department of Administration Visit

Published: May 15, 2023

DOA to visit the UW-Parkside Solar Farm on Wednesday, May 17

DOA LogoKenosha, Wis.- The University of Wisconsin-Parkside will host the Wisconsin Department of Administration on Wednesday, May 17 at 10 a.m. Members of the media are welcome to join the group for a tour of UW-Parkside’s Solar Farm.

The group will meet at the Student Health and Counseling Center in the Tallent Hall parking lot at 10 a.m. They will then walk to both the We Energies array and the UW-Parkside array. The support from We Energies enables sustainable initiatives on campus, including the sustainability coordinator, community garden, stormwater management improvements, and pollinator patch program. UW-Parkside leadership will also discuss future aspirations of having more renewables on campus. 

The group will visit the site of UW-Parkside’s current state project that is building a solar farm that will directly tie back into the campus electrical grid. They will then visit the site of an operating solar farm for We Energies, which is being operated on land leased from the University. Proceeds of the lease agreement and the energy tariff have helped fund other sustainable initiatives on the campus. 

The tour will continue at the on-campus community garden which has helped combat food insecurity in local communities. UW-Parkside representatives will explain the history of renewables on campus, land stewardship, sustainable initiatives for the campus, and partnership with a local watershed non-profit that has aided us in improving storm water management efforts for the campus.

UW-Parkside administrators including Chancellor Ford, faculty member John Skalbeck, Chief Facilities Officer John Bruch, and Sustainability Coordinator Emily Reed will be present to discuss UW-Parkside’s solar farm and sustainability initiatives and engage with DOA Secretary Kathy Blumenfeld on the broader clean energy goals of the Evers Administration.

The University of Wisconsin-Parkside is committed to high-quality educational programs, creative and scholarly activities, and services responsive to its diverse student population, and its local, national, and global communities. We are a dynamic learning community grounded in academic excellence and focused on student success, diversity, inclusion, and community engagement. The campus serves as a premier comprehensive public institution and a destination of choice, serving as a focal point of local, regional, and global progress.

Media contact:

Derek Fye
Communications Manager
University of Wisconsin-Parkside | (262) 771-5419

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