Annual Conference 2014
    Keynote & Featured Speakers

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The Planning committee is proud to announce the 2014 Keynote Speaker and Featured Speakers.


Stephen Ritz with the Green Bronx Machine​

Stephen Ritz and the Green Bronx Machine were featured on TNT watch a short clip here.​

Wednesday August 13th from 1-2 p.m.

Stephen Ritz is a South Bronx teacher/administrator who believes that students shouldn't have to leave their community to live, learn and earn in a better one. Moving generations of students into spheres of personal and academic successes they have never imagined while reclaiming and rebuilding the Bronx, Stephen’s extended student and community family have grown over 25,000 pounds of vegetables in the Bronx while generating extraordinary academic performance.

His Bronx classroom features the first indoor edible wall in NYC DOE which routinely generates enough produce to feed 450 students healthy meals and trains the youngest nationally certified workforce in America. His students, traveling from Boston to Rockefeller Center to the Hamptons, earn living wage en route to graduation.

Stephen Ritz and his classroom have created the Green Bronx Machine, which was born of the belief that we are all AMER-I-CANS! Together, we can grow, re-use, resource and recycle our way into new and healthy ways of living; complete with self-sustaining  local economic engines. 


40 years of collaboration, a history of WAEE

Wednesday August 13th from 9:30-10:00 a.m.

Dr. Yockers was a member of the Wisconsin Association for EE during his career serving in a variety of leadership roles, including chairperson. He was also a member of the Wisconsin Natural Areas Preservation Council (NAPC) for almost 15 years. Dr. Yockers has led numerous education programs to Costa Rica, Puerto Rico and the South Pacific. He is an avid nature photographer. During the 2008 – 2009 academic year Dr. Yockers spent a sabbatical working with the National Park Service at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park in Michigan.

Dr. Dennis H. Yockers, Professor Emeritus – Human Dimensions of Natural Resources Management, Wisconsin Center for Environmental Education, College of Natural Resources, University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point

Green and Healthy Schools Panel​

Thursday August 14th from 1-2 p.m.
Learn how schools in Wisconsin have engaged students, staff, and community members in sustainability efforts to grow their Green & Healthy School. Schools will highlight their successes in the areas of energy, recycling and  waste management, environmental health, transportation, water, school site, health and  wellness, environmental and sustainability education, and community involvement. Come with questions and leave with ideas, motivation, and a network of schools for you to contact in the future.​