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Talkin' trash: Professor to discuss sustainable practices during 'Thursdays at the U'

| Linda Tollefsrud and Diane Walkoff

Dr. Lauren Wentz

Dr. Lauren Wentz

Do you know where your trash goes after it's picked up at the curb? Are all of your recyclables eventually recycled? Are there ways to reduce your personal contribution to our region's solid waste stream?

Dr. Lauren Wentz will help answer those questions and others during her Nov. 7 presentation, "Talkin' Trash," for UW-Eau Claire – Barron County's "Thursdays at the U" event. The talk will be from noon-1 p.m. in the Blue Hills Lecture Hall (Room 234, Ritzinger Hall) on the Rice Lake campus.

Wentz will describe the path of trash, from curb to incinerator to landfill, and share sustainable practices that anyone can follow to minimize the environmental impacts of living in our so-called "throwaway society." If you live in Barron County or adjacent regions, you'll want to attend this talk before your next scheduled trash pickup day!

An associate professor of biology at UW-Eau Claire – Barron County, Wentz teaches a variety of courses, including anatomy, plant biology and environmental science. While her research focuses on acoustic communication in birds, her interests in the natural world run the gamut from bird behavior to spider diversity to understanding human fascination with objects and material goods.

Wentz recently developed a state-mandated training course for Wisconsin incinerator operators, a project that ignited her interest in what we throw away and what happens to the things we use once we're finished with them.

Feel free to bring your lunch to enjoy as you listen to our speaker. The Riverside Café, located in the UW-Eau Claire – Barron County Student Center, is open from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday-Thursday during the academic year.

The series is free and open to the public, thanks to support from the UW-Eau Claire – Barron County Foundation.

For more information about "Thursdays at the U," contact Dr. Linda Tollefsrud, professor emeritus of psychology, UW Colleges, at or 715-788-6216.