Contest Time!

Hey REthinkers, would you like to be our first ever “REthinker of the month”?!

All you have to do is post pictures of you or your friends reducing, reusing, recycling or rethinking on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter! Tag @rethink_wisconsin on Instagram or @REthinkWI on twitter and make sure you hashtag #rethinkerofthemonth.

At the end of the month we will select a winner and that green gremlin will be featured on our blog and all social media forums, and will receive a brand spankin’ new REthink sticker!

So get green and start posting, friends! Our FIRST REthinker of the month will be selected in 17 days!

Volunteers Needed!

Hey REthinkers,

We’ve got a lot of volunteer opportunities and general fun eco-friendly events that you guys should take advantage of!

Athletics Recycling: Saturday October, 11th.- Get free admission to the Illinois game, a free t-shirt, and a $10 food voucher for signing up to volunteer to help divert recyclables from the landfill.

UW System Sustainability Conference: Thursday, October 16th at Gordon Commons. Register for only $10 to attend the conference (or simply attend the afternoon student session for FREE. And see our Rethinker Aaron give a presentation on Edible Landscapes at 4:45pm!)

Harvest Festival with F.H. King: Friday October 17th, 2014 5:30pm-8:00pm. Like F.H. King on Facebook to see more about their end of the year party with bonfire and potluck and the F.H. King Gardens!

First REthink Social: Saturday, October 18th. Make sure you mark your calendars to come to the local apple orchard to get supplies for making lots of delicious apple pies with us! 

Next Farm Mob: Saturday, October 19th 11:00am-4:00pm- More info to come soon!

American Wilderness, Past, Present, and Future: A Historical Mediation- Tuesday October 21 @ 7:00pm. Join us in attending Professor William Cronon’s Speech at the Memorial Union Theater celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act. Learn more here. And watch an inspirational video here. 

The Polish Ambassador is Coming: Thursday, October 23rd 9:00pm at the Majestic. The Polish Ambassador, a musician from Chicago has asked Edible Landscapes to table and talk at his concert. Tickets can be bought here for $15.


So sign up for some of those sweet volunteer opportunities and for sure mark your calendars for our super fun socials!

Stay Green, Friends!



And so it begins!

It’s officially two weeks into the REthink season, and we’re excited to tell you that opportunities to volunteer are picking up!

Trash Can Labeling: Today from 12-2pm you can help Eva and WE Conserve label Camp Randall’s compost, recycling, and trash bins! If you would like to participate contact Eva at 708-738-2790 to let her know you’re going to participate. 

Speaking of Camp Randall…

Athletics Recycling! This Saturday (September 27th) you can volunteer to help divert game-day waste from the landfill by volunteering at Camp Randall at 10:45am. Last week we diverted 40% of the football game’s waste from the landfill, which is pretty spectacular. If you volunteer you can also get a free t-shirt, $10 food voucher, and free entry to the game. Sign up to be awesome. 

Farm Mob: All you pretty farm-lovers can participate in the first Farm Mob at Scotch Hill Farms this Sunday. We will meet in the parking lot behind Science Hall at 11am and will return back to campus by 4pm. Sign up or contact Amelia ( if you want to volunteer. 


Some of us REthinkers will be attending William Cronon’s speech on the American Wilderness Act (Since it’s now 50 years old!) at the Memorial Union Theater on October 21st at 7pm. We would love to see you there. Learn more here.


Hope to see you guys at all these awesome events, stay tuned for more opportunities to come!

Next meeting will be next Wednesday at 7pm! Look back next week for details on location.


Welcome back REthinkers!

We had our first meeting Wednesday night, and you know what that means… new volunteer opportunities!

Athletics Recycling at Camp Randall: Tomorrow, help us separate the recycling from the trash during the football game. You’ll get a free t-shirt, $10 food voucher, free entry to the game and FREE MEMORIES. Sign up to volunteer.

FH King Plants Sale: Visit 1675 Linden Drive to buy some sweet plants from FH King. Friday 9am-6pm, Saturday 10am-6pm and Sunday 10am-4pm.

Farm Mob: Our first Farm Mob will be Sunday, September 28th. Mark you calendars, farm thugs, and check back later for sign-up details.

Make sure you all sign the Bottle Free Badgers petition.

Stay update on us and all our campaigns:

REthink on Facebook

Greeks Go Green

Bottle Free Badgers

Edible Landscapes

Also don’t forget to tell your friends to follow us on Twitter and Instagram.

If you didn’t make our meeting last week, come next week Wednesday at 7pm!


Peace Out, Earth Lovers!

Make Music Madison: Tomorrow June 21st, 2014

Hey Badgers! REthink’s Make Music Madison drum circles are happening tomorrow, June 21st, on the Summer Solstice! The first drum circle will be occurring at the Capitol on Hamilton at 10 am. The second drum circle event will be happening at the Elmore Goodman Community Center. Any REthinkers are encouraged to come to the events and help pass out instruments or just come drum along. REthinkers volunteering to help hand out instruments at the drum circles should meet Elise at 9:30am in front of the DG house on Langdon. Get ready to rock, Madison!

Welcoming Summer and New REthink Leaders!

As finals come to an end, so does another year as an amazing, successful student organization!

Shoutout to all of our graduating seniors for helping us throughout the years, you will truly be missed! But as we say goodbye to our seniors we also have the honor of welcoming our younger REthinkers into new leadership positions!

Congratulations to our REthink leaders for the 2014-2015 school year!

Co-Chairs: Eva Baldinger and Elise Wirkus

Vice Chairs: Austin Yantes and Aaron Conradt

Secretary: Anna Meding

Treasurer: Andrea Perkins

Communications: Clare Schober

Athletics: Aida Ebrahimi

Teaching Waste Management: Abby Lois

Bottle Free Badgers: Jay Skinner

The Farm Mob leadership position is still open to anyone interested!


We’re excited to see you all next fall at our meetings. Spread the word to your friends this summer about how amazing we are, and get them to join too!

Have a very green summer!


Spring is here! And so are finals…

But what’s a better way to celebrate the new warm weather and get some study snacks than to come to the Rethink bake sale?? We will be outside College Library this Saturday May, 10th from 2:00-5:00pm to provide you with all your much needed baked goods. REthinkers can volunteer to bring or sell baked goods on this sign up.

With the end of second semester also comes the mania of UW Housing Move-Out! Volunteer to help UW residence halls divert waste from landfills as our fellow Badger move out by signing up to work at one of the 10 locations for as many two hour shifts as you’d like. And DON’T FORGET to look for cool items that we can use to make instruments for our One Solstice project while helping people recycle their things!

Speaking of One Solstice… Contact Andrea at 847-730-9215 if you’d like to help with our One Solstice musical project that will be happening on this summer’s solstice.

Don’t forget to stay connected with your fellow REthinkers over summer break, even if you won’t be staying in Madison.

Get all your friends and their mothers to:

Like the REthink Facebook page.

Like the Greeks Go Green Facebook page.

Like the Bottle Free Badgers Facebook page.

Also: Check out the new REthink (rethink_wisconsin) instragram account for some fun updates, green tips, and beautiful pictures all summer long!

Thank you all for a wonderful year. Have a long, relaxing, green summer!