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Report on Past Internal Project Activities

The WE2 initiative began modestly in the fall of 2007 with three Illinois students and Prof. Murray participating in the annual reforestation project of the MA 49 in Vienna.  Since then the project has “blossomed”. See below for some of the highlights.


October-2 in Illinois

WE2=UN3--Stay tuned!

October-1 in Vienna

E2 Beteiligung an der Aufforstungsaktion des MA 49 in Wien

12 österreichische und us-amerikanische AIEPler haben über 630 Bäume und Sträucher gesetzt. Auch der Wiener Bürgermeister hat uns geholfen!


June: Prof. Murray participated in the Studienforum Berlin faculty seminar on Germany’s environmental and energy policy.  While there he solicited cooperation among the 20   participants from colleges and universities all over the U.S. Together they composed an oped piece which has appeared in the Milwaukee Sentinel Journal.

Spring: Several Illinois students met to discuss options for a WE2 student organization and collaboration with the AIESEC Sustainability Group in Vienna

October-2 in Illinois: Articles about the WE2 appeared in the Champaign News Gazette and the LAS News when Illinois students and faculty met in Illinois to inaugurate our work officially near campus—Take a look at our mascot groundbreaking ... mascot planted ... and mascot in winter!

October-1 in Vienna: MA 49 Fall Reforestation Project: One year later 12 of us returned to plant over 600 trees and bushes—Take a look!


May: Europäisches Zentrum für Erneuerbare Energie—Güssing: Several Illinois students spent a day in Güssing, learning how an almost ghost town transformed itself into a center of renewable energy that has attracted attention world wide—Take a look!

Winter and Spring: Jacqueline and Szymon helped gather materials for the beginnings of the WE2 web presence—Take a look! Several students also attended public events on global warming in Vienna.

October: MA 49 Fall Reforestation Project: Brian, Dustin, Sarah, and Prof. Murray imagined themselves as Johnny Appleseeds in Vienna—Take a look!