Brewers’ Bret Suter, EarthEcho teach Wisconsin students sustainability

Yes, Brent Sutter is a Milwaukee Brewers pitcher. But for a little while on Tuesday, he was also a yellow perch.

He was playing a game at American Family Field with local students, who were also representing different animals and organisms in the food web and learning about who eats what, why that’s important and the impact of plastics.

“To see the looks on the kids’ faces, learning about the food chains and plastics and what we can do about it, it warms my heart,” said Suter, a longtime sustainability advocate.

This spring, the Brewers, the EarthEcho International nonprofit and Racine-headquartered SC Johnson teamed up to create the “Waste-Free Crew,” an educational initiative that gives local educators ways to teach students about environmentally friendly practices, according to a news release.

More than 4,000 students in fourth through sixth grades from 55 schools in the Milwaukee, Racine and Kenosha areas participated in the inaugural program. This year’s lessons focused on plastics and were delivered through EarthEcho Academy.

On May 3, Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Brent Sutter played a game with local students at American Family Field who participated in the

After the program, which ran from World Water Day through Earth Day, hundreds of kids visited the ballpark Tuesday to participate in interactive workshops and activities with about 16 community organizations that complemented what they had learned in their classrooms.

“We did all kinds of really hands-on exercises for the kids so they can get their heads around and make relevant for them what conservation is and what sustainability is,” said Alan VanderMolen, SC Johnson chief communications officer.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.