Author Archives: Michelle Wilde

Ecosia Vies to Be New Search Engine On Campus

The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Informational Technology Council has voted to install Ecosia as the default search engine on Microsoft Edge in campus computer labs. Ecosia is a search engine that plants trees with its ad revenue. Currently, there are over 7 million active users. Ecosia publishes monthly financial reports and tree planting receipts to improve transparency with users. They ... Read More »

Republican Lawmakers are Slashing Environmental Laws

Gov. Scott Walker and Republican lawmakers are relaxing environmental regulations including laws governing iron mining and building on wetlands. In Gov. Walker’s 2015–17 budget, released in February, he proposed eliminating a third of the Department of Natural Resource scientists and 60 percent of its environmental educator positions. The cuts were approved by the state legislature’s budget committee in May, and ... Read More »

The Central Rivers Farmshed: “Farm Fresh Beats” Fundraiser

The Central Rivers Farmshed is holding a fundraiser on Nov. 18, starting at 8 p.m. at the Brickhause Tavern in downtown Stevens Point. Brickhause Tavern is the host for the event, in conjunction with $Top Dolla$ Entertainment which is a music management company “dedicated to giving you the best that the Electronic Dance Music Scene has to offer delivered from ... Read More »

Marathon County Under Quarantine After Emerald Ash Borer Found at Rib Mountain

The emerald ash borer was recently discovered in Marathon County and now the county is under quarantine. The emerald ash borer is a beetle known for destroying massive amounts of trees across the Midwest. The Wisconsin Emerald Ash Borer Program includes The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, the Department of Natural Resources, UW-Madison, UW-Extension, USDA Forest Service, ... Read More »

“Searching for Sustainability” Documentary Premier

“Searching for Sustainability” is a documentary which addresses the consequences of food production which will be shown on campus on Nov. 6. This documentary explores relationships between people and resources and provides stories from Wisconsin farmers on this topic. Valerie Dantoin is the creator and producer of the documentary. The director is Dan Bertalan. Dantoin said, “The generation of millennials ... Read More »

Proposed Legislation to Repeal All Air Quality Regulations

The Senate Bill 459 was introduced to Wisconsin State Legislators on Oct. 18, 2017. The bill was authored by Sen. Duey Stroebel who is also the chair of the Senate Committee on Government Operations, Technology and Consumer Protection where the bill is currently up for discussion. Other authors include Senators Craig, Nass and Kapenga. Michael Tapia, junior political science major, ... Read More »

BC Organics Bioenergy Digester Proposal In-Progress

The Public Service Commission has approved a $15 million grant for the construction of a bioenergy system in Brown County. The system will produce renewable natural gas from dairy-farm manure and other waste, reducing the need to spread raw manure and protecting supplies of groundwater and surface water in northeast Wisconsin, according to a news release. BC Organics’ bioenergy project ... Read More »

Students Protest Enbridge’s Line 3 Replacement

The Enbridge Energy company wants to replace the aging Line 3 with a new oil pipeline on a new route across northern Minnesota to Superior, WI. State regulators have started a series of 18 public hearings around Minnesota on whether or not to allow Enbridge Energy to construct a new oil pipeline to replace the Line 3 pipeline. The administrative ... Read More »

Sculptures and World Renowned Artists

“A Sand County Bench” was removed from the Stevens Point Sculpture Park in Aug. 2017 due to safety concerns. It was installed in 2010 and was one of the five original works of art in the park. According to the Sculpture Park website, the Stevens Point Sculpture Park features artwork from local, regional and national artists on 20 acres of ... Read More »

Stepp Appointed to Deputy Administrator of EPA

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Secretary, Cathy Stepp has accepted the position of deputy administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency. Cathy Stepp, a former Republican state senator, served as the DNR secretary since 2011 being the first woman to hold the position. Prior to that, she represented the state’s 21st Senate District as a Republican from 2003-2007. Stepp will be ... Read More »