Author Archives: Naomi Albert

Line 3 Pipeline Replacement Ignites Controversy

Proposed replacement of the line 3 pipeline has instigated concerns from environmental and Native American groups and even the Minnesota Department of Commerce. Line 3 currently transports crude oil from Alberta Canada, through North Dakota and Minnesota before arriving to Superior, Wisconsin. The pipeline was built in the 1960s and is currently carrying around half of its initially intended capacity. ... Read More »

Giving Gardens Gives Back to the Community

On Sept. 9, Giving Gardens hosted a fundraiser tour at six of their Stevens Point area community gardens. Giving Gardens is an organization which aims to combat hunger in the Stevens Point area through community gardening. According to Jeremy Erickson, Giving Gardens Manager, the organization now includes 16 gardens in Stevens Point, Whiting and Plover. The food produced in these ... Read More »

The City of Stevens Point Joins Green Tier Charter

In August, the Stevens Point City Council voted to join the Legacy Communities Green Tier Charter. This charter is a collaborative effort among Wisconsin communities, the Department of Natural Resources and organizations such as 1,000 Friends of Wisconsin and the League of Wisconsin Municipalities to enable communities to become more sustainable. After assessing Stevens Point’s past sustainability efforts, Alderperson Mary ... Read More »

Elk Released Near Clam Lake Wisconsin

This July, 31 elk were released near Clam Lake, Wisconsin for the first time in more than 20 years. The recent elk release is part of an effort which began in 1995 to reestablish elk in the region. European settlement drove elk from the state in the 1800s through over-hunting and habitat loss. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources believes ... Read More »

Permit Allowing Expansion of Door County Dairy Raises Groundwater Concerns

S&S Jerseyland Dairy LLC, Door County’s only concentrated animal feeding operation, has just been issued a permit by the Department of Natural Resources which will allow them to expand their herd. While the operation is currently allowed to house approximately 6,000 cattle, the new permit will authorize over 10,000. This decision has been met by considerable opposition from the local ... Read More »

Madison Commits to 100 Percent Renewable Energy

This March, Madison, Wisconsin joined 24 other cities nationwide, who have all committed to working towards 100 percent renewable energy use. By making this transition, the city aims to reach net-zero carbon emissions before 2050 and cut total energy use in half by 2030. This is a community-wide goal which encompasses all sectors. To achieve this objective, $250,000 dollars have ... Read More »

Students in SGA Gather Support for Carbon Fee and Dividend Policy

A Student Government Association resolution has been proposed in support of a national carbon fee and dividend policy. This policy, proposed by Citizens’ Climate Lobby, aims to put a price on greenhouse gas emissions by imposing an initial $15 fee per ton on carbon dioxide emissions or equivalent pollution which would increase by $10 each year. The policy differs from ... Read More »

North Wind Renewable Energy Becomes Employee Owned

As of this April, North Wind Renewable Energy has made the transition to a 100 percent employee owned cooperative. This Stevens Point based company specializes in the installation and design of solar electric systems. North Wind’s clients include businesses, farms and homes across the state. Doug Stingle, a consultant for North Wind, said that becoming an employee owned cooperative is ... Read More »

Earth Week on Campus

The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point will host a range of events in honor of Earth Day the week of April 17-22. Jenessa Gilarski, sophomore health science major and communication specialist for the Office of Sustainability, says that the theme for this year’s Earth Week is diversity. Diversity may be a word that is rarely associated with sustainability, but Gilarski pointed ... Read More »

The College of Natural Resources Engages in Civil War

The College of Natural Resources rang with whoops and shrieks last Tuesday as fractions of students at war chased each other down the halls. The hullabaloo began with a confrontation between Autumn Leaf, herbal tea and aromatherapy major, and Gunner Grove, hunting and venison arts major. The skirmish was instigated over lunch when Grove commented on Leaf’s carrots and garlic ... Read More »