Environment

Campus Could Have a P.L.A.N to Reduce Waste

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Student Government Association is considering having University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point join the Post Landfill Action Network, also known as PLAN. The Post Landfill Action Network was founded in 2013 by Alex Fried. Fried created the network to provide colleges and universities with educational resources aimed at lowering landfill waste on their campuses. The goal on their website sates that, “Through ... Read More »

Portage County Citizens Address Nitrate-Groundwater Concerns

Corn under blue skies. "Corn Field" by Theophilos Papadopoulos is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

Portage county citizens are coming together to pass an ordinance that addresses health concerns resulting from high levels of nitrates in ground water. It began in the township of New Hope when a group of citizens became concerned about their groundwater quality. “Nitrates move very quickly through the soil, especially on big crops like corn which is very inefficient in ... Read More »

Student Sculptures Displayed at Central Wisconsin Environmental Station Connect Art with Nature

An installation at the sculpture park. Photo courtesy of Tom Quinn.

Last semester the natural landscape of the Central Wisconsin Environmental Station provided inspiration for a half a dozen student sculptures which are now displayed around the station’s grounds. The project was born when Tom Quinn, Central Wisconsin Environmental Station director, contacted Kristin Thielking, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point sculpture professor. Upon Quinn’s request, students from Thielking’s sculpture class were tasked with ... Read More »

Campus Green Party Seeks New People and Fresh Ideas

A Green party sign. "Absolutely a Green Party" by Marcus Metropolis is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

In the spring of last year, Justin Seis, senior sociology and philosophy major, was inspired to start the College Green Party. Seis is now th president of  the College Green Party. As a group, the College Green Party hopes to be a space for discussion while also working with the community Green Party to support candidates running for office and working ... Read More »

CNR Dean Joins the Conservation Hall of Fame

Dean of the CNR, Christine Thomas. Photo courtesy of the College of Natural Resources.

Wisconsin’s Conservation Hall of Fame will be adding a member of the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point family this April. Christine Thomas, dean of the College of Natural Resources, will be inducted to the Conservation Hall of Fame along with Hugh Iltis and Milly Zantow. Thomas’s induction is attributed to her hard work in natural resources by not only serving as ... Read More »

Wisconsin Youth Alliance Marches Against Enbridge Pipeline

People gather together to protest against the Enbridge Pipeline. "Say NO to Enbridge" by Chris Yakimov is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

Students from more than six University of Wisconsin schools hosted the March Against Pipeline Expansion on Saturday, Mar. 4, in Whitewater. The march was a result of efforts from the Wisconsin Youth Network, a relatively new student run organization that spans the UW network including UW-Stevens Point. Zach Jones, natural resources planning major at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, co-founder ... Read More »

Student Diets Could Support Deforestation on Other Side of Globe

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Chocolate, granola bars, shampoo and detergent are all seemingly harmless products which often contain palm oil, an ingredient that leads to deforestation and destruction of critical wildlife habitat in Asia. Student diets may be contributing to deforestation, since many packaged foods sold at the convenience dining locations on campus contain palm oil. Few realize that their food choices fuel the ... Read More »

Basement Brewhaus Gives Composting a Shot

The Brewhaus is a great place to relax, study, and socialize. Photo courtesy of Dalen Dahl.

The Basement Brewhaus in the Dreyfus University Center will now host a compost bin to keep the food waste out of landfills. The baristas noticed waste from coffee grinds and bagels was getting thrown out daily. The staff wanted to prevent the waste from entering a landfill and so they settled on composting as an option. Courtney Cordova, senior wildlife ... Read More »

Ducks Unlimited Chapter Given Highest Level of Recognition at State Convention

A mallard hen stand atop of of railing. "Duck" by Danny Chapman is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

The weekend of Feb. 4 the University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point chapter of Ducks Unlimited attended the Wisconsin Ducks Unlimited Convention and received five awards. Among the awards was the prestigious President’s Elite Chapter Award which is the highest recognition a chapter can receive. This award revolves around overall money brought in as a chapter, to raise this money every chapter ... Read More »

Bison Back in Canada’s Banff National Park

Bison being released in Banff National Park in Canada. Photo courtesy of ibtimes.co.uk.

A herd of wild bison has been reintroduced to Banff National Park in Alberta Canada. This is the first time bison have roamed the countryside since their near extinction in the 19th century. Overhunting brought a population of over 30 million bison in Canada to the brink of extinction. In order to save the species, the Canadian government purchased one ... Read More »