Environment

Grab Some Butts and Save the Planet

A cigarette butt found on the ground. Photo courtesy of Dalen Dahl.

On Monday, April 17 the Environment and Sustainable Affairs Committee gathered 15 participants to collect cigarette butts around campus as part of  Earth Week. Robby Abrahamian, water resources major and political science major, is chair of the Environment and Sustainable Affairs Committee and organized the litter pick up. Smoking has a been attributed to multiple human health issues, but what ... Read More »

Students in SGA Gather Support for Carbon Fee and Dividend Policy

Robby Abrahamian, Jordan Farrell, Nellie Anne DeLain and Lucy DeLain in front of the Capital. Photo courtesy of Robby Abrahamian

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 »

Federal Budget Cuts Threaten Local Lakes and Labs

A snowy evening over Lake Superior. Photo courtesy of Taylor Drake.

A leaked federal budget memo reveals that the Trump administration is considering cutting funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative from $300 million to $10 million. This cut would affect not only the wellness of the Great Lakes but also the students who work in the water testing labs at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. The university’s water labs do ... Read More »

Schmeekle Presents: The Healing Power of Forests

A student taking a stroll in the relaxing Schmeekle Reserve. Photo by Sydney Inks

On Saturday, April 15, Schmeekle Reserve’s Visitor Center was host to a program entitled The Healing Power of Forests. Micah Hoger, a practicum student in the Environmental Education program at Schmeekle Reserve, presented to a full room about how nature can be used alongside traditional medical practices. “Our forests and natural areas are not just habitat for animals and recreational ... Read More »

Wisconsin’s Standing Rock: The Back Forty Mine Project

A map of Marinette and Menominee. Image from Google Maps.

Aqulia Resources is in the process of creating an open-pit sulfide mine along the banks of the Menominee River near Marinette. The mining company has spent the last 10 years exploring the site for a mine referred to as the Back Forty Project. According to their website, Aquila Resources has spent over $70 million thus far in the exploration process. ... Read More »

High-Capacity Wells, Low-Regulation Legislation

The Little Plover River runs through Iverson Park in Stevens Point. Photo courtesy of Dalen Dahl.

On Wednesday, April 5 the Wisconsin state senate handed a bill to the state assembly which, if passed, will allow repair, replacement, or change in ownership of high-capacity wells without state approval. According to the Wisconsin DNR website, “Wisconsin Administrative Code defines a high capacity well system as one or more wells, drillholes or mine shafts on a property that ... Read More »

North Wind Renewable Energy Becomes Employee Owned

A North Wind solar panel installation. Photo courtesy of North Wind Renewable Energy.

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 »

Website Puts Sustainability at Student’s Fingertips

A screen capture from the Office of Sustainability's website. Photo courtesy of bedashboard.com/Kiosk/17722.

The interactive website run through the Office of Sustainability and McKinstry, Inc. allows students to see the energy usage of every building on campus. The website tracks energy usage in real time, enabling visitors to compare electricity, CO2, steam and chilled water usage for each building compared to the previous the day, week, month or year chosen. All information on ... Read More »

Local Farms Offer Community-Supported Agriculture Shares

Vegetables on display at a farmers market. "Harvest Vegetables" by Jeanette is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.

With summer just around the corner, many Stevens Point residents are looking forward to local produce from their shares in CSAs, or Community-Supported Agriculture. CSAs are a way of connecting individuals directly with local farmers and local produce. At the beginning of the season, a farm will sell shares of their crops, usually in full or half shares. Once the ... Read More »

Campus Resource Room: Bro Do You Even Thrift?

Nelson Hall is one of the oldest buildings on campus. Photo courtesy of Dalen Dahl.

One person’s trash could be another person’s treasure with the the  upcoming resource sharing room in Nelson Hall where students can drop off unwanted items and pick up other items for free. The concept of a resource sharing room is similar to the way a thrift store works, except the items in the resource room will be free to students. ... Read More »