Environment

Natural Resource Students Begin Summer Job Search

Graduate jobs for students pursuing careers in natural resources are particularly in demand as resource managers plan to hire seasonal employees for summer. The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point is regarded as one of the best undergraduate natural resource colleges in the country and has a reputation of producing top-notch students equipped with field skills. Dr. Melinda Vokoun, an assistant professor of forestry, ... Read More »

350 Stevens Point Addresses Wisconsin Frac Sand Mines

The controversial petroleum and natural gas pumping process known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, has strong roots within Wisconsin’s sandy soil. Environmental activist group 350 Stevens Point is drawing attention to sand mines in western Wisconsin that currently hold 75 percent of the frac sand market throughout the United States. During fracking, millions of gallons of fresh water and chemicals are ... Read More »

A Partnership in Bettering the Community

The abandoned greenhouse on Briggs Court has been going through a slow and steady transformation since 2011. Central Rivers Farmshed explains on its website that the Greenhouse Project has been an ongoing endeavor to strengthen the community’s  relationship with food in all forms. The CPS Cafe and the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point have long been a part of this project in various ... Read More »

Proposed Expansion of Central Wisconsin Tar Sands Pipeline

Although environmental hazards are often viewed as distant futuristic prospects, students and community members met in the basement of the Portage County library for a presentation and discussion of what the Wisconsin Sierra Club feels is a pressing concern. The discussion was led by the Wisconsin Safe Energy Alliance. “WISE is a coalition of community members, leaders and organizations,” said ... Read More »

Knutzen’s Greenest Resident Leading by Example

Knutzen Hall is known as the Eco Hall, so it is fitting Knutzen is also home to the Greenest Resident on campus. “I’ve always had an environmental background, so this was a good fit,” said junior land use planning major Bailey Matthys. Matthys is in her second semester as Greenest Resident, with one to go. Matthys was inspired by the ... Read More »

Divestment Campaign Gains Traction

On December 1st, the Stevens Point divestment campaign had its first meeting with Chancellor Bernie Patterson to discuss the universities transition to clean energy. Divestment is a technique that was first used in South Africa during apartheid. When institutions investment portfolios are tied up amongst oppressive or destructive companies, they indirectly support the problem. It started when students at universities ... Read More »

‘Queen of the Sun’ Shines Light on Bee Dilemma

Nov.13 at 7 p.m., students and community members gathered to watch “Queen of the Sun,” the first documentary in the “Beyond the Hive” series sponsored by the College of Fine Arts and Communication. Outside the theater, local organizations committed to sustainability and community issues set up booths and engaged passersby. Among them were Farmshed, Office of Sustainability, Save the Frogs ... Read More »

Nonprofits Get Headstart on Holiday Season

From Nov. 14-16, 11 students worked with nonprofit organizations in Milwaukee on the issues of hunger and homelessness. They worked with the Hunger Task Force, a nonprofit devoted to providing free food for those in need as well as promoting socially just policies. “The Hunger Task Force is a year-round operation, but the holidays are there busiest time of the ... Read More »

Students Push for a Bike-Friendly University

The League of American Bicyclists is an organization aiming to inspire and create a bicycle friendly America for everyone. John Peralta, a junior waste management major, brings that passion and drive to campus. Peralta is in the application process for the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point to be recognized as “bike-friendly.” “I bike a lot myself,” Peralta said “I thought with ... Read More »

Energy Competition Gets a Headstart

Each spring, students and faculty participate in a competition to raise awareness of energy consumption by reducing their own. The Office of Sustainability is already taking steps to make this year’s event a success. “It is two weeks of baseline promoting followed by three weeks of competition,” said Shelly Janowski, sustainability program and policy analyst. “Each year they come up ... Read More »