Environment

Kenya Believe it? New Summer Field Experience for CNR Majors

As of this year, the College of Natural Resources (CNR) is offering a trip to Kenya which fulfills the required summer field experience for all CNR majors. Previously, the CNR required students to fulfil a summer session in natural resources by attending either Treehaven in Tomahawk Wisconsin, or by going abroad to Germany, Iceland, and Poland to study European resource ... Read More »

Environmental Committee Campaigns Continue on Campus

Student Government’s Environmental & Sustainable Issues Committee (ESIC) is working to put forth campaigns encouraging sustainable practices on campus. Alex Thomas, affairs director for ESIC, stated that his goal in joining the committee is “lessening the environmental impact of campus, and educating students.” The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point has prided itself on being a green campus and is recognized nationally ... Read More »

Schmeekle’s First Director Retires

The first Director of Schmeeckle, Ron Zimmerman, is retiring at age 66 after 37 years in the position. His time with the reserve has been marked with the progress and struggle of turning a piece of land into a self-sustaining economic entity. Zimmerman shared his experience at Stevens Point as the people he knew became the names of buildings and what ... Read More »

Ducks Unlimited Student Chapter Holds Inaugural Meeting

Students interested in waterfowl and wetlands now have an opportunity for focused extracurricular involvement at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. A student chapter of Ducks Unlimited, an international waterfowl and wetlands organization, held its first meeting on Dec. 9 at UWSP. Over 50 students attended the meeting where interim club officers introduced themselves and gave an overview of what members ... Read More »

Community Discusses Bicycle Transportation in Stevens Point

A movement is underway in Stevens Point to make the city and the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point more bicycle-friendly. Students, faculty and community members gathered at UWSP on Nov. 29 for a lecture on ‘Breaking down bicycle barriers at UWSP’ by Trevor Roark, Adventure Tours program manager and local bike advocate. The lecture was hosted by activist group 350 Stevens ... Read More »

Skiers, Snowboarders Anxious to Get Outside

Winter sports enthusiasts may be disappointed with early-season conditions, but skiers and snowboarders at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point are still planning to enjoy the downhill activities all season long. Luke Koch, junior communication major, said he normally skis a few times per year at Wisconsin hills such as Tyrol Basin in Mt. Horeb and Cascade Mountain in Portage. He ... Read More »

Patterson Signs American Campuses Act on Climate Pledge

The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point has joined 217 campuses in signing the American Campuses Act on Climate, a pledge to demonstrate support for strong international climate action. Signed by Chancellor Bernie Patterson on Nov. 11, UWSP’s pledge backs world leaders and policy makers in their pursuit of a low-carbon future, detailing specific actions already in place to meet campus sustainability ... Read More »

Students Create Mobile-Friendly Interactive Map of Schmeeckle Reserve

The Stevens Point community now has another tool for analyzing and exploring Schmeeckle Reserve. A team of students from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point created a free, online interactive map of the reserve that allows users to examine information like soil types, forest cover and historic aerial imagery in real-time on mobile devices and computers. Assistant Director Jim Bucholz said ... Read More »

UWSP to Host White House Climate Action Live-Stream Event

Officials at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point are standing with the U.S. government to fight climate change. The White House and the State Department will hold a Day of Climate action on Nov. 19, allowing university presidents, business leaders and celebrities to join government officials in an exclusive round-table discussion broadcast live from the capitol. Dave Barbier, sustainability coordinator of ... Read More »

Research Project to Tap Health Benefits of Grapes

A University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point research project may uncover the secret to producing a food supplement from grapes. Resveratrol, an antioxidant believed to provide several health benefits like the ability to lower cholesterol, is found in high quantities in grapes. Paul Fowler, director of the Wisconsin Institute for Sustainable Technology, became interested in the idea in 2013 and said the market ... Read More »