Environment

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 »

Students Make Use of Scraps

What started in Knutzen hall as a small scale compost program in 2012 has been adopted across campus. Composting is the process of converting organic scraps into something useful for soils, and students were offered a way to participate even while living in the halls. “Students liked the opportunity to do vermaculture, and it eventually turned into being able to ... Read More »

Documentary Sheds Light on Captivity Debate

A group of university students gathered in the Dreyfus University Center theater on Oct. 28 for a viewing and discussion of the documentary “Blackfish.” The documentary follows the life of Orca whale Tilikum after being placed in captivity. He started at a small park in Canada and was brought to SeaWorld in Orlando, Fla. Three deaths have been attributed to ... Read More »

Month of Awareness Goes Beyond the Cure

October is Vegetarian Awareness Month. Reasons for adopting vegetarian lifestyles are as diverse as the types of vegetarianism. “I did it for environmental reasons,” said junior natural resources major Jacob Cerminar. A self-identified ‘freegan,’ Cerminar chooses only to eat meat when it would otherwise go to waste. “It is out of respect for the animal,” Cerminar said. Another reason people ... Read More »

Green Fund Continues to Build Momentum

Over $100,000 of allocated student funds are up for grabs in the schools’ Green Fund. Nine board members sit in on a weekly meeting and make the final decision on how this money will be spent. While one seat remains open, the committee is excited that proposals are starting to roll in. “It’s set up like any other grant system,” ... Read More »

First Steps Taken in Construction of a New Science Building

Striking a balance between realistic problem solving and environmental awareness, Central Wisconsin Engineers Inc. is in the process of weighing pros and cons to the proposed construction of a new science building. The building is slated for construction where Lot X currently is and will cost upwards of $75 million. This four-story, 172,000 square foot building will be Leadership in ... Read More »

Project Green Challenge Teaches, Inspires, and Empowers Students

The Project Green Challenge, an environmentally charged awareness and empowerment competition, is coming to an end. UWSP currently ranks 12 out of hundreds of participating universities, which is impressive considering its small size and the short notice students were given. “We found out about it only a week in advance” said Cate Lucas, a residential living green associate. Lucas and ... Read More »

Pointer Profile: SACS

Located right off campus, the Campus Garden brings students together to tend to its contents. Watched after by the Sustainability Agriculture in Community Society, the group also promotes local and sustainable agriculture throughout the community. Carly Caputa ccapu770@uwsp.edu Multimedia Reporter Read More »