Environment

CWES Recieves Grant, Funds Summer Fun

UWSP’s Central Wisconsin Environmental Station (CWES) will be able to provide more funds and programs for children as a result of the Margaret A. Cargill (MAC) Foundation’s grant awarded this past June 2012. CWES offers programs related to fishing, astronomy, survival skills, identification of different plants and animals and basic campfire songs for students at the Portage Country Boys and ... Read More »

CNR End of the Year Wrap-Up

The 2011-2012 academic year was a year of change, a year of new beginnings and a year of victories for the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point College of Natural Resources (CNR). This was the first year in operation of the new Waste Education Center and the first year that a new sculpture graced our presence in the Daniel O. Trainier Natural ... Read More »

Sustainability in a Small City

The Center for the Small City organization held a four-part workshop seminar Wednesday open for the public to learn what is being done and what can be done individually to work towards a more sustainable future. This year’s event, titled Sustainability in a Small City, focused on sustainability on a small scale in an individual to community capacity. “The Center ... Read More »

Brazil to Build World’s Third Largest Hydroelectric dam

The Brazilian government is to construct a massive hydroelectric dam complex in the state of Para, to reduce its dependence on fossil fuels and achieve a more consistent energy supply. The Xingu River, a tributary to the Amazon River and home to several Amazonian indigenous groups, will be the site of the dam, known as the Belo Monte Dam. The ... Read More »

Penokee Hills Mine Could Devastate Environment, Local Economies

On Tuesday, Feb. 28, Frank Koehn held a presentation in the DUC Theatre to educate people about the destructive nature of the Penokee Hills iron mine proposal. “This is a resource war,” Koehn began. “It’s about the water.” The area where the proposed iron mine would be placed—which covers a 22-mile, 22,000-acre strip of the Penokee Hills from southwest of ... Read More »

Stevens Point Water Tastes Best in Nation, Raises Questions of Water Quality

Stevens Point’s water is this year’s recipient of the American Water Works Association’s “Best of the Best” taste competition for the second year in a row, beating out New York City.   The Association began this competition in 2005 to combat the negative connotations drinking water was gaining when compared to filtered bottled water.   The contest scores solely the ... Read More »

Growing ideas, growing scientists, EMARL

An establishing lab on campus, the Environmental Microbial Analysis and Research Laboratory (EMARL), provides students and faculty alike opportunities to conduct research, perform analysis and learn from each other.   “I get accused quite often of having ideas that are really, kind of, out there, but when you get twenty people together you find out that we all have ideas ... Read More »

Central Rivers Farmshed: Farming New Farmers

The Beginning Farmer Course is a four-day course on the topics of starting or expanding a farm to produce local, sustainable food. Experienced, local farmers in sustainable agriculture teach the course over the middle two weekends of February. The course originally started as a one-credit course on Friday afternoons during the spring semester at the University of Wisconsin – Stevens ... Read More »

New Bioplastic Recycling Program Launches at UWSP

Bioplastic Recycling Program If you’ve eaten at the Debot or Dreyfus University Center dining halls, then you may recall drinking out of those clear plastic cups that have “compostable” and “made from corn” written on them. You may also remember just simply throwing these cups in the garbage. Students’ confusion about the recyclable corn bioplastic cups (or PLA cups, short ... Read More »

Struggle for Water is a 21st Century Universal

Deny global warming all you want. There are over a billion people on Earth who currently do not have access to drinking water, to whom a debate over human alterations to the earth’s ecosystem, and the effects of resource depletion, is futile. Simply, there are people who do not have the privilege of denying climate change.   Here is what ... Read More »