Environment

Campus Garden Will Not Be Traded for Parking Lot

UWSP Campus Master Plan draft. Photo courtesy of uwsp.edu

At the Environmental and Sustainable Issues Committee meeting on March 10, it was mentioned that under the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point’s 2007 master plan, the current campus garden could be relocated so the existing block could be turned into a parking structure. The master plan is updated every 10 to 15 years and serves as a tool to communicate the ... Read More »

Flooding Campus with Environmental Sociology

The beautiful turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Photo courtesy of Dalen Dahl.

Could a cold morning swim cure depression? Are people who live near lakes happier than those who live in deserts? Two  speakers explored the concept of water and mental health as well as the importance of human interaction with water. On Tuesday, April 4, New York Times bestselling author, Dr. Wallace J. Nichols came to campus to offer a free ... Read More »

UWSP Hosts Panel Discussion on Sustainability in Agriculture

From left to right: Joel Kuehnhold, Taylor Christiansen, Kim Bremmer, Dr. Jacob Prater, and Dr. Krishna Roka. Photo by Ross Vetterkind

On Wednesday March 29, student organizations Meat Free SP and the Land Conservation Society hosted a panel discussion about sustainability in agriculture in the Alumni room. The panel consisted of five individuals from varying farming backgrounds including Krishna Roka and Jacob Prater, assistant professors of environmental sociology and soil waste resources, respectively. Also present were representatives of Lonely Oaks Farm, ... Read More »

Locally Grown Aquaponic Lettuce Served on Campus

Student prepares salad at Upper Debot with lettuce grown using aquaponics. Photo by Ross Vetterkind

The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Dining Services now offers local aquaponic lettuce at the deli line and salad bar in the Dreyfus University Center, and the salad bar at Upper Debot. This lettuce is grown just over 60 miles south of campus at Nelson and Pade Inc. in Montello, Wisconsin. Aquaponic lettuce was first offered to students at these locations last ... Read More »

Campus Could Have a P.L.A.N to Reduce Waste

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Student Government Association is considering having University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point join the Post Landfill Action Network, also known as PLAN. The Post Landfill Action Network was founded in 2013 by Alex Fried. Fried created the network to provide colleges and universities with educational resources aimed at lowering landfill waste on their campuses. The goal on their website sates that, “Through ... Read More »

Portage County Citizens Address Nitrate-Groundwater Concerns

Corn under blue skies. "Corn Field" by Theophilos Papadopoulos is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

Portage county citizens are coming together to pass an ordinance that addresses health concerns resulting from high levels of nitrates in ground water. It began in the township of New Hope when a group of citizens became concerned about their groundwater quality. “Nitrates move very quickly through the soil, especially on big crops like corn which is very inefficient in ... Read More »

Student Sculptures Displayed at Central Wisconsin Environmental Station Connect Art with Nature

An installation at the sculpture park. Photo courtesy of Tom Quinn.

Last semester the natural landscape of the Central Wisconsin Environmental Station provided inspiration for a half a dozen student sculptures which are now displayed around the station’s grounds. The project was born when Tom Quinn, Central Wisconsin Environmental Station director, contacted Kristin Thielking, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point sculpture professor. Upon Quinn’s request, students from Thielking’s sculpture class were tasked with ... Read More »

Campus Green Party Seeks New People and Fresh Ideas

A Green party sign. "Absolutely a Green Party" by Marcus Metropolis is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

In the spring of last year, Justin Seis, senior sociology and philosophy major, was inspired to start the College Green Party. Seis is now th president of  the College Green Party. As a group, the College Green Party hopes to be a space for discussion while also working with the community Green Party to support candidates running for office and working ... Read More »

CNR Dean Joins the Conservation Hall of Fame

Dean of the CNR, Christine Thomas. Photo courtesy of the College of Natural Resources.

Wisconsin’s Conservation Hall of Fame will be adding a member of the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point family this April. Christine Thomas, dean of the College of Natural Resources, will be inducted to the Conservation Hall of Fame along with Hugh Iltis and Milly Zantow. Thomas’s induction is attributed to her hard work in natural resources by not only serving as ... Read More »

Wisconsin Youth Alliance Marches Against Enbridge Pipeline

People gather together to protest against the Enbridge Pipeline. "Say NO to Enbridge" by Chris Yakimov is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

Students from more than six University of Wisconsin schools hosted the March Against Pipeline Expansion on Saturday, Mar. 4, in Whitewater. The march was a result of efforts from the Wisconsin Youth Network, a relatively new student run organization that spans the UW network including UW-Stevens Point. Zach Jones, natural resources planning major at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, co-founder ... Read More »