Environment

Farm to School May Be Plucked Before Its Time

Governor Scott Walker’s budget proposal would cut a major portion of the Farm to School program from the 2017 to 2019 state budget. The office’s coordinator position and 15 member advisory council would be cut, saving $132,800 over the next two years. This cut will not prevent disbursement of federal grants targeting farm to school efforts but it will cut ... Read More »

Portage County Residents Seek New Drainage Practices

On Saturday, April 15, Justin and Lynn Isherwood hosted a kickoff event for the Friends of the Buena Vista Marsh at their farm in Plover. The event was held to offer information about the history of the Buena Vista Marsh and to bring community awareness to the Isherwoods’ perspective in regard to their current litigation with the drainage board. Justin ... Read More »

Grab Some Butts and Save the Planet

On Monday, April 17, the Environment and Sustainable Affairs Committee gathered 15 participants to collect cigarette butts around campus as part of  Earth Week. Robby Abrahamian, water resources major and political science major, is chair of the Environment and Sustainable Affairs Committee and organized the litter pick up. Smoking has been attributed to multiple human health issues, but what about ... Read More »

Students in SGA Gather Support for Carbon Fee and Dividend Policy

A Student Government Association resolution has been proposed in support of a national carbon fee and dividend policy. This policy, proposed by Citizens’ Climate Lobby, aims to put a price on greenhouse gas emissions by imposing an initial $15 fee per ton on carbon dioxide emissions or equivalent pollution which would increase by $10 each year. The policy differs from ... Read More »

Federal Budget Cuts Threaten Local Lakes and Labs

A leaked federal budget memo reveals that the Trump administration is considering cutting funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative from $300 million to $10 million. This cut would affect not only the wellness of the Great Lakes but also the students who work in the water testing labs at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. The university’s water labs do ... Read More »

Schmeekle Presents: The Healing Power of Forests

On Saturday, April 15, Schmeekle Reserve’s Visitor Center was host to a program entitled The Healing Power of Forests. Micah Hoger, a practicum student in the Environmental Education program at Schmeekle Reserve, presented to a full room about how nature can be used alongside traditional medical practices. “Our forests and natural areas are not just habitat for animals and recreational ... Read More »

Wisconsin’s Standing Rock: The Back Forty Mine Project

Aqulia Resources is in the process of creating an open-pit sulfide mine along the banks of the Menominee River near Marinette. The mining company has spent the last 10 years exploring the site for a mine referred to as the Back Forty Project. According to their website, Aquila Resources has spent over $70 million thus far in the exploration process. ... Read More »

High-Capacity Wells, Low-Regulation Legislation

On Wednesday, April 5 the Wisconsin state senate handed a bill to the state assembly which, if passed, will allow repair, replacement, or change in ownership of high-capacity wells without state approval. According to the Wisconsin DNR website, “Wisconsin Administrative Code defines a high capacity well system as one or more wells, drillholes or mine shafts on a property that ... Read More »

North Wind Renewable Energy Becomes Employee Owned

As of this April, North Wind Renewable Energy has made the transition to a 100 percent employee owned cooperative. This Stevens Point based company specializes in the installation and design of solar electric systems. North Wind’s clients include businesses, farms and homes across the state. Doug Stingle, a consultant for North Wind, said that becoming an employee owned cooperative is ... Read More »

Website Puts Sustainability at Student’s Fingertips

The interactive website run through the Office of Sustainability and McKinstry, Inc. allows students to see the energy usage of every building on campus. The website tracks energy usage in real time, enabling visitors to compare electricity, CO2, steam and chilled water usage for each building compared to the previous the day, week, month or year chosen. All information on ... Read More »