Environment

Local Farms Offer Community-Supported Agriculture Shares

With summer just around the corner, many Stevens Point residents are looking forward to local produce from their shares in CSAs, or Community-Supported Agriculture. CSAs are a way of connecting individuals directly with local farmers and local produce. At the beginning of the season, a farm will sell shares of their crops, usually in full or half shares. Once the ... Read More »

Campus Resource Room: Bro Do You Even Thrift?

One person’s trash could be another person’s treasure with the the  upcoming resource sharing room in Nelson Hall where students can drop off unwanted items and pick up other items for free. The concept of a resource sharing room is similar to the way a thrift store works, except the items in the resource room will be free to students. ... Read More »

Earth Week on Campus

The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point will host a range of events in honor of Earth Day the week of April 17-22. Jenessa Gilarski, sophomore health science major and communication specialist for the Office of Sustainability, says that the theme for this year’s Earth Week is diversity. Diversity may be a word that is rarely associated with sustainability, but Gilarski pointed ... Read More »

Campus Garden Will Not Be Traded for Parking Lot

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 »