Environment

Student Diets Could Support Deforestation on Other Side of Globe

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Chocolate, granola bars, shampoo and detergent are all seemingly harmless products which often contain palm oil, an ingredient that leads to deforestation and destruction of critical wildlife habitat in Asia. Student diets may be contributing to deforestation, since many packaged foods sold at the convenience dining locations on campus contain palm oil. Few realize that their food choices fuel the ... Read More »

Basement Brewhaus Gives Composting a Shot

The Brewhaus is a great place to relax, study, and socialize. Photo courtesy of Dalen Dahl.

The Basement Brewhaus in the Dreyfus University Center will now host a compost bin to keep the food waste out of landfills. The baristas noticed waste from coffee grinds and bagels was getting thrown out daily. The staff wanted to prevent the waste from entering a landfill and so they settled on composting as an option. Courtney Cordova, senior wildlife ... Read More »

Ducks Unlimited Chapter Given Highest Level of Recognition at State Convention

A mallard hen stand atop of of railing. "Duck" by Danny Chapman is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

The weekend of Feb. 4 the University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point chapter of Ducks Unlimited attended the Wisconsin Ducks Unlimited Convention and received five awards. Among the awards was the prestigious President’s Elite Chapter Award which is the highest recognition a chapter can receive. This award revolves around overall money brought in as a chapter, to raise this money every chapter ... Read More »

Bison Back in Canada’s Banff National Park

Bison being released in Banff National Park in Canada. Photo courtesy of ibtimes.co.uk.

A herd of wild bison has been reintroduced to Banff National Park in Alberta Canada. This is the first time bison have roamed the countryside since their near extinction in the 19th century. Overhunting brought a population of over 30 million bison in Canada to the brink of extinction. In order to save the species, the Canadian government purchased one ... Read More »

Rhode Island Carbon Tax Could Protect Environment and Local Economy

Carbon emissions coming from smoke stacks. Photo courtesy of salon.com.

As a coastal state, Rhode Island could soon see the devastating effects of climate change. In response, some Rhode Island lawmakers recognize their state’s imminent danger and have introduced a proposal to tax carbon polluters. The proposed bill, referred to as Energize Rhode Island, would create a fund for clean energy and jobs with some of the revenue from the ... Read More »

First Winter Farmers’ Market a Success

Winter Farmers Market. Photo courtesy of facebook.com

The Stevens Point Area Winter Farmers’ Market will have the last day of its first season on March 25. During the summer, Stevens Point has a thriving farmers’ market that fills the Square downtown with local farmers and hungry shoppers. In the past when winter rolled around the market was closed for the season. This year, Stevens Point held its ... Read More »

Minimizing Waste on the Go

A Green–on–the–Go container that the DUC offers. Photo courtesy of Dalen Dahl.

In an effort to decrease waste, the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point’s dining services offers reusable containers for students to take their food on the go. The program called Green on the Go provides students with the opportunity to make a one-time purchase for a reusable container. The container costs six dollars, upon purchasing the container students will receive a card ... Read More »

Tesla Co-founder Set to Speak at MREA’s Energy Fair

Keynote speaker Amy Goodman presents at the Energy Fair. Photo courtesy of theenergyfair.org.

The latest innovations in clean energy will be brought to thousands of people this summer in Custer, Wisconsin and at the center of it all will be JB Straubel and the Tesla company. Straubel, Chief Technical Officer and co-founder of Tesla will deliver a keynote address on the mainstage in celebration of the 28th annual Energy Fair.  Tesla is a ... Read More »

Local Farmer in Legal Battle Over Stream Reclamation Efforts

Don places old Christmas trees in the stream to change the current. Photo courtesy of Dalen Dahl.

When does conservation need the status quo and when does it need a shake up? With the lawsuit between the Isherwood Farms LLC and the Portage County Drainage Board that question has come into play. Don Isherwood of Isherwood Farms has modified a drainage ditch to create a faster-moving stream channel for trout habitat. Isherwood has placed small pine trees ... Read More »

Trump Administration Overturns Stream Protection Rule

Waste water running out of a drain. Photo courtesy of vox.com.

On Feb. 16, President Trump signed the Stream Protection Rule out of existence. A repeal which was voted for by the Senate and House of Representatives earlier in the month. The rule had only just been passed in December during the final weeks of Obama’s presidency. The Obama administration had high hopes for the legislation. In December, the Department of ... Read More »