Tag Archives: Environment

Students Opt for Experiences this Holiday Season

Some students are opting to give experiences to their loved ones this holiday season. Janice Ian, senior environmental ethics major, said, “Every year, I struggle and debate on what to get my parents or really anyone who is no longer in college and making a decent living because I don’t really know what they need. So this year, I decided ... Read More »

Annual Tree Sale Benefits Local Teens in Portage County

The annual Christmas tree sale held at the Stevens Point Area YMCA helps raise money for the teen center. For over 40 years, the tree sale has taken place at the YMCA, and it’s not the average tree sale. Tiffany Praeger, the teen department director, has been helping the tree sale for six years. “The proceeds go to our teen department ... Read More »

Sulfide Mines No Longer Have to “Prove it First” in Wisconsin

Last month, the Wisconsin Legislature repealed what was known as the “Prove it First” law, which has put a freeze on sulfide mining in the state since 1998. Under the “Prove it First” law, the Department of Natural Resources could only grant sulfide mining permits to companies which had operated for 10 years and then closed for 10 years without ... Read More »

Pipeline Spills 210,000 Gallons of Oil

An estimated 210,000 gallons of oil spilled from Keystone pipeline on agricultural land near Amherst, South Dakota last month.  The pipeline is owned by the Canadian company TransCanada. TransCanada reported that 44,730 gallons of oil have since been recovered in clean-up efforts and the pipeline resumed operations at the end of November.  The company said that there have been no ... Read More »

Republican Lawmakers are Slashing Environmental Laws

Gov. Scott Walker and Republican lawmakers are relaxing environmental regulations including laws governing iron mining and building on wetlands. In Gov. Walker’s 2015–17 budget, released in February, he proposed eliminating a third of the Department of Natural Resource scientists and 60 percent of its environmental educator positions. The cuts were approved by the state legislature’s budget committee in May, and ... Read More »

Students Learn About Community and Sustainability in Kenya Summer Course

Students can earn a Permaculture Design Certificate through a three-week study abroad trip to Kenya next summer. Holly Petrillo, course leader and associate professor of forestry, describes permaculture as a set of ethics and principles for designing sustainable living systems. “We really like the permaculture curriculum because it integrates the natural resources and the sustainability aspect but also the community ... Read More »

Liberation Farm Brings Meat, Eggs and Coffee to Stevens Point

Liberation Farm in Almond, offers diverse food options. Holly Petrillo, assistant professor of forestry, began the farm with her husband John Sheffy in 2011. Petrillo said that they first got into farming because they wanted to be able to grow their own food and provide their young daughter the opportunity to grow up on a farm. One of Petrillo and ... Read More »

Bill Proposed to Change Regulation on Wisconsin State Wetlands

A bill has been proposed which could make it easier to develop state wetlands in Wisconsin. If passed, Assembly Bill 547 would remove permitting requirements for wetlands which are not federally protected. Typically, only wetlands next to navigable waters are under federal protection leaving isolated wetlands and ephemeral or seasonal wetlands under state jurisdiction. According to the Wisconsin Wetlands Association, ... Read More »

Stevens Point Co-op Rejects Possibility of New Statewide Bill

A change in legislature may affect cooperative members statewide. The Senate Bill 281, Assembly Bill 353, allows for cooperatives, also known as co-ops, to make changes to their bylaws that were once seen as illegal. According to the Wisconsin Farmers Union, the changes would have about 20 percent of co-op board members be replaced by investors or other outsiders. Members ... Read More »

Sustainable Living in Stevens Point: Vote With Your Dollar

A crucial component of living sustainably is reducing the amount of waste produced. In 2013, the EPA estimated that the average person produces 4.4 pounds of waste per day. There has been a great deal of emphasis put on recycling and composting, and while these are helpful strategies, it is equally important to consider consuming less. This could be through ... Read More »