Tag Archives: Environment

Illinois: The New Home To Fracking?

Illinois regulators ended a four-year feud as they signed the first fracking permit to Woolsey Operating Company on Aug. 31, 2017. The argument between environmentalists and the oil drilling industry has been a long one and the decision came as a shock because the regulations put in to practice years before. Located in White County, the company plans to move ... Read More »

Line 3 Pipeline Replacement Ignites Controversy

Proposed replacement of the line 3 pipeline has instigated concerns from environmental and Native American groups and even the Minnesota Department of Commerce. Line 3 currently transports crude oil from Alberta Canada, through North Dakota and Minnesota before arriving at Superior, Wisconsin. The pipeline was built in the 1960s and is currently carrying around half of its initially intended capacity. ... Read More »

Giving Gardens Gives Back to the Community

On Sept. 9, Giving Gardens hosted a fundraiser tour at six of their Stevens Point area community gardens. Giving Gardens is an organization which aims to combat hunger in the Stevens Point area through community gardening. According to Jeremy Erickson, Giving Gardens Manager, the organization now includes 16 gardens in Stevens Point, Whiting and Plover. The food produced in these ... Read More »

The City of Stevens Point Joins Green Tier Charter

In August, the Stevens Point City Council voted to join the Legacy Communities Green Tier Charter. This charter is a collaborative effort among Wisconsin communities, the Department of Natural Resources and organizations such as 1,000 Friends of Wisconsin and the League of Wisconsin Municipalities to enable communities to become more sustainable. After assessing Stevens Point’s past sustainability efforts, Alderperson Mary ... Read More »

Permit Allowing Expansion of Door County Dairy Raises Groundwater Concerns

S&S Jerseyland Dairy LLC, Door County’s only concentrated animal feeding operation, has just been issued a permit by the Department of Natural Resources which will allow them to expand their herd. While the operation is currently allowed to house approximately 6,000 cattle, the new permit will authorize over 10,000. This decision has been met by considerable opposition from the local ... 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 »

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 »

Meatless Mondays Diet Impacts Environment

Diet plays a role in climate change, deforestation and water conservation, yet it is an aspect of sustainability which is rarely discussed.  That is why College of Natural Resource seniors Deaken Boggs and Megan Zielke are working with student government to bring Meatless Mondays to Campus. The initiative, which encourages omnivores to go vegetarian one day a week, brings a ... Read More »

Benefits of Thrift Shopping Go Beyond Saving Money

Buying new clothing can be harmful to the environment and violate human rights, but thrifting is an alternative that helps decrease the harm done around the world. How our clothes are made is not often found at the forefront of our minds. But the manufacturing of much of our clothing is wasteful and harmful to the environment. A recent investigation ... Read More »

Green Fund Efforts Pay Off with Building of Bicycle Shelter

The Green Fund has succeeded in erecting a bike shelter outside the Dreyfus University Center after years of planning. The Green Fund itself is a campus organization that aims to improve sustainability and lessen the environmental impact of the university, which was approved through a student referendum in the spring of 2013 with 70 percent approval. The Fund’s mission is ... Read More »