Tag Archives: sustainability

Two Green Thumbs Up Over Earth Week

Last week, in honor of Earth Week, the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point put on events to support sustainable practices that make a lasting impact. Sustainability is defined as something that is helpful to people, supportive to the planet, and profitable in its endeavors. Sustainable events held on campus included environmental actions like tree planting as well as social justice movements ... Read More »

Campus Now 100 Percent Powered by Renewable Electricity

The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point is the first university in the state to receive 100 percent of its electricity from renewable sources. This achievement has been met with much enthusiasm from students and staff. Jake Powell, sophomore graphic design major said, “I’m pretty stoked. I’m proud I get to be a part of it, because coal, gas, and oil are ... Read More »

New SGA President and Vice President Have High Hopes for 2016

The student body can expect the the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point to become a more inclusive, safe and sustainable campus in the near future. John Peralta, junior waste management major, was elected as SGA president with Andrew Glazner, sixth year accounting and business administration major, as vice president for the 2016-2017 school year. They have designed a three point plan ... Read More »

Do You Want Salt on That?

Most people on campus have a pair of shoes that was destroyed by the slushy salt mixture found on winter sidewalks at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Rock salt gets everywhere: in academic-buildings, dorm rooms, and your backpack. But it’s important to be safe on campus. Our campus has about 12 miles of sidewalks and 34 acres of parking lots, ... Read More »

Community Celebrates Local Farmers

Food producers featured in the Central Wisconsin Farm Fresh Atlas were honored in a special way during the eighth annual farmer tribute dinner at the Rothschild Pavilion. Over 100 community members, farmers and their families enjoyed food, activities, live music and dancing during the celebration hosted by Central Rivers Farmshed on Nov. 14. The event marked the end of the ... Read More »

Competition Encourages Transition From Conventional to Conscious

During October, over 100 Pointers participated in Project Green Challenge, a competition to improve sustainability in their daily lives. The month-long event included thousands of students from hundreds of schools around the world. The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point’s effort was coordinated by Alex Thomas, Student Government Association green fund coordinator, and Cate Lucas, Residential Living green associate. The competition featured ... Read More »

Locals Share Energy Savings Tips for Winter

Low temperatures usually bring high energy bills in Wisconsin, and students sometimes sacrifice warmth for savings. Those residing off-campus are often faced with old, poorly insulated buildings with drafty doors and windows that allow warm air to escape and cold air to enter. “My bills definitely go up during the winter,” said Ben Gutknecht, junior resource management major. “The windows ... Read More »

Pointers to Visit International Sustainability Conference

This week, a group of students, faculty and staff from the University of Wisconsin- Stevens Point will have a chance to learn more about sustainability in higher education. The group will travel to Minneapolis to attend a four-day conference sponsored by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. It features workshops, case studies, panel discussions and keynote addresses ... Read More »

Students For Sustainability Tour Area Farms

With the help of Students for Sustainability, some Pointers got a taste of farm life. The student organization held a series of three farm tours highlighting local, sustainable agriculture for University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point students. Attendees visited Whitefeather Organics in Custer, Lonely Oak Farm in Milladore and Liberation Permaculture Farm in Almond on Saturdays from Sept. 19 to Oct. 3. ... Read More »

Students Begin Fair Trade Campaign

A campaign lead by students is underway to designate the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point as a fair trade campus. The Office of Sustainability and Students for Sustainability created a committee that will work toward passing an official student senate referendum vote and placing certified fair trade goods within campus retail locations to meet requirements for accreditation by Fair Trade USA, a ... Read More »