Tag Archives: sustainability

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 »

Trees, Shrubs, Fruit Planted in Honor of Earth Week

Volunteers and members of Students For Sustainability planted approximately 600 plants across the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point campus during its annual Earth Day event. The planting took place on April 24, and volunteers finished in about three hours. Tom Girolamo, owner of Eco-Building and Forestry company, provided the plants that the club payed for. The total cost of the event ... Read More »

Budget Situation Stimulates Sustainability Discussion

With major budget reductions, sustainability programs will likely be impacted, but a silver lining may be realized in maintaining the status quo with reduced funding. Dave Barbier, sustainability coordinator, said the university will lose resources that contribute to its sustainability, but changing operations could spur improvements in health and wellness, waste stream efficiency and transportation. Centralizing waste collection, recycling printer paper, ... Read More »

University Takes on Energy Competition

Student leaders have brought the world’s largest energy and water reduction competition for colleges to the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Campus Conservation Nationals began on April 6, and students are encouraged to participate by reducing their energy usage for three weeks. This spring is the second time UWSP has competed in the national competition, although there has been a long ... Read More »

UWSP Ranks Among Top Sustainable Universities

Mother Nature Network, an environmental news website, nominated the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point as one of ’17 amazing green colleges’ in the United States because of its energy-saving buildings and sustainability-focused programs. It is unclear what criteria judges used to make the list, but the network cited a waste education center, a green roof on the library, rain gardens, solar panels ... Read More »

Budget Proposal Could Impact Sustainability

The biennial budget proposed by Gov. Scott Walker, a contender for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, would likely impact sustainability at the University of Wisconsin- Stevens Point and throughout the city. Proposed cuts to the UW System would result in a $6.4 million loss for UWSP and an additional $1.4 million cut from specified programs. A reduction this large would force programs to rein in their ... Read More »

Green Fund Projects Move Forward

Three projects designed to address sustainability concerns are being considered for funding through the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point’s Green Fund program. Led by students, the Green Fund approved its first project in 2013. The program provides support for projects that increase sustainability on campus. Projects under consideration this year include re-design of waste and recycling bins, replacing the Department of Theatre ... Read More »

Community Gathers at Local Food Fair

A local food movement was proven to be alive when hundreds gathered at the Stevens Point Area Senior High School on Feb. 5, for the Local Food Fair hosted by Central Rivers Farmshed. The high school’s main foyer was packed shortly after doors opened, with attendants snaking their way through the busy walkways.  Fifteen farmers and 28 businesses and organizations participated in this free event held ... Read More »