UW-Stevens Point Campuses Perspectives Towards Climate Change and Sustainability Literacy
Molly K. McGuire, Heidi A. Putnam, & Jessycah S. Andersen
Adviser(s): Robin Rothfeder, Ph.D.; Dave Barbier
Abstract: Climate change is a global problem that will continue to have profound impacts on Wisconsin’s natural environment and human communities. Agricultural production, forest stewardship, and water resources are already being stressed by increasingly variable, unpredictable, and extreme weather events. At the same time, many of Wisconsin’s vulnerable and diverse populations are increasingly burdened by environmental risks, affordability challenges, and other quality-of-life impacts. Currently, many UW System campuses, including UWSP, serve as incubators for sustainable ideas and practices that help to combat the negative effects of climate change. However, little is known about campus constituents’ actual knowledge, awareness, and preferences on these issues. Where does UWSP stand on climate change today, and how does this influence the structure and success of our sustainability efforts? To answer these questions, in February of 2020, we surveyed UWSP students, faculty, and staff on the Stevens Point, Wausau, and Marshfield campuses. The results provide essential baseline data that helps to better understand our University and to guide future sustainability programming, reporting (e.g. AASHE STARS), outreach, and education.