SGA has always been highly involved in the environment. UWSP’s SGA is the only Student Government Association in the UW system to have an Environmental & Sustainability Issues Director and Environmental & Sustainability Issues Committee. This position and committee were direct requests of the student body. Some of the actions of the director and committee include sponsoring environmental events and campaigns, such as Focus the Nation, a national event focusing on global warming solutions and “Reducing Food Waste,” which can be seen in the DeBot Dining Center. This campaign aims to educate students about how much food is wasted in DeBot each day and persuade them to consume less food. SGA also has a student-run, student-funded Sustainability Reserve, the only of its kind in the UW system, which can be accessed and utilized by any student organization or individual.
For more information on the Sustainability Reserve and the green projects that the Reserve has funded in the past, see the Sustainability Reserve tab of this site. Other SGA green initiatives include a bike rental program, online ride board, sponsorship of the U-Pass system and Campus Cab, and helping the city of Stevens Point to become an Eco-Municipality. SGA continually writes legislation regarding environmental issues and concerns, such as purchasing 100% post-consumer recycled paper for the campus and policy for all existing campus buildings to be brought to LEED standards. Although the legislation doesn’t always take effect, SGA’s efforts have proven to pay off greatly in the end, as SGA has been one of the driving forces in promoting UWSP’s reputation for sustainability.
Sustainable Agriculture in Communities Society (SACS)The Sustainable Agriculture in Communities Society’s (SACS) mission is to create a means for UWSP students to experience, explore, share, and learn about issues relating to sustainable agriculture and community development.
The UWSP campus garden was created in the spring of 2006 by the Sustainable Agriculture in Communities Society. The garden, located on Franklin Street across from the Fire Station, is maintained by SACS members and is currently in its third growing season. SACS utilizes the garden to host workshops on various topics such as canning and composting. The garden is also used as an outdoor classroom to teach students about organic farming principles and alternative farming techniques, such as greenhouse season extension and vermicomposting. The garden’s produce is for sale and is also used for events such as the SACS harvest dinner. Vegetables grown include turnips, kale, swiss chard, onions, peppers, carrots, and tomatoes
The SSC mission is to promote education and understanding of planning and plan implementation with regard to land use, environmental, economic, social, political and legal criteria. SSC also provides leadership experience, practical exposure to planning professionals, and involvement within the university and local community, as well as in the regional and national planning arena.