​Energy and Carbon

UW-Stevens Point greenhouse gas emissions are calculated in six different sectors:

  1. Purchased electricity (the generation, transmission, distribution and consumption of electricity);
  2. Stationary on-campus emissions from heating and cooling;
  3. Transportation (movement of goods and the combustion of petroleum);
  4. Emissions from agriculture and fertilizer application (management practices, methane emissions and soil emissions);
  5. Emissions associated with decomposition of landfilled waste;
  6. And those associated with the loss of refrigerants on campus.

The greatest sources of carbon emissions at UW-Stevens Point are purchased electricity and stationary on-campus fuel used for steam generation for heating and cooling. UW-Stevens Point is committed to reducing our energy consumption through conservation and efficiency and ultimately switching to clean, renewable sources of energy. In addition to reducing our emissions, we also offset our total carbon emissions through green electricity purchases, composting and managed forests.

The combination of carbon reduction and carbon offsets will eventually lead us to carbon neutrality. Please see the Carbon Neutrality Plan for further details.

Carbon Neutrality through Green Energy Purchases

We take responsibility for the environmental impact of the electricity we use through the purchase of renewable energy credits so that 100 percent of our electricity consumption comes from clean energy sources.

We receive an allocation of green energy from the State of Wisconsin Department of Administration. The WI 2005 Act 141 created new initiatives to promote the efficient use of energy in state facilities. The act set the goal that by 2011, 20 percent of the electricity purchased by the state be from renewable resources. To comply with the act, the Department of Administration contracts with various state utilities to purchase renewable energy (Wisconsin Public Service, Madison Gas & Electric, Wisconsin Public Power Inc. and WE Energies). The energy is allocated to the six state agencies that consume the great majority of electricity purchased by the state, one of which is UW System. UW System then allocates to each campus based on electrical energy consumption.

UW-Stevens Point contracts with Renewable Choice Energy to purchase renewable energy credits beyond what is allocated to us by the state. Renewable Choice is a leading global provider of customized clean energy products and services.

Ten percent of the electricity we receive from our utility provider, Wisconsin Public Service, is generated from renewable sources per the Wisconsin Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS), Statute § 196.378. The statute requires all Wisconsin electric providers to provide their retail electricity customers with a certain percentage of electricity from renewable resources.

Photo: (Above) Around 70 students, faculty and staff attended the White House "Day of Climate Action" live-stream interview with EPA Administrator, Gina McCarthy on Nov. 19, 2015.

Electric Vehicles

To reduce our emissions and greenhouse gasses, electric vehicles are used by Facility Services Mail Room and Central Stores for campus deliveries rather than using trucks.


Managed Forests

We practice sustainable forestry on properties owned by UW-Stevens Point's College of Natural Resources throughout central and northern Wisconsin. Sustainable forestry is the stewardship and use of forests and forest lands in a way and at a rate that maintains their biodiversity, productivity, regeneration capacity, vitality and their potential to fulfill relevant ecological, economic and social functions at local, national and global levels, without causing damage to other ecosystems. These managed forests store or sequester atmospheric carbon, while improving soil and water quality. 

Two commonly used properties are Treehaven and the Central Wisconsin Environmental Station (CWES). Treehaven is north of Stevens Point between Tomahawk and Rheinlander, Wisconsin. This natural resources, research and conference center is used by public and school programs, credit courses and professional development. CWES is located only 17 miles east of Stevens Point. Their goal is to facilitate understanding for adults and children on the sustainable balance between the environment, economy and community.

Solar Energy

Most of the UW-Stevens Point residence halls are equipped with solar panels that pre-heat the domestic water.

On the south side of the Noel Fine Arts Center is a set of photovoltaic panels that capture light energy from the sun and use it to light a section of the inner courtyard area.