​Planning and Administration

The university's strategic plan and campus master plan both play key roles in developing management strategies for sustainability initiatives. The campus master plan will guide campus development for the next 15 to 20 years. It identifies three primary themes for creating a distinct, functional and aesthetically pleasing campus. These themes support the mission of campus and include:

  • UW-Stevens Point is a Sustainable Campus
  • UW-Stevens Point is a 24/7 Campus
  • UW-Stevens Point is a Wellness Campus

The Office of Sustainability will uphold and honor values and realize the vision through strategic themes, goals and action steps by:

  • Valuing "ecological stewardship";
  • Promoting the values of ecologically responsible stewardship in curriculum and programs for advanced learning that cultivates an inclusive and ecologically responsible world view among all constituents by;
  • Developing sustainable relationships between the university and its partners-local, state, regional, national, and global and providing a campus culture that encourages engagement, responsibility, respect, and inclusivity to enhance living;
  • Developing and leveraging physical resources through 1) maintenance of a master plan which establishes sustainable use of physical facilities; and 2) establish a sustainability plan for energy, materials, recycling, facilities and usage/schedule.


Our Commitment to Sustainability

Chancellor's Climate Commitment

The UW-Stevens Point Sustainability Task Force was created to achieve the goals set forth in the Chancellor’s Climate Commitment in 2007. The university has signed two of the most important documents regarding a commitment to sustainability, the Talloires Declaration and the American College and University President's Climate Change Commitment (ACUPCC). Part of our commitment was to create a Climate Neutrality Plan.

American Campus Act on Climate Pledge

UW-Stevens Point joined 217 other campuses to demonstrate support for strong international climate action by signing the American Campus Act on Climate pledge. The pledges were part of a larger effort by the White House and the State Department to educate the public and encourage global resolution at COP 21, the United Nations climate talks in Paris in December 2015.​

The Climate Reality Project

We are a leader among higher education institutions, achieving our goal of 100 percent renewable electricity. We became a partner of The Climate Reality Project in 2016.

Higher Ed Backs Low-Carbon USA

On Dec. 19, 2016 a diverse group of higher education institutions and Second Nature released a letter they collaboratively developed - Higher Ed Backs Low-Carbon USA. This letter was sent to the new congressional delegation and incoming presidential transition team on Jan. 17, 2017 and urges legislators to accelerate progress toward a clean energy future. The higher education sector is aligning with business leaders to call on elected officials to support participation in the Paris Agreement, climate research and investment in the low carbon economy.

We're Still In

When the United States withdrew from the Paris accord on climate change in 2017, we remained actively engaged as part of the global effort to hold warming and accelerate the transition to a clean energy economy by signing the We Are Still In open letter to the international community and parties to the Paris Agreement.

 

Student Government Association Resolutions

There have been several resolutions passed by the UW-Stevens Point Student Government Association in support of achieving carbon reductions as well. They include:
  • Resolution in support of divestment from top 200 fossil fuel companies approved 2016.12.10

  • Statute in support of complete financial divestment from all coal, oil and gas companies 2016.48.5.003
  • Resolution in support of UW System power purchase agreement 2017.48.R.005
  • Resolution to support the Carbon Fee and Dividend Policy proposed by the Citizens' Climate Lobby 2017.48.R.014