​Student Initiatives

Student Government Association: Sustainability Reserve and Green Fund

UW-Stevens Point has been through two major sustainability movements over the last 10 years. The Student Government Association Sustainability Reserve was established in October 2004. The Reserve funds can be utilized by any student, organization or individual, for sustainability-related projects or campaigns such as Earth Week activities, tree plantings and E-recycling campaigns. Projects funded by the SGA Sustainability Reserve include:

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  • LED lighting on the Health Enhancement Center Marquee
  • Old Main rain gardens
  • Compost tea machine
  • Ralph Nader presentation
  • Bike Rental Program
  • Central Wisconsin Environmental Station Garden
  • Penokee Spring Fest Fund
  • Prairie Moon seeds for the Schmeeckle Reserve
  • Sustainable Garden, Ethnobotanical Garden and Herb Garden

 


In the spring semester of 2013 the SGA Green Fund was approved. The Green Fund is intended to encourage and fund projects that positively affect sustainability of the UW-Stevens Point campus community. Monies in the Green Fund come exclusively from students. $12 dollars in fees ($6 per semester) are collected from the currently enrolled UWSP students. This amounts to about $115,000 available for the Green Fund over the course of an academic year.

The SGA Green Fund has approved its first two projects so far: an efficiency boiler upgrade at Central Wisconsin Environmental Station and an LED lighting upgrade in the Dreyfus University Center Encore.


To submit a proposal for Green Fund-approved projects, please fill out the Green Fund Project Application.


A steering committee will review your application based on the Green Fund by-laws. The steering committee will then vote on whether or not to submit a recommendation to the Segregated University Fee Allocation Committee (SUFAC) for final approval to fund the project. The steering committee and SUFAC reserve the right to ask for more information in addition to the application or require an applicant's meeting attendance to describe the project in more depth. If the project has been approved by the steering committee and SUFAC, you will be notified of how the funding and timeline is incorporated into the Green Fund’s three-year strategic vision.


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UW-Stevens Point’s Residence Hall Association has residential hall Green Advocates and a residential living Green Associate. These positions provide peer-to peer outreach including organizing competitions that advocate sustainability, overseeing the Greenest Residence Room, and the Residential Living Eco-Fair and Reception. During Earth Week students can learn about the eco-efforts already established in their hall and how they can live an eco-friendly lifestyle. The Residential Living Green Associate (through the Central Wisconsin Resiliency Project) works with UWSP Residential Living and the Residence Hall Association (RHA) to assist with the creation, development and promotion of activities related to sustainable living. The primary responsibility of the residential living facilities designer is to coordinate programs, activities and resources for the “Eco-Hall” emphasis of Knutzen Hall.

 

Student Organizations

Students who participate in extracurricular activities benefit from those experiences. These activities round out the academic experience with new skills and opportunities. Involvement may include playing an intramural sport, working in a community agency, participating in activities within your living unit or joining a student organization.

Many UW-Stevens Point students are involved in environmental or sustainability-focused student organizations and activities, such as:

For a complete list of student organizations visit spin.uwsp.edu

 

Campus Garden

The UW-Stevens Point Campus Garden was created in 2005 by the Sustainable Agriculture in Communities Society (SACS). It connects the university and community throughout the school year by providing sustainable produce and food-inspired events, such as the SACS Harvest Dinner. The garden is used as an outdoor classroom teaching students about local food production by offering workshops on topics from canning to composting. Solar panels, donated by Wisconsin Public Service, were installed on the hoop house to supply renewable energy for a ventilation system.

In 2013, over 180 pounds of fresh produce went to local food pantries, and more than 100 children came to the garden during the summer for tours and workshops. A pergola was built and the group also planted some perennial fruits.

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Please visit the Campus Garden Facebook Page, or look up notes on how to start your own campus or community garden.


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