UW-Stevens Point's general education degree requirements promote cultural and environmental awareness and responsibility. Sustainability themes are woven into the courses and programs offered across campus within each of our colleges.

College of Natural Resources

The WIST Education Division has developed a biofuels minor curriculum at the UW-Stevens Point, with course offerings in papermaking processes, intro to sustainable energy, bio-plastics, and life cycle assessment. Other education division objectives include creation of a unit operations laboratory to support all engineering courses, and provision of the expertise and infrastructure to support education in sustainable technologies including outreach education for business and industry.

Wisconsin Center for Environmental Education works to improve environmental education in Wisconsin for K-12 programs. This program focuses on Forestry, Environmental Science, and creating Green and Healthy Schools.


College of Fine Arts and Communication


The Collegeof Fine Arts and Communication offers a wide variety of sustainability courses. The Department of Art and Design includes the ceramics area, which recycles and reuses clay for student projects; the glass program uses window glass from renovated residential halls along with recycled glass from their hot furnace for other art projects; and several courses in environmental and outdoor sculpture and design, including “en pleine aire” (on location) painting classes. The Department of Theatre and Dance recycles and reuses costumes, props and sets for classes and current productions. The Department of Music offers a course in how to maintain and repairs instruments, and these instruments are then rented by students for the semester. The Division ofCommunication offers study abroad courses that emphasize sustainable tourism and agriculture, and writing courses that address the issues of sustainability in major contemporary goods issues.

College of Letters and Science

The College of Letters and Science offers a wide variety of programs, classes, facilities and other opportunities that allow students to study sustainability. The Northern Aquaculture Demonstration Facility (NADF), an associated program of the college, promotes and advances the development of commercial aquaculture in a northern climate through demonstrating production-scale aquaculture, outreach and extension services, and developing best management practices for a sustainable and environmental industry.

College of Professional Studies

Sustainability is woven through many programs on various levels in the College of Professional Studies. From the first doctoral program in educational sustainability in the country, to the popular CPS Café where students create local farm-to-table recipes, to courses focused on sustainable interior design, our students are proactive, resourceful, connected and caring when it comes to sustainability.



Academic Course Inventory of sustainability courses and courses that include sustainability.


Sustainability research improves the long-term environment and economy through collaboration of educators, students and researchers. Through research and partnerships with other universities, nonprofit institutions and businesses, we create sustainability solutions to improve competiveness and the bottom line, and contribute to an improved quality of life for present and future generations.

UW-Stevens Point provides support to faculty, staff and students to advance research, projects and ideas; develop innovative curricula; and develop sustainable technologies, products and practices that promote efficient resource use.

To see more on grants given to students please visit the Student Research Fund. Also related are the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs. To see a full list of faculty research, visit: Faculty Research.

The WIST Scholar program taps the energy and creativity of UWSP faculty and staff across campus to advance research or other ideas that further the WIST mission and vision. The program is open to faculty and staff at all four UWSP colleges. WIST solicits proposals for sustainability projects in research, education or laboratory services. For more on WIST’s involvement please click WIST Research.

Through WIST there is a commercial compostability services for the paper and plastic industries being conducted in the TNR. This follows ASTM standards and it is in the process of achieving BPI (Biodegradable Products Institute) certification status.

The Waste Education Center (WEC) also has a variety of on-going student research projects. Within compost research there has been work done on the comparison of two end-of-life options for post-consumer polylactic acid waste and another project dealing with food paper products treated for grease resistance with PFPR (perfluoropolyether) and their fate in compost systems. A graduate student is working on ammonium removal as struvite from landfill leachate and undergraduates have also worked with composting or compost tea related projects.


There are many programs available to all students on campus that emphasize sustainability. These programs include: National Campus Sustainability day; a Sustainability Film Series played in the DUC Theatre; and Wisconsin Institute of Sustainable Technology which conducts research focusing on the quality of the future.

The following segment is the Sustainability Learning Outcome at UWSP:

“At UWSP, we believe that a liberal education is essential to living in today’s global society. We also believe that global citizenship requires that individuals learn to see the world from perspectives other than their own. Some of these perspectives are cultural and develop from the study of other languages, ethnicities, and beliefs. Some perspectives come from honing new intellectual skills, by learning math and science, for example, or cultivating an understanding of the past and an appreciation of the arts and literature. Some perspectives are the products of unique experiences such as getting involved in a community or studying abroad.

Ultimately, the more students are encouraged to step outside their familiar habits and beliefs, the more they gain the wisdom to see connections between themselves and the world around them, the generosity to empathize with the differences they encounter, and the willingness to place their newfound abilities in the service of a larger community. In this way, a liberal education at UWSP prepares students to be responsible global citizens.”