For the third year in a row, The Princeton Review places the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point on its Green College Honor Roll. This year, UW-Stevens Point is the only school in Wisconsin to make the exclusive list.
As part of the Honor Roll, UW-Stevens Point is among 22 U.S. colleges receiving a Green Rating of 99, the highest score possible. UW-Stevens Point has qualified as a green-rated school through The Princeton Review for the last six years. Criteria include having a healthy and sustainable quality of life, preparing students for employment and citizenship in a world defined by environmental changes and the school’s overall commitment to sustainability issues. (www.princetonreview.com/green-guide.aspx)
UW-Stevens Point is recognized for its Operations and Waste Management Facility, which includes a pilot wastewater treatment plant, composting lab and adjoining campus recycling location, the Resource Recovery Center. Also noted are the campus wide recycling programs, vermicomposting program (composting using worms), Student Government Association’s sustainability committees, a gold rating in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) from the U.S. Green Building Council for the Suites@201 Reserve residence hall, use of renewable energies and the university’s long history of conservation education since 1946.
Some sustainable practices at UW-Stevens Point include:
Five residence halls furnished with solar panels that heat domestic hot water
Use of biodegradable, earth-safe cleaning products, purchased in bulk and used in refillable containers to minimize waste
The university participates in the Wisconsin Public Service NatureWise Program that provides a portion of the university’s electricity from renewable resources like wind and biogas instead of traditional fossil fuels
An end of the year recycle/reuse program donates items such as clothing, furniture and electronics to the local surrounding community to avoid disposal in area landfills
The Greenest Resident’s Room demonstrates to students and the public how to live a comfortable and affordable environmentally friendly lifestyle
The Green Advocates program in each residential hall provides environmental programming and serves as a resource for residents on making environmental decisions