Happy Earth Day!

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Earth Week's Bike Bash!

This week is Earth Week – today is Earth Day — and what better way to celebrate than to take a look at how green UW Oshkosh has become. From the University’s sustainability efforts to placing 14th in the nation (No. 1 in Wisconsin!) in the RecycleMania tournament, UW Oshkosh has it all.

Here are just a few blurbs about just some of the sustainability efforts to date:

  • This past fall marked the groundbreaking of the nation’s first commercial-scale dry fermentation anaerobic biodigester here on campus. “The renewable energy facility produces up to 10% of the campus’s electricity and heat.”
  • The new Residence Hall, Horizon Village, which opens fall of 2012, will feature many eco-friendly elements including: geothermal ground-source heat pump for heating and cooling, heat recovery from Residence Life data center and reused materials from Clemans Hall, which was torn down during the summer of 2010. And these are only a few of the green efforts in place for the new building.
  • The campus incorporated a new rideshare website called Zimride, which helps students, faculty and staff share rides with one another—either to and from campus or even on long-distance trips. Users can view driver or rider profiles that outline a person’s preferences including music, gender, smoking/non-smoking as well as a short bio.

There are a TON of other things that UW Oshkosh is doing to go green. In fact, it was renamed to the Princeton Review’s “Guide to 311 Green Colleges” for the second year in a row: http://www.uwosh.edu/today/11265/uwo-again-makes-list-of-top-green-universities-in-nation/.

For more about UW Oshkosh’s sustainability efforts, including information on our Fair Trade agreements check out this website: http://www.uwosh.edu/sustainability.

And let’s not forget about the fact UW Oshkosh knows how to celebrate! Here are some of the activities we had going on this week to celebrate Earth Day and Earth Week: http://www.uwosh.edu/today/11085/new-earth-week-events-ready-to-entertain-educate/

 

Students work to install a rain barrel (snow barrel?) as part of Earth Week festivities.

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