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STUDENT Sustainable Resources

Contact Info:

(920) 424-0440
SIRT Office: 4483 Sage Hall
 

 

Get Involved On Campus

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Empowering the student body to engage in sustainability is our number one priority. Sustainability is about becoming a healing force for the world through creativity, innovation, and traditional knowledge.

The following examples are by no means the only options available to you. Creativity and pushing the limits of what is possible is highly encouraged! These examples are from existing green projects from other campuses around the country or from previously funded projects to get your brain juices churning.

Green Fund Proposal Ideas

  • Water bottle refill/hydration stations (not all buildings have these!)
  • Bikes for rental program, bike repair stations
  • Workshops, Events & Conferences (e.g., Sustainable living workshop, Social Justice in Higher Education Conference, etc.)
  • Special guest speakers
  • Campus greenhouse, gardens, permaculture projects (perennial food systems, trees, bushes, mushrooms, animals, bees, etc.), planting native plants
  • Alternative energy, lighting upgrades, plumbing upgrades
  • Recycling infrastructure and programming
  • Green infrastructure (benches, bike racks, etc.)
  • Anything that you can think of that promotes a culture of sustainability!

Sustainable Beekeeping Club

President: Alyssa Bohn| bohnal52@uwosh.edu
Advisor: Dr. Shannon Davis-Foust and John Belotti | davosfos@uwosh.edu

UWO Sustainable Beekeeping Club was formed to generate student interest in beekeeping and ecosystem health by learning about the roles and values of pollinators in the ecosystem!

In accordance with the campus sustainability initiative, natural (i.e. organic) beekeeping methods will be used. 

 

Club activities include, but are not limited to:

  1. Using full safety equipment while inspecting hives (i.e, bee suits covering the whole body with veil, gloves, and foot and ankle protection) 
  2. Monitoring and treating the bees for pests and diseases.
  3. Harvesting bee products including wax and honey.
  4. Preparing the bees for overwintering.
  5. Tending to the colonies’ needs as members see fit.
  6. Tending to and planting sustainable plants in the surrounding area of the hives with special focus on plants known to provide large amounts of nectar for bees.
  7. Creating outreach events to educate the community on beekeeping and addressing pollinator losses.
  8. To provide literature and signage for educational outreach.
  9. Club promotion and involvement with other sustainability events on campus.
  10. To pursue all the criteria to be certified as a Bee Campus USA.

During the academic year we hold bi-weekly meetings for discussions and activities related to maintaining our bees and their products and promoting awareness of pollinators and healthy landscapes. 

Want to get involved? Reach out to Dr. Shannon Davis-Foust via email davosfos@uwosh.edu

Wildlife Conservation Club (WCC)

Do you care about wildlife?
Do you want to work in wildlife conservation?
Consider joining the Wildlife Conservation Club! The WCC’s mission is to promote and educate members and the campus community on wildlife management and conservation through collaborations with area experts and hands-on activities. We define wildlife as all flora and fauna from mega-vertebrates to micro invertebrates and we want to promote conservation on an ecosystem level.

Want to get involved and/or get more information?
Club president: Kendra White – whitek93@uwosh.edu
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Misty McPhee – mcpheem@uwosh.edu

Regular meetings: Mondays at 5:15pm ◦ Location – Sage 2215 

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Sustainable Solutions for Tomorrow Club (SSFT)

Do you have ideas to make the Oshkosh campus more sustainable?
Want to get involved with implementing hands-on sustainability projects?
Join the Sustainable Solutions for Tomorrow Club! SSFT club supports the mission of the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh to become a more sustainable and eco-friendly campus. SSFT aims to increase student awareness and knowledge of sustainability challenges and solutions through the execution and implementation of student initiatives and ideas.

Interested in joining? Want more information?
Club President: Joseph Hertel – herteljo44@uwosh.edu
Faculty Advisor: Marcel Dijkstra – dijkstrm@uwosh.edu

 

Regular meetings: 2nd Wednesday of every month at 2:00pm

Location: Halsey South 330D (Conference Room)

Student Environmental Action Coalition (SEAC)

President: Addie Taddy| taddya80@uwosh.edu

Advisor: Dr. Shannon Davis-Foust | davisfos@uwosh.edu

Contact: SEAC@uwosh.edu

 

Our Mission

The Student Environmental Action Coalition (SEAC) is an active student group dedicated to environmental responsibility and social justice.

SEAC, pronounced “seek” as in “seeking a greener campus,” is a grassroots environmental organization with the purpose of raising environmental awareness at UW Oshkosh and around the world.

Our mission is threefold:

  1. To uproot environmental injustices through action and education.
  2. To challenge the power structure which threatens the environment.
  3. To create progressive environmental and social change on both the local and global levels.

The Harvest Room

Located in Reeve Union, The Harvest Room grows a significant amount of lettuce consumed on campus (over 300 lbs per month). We also will grow fresh herbs, including basil, parsley and cilantro.

Supporters like The Green Fund, Midwest Foods and Fork Farms have helped The Harvest Room expand over the past years. The operation is fully sustainable, overseen by university and student staff.

 

Local Sourcing

Click the map to see some local vendors.

By producing our own bakery items on campus, we can ensure fresh, out of the oven baked goods from scratch with no distance shipping of the product. Reeve Union and University Dining works hand-in-hand with other local businesses to provide students with fresh and local produce. View a list of products that are bought locally and are used throughout Blackhawk Commons and Reeve Marketplace.

For more info click here

OZZI program

Introduced by The Green Fund, the Ozzi Program helps reduce the number of single-use containers in Reeve Marketplace. Patrons can opt to use areusable Ozzi container at Clash Burger, Chilaca and Grains & Greens. Once finished with their meal, the container is returned to a receptacle to be washed and reused.

  • Other sustainable options in dining:
  • Blackhawk Commons is trayless and primarily uses dishware and silverware, to reduce waste.
  • Silverware is available in Reeve Marketplace.
  • All dining locations use compostable paper products, where possible.

Fair Trade

The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh was the first campus in the U. S. declared a Fair Trade University, in 2008!

Fair trade is a system of international trade that works for financial security, social justice, and environmental stewardship for growers and producers in the developing world.

Dining areas on campus that provide Fair Trade products: Blackhawk Commons, Reeve Marketplace, Einstein Bros. Bagels, Reeve Coffee House.

Plus all the other to-go locations on campus serve Fair Trade Certified coffee, tea and sugar. Corner Convenience Store: Chocolate. University Bookstore and more: jewelry, arts and crafts!

  • Fair Trade certified coffee at our numerous dining halls
  • Reduce waste with reusable dining ware
  • Produce is locally sourced

Want to learn how to make the world a better place?

Want to job-ready skills and experience while you do it?

Our interdisciplinary sustainability certificates each provide students with hands-on, applied experience or internships in businesses, organizations, or on-campus programs.

All certificates are open to students in any major or college!

Explore your options at https://www.uwosh.edu/sirt/certifications/

LIVE SUSTAINABLY

Bring less stuff to campus that will just be thrown away. Use reusable items as often as you can like tote bags, coffee mugs and tumblers, recycling properly, composting, planting a garden, carpool with your friends, using public transportation and more!

Sustainability Institute for Regional Transformations

 

UW Oshkosh
800 Algoma Blvd.
Oshkosh, WI 54901

Contact Info:

(920) 424-0440
SIRT Office: 4483 Sage Hall
 

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