Working and Educating For a Sustainable World
UW-L Sustainability News
The La Crosse County Landfill: A Living Laboratory
Tuesday, December 10th
100 Cowley Hall
Presented by Hank Koch, Director of the La Crosse County Landfill
Hank's perspective is that "trash" is actually a resource to be utilized to its fullest extent. For example, the landfill is now providing methane gas to power the Onalaska Gundersen Clinic, and a nature trail has been completed at the site. The landfill has been widely recognized for its creative, innovative accomplishments.
Hank is a very entertaining speaker and is particularly interested in developing research collaborations with UW-L students and faculty in a variety of science and non-science disciplines. All interested students, staff, and faculty are encouraged to attend.
The Climate Crisis and American Health: Moving From Threat to Opportunity
Monday, December 9th
1400 Centennial Hall
Presented by Joel Charles, Master of Public Health who is finishing his medical degree at the UW School of Medicine
Learn about the most recent findings on the state of climate change and how it and current energy systems will impact your health. Information will include clear policy prescriptions and meaningful actions citizens can take to address these issues. Charles is helping to build a network to provide health professionals with effective ways to make health a central piece of the conversation on climate change. He is also organizing an effort to help climate activists become literate in the health impacts of climate change. Charles will speak in language that’s easy to understand yet provide enough information to benefit health professionals.
This event is sponsored by UW-L’s Students for Sustainability, La Crosse Citizens Climate Lobby and Coulee Partners for Sustainability. Email LaCrosseCCL@gmail.com for more information.
UW-L Now Educational Partner with Leave No Trace
The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse recently signed an educational partnership with the national organization Leave No Trace. LNT is the most widely accepted outdoor ethics program used on public lands — adopted by federal agencies such as the U.S. National Park Service and The Bureau of Land Management. Read more in UW-L's Campus Connection article.
Archived Recording of Bill McKibben's Skype Presentation Now Available Online
An archived recording of Bill McKibben's March 4th “Notes from the Climate Fight” Skype presentation at UW-La Crosse is available online: http://goo.gl/IMAQ2.
On Sunday, February 17th, McKibben helped lead the largest climate march in U.S. history in Washington, D.C. where an estimated 40,000 demonstrators marched in hopes of persuading President Obama not to approve the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. If built, Keystone XL would transport Canadian tar sands oil across the United States to refineries on the Gulf of Mexico. The vast majority of climate scientists say the burning of Canadian tar sands oil would seriously increase the release of greenhouse gases contributing to human induced global warming. James Hansen, America’s preeminent climatologist, wrote in 2012, “If Canada proceeds [with the construction of Keystone XL], and we do nothing, it will be game over for the climate."
UW-L has combined reduce, reuse and recycle with re-buy and rethink to form UW-L’s R-5 Program.
Becoming a Sustainable Campus
Living a sustainable lifestyle, running a sustainable business or organization and maintaining sustainable communities are no longer options in our world. They are now requirements. UW-L's Joint Committee on Environmental Sustainability (JCES) is passionate about improving the state of sustainability at our University. Help us by becoming involved in our efforts. Learn more about sustainability by looking at the resources on this website. Begin a conversation with your family, friends and co-workers about sustainability and what you can do to reduce the impact we have on our world. Be part of the process and the solutions.
Things You Can Do to Make a Difference
- Purchase only what you really need. Purchase items, when possible, that include recycled materials.
- Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Re-purchase and Rethink.
- Conserve water. Avoid purchasing bottled water.
- Eat locally/regionally grown foods in season.
- Walk, bike, carpool and use mass transit whenever possible.
- Turn off lights when leaving a room for more than five minutes.
- Configure your work computer to automatically “sleep” or "hibernate.”
- Turn off all unused electrical equipment when not in use.
- Buy equipment with an Energy Star label whenever possible.
- Unplug chargers when they’re not charging, i.e. cell phones, digital cameras, cordless tools, etc.
Send us your questions, comments and feedback.
Please let us know if you have questions, comments or suggestions about our website, the Joint Committee on Environmental Sustainability or sustainability efforts at UW-L by completing our online form. Also, if you are aware of or are involved with a sustainability effort on campus, please let us know about it. We'd love to highlight it on our website.
Just a few of the ways students, faculty and staff can become involved in UW-L’s sustainability efforts:
- Joint Committee on Environmental Sustainability: A very active committee made up of faculty, staff and students leading the implementation of the Talloires Declaration for institutional sustainability signed by Chancellor Joe Gow — Contact: Steve Tippins — firstname.lastname@example.org
- Environmental Council: Longstanding student organization with faculty and staff involvement encouraged. Meeting time is 7pm Mondays during the fall and spring semesters, in 1200 Centennial. Contact: email@example.com
- Green Transportation Council: Made up of faculty, staff and students advancing access for walkers, bicyclists, users of mass transit and car sharing in the campus area and beyond — Contact: Dr. Rob Tyser — firstname.lastname@example.org
- Student Association: Your student government — Contact: David Wermedal, Student Association Vice President — email@example.com
Next JCES Meeting
- 11am, Friday, Dec. 6th
114 Carl Wimberly Hall