UWO is committed to a clean campus and shrinking our carbon footprint. Recycling on campus is easy! Learn more at https://uwosh.edu/sirt/recycling/
Live green on campus by simply choosing to eat on campus. learn more at https://uwosh.edu/sirt/campus-food-and-dining/
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.
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.
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.
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!
Want to learn how to make the world a better place- and gain job-ready skills and experience while you do it? Our interdisciplinary sustainability certificates each have a different focus, but all provide students with broad education that culminates in a hands-on, applied experience or internship with area businesses, organizations, or on-campus programs. All certificates are open to students in any major or college. Explore your options at https://uwosh.edu/sirt/certifications/
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!
WAYS TO GET INVOLVED ON CAMPUS
Student Environmental Action Coalition (SEAC)
President: Emma Laatsch| firstname.lastname@example.org
Advisor: Dr. Shannon Davis-Foust | email@example.com
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:
- To uproot environmental injustices through action and education.
- To challenge the power structure which threatens the environment.
- To create progressive environmental and social change on both the local and global levels.
Wildlife Conservation Club
President: Jackie Behrens | firstname.lastname@example.org
Advisor: Dr. Misty McPhee | email@example.com
The Wildlife Conservation Club’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. Our activities will include:
1. Education of members and campus community
2. Application of knowledge to conservation issues
3. Staying current with global conservation awareness, research, and action
4. Understanding and promoting aspects of wildlife management
Sustainable Beekeeping Club
President: Eden Protheroe | firstname.lastname@example.org
Advisor: Dr. Shannon Davis-Foust and John Belotti | email@example.com
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:
- Using full safety equipment while inspecting hives (i.e, bee suits covering the whole body with veil, gloves, and foot and ankle protection)
- Monitoring and treating the bees for pests and diseases.
- Harvesting bee products including wax and honey.
- Preparing the bees for overwintering.
- Tending to the colonies’ needs as members see fit.
- 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.
- Creating outreach events to educate the community on beekeeping and addressing pollinator losses.
- To provide literature and signage for educational outreach.
- Club promotion and involvement with other sustainability events on campus.
- 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.