Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 58.75
Liaison Mark Klapatch-Mathias
Submission Date May 1, 2014
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STARS v2.0

University of Wisconsin-River Falls
EN-3: Student Life

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Amy Lloyd
Student Services Coordinator
Student Affairs
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Does the institution have one or more co-curricular sustainability programs and initiatives that fall into the following categories?:
Yes or No
Active student groups focused on sustainability Yes
Gardens, farms, community supported agriculture (CSA) or fishery programs, or urban agriculture projects where students are able to gain experience in organic agriculture and sustainable food systems Yes
Student-run enterprises that include sustainability as part of their mission statements or stated purposes No
Sustainable investment funds, green revolving funds or sustainable microfinance initiatives through which students can develop socially, environmentally and fiscally responsible investment and financial skills No
Conferences, speaker series, symposia or similar events related to sustainability that have students as the intended audience Yes
Cultural arts events, installations or performances related to sustainability that have students as the intended audience Yes
Wilderness or outdoors programs that follow Leave No Trace principles Yes
Sustainability-related themes chosen for themed semesters, years, or first-year experiences Yes
Programs through which students can learn sustainable life skills No
Sustainability-focused student employment opportunities offered by the institution Yes
Graduation pledges through which students pledge to consider social and environmental responsibility in future job and other decisions Yes
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The name and a brief description of each student group focused on sustainability:

The Student Alliance for Local and Sustainable Agriculture (SALSA) is a student group passionate about organic, sustainable, and local agriculture. We maintain the UWRF Student Garden, and are an educational outreach to the campus and community through providing guest speakers, opportunities for our members to attend conferences, interactive lecture series, and educational film showings. SALSA's activities are described further in the sustainable agriculture section below.

Resource Management Club (RMC) provides training and volunteer opportunities in conservation work. Past events have included Leave No Trace trainings, river and pond cleanups, assisting in local prairie remnant restoration and maintenance, and volunteering with the US Fish and Wildlife Service's education days.

The Environmental Corps of Sustainability (ECOS) club was founded in early 2013, originally called Fossil Free Falcons. The organization initially formed to educate, advocate, and lobby for divestment of UWRF endowment funds from fossil fuel-based investments. The club has expanded to broader environmental activism, both on campus and nationally. Members organized to educate other and protest the Keystone Pipeline. ECOS supports the work of SALSA and RMC.

The Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice (SACJ) Club is a UWRF student organization made up of students who have an interest in affecting social, gender, and cultural equality, social justice, and criminal justice through a better understanding of society as a whole.

The Student Social Work Association (SSWA) is a UWRF student-lead group for that encourages anyone interested in social justice to become involved in their community through resume-building volunteerism and awareness. We create and participate in many different and varied projects, big and small. This group encourages networking and relationship-building between people of all backgrounds and identities.

The UWRF student chapter of the St. Croix Valley Habitat for Humanity is a club focused on housing justice in Pierce and St. Croix counties. The club is dedicated to helping our community to partner with people in need of affordable home ownership, by enabling them to acquire simple, decent, homes and improving their lives.


The website URL where information about student groups is available:
A brief description of gardens, farms, community supported agriculture (CSA) or fishery programs, and urban agriculture projects where students are able to gain experience in organic agriculture and sustainable food systems:

The Student Alliance for Local and Sustainable Agriculture (SALSA) has had a Student Garden within the Horticultural Research Area behind the Agricultural Science Building since early Spring 2013. The plot is about 40 ft X 60 ft. This spring will be the second growing season. In 2013, SALSA planted crops such as tomatoes, onions, peppers, garlic, and a few others. The students grew produce to process and sell "salsa" as an organization fundraiser. The Garden plans indicate that no synthetic chemicals will be used, nor GMO seeds. The students are maintaining a non-certified organic and sustainably grown garden. The first year yielded over 100 quarts of salsa sold primarily to students, employees, and faculty on campus. 97 lbs of Tomatoes and 20 lbs of Green Peppers were donated to the River Falls Community Food Pantry on 10/7/13. At SALSA club tabling events, passersby received 10 lbs tomatoes and 5 lbs Peppers.


The website URL where information about the organic agriculture and/or sustainable food systems projects and initiatives is available:
A brief description of student-run enterprises that include sustainability as part of their mission statements or stated purposes:
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The website URL where information about the student-run enterprise(s) is available:
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A brief description of the sustainable investment or finance initiatives:

As of this report, professor Glenn Potts is working on a proposal to have a trading room for students in the College of Business where they can practice and help manage the student investment funds in sustainable businesses.


The website URL where information about the sustainable investment or finance initiatives is available:
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A brief description of conferences, speaker series, symposia or similar events related to sustainability that have students as the intended audience:

UWRF holds a vast array of events aimed at staff, faculty, and students.

Examples include Campus Sustainability Day, the Just Local events, WE Bike River Falls, Earth Day Activities such as Wyman Speaker Julia Butterfly Hill, Organic Valley Generation Organic Bus Tour, as well as others.

Examples also include the 2010 UMACS Conference, Campus Sustainability Day, Focus the Nation, Synergy Conference, Earth Partnership Luncheon,
Also on Earth Day of 2012 UWRF hosted an event titled "Go Local" which included a group bike ride as well as a display of information regarding the importance of Local Living.


The website URL where information about the event(s) is available:
A brief description of cultural arts events, installations or performances related to sustainability that have students as the intended audience:

Undergraduate Research, Scholarly, and Creative Activity (URSCA):

The University of Wisconsin-River Falls is dedicated to providing opportunities and resources that foster student-faculty collaborative projects, enhance student development and promote a culture of Undergraduate Research, Scholarly and Creative Activity across campus. It is our goal to both continue and increase support to students, both during the academic year and summer sessions. We will enhance support for faculty and the infusion of URSCA in the curriculum.

Fall Gala 2013
A fall showcase event to celebrate the research, scholarly, and creative
activity of UWRF students. All disciplines are invited to present their work
through posters, art and science displays, short films, and PowerPoint or
Prezi presentations.

Posters on the Hill 2014
Nationally, students are selected on a competitive basis to present their
research posters at an event that hosts invited guests, including Senators,
Congressional Representatives, Congressional Staff, federal agency program
officers and the science press corps.


The website URL where information about the cultural arts event(s) is available:
A brief description of wilderness or outdoors programs for students that follow Leave No Trace principles:

The University is an Educational Partner with the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics. UWRF Outdoor Education students enrolled in PED301 - Foundations of Outdoor Leadership will become Certified Leave No Trace Trainers.

The University has outlets to connect students with nature, thereby heightening their appreciation for the natural world, including the services and spiritual connections it can provide. Kinni Outdoor Adventures provides free of charge rental items such as camping gear, cross country skis, rock climbing gear, snow shoes, golf clubs, and fishing poles and leads trips and excursions that range from afternoon and day-long kayaking, hiking, to skiing outings.

The Outdoor Education Minor provides a series of outdoor experiences to develop personal skills to prepare students to teach outdoor activities. Leave No Trace principles are emphasized in this training.

A new student organization called the UWRF Outdoor Adventure Collective was formed in Fall 2011 focusing on student-led wilderness trips that use LNT principles and have a focus on sustainable use of the outdoors. The faculty advisor is advised by Paul Shirilla. Student leaders are Outdoor Education minors and Kinni Outdoor Adventures employees.


The website URL where information about the wilderness or outdoors program(s) is available:
A brief description of sustainability-related themes chosen for themed semesters, years, or first-year experiences:

In 2010-11, a first year residential learning community titled UMatter had a sustainability theme in addition to personal wellness and social justice themes built in. 44 students participated and took a common cohort of courses (ENGL100, SOCI100, GEOG120, ESM105). Faculty worked sustainability into the curriculum through a common read (Aldo Leopold's A Sand County Almanac).


The website URL where information about the theme is available:
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A brief description of program(s) through which students can learn sustainable life skills:

Permaculture Design Certificate Course:
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We do not have a specific model room dedicated to sustainability, but the model room we do have in Hathorn Hall for prospective students and parents to visit does have information on creating a green living space displayed.


The website URL where information about the sustainable life skills program(s) is available:
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A brief description of sustainability-focused student employment opportunities:

-Kelly Cain, Director of St. Croix Institute for Sustainable Community Development: 4 Undergraduate Research Fellows. 2 devoted primarily on STARS data collection and communications. 1 assigned to developing a digital sustainable campus map. 1 tasked to create a dynamic interface for students and staff to understand real-time energy use on campus.
-Bethany Gapinski, Sustainability Coordinator: 1 intern for engaging and revamping the residence hall Eco-Rep program. 1 intern to collect data for the Greenhouse Gas Emissions Project.
-Amy Lloyd, Service Coordinator: 2 Destination Interns to develop service-learning opportunities for students within environmental and social justice.
-Karyn Wells, Featured Events Coordinator: 2 interns to implement the Wyman Series, a presentation series featuring multicultural performers and speakers covering social and environmental justice as well as wellness topics.
-Ashley Olson, Sociocultural Coordinator: 2 PEACE interns (20hr/wk $8.50/hr) and 13 PEACE workshop co-facilitators ($700/yr stipend). Peer Empowerment and Community Education (PEACE) offers empowering experiences to create inclusive, sustainable, peaceful, nonviolent, just, democratic communities for all.
-Mark Klapatch, Custodial Services: Student custodial employment assists with campus surplus sales and green cleaning.


The website URL where information about the student employment opportuntities is available:
A brief description of graduation pledges through which students pledge to consider social and environmental responsibility in future job and other decisions:

The graduation pledge is a voluntary commitment made by graduating seniors to seek socially and environmentally responsible employment and/or to help positively change the ethical practices at their current employer.

Students receive a wallet-sized card with pledge and resources, a green wrist band imprinted with "Graduation Pledge Signer", and access to additional resources.


The website URL where information about the graduation pledge program is available:
A brief description of other co-curricular sustainability programs and initiatives:
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