Residence Life

Sustainability sounds like a big concept, but really it is pretty simple: it is about striving to make decisions that have good long term outcomes. By long term we mean today, or 20 or even 1,000 years in the future! In order to think on that timeline we cannot just think about the immediate financial costs of our decisions, but we also need to think about long term financial costs, environmental costs, and the impact of our decision on social welfare. 

This guide hopefully helps introduce this concept of “sustainability as a lens” to Residence Life students. Nearly any activity can be viewed through this lens and invoke important thoughts and conversations about how sustainable we can be in order to make the world a better place.

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2017-2018 Activities for Residence Life Competencies

Sustainability is a way of life! On this page you will find resources and programming ideas for your Residence Hall. Each activity has been associated with one of the Residence Life Competencies; this doesn’t mean it cannot fit with a different competency. Feel free to change which competency you associate the events with. Also feel free to adjust these activities as you see fit.

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Diversity & Inclusion

Diversity is a fundamental aspect of sustainability. A more diverse and inclusive world is a more sustainable one. Differences of opinions in people and complex ecosystems in nature both are examples of how diversity builds resiliency and thus helps make the world more sustainable. The more we can engage in diversity and empathize with others, the more sustainable we can be.

Between Earth and Sky Documentary Screening 
When: Monday, September 18, 2017. 6 p.m. Meet & Greet with Producer, 6:30 p.m., Producer's Introduction, 7:00 p.m. film, 8:30 Q&A
Where: Doudna Hall Room 103
Cost: Free 

Climate change is a real thing and it is happening right now. It will impact different communities in different ways; and often the poorer communities are the most vulnerable ones. Join us to watch this documentary and meet the director to learn more about how climate change is changing our world right now.

Reflection: We live in the Midwest where we are sheltered from some of the more immediate effects of climate change, which include coastal flooding and extreme drought. How does this make you feel? How would you feel if you lived in a more vulnerable community; especially if you didn’t have the money or resources to protect yourself or your family from these effects?

Salsa Making Workshop
When: Wednesday September 20, 2017, 4:30 – 6 p.m.
Where: Meet in Campus Edible Garden between Royce and McGregor Hall. 
Cost: Free 
More information: n/a

Join us to make some garden-fresh salsa! We will meet in the campus garden to harvest the ingredients and then move to the kitchen in the basement of McGregor Hall to clean, prepare, and eat our harvest!

Reflection: Food is a really important part of our identity and can tell us a lot about who we are. What types of food do you normally eat? Where are these foods originally from? Would it make you uncomfortable to eat foods that are perhaps normal elsewhere (insects, guinea pigs?). Just because something isn’t normal to us, does that make our foods inherently better than those elsewhere?

Social Innovation Workshop
When: Wednesday November 1, 2017, 5-7 p.m.
Where: Nohr Gallery, Ullsvik Hall
Cost: Free, RSVP by Oct. 25th
More information: https://www.uwplatt.edu/entrepreneurship

“Perfect your Pitch to Make an Impact on the World” - attend this workshop hosted by the UW-Platteville Entrepreneurship program to do engaging activities that help you brainstorm ways to make your impact. After completing this workshop, consider patriating in the Pioneer Pitch Contest (Tuesday Nov. 14th – see “Occupational” section for more information).

Ditch the Dumpster Fall & Spring
When: December 12-22 AND May 14-18
Where: All residence halls automatically participate in this event.
Cost: Free 
More information: http://www.uwplatt.edu/waste

This event helps keep unwanted items out of the landfill and instead give them to those who need them. It happens twice per year, at the end of each semester, in partnership with Pioneer Restore and Residence Life. We collect and send unwanted non-perishable foods to the Pioneer Pantry, unwanted household items to Goodwill, and unwanted larger items to Pioneer Restore. Help promote these events among your wing, or, if you are really excited about the events, contact Amy Seeboth-Wilson, the Sustainability Coordinator (seebotha@uwplatt.edu), to see how you can volunteer to run the event!

Reflection: Many of us have more than we need. What might you no longer want that you are getting rid of? Can you imagine who might want or need those items? Have you ever needed anything but not had the resources to buy it? If you have, how did that make you feel? If you haven’t, how does that make you feel? Do you think it is important for those who have more than they need to share with those who don’t have enough?

6th Annual Community Bicycle Fest
When: Friday May 4th, 4-7 p.m.
Where: City Park, downtown Platteville
Cost: Free 
More information: http://www.uwplatt.edu/sustainability/news-events

Join the community to celebrate bicycling! We kick off the evening with a group bike ride around town (hosted by Momentum Bikes, meet at 4 behind their store with your bike and helmet), and then move to City Park to listen to live music and enjoy a meal from the food truck.

Reflection: Most American households have at least one car, many have two or more! If you didn’t have access to a car, what could or couldn’t you do? How would you feel about it? 

Campus Waste Guide (Bulletin Board)
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More information: www.uwplatt.edu/waste

Campus produces a lot of waste! We send waste to the landfill but also send it to be recycled, composted, or used by others. This bulletin board shows the lifecycle of our waste on campus. Check it out from Residence Life in Royce (feel free to embellish upon it).

Reflection: Why do we have so much that we throw things away? Would it be possible to not send anything to a landfill? How to people in other cultures or communities with less handle their waste? Do they have as much of it as we do?

Pioneer Restore Information (Bulletin Board)
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More information: http://www.uwplatt.edu/go/restore

Pioneer Restore is the University’s very own thrift store! The store helps keep hundreds of items out of the landfill each year, many are very cool and quirky. This bulletin board helps explain Restore and reminds students that they can shop at it. Check it out from Residence Life in Royce (feel free to embellish upon it).

Reflection: Do you ever shop at thrift stores? Why or why not? What are the pros and cons of shopping at thrift stores?

Camping Trip
When: Your choice
Where: Your choice
Cost: $15-30 per person. Costs include camp site, equipment rentals, and state park parking. 
More information: https://www.uwplatt.edu/athletics/equipment-rental

Camping is a great way to experience nature, take a break from technology, and have fun! It is also a great way to experience what life might be like for the many people in the world who do not live in an enclosed structure with heating and air conditioning, running water, or electricity. To plan your camping trip, coordinate with Mark Sethne in the Outdoor Recreation department. You can rent all the equipment you will need from his department for a small fee and you can camp at many local parks, including Governor Dodge in Dogeville, or Yellowstone, just east of Platteville.

Reflection: Have you always had a warm roof over your head? What would life be like if you didn’t have that? If you camp for more than one night, do you get more used to the situation after one day or two, or do you think it is always more difficult to live life this way compared with how it is in your Residence Hall?

Group Bus Ride
When: Your Choice
Where: Your Choice 
Cost: Free 
More information: http://www.uwplatt.edu/go/bus

University students can ride the community bus for free by showing their student ID to the drivers. Take a group ride on the bus as a group to get ice cream, go bowling, or get some shopping done at Walmart. The bus runs six days per week and the full schedule is online at www.uwplatt.edu/go/bus.

Reflection: Most American households have at least one car, many have two or more! If you didn’t have access to a car, what could or couldn’t you do? How would you feel about it? 

Emotional

When we describe sustainability, we often talk about making decisions using three criteria: the planet, profit, and people. When these three aspects are in harmony you have a more sustainable decision. As you can see, people is one of the key factors in sustainability. People must be healthy and happy for us to achieve sustainability. The following activities relate to boosting mood and emotional stability.

Seed Collection Workday (prairie)
When: Saturday October 7th, 2017, 10 a.m. - noon
Where: Meet in Campus Edible Garden between Royce and McGregor Hall. 
Cost: Free 
More information: n/a

Prairie plants create thousands of seeds! Joint us at this event to help collect them so that we can plant them elsewhere on campus! We will collect some of the seeds from our most desirable plants. Come wearing warm clothes that will protect your legs and arms from scratches.

Reflection: How does it feel to be outdoors and handling plants? Does learning about seed saving make you feel more self-sufficient?

Group Bicycle Ride
When: Thursday October 26th, 2017, 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Where: Meet at the turnaround on the south side of the Markee Pioneer Student Center
Cost: Free 
More information: http://www.uwplatt.edu/sustainability/news-events

Scrounge up bikes and go for a group ride! You can get all the way to Walmart without using any roads by following the trail from campus. Stop and get some ice cream along the way or get a special dinner at a restaurant. Be sure to wear helmets and bring lights if you plan to be out after dark. A map of the trail system can be found at www.plattevilletrailnetwork.com

Reflection: Being in nature and getting exercise are both known to boost moods! Bikes are a great way to do both. How did you feel before the ride? During it? And after? Did your mood change at all?

Pioneer Restore Craft Night
When: Thursday December 7th, 2017, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Where: Pioneer Restore, northeast entrance to Glenview Commons. 
Cost: Free 
More information: http://www.uwplatt.edu/sustainability/news-events

Make Christmas presents for your loved ones at this free event sponsored by Pioneer Restore! You will turn an everyday object into a upcycled present. Restore will have curated items available for upcycling as well as some instructions and supplies. Bring your creativity!

Reflection: How did it feel to work with your hands and be creative? Does creativity come easily to you or do you find it stressful? If you find it helps you relax, can you make more time for creativity in your daily life?

Soup Making Workshop
When: Wednesday February 14, 2018, 4:30 – 6 p.m.
Where: TBD
Cost: Free 
More information: n/a

Soup is the original comfort food! Join us to learn basic soup-making principals. We will use ingredients saved from the campus edible garden to make a huge pot of soup that we will all get a chance to taste.

Reflection: What are your favorite comfort foods? What role do foods have on your emotional well-being? If you eat healthy, do you feel healthy?

Seed Starting Workshop
When: Wednesday March 21, 2018, 4:30 – 6 p.m.
Where: TBD 
Cost: Free 
More information: n/a

Join us to start some seeds for your summer garden, or just to enjoy indoors! At this workshop, we will make little paper cups for our seeds, fill it with soil, and plant some seeds. We will explain how to plant the seeds, how to care for the seeds, and then what you can do with them once it is warmer outside.

Reflection: How does it feel to handle dirt and plant a seed? Have you had house plants before? Do plants make you feel happy? Do you think that having more plants in your life would make you happier?

Wellness Tuesday’s
When: Every Tuesday, see website below for exact times
Where: See website below 
Cost: Free 
More information: https://www.uwplatt.edu/counseling-services/yoga-mindfulnessmeditation-stress-reduction-workshops

University Counseling Services invites you to join their Wellness Tuesdays workshops. Every Tuesday, these workshops include mediation, yoga, art projects and more. Check out their website for more information on which activities will occur when.

Reflection: How did you feel before and then after the workshop? Did you learn a new skill that you can take back with you and replicate on your own in the future?

Have a Campfire in Memorial Park
When: Your Choice
Where: Memorial Park 
Cost: Approximately $20 depending upon time and equipment needed 
More information: Email Mark Sethne to schedule the event and confirm price

Outdoor fires can be a truly meditative experience! Coordinate with Mark Sethne in the Outdoor Recreation department to plan your fire. He will provide all the necessary materials and a staff person to start the fire and watch over it. All you have to do is bring a blanket, some friends, and maybe marshmallows. There is a small cost for the service (see above).

Reflection: How does it feel to be outdoors and listening to a crackling fire? Can you hear any wildlife? Does the fire smell good to you? Do you feel closer to the others in your group in this setting than you might if you were hanging out indoors?

Identify Development

Sustainability is not an isolated action, it is a part of the way we live and experience world around us- it is often a part of our identity even without us realizing it! Do you manage your budget at home? That is sustainability. Do you value long-term friendships? That also is sustainability. The following activities can help you further explore how principles of sustainability help create and form your identity.

What’s your purpose? Work on Purpose Workshop
When: Tuesday October 3, 2017, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Where: Nohr Gallery 
Cost: Free 
More information: Website Needed

Find what work is right for you and good for the world in an engaging and interactive workshop.  Make friends, build relationships, learn about making a difference in the world.  Priority given to Freshmen students.

Reflection: Participate in conversation, ask thoughtful questions, or just listen! While here, think about whether any of your perceptions or beliefs were challenged and if so, how that made you feel.

Prairie Restoration Work Day
When: Saturday May 5th, 2018, 10:00 a.m. - noon
Where: Location Needed 
Cost: Free 
More information: http://www.uwplatt.edu/sustainability/news-events

Did you know that campus has over 120 acres of “natural areas”? Much of this area has been established as prairies, an ecosystem that is unique to the upper Midwest. Many of the plants have incredibly deep roots and are responsible for helping give us the highly fertile soil that have now made us a strong farming area. In order to survive, these prairies need basic maintenance. Historically, this was typically fires (which killed off unwanted plants, but prairie plants evolved to live through and even need fires). Today, we are not allowed to burn prairies easily in city limits and so they require more manual care- e.g. hand weeding. Join us to pull invasive or unwanted plants from our prairies to help assure these native ecosystems can continue to flourish.

Reflection: As you work outside doing hard work, think about whether you like to do physical work like this. Could you imagine doing it eight hours a day, five days per week? What are the pros and cons of this type of work? It is good for your body and mind, but it is exhausting. Think about what types of jobs there are out there that are like this. Would you like a job that requires physical labor all day, every day?

Sustainability Lunch and Conversation
When: Every Monday, noon-1p.m.
Where: See website below 
Cost: Free 
More information: http://www.uwplatt.edu/sustainability/news-events

Everyone is invited to join the Sustainability Coordinator for lunch on Monday’s. Bring your lunch from home or pick it up at the Crossing and join us to talk about anything that is on your mind, as related to sustainability. Topics typically vary widely from GMO’s in foods to the value of bicycling, and tend to get a little philosophical. We always try to be a fun, inclusive, and welcoming group!

Reflection: Participate in conversation, ask thoughtful questions, or just listen! While here, think about whether any of your perceptions or beliefs were challenged and if so, how that made you feel.

Attend Transit Committee Meeting
When: Every Monday, noon-1p.m.
Where: Location Needed 
Cost: Free 
More information: http://www.uwplatt.edu/sustainability/news-events

You are probably aware of the city bus by now, but did you know that there is a committee overseeing that bus? We have UW-Platteville representatives on that committee and the public is welcome to attend meetings. The committee typically talk about BIG questions, like- is the bus serving the people it should serve? Are the routes and times correct? If we make changes to the routes, do we loose other riders?

Reflection: Join us to listen to conversation or ask questions and add input during the public comment section of the meeting. Think about whether public transportation is something that you value. Even if you don’t use the bus yourself, is it something that you think should be a “public good”? Are you willing to help pay a small amount yourself to assure that this service continues to exist?

Sustainable Resident of the Month
When: Every Monday, noon-1p.m.
Where: Location Needed 
Cost: Free 
More information: http://www.uwplatt.edu/sustainability/news-events

Here is an opportunity to highlight residents for doing something particularly sustainable! Just like companies pick an “employee of the month”, have your Wing nominate a resident who stands out for being an advocate for sustainability in their personal life. Do door decorations or dedicate a bulletin board to highlighting the individual and what they have done.

Reflection: People think about sustainability in many different ways. Sometime sustainable actions are obvious (e.g. dedicated recycling), but more often, you have to dig a bit deeper to see how sustainability is part of someone’s identity. Maybe someone doesn’t have a car on campus, maybe they only shop at thrift stores, or maybe they are vegetarian. The person may not realize that these are sustainable practices and yet they are. Highlight the individuals (who are willing) for doing these things!

Attend a student organization meeting
When: Every Monday, noon-1p.m.
Where: Location Needed 
Cost: Free 
More information: Check out Pioneer Link for meeting times and locations.

We have many student organizations on campus that are activity dedicated to sustainability. Attend a meeting to learn about what is important to this group and how this group get’s things done. Some clubs that have a stated interest in sustainability on campus include:
Biology Club,
Cycling Club,
Engineers without Borders,
Green Campus Project,
Students for Peace and Justice,
Outdoor Adventure Club,
Platteville Society of Env. Engineers,
Reclamation Club,
Wisconsin Association of Energy Engineers.

Reflection: While attending the meeting, think about whether you like to belong to groups. Is it important to you to take action and produce results with that group, or do you just enjoy being present at the meeting and socializing? Do you get excited about a sustainability topic? Would you like to work with a student organization to see that you can accomplish a sustainability action on campus?

What is the Driftless Region? (Bulletin Board)
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Did you know that UW-Platteville is located in the heard of an incredibly unique ecological and cultural region known as the “Driftless Area”? We are so unique because the last glaciers skipped our area but hit everyone around us. This bulletin board talks about our unique identity and interesting things you can see and do in our region.

Reflection: Where are you from? How does the landscape shape your identity- if you grew up in rural Wisconsin, do you think you have values that differ from someone who grew up in New York City? Does the physical surroundings (whether it be buildings, lakes, farm fields, or forests) shape the way we view the world explicitly and implicitly?

Environmental

Earthday Carnival 
When: April 20th, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Where: West Lawn
Cost: Free 
More information: n/a

Respecting the earth is one of sustainability's core values. Just as we must take care of our bodies to make sure we have a good life, we also must care for our earth. Each year, on April 22nd (Earth Day) we take a moment to reflect on our relationship to nature. Earth Day was coined by a Wisconsin senator, Gaylord Nelson, in 1970. Wisconsin has a very strong history of leading the nation on environmental issues.
Senator Nelson was inspired to create Earth Day when he witnessed the 1969 Sanda Barbara oil spill. He realized that humans have a habit of taking from our surroundings until they can give no more and, by that point, we have usually created a problem that does a great deal of harm not only to our natural world, but, by extension, to ourselves.
Sustainability is fundamentally about making paced decisions that use foresight to limit our negative impacts on the world around us. On this Earth Day, we should all take a moment to appreciate our planet and be thankful for all that it gives us. Join Green Campus Project and over 20 other student organizations as we celebrate our earth at the fourth annual carnival. There will be games, music, food, and opportunities to win prizes!

Reflection: Take a moment to think about the ways that the earth helps us live our daily lives. From materials we use to the food we eat, we are completely dependent upon this planet.

Recyclemania
When: Feb. 2- Mar. 18 2017
Where: Campus-Wide
Cost: Free 
More information: http://www.uwplatt.edu/go/waste

2018 marks the ninth year that UW-Platteville participated in this eight week inter-college recycling competition. Each week during the competition, UW-Platteville weighs it's garbage and recycling totals and submits these numbers to Recyclemania which tracks and reports to us how we are doing compared to the 200+ participating schools. This is an opportunity for the University to brag about our recycling rate- we typically come in the top three in Wisconsin, and the top 25% for the whole competition. You can visit the above website to find ways to participate or, you can organize your own activities and events to encourage recycling in your Hall!

Reflection: Recycling is a basic way to reduce some of our impact on the environment. Reducing and reusing are even better. What are some of the ways that you reduce and reuse in your daily life? Do you think that you could do more?

Apply for a Campus Sustainability Fund Grant
When: Due December 4th, 2017
Where: n/a
Cost: Free 
More information: http://www.uwplatt.edu/sustainability/campus-sustainability-fund

Fall 2017 marks the second year that that Campus Sustainability Fund is available at UW-Platteville. This competitive grant program for UW-Platteville students, faculty, and staff exists with the purpose of enabling campus to better "meet the needs of the present while also enhancing the ability of future generations to meet their own needs" (the official UW-Platteville definition of “sustainability”). Funded by University Segregated Fees and distributed by the UW-Platteville Environmental Sustainability Committee, the Fund exists to put YOUR ideas in action on campus. Consider developing an application for a sustainability-oriented project that your Hall is passionate about. The application process is simple and awards will be announced by the start of second semester so you can implement your project this year!
Environment: We can always do a better job of helping boost awareness and opportunities to help reduce our environmental impact. What are some ways that you think campus can improve our environmental footprint? Put your ideas to action!

Campus Energy Use (Bulletin Board)
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More information: http://www.uwplatt.edu/sustainability/energy-use

The University spends about $2.9 million per year on utilities (electricity, heat, and water). Even a 5% reduction in utility costs can save the University over $140,000 annually. In 2011, the University engaged in a contract with McKinstry to begin a series of infrastructure improvements resulting in energy savings. Our energy use comes with a significant environmental impact. We are always striving for ways to lesson this impact. Use this bulletin board to learn about some of these ways.

Reflection: How much energy do YOU consume? What are some of your energy habits? Do you turn out the lights when you leave the room? How about the tv? Do you unplug your computer when not in use? There are so many little ways that we use energy all the time, sometimes we take it for granted.

Campus Goats (Bulletin Board)
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More information: https://www.uwplatt.edu/sustainability/goats

You may have HERD that we had goats on campus this summer. The goats grazed a 4+ acre area of Memorial Park to help us mitiGOAT our invasive plants, fertilize the soil, and restore our native oak savannah. Learn more about this project with this bulletin board.

Reflection: Have you ever thought about the environmental impact of our landscaping? Lawn typically are mowed, sprayed with herbicide, and watered. They often make poor habitat for wildlife. Take some time to think about what type of landscape you find most rewarding- what is the environmental impact of this landscaping?

Platteville Trail Network (Bulletin Board)
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More information: http://www.plattevilletrailnetwork.org

Platteville is home to over eight miles of trails. You can actually get all the way from campus to Walmart on a trail, most of which is paved and lit! Use this bulletin board to share information about this trail with others.

Reflection: How do you get around and what are the environmental impacts of these transportation decisions? Using your own two legs (or a bike) is one of the most environmentally-friendly ways to travel. Could you reduce your dependency on motorized vehicles?

Participate in the Compost Program
Cost: Free 
More information: www.uwplatt.edu/sustainability/residence-hall-compost-program

Compost is an environmentally-friendly and cost effective way to divert waste from the landfill. When composted, food and paper-products are converted to nutrient rich soil in three months or less rather than sitting in a landfill for hundreds or even thousands of years before breaking down. Composting costs our campus an average of $56/ton, while landfill waste costs us an average of $168/ton.

Your Hall can help compost on campus. We have compost bins set up in the outside dumpster area of all residence halls except for Rountree Commons, and we have five gallon buckets you can rent (for free) from the Sustainability Office. Organize a compost program in your wing or hall by setting out the five-gallon buckets to collect food and having volunteers take them out to the outdoor container every few days. Reserve your buckets online at the website above.

Reflection: Composting is a really easy way for us to have a dramatic impact on the environment. Instead of putting food waste in one bin (the garbage bin) we simply put it in another instead. Are there other ways we can be environmentally-friendly that don’t require a huge change in our daily lives?

Host a Litter Pick Up
When: Your Choice

As much as we try to not litter, there inevitably is litter on campus. Help keep our campus clean by doing a litter pick up. Areas most in need of pick up are Memorial Park. Bring some garbage bags (and plastic gloves if you can) and go pick up the garbage!

Reflection: Where does all this litter come from? How much of it is not biodegradable? Paper goes away relatively quickly (back into soil) but tin cans, food wrappers, and other litter can sit outside for decades before decomposing, in the meanwhile it is an eyesore, can spread disease, and can even make animals sick if they try to eat it or get caught in it. What would our world look like if our lives had less “disposable” items in it?

Faculty Immersion

Learn about sustainability directly from the interesting and intelligent faculty that we have on campus!

Faculty & Fire: Campus History Through Trees by Dr. Larson

When: Sep. 13, 6-7:30 p.m.
Where: Memorial Park (meet in shelter by rugby field)
Cost: Free 
More information: https://www.uwplatt.edu/sustainability/faculty-fire-lecture-series

Dr. Larson will talk about what campus might have looked like hundreds of years ago, before it was part of the United States and before written history. His research in tree-rings tells us a story of how Native Americans controlled the landscape intentionally with fires and other methods. After listening to Dr. Larson talk, join him for a campfire with marshmallows to ask questions and hang out.

Reflection: We often don’t think about what was here before we were and even if we do, we often don’t have the whole story or information. Humans have been shaping the landscape for thousands of years. What are some of the ways that modern humans shape the landscape? Are they more or less sustainable than past generations?

Poom Loom: Students Innovating Social Change
When: Sep. 22, Lunchtime
Where: See website below
Cost: Free 
More information: https://www.uwplatt.edu/international-programs/international-education-week

International Education Week: Poom Loom Laos: Students Innovating Social Change Marcia J. Harr Bailey, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship in the School of Business will be discussing her work in Laos.  Dr. Harr Bailey is the founder of Poom Loom, a nonprofit organization that connects Laotian college students with rural villagers to address community needs through sustainable development, education, and income generation initiatives focusing on the preservation of Laotian culture. She is now working to connect UW-Platteville students to her work in Laos.  Learn more at this lunchtime presentation.

Faculty & Fire: Star Gazing with Dr. Rabidoux
When: Oct. 12, 8-9:30 p.m.
Where: Memorial Park (meet in shelter by rugby field)
Cost: Free 
More information: https://www.uwplatt.edu/sustainability/faculty-fire-lecture-series

Dr. Rabidoux will meet us in Memorial Park to show us star constellations and tell us about some of her favorite star facts. After listening to Dr. Rabidoux talk, join her for a campfire with marshmallows to ask questions and hang out.

Reflection: Dr. Rabidoux can help us see the universe that is bigger than us. How does this make us feel? What is the role of humans in this vast experience?

Faculty & Fire: Frog watching with Dr. Peterson
When: May 2, 8 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Where: Memorial Park (meet in shelter by rugby field)
Cost: Free 
More information: https://www.uwplatt.edu/sustainability/faculty-fire-lecture-series

Dr. Peterson will take us on a hunt for frogs. We will walk around the Park and look for frogs (and possibly other night creatures) with a spotlight and by sound. After listening to Dr. Peterson talk, join him for a campfire with marshmallows to ask questions and hang out.

Reflection: Right here on campus there are entire ecosystems of creatures and life! Were you aware of all the wildlife within a moments walk of your Hall? We share campus with so many creatures, does that make you feel differently about how you view campus?

Attend an Environmental Sustainability Committee Meeting
When: 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month, noon-1 p.m.
Where: See website below
Cost: Free 
More information: https://www.uwplatt.edu/sustainability/environmental-sustainability-committee

The campus environmental committee is an official committee of the UW-Platteville campus. Made of faculty, staff, students, this committee helps drive sustainability on campus. At our meetings we share updates and discuss future initiatives, guests are always welcome with open arms (feel free to bring your lunch!)
Faculty Immersion: Join faculty at this meeting and think about who drives sustainability decisions on campus? Is it faculty, is it students? What is our individual role and responsibility in the conversation of sustainability?

Health

When we describe sustainability, we often talk about making decisions using three criteria: the planet, profit, and people. When these three aspects are in harmony you have a more sustainable decision. As you can see, people is one of the key factors in sustainability. People must be healthy and happy in order for us to achieve sustainability.  The following activities relate to boosting mood and emotional stability of people.

Pizza Making Workshop
When: Sep. 27, 4:30 -6 p.m.
Where: Meet in the Campus Edible Garden between Royce and McGregor Halls
Cost: Free 
More information: n/a

Join us to turn fresh ingredients from our campus edible garden into pizza! Attendees will help harvest ingredients and then we will move into McGregor’s basement to bake up some homemade pizzas.

Reflection: What are your favorite foods? Are they what you would consider to be “healthy”? What makes something “healthy” in your mind? Can pizza be healthy? What if it is prepared in different ways, does that change your perception of healthiness?

Local Food Film Fest
When: Nov. 16, 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Where: Nohr Gallery
Cost: Free 
More information: http://www.uwplatt.edu/sustainability/news-events

Join us to watch a series of short films all about food and enjoy snacks made by local food venders at this third annual local food film fest.

Reflection: There is the saying “you are what you eat.” After watching these short films, did you learn anything new about your relationship to food and health, or view food in a different way?

Edible Garden Workday - Fall
When: Oct. 28, 9 a.m.-11 a.m.
Where: Meet in the Campus Edible Garden between Royce and McGregor Halls
Cost: Free 
More information: http://www.uwplatt.edu/sustainability/news-events

Did you know that we have an edible campus garden between McGregor and Royce Halls? Run by Green Campus Project and the Office of Sustainability, it is planted in May each summer (2017 marks it’s fourth year!) and cleaned up for the winter sometime in November. Get your hands dirty and help us clean the garden up for the year- we will likely be doing actives like planting garlic (is a a crop that you plant in the fall), pulling out plants, and putting down mulch.

Reflection: How did it feel to get out and move around? Did you feel invigorated afterword or tired? Think about how your body and mind reacted to this project.

Baking & Grain Milling Workshop
When: Mar. 7, 4:30 -6 p.m.
Where: TBD
Cost: Free 
More information: http://www.uwplatt.edu/sustainability/news-events

We are probably all familiar with baked goods, but have you ever baked from scratch, much less ground up the wheat? Join us for this workshop to try it out!

Reflection: What is your relationship to baked goods? Do you have a perception on whether they are healthy? Take some time to think about your assumptions and what might have influenced them.

Edible Garden Workday - Spring
When: Apr. 28, 9 a.m.-11 a.m.
Where: Meet in the Campus Edible Garden between Royce and McGregor Halls
Cost: Free 
More information: http://www.uwplatt.edu/sustainability/news-events

Did you know that we have an edible campus garden between McGregor and Royce Halls? Run by Green Campus Project and the Office of Sustainability, it is planted in May each summer (2017 marks it’s fourth year!) and cleaned up for the winter sometime in November. Get your hands dirty and help us set the garden up for the year.

Reflection: How did it feel to get out and move around? Did you feel invigorated afterword or tired? Think about how your body and mind reacted to this project.

Attend a “Meatless Monday” Meal in Dining Services
When: Every Monday
Where: Dining Service locations
Cost: Lunch price 
More information: https://www.uwplatt.edu/dining/meatless-monday

Did you know that every Monday is “Meatless Monday” in Dining Services? There is always a vegetarian option available and Dining encourages you to give it a try as part of a national initiative to promote vegetarianism on one day a week. The average American eats meat daily, a practice that is not only unnecessary, but also has negative impacts on our health and environment.

Reflection: How often do you eat meat? Do you think you could eat less meat? Would it be difficult?

Take a tour of the Campus Edible Garden
When: Sept - Nov
Where: Campus Edible Garden between Royce and McGregor Halls
Cost: Free 
More information: https://www.uwplatt.edu/sustainability/edible-garden

Did you know that we have an edible campus garden between McGregor and Royce Halls? Run by Green Campus Project and the Office of Sustainability, it is planted in May each summer (2017 marks it’s fourth year!) and cleaned up for the winter sometime in November. Take a self-guided tour of the garden using the interpretive signs and see if you learn anything new about food!

Reflection: Did you learn anything new about food from walking through the garden? Do you think you could try to eat more fresh vegetables? Would you like it?

Participate in the campus 10,000 Steps Program
When: Spring semester
Where: n/a
Cost: Check website
More information: https://www.uwplatt.edu/10000-steps

Put together a team and participate in the University’s 10,000 steps program. The program typically happens every spring: for four weeks you and your teammates count your daily steps, trying to get to 10,000 each day. Human Resources provides activities and prizes.

Reflection: When watching your steps did you learn anything surprising? Was it difficult to achieve 10,000 steps each day? Did certain activities result in more steps than  you thought they would? How did you feel after walking for a while?

Biking on Campus (Bulletin Board)
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More information: https://www.uwplatt.edu/transportation/bicycling

Campus encourages students to bike. This bulletin board will explain some basic information about biking, including: how to do it safely, what the rules are on campus, and where to access repair tools.

Reflection: Did you bike as a kid? Do you still do it today? How does biking make you feel? It is a great way to exercise; could you replace some driving time with biking in order to fit more exercise into your day?

Visit the Platteville Farmers’ Market
When & where:
Summer Market (May - October) City Park every Saturday, 7am-noon (or sell-out),
Winter Market (Nov - April) Trinity Episcopal Church (Corner of Market & Chestnut)  every 1st & 3rd Saturdays, 8am-noon (or sell-out)
Cost: Free 
More information: http://www. plattevillefarmersmarket.com/

Eating fresh fruits and vegetables is a great way to add some health to your life. Platteville has a great farmers’ market that is open year-round (indoors in the winter). Stop by the market to see what is in season and if the mood strikes you pick up some ingredients to do some cooking when you get back to your hall!

Reflection: Did the market inspire you to eat differently? Think about the ways that you eat, would you like to change any of them? Would having more money, time, or knowledge make a difference?

Ride or walk the Platteville Trail Network
When: Your choice
Where: n/a
Cost: Free 
More information: www.plattevilletrailnetwork.org

Platteville is home to over eight miles of public trails; you can get all the way from campus to Walmart on a trail, most of which is lit and paved! Grab your friends and go for a walk or bike ride to check out the trail. Maybe stop at an ice cream place or restaurant along the way to make a night of it. Check out the trail locations on the website above.

Reflection: Did you walk or bike, was it leisurely or fast paced? How did you feel after getting out and about in the fresh air for a while?

Knowledge

Knowledge is power. Sustainability has a lot to do with self-empowerment and the ability to make good long term decisions for yourself. In this section we focus on learning skills that help empower you to be more sustainable.

Herbs Explained Workshop
When: Wednesday, October 4, 2017. 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Where: Meet in the Edible Campus Garden between McGregor and Rocye Halls
Cost: Free 
More information: http://www.uwplatt.edu/sustainability/news-events

Join us to touch, smell, and taste a variety of fresh herbs and plants! We will meet in the campus garden at the potager garden to learn all about how herbs have been used throughout history for cooking, medicine, and dyes.

Reflection: Many of us don’t know much about cooking, much less the many important uses of medicinal herbs! How can knowing more about herbs help make your residents feel empowered?

Seed Saving workshop (heirlooms)
When: Wednesday, November 1, 2017. 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Where:Meet in the Edible Campus Garden between McGregor and Rocye Halls
Cost: Free 
More information: http://www.uwplatt.edu/sustainability/news-events

Join us in the campus garden to learn about the ancient art of seed saving! These days most people buy seeds when they are ready to plant their garden, but it wasn’t always this way. Learn about what plants produce viable seeds, which don’t, and how you can save your own seeds.

Reflection: Many of us wouldn’t know how to grow or make our own food if we had to. This workshop teaches us the basics of seed saving- how can this skill help make your residents feel empowered?

Ridesharing Information (Bulletin Board)
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More information: https://www.zimride.com/uwplatt/

Shared transportation tends to be better for the environment and your pocket book than car ownership. If you need a ride or want to share a ride, consider using Zimride, the free online carsharing service that connects UW-Platteville riders to one another. This bulletin board explains more about the program and how you can participate.

Reflection: We live in a world where car ownership is perceived as the norm, but not everyone actually owns a car or has the resources to do so. How can this bulletin board help students be more empowered?

Car Rental Information (Bulletin Board)
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More information: https://www.enterprisecarshare.com/us/en/programs/university/uwplatt.html

Shared transportation tends to be better for the environment and your pocket book than car ownership. We have two cars for rent on campus by the hour or day through Enterprise CarSharing program. Renters must be 18 or older and have a valid drivers license, the rental includes insurance and gas. You must sign up in advance to use the service. This bulletin board helps explain the ins and outs of the program.

Reflection:We live in a world where car ownership is perceived as the norm, but not everyone actually owns a car or has the resources to do so. How can this bulletin board help students be more empowered?

Platteville Public Bus (Bulletin Board)
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More information: https://www.uwplatt.edu/transportation/pioneer-transit-campus-shuttle

Shared transportation tends to be better for the environment and your pocket book than car ownership. UW-Platteville students can ride the City bus for free with their student ID. The bus runs 6 day’s per week to most major locations in the city. Hang this bulletin board to share information about the bus with your residents.

Reflection: We live in a world where car ownership is perceived as the norm, but not everyone actually owns a car or has the resources to do so. How can this bulletin board help students be more empowered?

Regional Bus Information (Bulletin Board)
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More information: https://www.uwplatt.edu/transportation/regional-travel

Shared transportation tends to be better for the environment and your pocket book than car ownership. For those that don’t own a car, there are some options other than ridesharing or car renting to get out of town. This bulletin board shares information on regional buses that can get students from Platteville to other communities.

Reflection: We live in a world where car ownership is perceived as the norm, but not everyone actually owns a car or has the resources to do so. How can this bulletin board help students be more empowered?

Campus Stormwater Management (Bulletin Board)
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More information: https://www.uwplatt.edu/facilities/stormwater-management

Have you ever stopped to think about how the water system recharges and where your drinking water comes from? This bulletin board explains how campus manages their stormwater to make sure it has a chance to absorb back into our local water table rather than rushing away down a river and out of town.

Reflection: Have you ever stopped to think about your drinking water and where it comes from? What would you do if we ran out of it? How can this bulletin board help students be more empowered?

Campus Sustainability Office (Bulletin Board)
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More information: http://www.uwplatt.edu/sustainability/

The campus has had a sustainability program since 2012. The program helps campus manage our resources with the future in mind. This bulletin board introduces you to some of our key people!

Reflection: Campus has many programs and not everyone is aware of all of them! The sustainability program can introduce students to new activities, events, resources, and people. How could this knowledge empower someone?

Conservation Campaign
Your Choice
More information: http://www.uwplatt.edu/sustainability/

Campus uses A LOT of resources. From water to electricity to heat (and others)- pick one of these resources or a topic within them (such as turning out the lights when not in use) and develop a campaign of your choice to promote that behavior.

Reflection: Not everyone is aware of the cost and environmental impacts of the resources we use. When you do a conservation campaign you are helping to education everyone on the topic. How can more knowledge on this topic empower students?

Occupational

Coming soon

Social

Any of above, or check the campus sustainability calendar for more events (www.uwplatt.edu/sustainabilty)

 

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