Campus trash receptacles emblazoned with eco-friendly messages may help students feel like they’re doing their part when tossing cans in the recycling bin. However, behind-the-scenes work on campus also has a positive environmental impact.
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Climate change and environmentally-conscious living are just a couple of the topics that are increasingly discussed in a variety of settings, ranging from elementary schools to international political conferences.
From ingredients to plates to waste receptacles, producing the food served at UW System dining halls creates environmental waste at every step. However, administrative- and student-led programs have driven efforts to keep every part of the dining process sustainable.
A shirt is more than just a shirt. When you buy an item of clothing, you are purchasing more than just colorful stitching or a layer of protection; you’re spending money on the fabric’s past and playing a part in its future. Environment, business and social factors all intertwine in the world of fashion, said Majid Sarmadi, Rothermel Bascom professor of Design Studies at the School of Human Ecology. The fashion industry is wide-reaching, affecting local communities as well as economies in regions as far away as the Middle East and Africa. Everyone wears clothes and uses textiles in some way, shape or form. This is part of the reason why the fashion industry is expansive; in fact, it is an industry that is larger than books, movies and music, according to Maria Kurutz, a UW-Madison design studies professor. However, the textile industry is also the second biggest pollutant industry in the world, said Sarmadi.
UW System infrastructure is rapidly aging. With crumbling infrastructure and little funds allocated toward renovations, experts question the best way to ensure the next generation of buildings are built as green as possible.
Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes’ excitement came in clear over the phone as he described an abundance of future environmental goals that legislators and Wisconsinites can work toward for the future.
As the 2020 presidential election approaches, candidates’ stances on climate policy are likely to take center stage.
Student organizations at UW-Madison have pushed building-by-building to make the city and campus source renewable energy.
Although students’ local environments are different, being a part of the Earth’s ecological system is something that every student shares. No matter where a student attends school — be it northwest or southeast Wisconsin — all students inevitably interact with their surrounding environment everyday.
When Rachel Illgen got off the water, the white shirt she wore to practice was stained green.
County officials will prioritize removing sediments from critical points in the Yahara Lakes and River this summer, in an effort to move more water through the chain of lakes faster and reduce the impact of future flooding.
Newly-elected alder Grant Foster has big ideas for sustainability and conservation in Madison’s parks, embodied in the idea that “access is at the top of the list.”
With climate change impacts becoming more visible, environmentalists are turning to Madison Gas and Electric, the energy giant powering the city and its suburbs, in a bid to speed up its green energy initiatives.
Imagine being at risk of a chemical explosion next to your house or being more likely to get cancer because of the place you live. Your neighborhood is toxic, but it’s all you can afford.
“It’s really dusty to work here,” UW-Madison graduate student Elias Uddin remarked as he shook off a tarp covering a GreenFeed device. Uddin, while surrounded by friendly cows and chirping birds, explained GreenFeed is a machine that measures methane emissions cows give off when they breathe and eat.
Jim Goodman was a dairy farmer for more than 40 years. He retired in the summer of 2018, labeling the work an “economic suicide.”
Today, UW-Madison’s campus is known for the Memorial Union Terrace, Bascom Hill and the Lakeshore path. Preservation efforts focus on these prominent areas, but many don’t realize that campus’ footprint is relatively new.
With students at the lead, Hoofer Ambassadors places equity and inclusivity at the center of the conversation about accessing the outdoors.
13 percent of UW-Madison undergraduates are international students, according to enrollment reports of 2018 fall done by the Office of the Registrar from UW Madison. Though UW-Madison is a predominantly white school, the number of international students are not too small to represent. UW-Madison accepts degree-seeking and exchange undergraduates, graduates and doctoral students representing more than 130 countries.
Political activist and author Angela Davis visited UW-Madison students and community members Tuesday evening, inspiring hope and instilling a sense of unity despite what she calls a “hostile national political climate.”