University Dining has always been highly involved in the environment. UWSP's SGA is the only Student Government Association in the UW system with an Environmental & Sustainability Issues Director and Environmental & Sustainability Issues Committee. This position and committee were direct requests of the student body. The director and committee sponsor environmental events and campaigns, such as “Reducing Food Waste," which can be seen in the DeBot Dining Center. This campaign aims to educate students about how much food is wasted in DeBot each day and persuade them to waste less food. SGA also has a student-run, student-funded Sustainability Reserve, the only of its kind in the UW system, which can be accessed and utilized by any student organization or individual.
For more information on the Sustainability Reserve and the green projects that the Reserve has funded in the past, see the Sustainability Reserve tab of this site. Other SGA green initiatives include a bike rental program, online ride board, sponsorship of the U-Pass system and Campus Cab, and helping the city of Stevens Point to become an Eco-Municipality. SGA continually writes legislation regarding environmental issues and concerns, such as purchasing 100% post-consumer recycled paper for the campus and policy for all existing campus buildings to be brought to LEED standards. Although the legislation doesn't always take effect, SGA's efforts have proven to pay off greatly in the end, as SGA has been one of the driving forces in promoting UWSP's reputation for sustainability.
The SSC's mission is to promote education and understanding of planning with regard to land use, and environmental, economic, social, political, and legal criteria. SSC also provides leadership experience, practical exposure to planning professionals, and involvement within the university and the local community, as well as in the regional and national planning arena.