UW-Stevens Point's general education degree requirements promote cultural and environmental awareness and responsibility. Sustainability themes are woven into the courses and programs offered across campus within each of our colleges.

College of Natural Resources

CNR.jpgSustainability is at the heart of the academic programs, field stations and centers of the College of Natural Resources. The college emphasizes an interdisciplinary approach and hands-on field experiences at its three field stations: Treehaven, 1,400 acres of outdoor classroom space located in Tomahawk, Wisconsin, the Central Wisconsin Environmental Station located east of Stevens Point on Sunset Lake, and Schmeeckle Reserve located on the Stevens Point Campus. The Waste Education Center, includes a small-scale wastewater treatment plant, compost reseach facilites and functional operation side for handling campus waste. Graduates of the programs offered work across the globe in various natural resource fields and in the paper science and engineering arena. The Wisconsin Institute for Sustainable Technology, within the college, provides courses in papermaking processes, sustainable energy, bio-plastics, green chemistry and life cycle assessment.



College of Fine Arts and Communication


The Collegeof Fine Arts and Communication offers a wide variety of sustainability courses. The Department of Art and Design includes the ceramics area, which recycles and reuses clay for student projects; the glass program uses window glass from renovated residential halls along with recycled glass from their hot furnace for other art projects; and several courses in environmental and outdoor sculpture and design, including “en pleine aire” (on location) painting classes. The Department of Theatre and Dance recycles and reuses costumes, props and sets for classes and current productions. The Department of Music offers a course in how to maintain and repairs instruments, and these instruments are then rented by students for the semester. The Division of Communication offers study abroad courses that emphasize sustainable tourism and agriculture, and writing courses that address the issues of sustainability in major contemporary goods issues.

College of Letters and Science

The College of Letters and Science offers a wide variety of programs, classes, facilities and other opportunities that allow students to study sustainability. The Northern Aquaculture Demonstration Facility (NADF), an associated program of the college, promotes and advances the development of commercial aquaculture in a northern climate through demonstrating production-scale aquaculture, outreach and extension services, and developing best management practices for a sustainable and environmental industry.

College of Professional Studies

Sustainability is woven through many programs on various levels in the College of Professional Studies. From the first doctoral program in educational sustainability in the country, to the popular CPS Café where students create local farm-to-table recipes, to courses focused on sustainable interior design, our students are proactive, resourceful, connected and caring when it comes to sustainability.



Sustainability research improves the long-term environment and economy through collaboration of educators, students and researchers. Through research and partnerships with other universities, nonprofit institutions and businesses, we create sustainability solutions to improve competiveness and the bottom line, and contribute to an improved quality of life for present and future generations.

UW-Stevens Point provides support to faculty, staff and students to advance research, projects and ideas; develop innovative curricula; and develop sustainable technologies, products and practices that promote efficient resource use. To learn more about grants for students, visit the Office of Student Creative Activity and Research. Faculty, staff and students can find additonal resources at the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs. See Faculty Research for a full list of external faculty research.

The Wisconsin Institute for Sustainable Technology (WIST) scholar program taps the energy and creativity of UW-Stevens Point faculty and staff to advance research or ideas that further the WIST mission and vision. WIST solicits proposals for sustainability projects in research, education or laboratory services. For more on WIST’s involvement visit WIST Research.

The Waste Education Center (WEC) also has a variety of on-going student research projects. Within compost research, students have studied the comparison of two end-of-life options for post-consumer polylactic acid waste. Othr projects have included studying food paper products treated for grease resistance with PFPR (perfluoropolyether) and their fate in compost systems, ammonium removal as struvite from landfill leachate, and composting or compost tea.


There are many programs available to all students on campus that emphasize sustainability, including National Campus Sustainability Day and a sustainability film series presented in the Dreyfus University Center Theatre.

UW-Stevens Point Sustainability Learning Outcome:

At UW-Stevens Point, we believe a liberal education is essential to living in today’s global society. We also believe global citizenship requires individuals learn to see the world from perspectives other than their own. Some of these perspectives are cultural and develop from the study of other languages, ethnicities and beliefs. Some perspectives come from honing new intellectual skills, by learning math and science, for example, or cultivating an understanding of the past and an appreciation of the arts and literature. Some perspectives are the products of unique experiences, such as getting involved in a community or studying abroad.

Ultimately, the more students are encouraged to step outside their familiar habits and beliefs, the more they gain the wisdom to see connections between themselves and the world around them, the generosity to empathize with the differences they encounter, and the willingness to place their newfound abilities in the service of a larger community. In this way, a liberal education at UW-Stevens Point prepares students to be responsible global citizens.

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