UW-Eau Claire: State senators visit UW-Eau Claire to review innovative sustainability efforts

State Sens. Lena Taylor of Milwaukee and Jeff Smith of Eau Claire will visit the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 16, to learn more about the university’s successful sustainability programs. The senators will be available at the Student Sustainability Resource Center on the ground level of Davies Center.

UW-Eau Claire’s Administrative Office of Sustainability and Student Office of Sustainability have developed a hydroponic garden system in Davies Center to grow fresh produce that will be made available to food service in the Davies Center Marketplace and that students can soon obtain from the Campus Harvest food pantry. The student-driven program is funded by a partnership between the division of Finance and Administration and Sodexo, the company that manages UW-Eau Claire’s food services.

The university also implemented a BluBox reusable container program on campus a year ago that has kept 94,000 single-use cardboard and plastic containers out of landfills. The token-based container-exchange system was the first major initiative of the Chancellor’s Advisory Council on Sustainability and Climate Action.

The programs are two of the efforts by the university to support sustainability and the value of stewardship on campus and in the community.

What: State Sens. Lena Taylor (Milwaukee) and Jeff Smith (Eau Claire) review UW-Eau Claire sustainability programs

When: 11 a.m., Friday, Dec. 16

Where: Davies Center (HUB), UW-Eau Claire