Big Red Go Green - Sustainable U

The way we live our lives is putting our environment and public health at risk.  Global warming, caused largely by our reliance on fossil fuels, threatens to wreak havoc on our climate and way of life.  Air pollution causes asthma and respiratory diseases.  Mining and drilling continually threaten our oceans, waterways and landscapes.  Trash pollutes our water and uses valuable land.  

Fortunately, we both have solutions to these problems and have a long track record of being able to solve other environmental problems.  While we don't have every solution we'll ever need to stop global warming, stop trashing our communities and stop destroying our forests, we have a lot of them right now.  We can make plug-in hybrids that get more than 100 miles to the gallon and electric cars that use no gas.  We can harness the power of the sun and wind across the country to get our power without the dangers of oil and gas drilling or the destruction of coal mining.  And, we can make homes that are so efficient in how they use energy that they can produce everything they need on site.  We can also re-use, re-cycle, compost or simply avoid using most of the trash that's being thrown in landfills, incinerated or floating away into the trash island by simply changing the way we create products and handle them after their first use. 

Simply put, we have the resources and technology to solve nearly all of these problems and the ingenuity to figure out the solutions to the rest.  We simply need to build the political will to put these solutions into action across the country.  The polluting industries that cause these problems both have a ton of influence in Washington and in the states and have been doing everything they can to convince the country that a sustainable future isn't in the cards.  That leaves us in a situation where our neighbors think solving environmental problems can only happen at the expense of economic progress and our political leaders are unwilling to act.  

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Blog Post | Consumer Protection, Corporate, Democracy, Energy, Foods, Higher Ed, Hunger, Oceans, Parks, Sustainability, Textbooks, Transit, Waste

Come to an Information Session | Meghan Ford

Hi,

I'm eager to get to work on our fall campaigns - and it's a great time for you to get involved as an intern or volunteer.

Stop by Tuesday to hear what we have planned and how you can help.

WISPIRG Info Session
12pm, 3pm, 6pm
Student Activities Center suite 4430
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Blog Post | Consumer Protection, Corporate, Democracy, Energy, Foods, Higher Ed, Hunger, Oceans, Parks, Sustainability, Textbooks, Transit, Waste

Come to an Info Session | Jessie Mauser

Hi,

I'm eager to get to work on our fall campaigns - and it's a great time for you to get involved as an Intern or volunteer.

Stop by Thursday to hear what we have planned and how you can help.

WISPIRG Info Sessions
11:30, 3:00, and 5:00
Brewhaus Workshop in the DUC
RSVP

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Blog Post | Energy, Sustainability, Transit

Stop pedaling... start driving? | Meghan Ford

Stop pedaling... start driving?

"Stop pedaling... start driving"

Or so says the ad that GM ran in college newspapers last week, calling on students to drop their environmentalist ideals and pick up some keys.

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Blog Post | Consumer Protection, Corporate, Democracy, Energy, Foods, Higher Ed, Hunger, Oceans, Parks, Sustainability, Textbooks, Transit, Waste

Internships | Meghan Ford

Hi,

During tough budget negotiations this spring and summer we protected student aid for nearly 10 million students by stopping aggressive cuts to Pell grants. Together we saved student aid.

Now, we’re working to protect Wisconsin’s lakes from pollution. And as a WISPIRG Intern you can help us win, learn skills, and get valuable experience working on a campaign.

Find out more and apply online.

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Experts share the "power to save energy" with local organization

WISPIRG Energy Service Corps helps out a shelter in Eau Claire

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