SAGE is the student organization at UW-Whitewater focused on sustainability issues of all types. SAGE gets involved in a number of hands-on projects around campus and local communities and strives to hold events that aim to educate and inform their members and the campus community about sustainability issues and environmental problems our society faces. Their Facebook page and email list are the best ways to stay in the loop. Their weekly meetings are a mix of upcoming opportunities, social gathering, and informative sessions on current environmental issues.
The projects they do are meant to have a direct impact on the local community and teach fellow students how they can implement sustainable living techniques. Field trips to places like Growing Power and the Urban Ecology Center expose these students to potential career tracks. Guest speakers at meetings also expose students to professionals in the area. Taking local hikes to the nearby Kettle Moraine State Forest and in our very own UW-Whitewater Nature Preserve are great ways to learn more about our unique glacial landscape.
The UW-Whitewater Water Council is a student organization that launched in 2010. They work to create awareness of the importance of freshwater to our lives and economies and assist their parent organization, the Water Council, to advance southeastern Wisconsin's position as a world hub for water research, education, and economic development. The Whitewater Water Council welcomes members of every major and interest throughout the University. They explore regional and national water issues and promote the vast opportunities in water business. Activities include bi-weekly meetings with industry experts, networking events, community service, and social outings. Visit their Facebook page or email them to learn more or get the meeting schedule. They currently meet weekly most of the semester.
The UW-Whitewater Ecology Club is a student organization of Biology and Ecology majors who focus on field trips and volunteer service related to their field of study. They frequently partner with the WDNR on local invasive removal projects. Contact them through their Facebook page or email to find out more about their organization or meeting times. They typically meet bi-weekly.
It is the mission of P.E.A.C.E. to uphold and progress ideals which promote social, political, and environmental justice at the local, state, national, and international levels in addition to facilitating personal growth and inner balance within the members of P.E.A.C.E. and our surrounding community. Their engagement efforts include an annual "Rock for Peace" music festival to raise money for social justice issues. Their recurring "Justice Week" event is designed to raise awareness for specific issues, which change from year to year to show the scope of different issues that threaten a truly democratic society. Throughout the year, they also show documentaries to expose students to these same issues and potential solutions to the problems we face as a society.
Freedom Force is an student organization banding together to fight against human trafficking in its various form. Through our partnership with International Justice Mission and Love 146, we intend to raise awareness about the issue. We are actively involved throughout campus by planning events with the hopes of raising knowledge about trafficking and engage in conversations with students and faculty on campus. We also are involved throughout Wisconsin through community service and volunteering with various organizations.
The UW-Whitewater Earth Initiative is a student-led campaign focused on sustainability outreach and education through sensible ideas and information about how students can live more sustainable lifestyles. The goal is to bring different student organizations together to share ideas on sustainability and collaborate to bring the various aspects of sustainability that fall under economic, environmental, and social justice together. Only through collaboration can we truly achieve a greater awareness and participation in improving our campus.
Check out this video to learn more about the importance of sustainability and some things being done by UW-Whitewater students and how the campus and community could take some simple steps to live lighter on the Earth and find something they feel passionate about and get involved in a sustainable initiative.