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Campus Eco-News

  • Wazoo's List is a Craigslist-style Facebook group for students and all members of the campus community to list items (futons, mini-fridges, books, bikes). With a goal of helping find homes for items that might otherwise end up in the city dump, Wazoo's List is designed to serve as a resource to support sustainability efforts and student needs.
  • WSU's new Outdoor Education & Recreation Center was developed in 2012 to serve the greater Winona State community by offering trips, clinics, trainings and equipment rentals to promote the development of lifetime outdoor skills, learn about safety and proper technique, gain an appreciation and concern for our natural environment while having a great time.
  • Winona State University's Sustainability Theme House has been up and running with 10 student residents since Fall 2012. Students living in the house serve as Sustainability Advocates across the WSU campus and the Winona community. They incorporate sustainable living practices into the running of the house, and contribute to sustainable events in the community and on campus, like the Move-in Day Cardboard Recycling Project in the fall and the Dumpster Diversion event in the spring.
  • Dining Services implemented a reusable to-go program in WSU resident dining facilities starting Spring 2012, bringing Winona State one step closer to significantly reducing post consumer waste. Students are able to take the container with them, return it later to WSU facilities to be washed and sanitized, then take another container in trade. Students are also encouraged to bring their own reusable containers to carry their beverages when they choose the "to go" option. This has been a very successful program!
  • In 2010, WSU changed 235 failed steam traps on its main campus boiler system. This resulted in a savings of close to 200,000 therms, equal to approximately $85,000, in natural gas expenditures. In Fall 2011, WSU was recognized at the 2011 Xcel Energy Expo for having the largest natural gas savings of any commercial customer in the State of Minnesota.