WSU's Sustainable Students

WSU students are awesome. They are interested in being part of a green university and they are empowered to make a difference!

General Happenings

  • Students passed a Green Fee starting in Fall 2016 to support projects and resources around sustainability.
  • Students and all members of the campus community can list items (futons, mini-fridges, books, bikes) and find carpool rides on Wazoo's List, a Craigslist-style Facebook group designed to serve as a resource to support sustainability efforts and student needs.
  • Students proposed setting all residence hall thermostats 1 degree higher in the summer and 1 degree lower in the winter. That simple thermostat change saved WSU $60,000 in heating costs the first winter (2010-11).
  • WSU has a great Sustainability Minor, available to all students. The minor arms future gradates with the knowledge and skills to be sustainable and use sustainable ideas and technology.
  • Since 2009, WSU students have participated in the national RecycleMania competition each spring.

  • The Sustainability Website was designed by students in the CS 344 Web Programming class in Fall 2011.
    Student Team: Nathan Guggenberger, Mark Krueger and Vaness Storm.

The WSU Purple Bike Rental Program has over 30 bikes available at no cost to current students and employees on the Winona campus. A rental includes the following equipment: bike, helmet and cable lock with key. Bikes are located outside Kryzsko Commons near the rear entrance to the Student Resource Center. For more information, call Paul Stern at 507.457.5613 or email PStern@winona.edu.

If your bike needs some TLC, head over to the WSU Bike Station in the basement of Prentiss-Lucas Hall for some expert service. They are open during the summer and while the weather is still "bikable" during the fall and spring semesters.

Three Fixit Bike Self-Repair Stations are available for public use. The Fixits include all the tools necessary to perform basic bike repairs and maintenance, from changing a flat to adjusting brakes and derailleurs.

The Warrior Cupboard is an on-campus food shelf for-students, by-students.

The goal is make sure that students have access to quality food on a regular basis through supplemental nutrition assistance.

Students who use the Warrior Cupboard can remain anonymous and their privacy is protected by a discreet entry to the food shelf and a take-what-you-need honor system.

The WSU Seed Bank and Library strives to educate and inspire the Winona community to bring awareness and take action on food equity, insecurity and biodiversity.

The Seed Bank and Library has three main areas of focus:

  • education (workshops and other forums)
  • exchange (seed library)
  • preservation (seed bank)

The Winona State University SEED (Sustainable, Edible, Education, Discovery) Garden gives WSU students more access to locally-grown food and provide donations to local organizations and the Warrior Cupboard.

The goal of the SEED Garden is to educate students on how to grow and maintain a garden using sustainable methods, while also educating them on nutrition and healthy habits.

The student Environmental Club host several events over the year for club members and the Winona community. They work to inform the University community of environmentally related events and opportunities-- and to have fun doing it!