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Using too much electricity is a turn-off for group of freshmen

December 6, 2011

It only takes a second to save energy. That’s the message a group of UW-Stout freshmen is sending to fellow students, faculty and staff.

On Monday, Dec. 12, first-year students in Biology 111 and English 101 will put about 1,500 “We turn lights OFF here” stickers on campus light-switch plates.

The 13 students are part of the Environmental Justice learning community. Each campus learning community is encouraged to complete a service learning project. The group chose the sticker idea from a list of potential projects on the campus Environmental Sustainability website, http://www.uwstout.edu/sustainability/index.cfm.

After researching the idea, they presented their plan and sticker designs to the Sustainability Steering Committee, according to Sarah Rykal, sustainability coordinator.

UW-Stout uses the second least amount of energy per gross square footage among 13 UW System schools, according to a 2010 fiscal year report by the Department of Administration.

UW-Stout has 15 learning communities this fall. They exist to help foster peer and academic support among students and faculty with similar interests. The students’ teachers and learning community advisers are Krista James, biology, and Joan Menefee, English.

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