A fund designed to emphasize the “Eco” in “Eco U” has successfully financed its first major project, a bright red bike rack designed to encourage green commuting.
Sandwiched between the Cofrin Library, MAC Hall and the Kress Events Center, the new, 22-bike covered rack was purchased entirely with monies from UW-Green Bay’s Sustainability Fund. This segregated-fee fund is designed to highlight the University’s commitment to sustainability, with students paying just less than $2 in fees per semester toward its projects. The bike rack cost about $14,000.
“This project highlights the University’s commitment toward promoting alternative methods of transportation on campus,” said Dan MacSwain, Environmental Affairs chair for the Student Government Association. “It makes biking more accessible for students both on and off campus, and it reduces our reliance on fossil fuels. Biking also promotes a more active and healthier lifestyle.”
The groundwork for the bike rack project was laid during the last academic year, with former SGA Environmental Affairs chair Jeff Cook leading the way. The Environmental Affairs Committee, SGA and Campus Environmental Sustainability Committee approved the bike rack initiative, with all involved parties working to ensure the fund’s first project would highlight the University’s sustainability commitment in a visible, impactful way, MacSwain said.
And while the SGA leaders are pleased with the new addition, they’re already thinking about possible future projects for the fund. MacSwain’s ideas include installing more hydration stations of the type found in the University Union, initiating food waste composting in the Union and planting another native garden on campus. Students can suggest possibilities and view project criteria online, or email MacSwain with ideas.
For more information and the latest on UW-Green Bay’s sustainability efforts, visit the University’s Sustainability Blog.