By Madison Rupp

The University of Wisconsin-Superior has over 50 student organizations, among them the Sustainability Club.

The Sustainability Club is committed to combating modernity by informing the UWS community about environmental issues.

The co-president of the Sustainability Club, Katie Mayer, said, “I feel empowered that I am able to work to make a change on campus with the support of the [club.” Although, they’re new with small numbers, the Sustainability club has already made significant impact at UWS and have big plans.

Last year, the Sustainability Club initiated a punch card program by collaborating with Chartwells, the dining service at UWS. The program encourages customers to bring reusable containers for their food and beverages. Each purchase with a reusable container, the customer gets a hole punch in their punch card. At ten punches, the customer can receive a free cup of coffee or a bamboo ware travel utensil set.

The Sustainability Club has also partnered with the Residence Hall Association and Residence Life to put recycling bins in residents’ rooms and a recycling dumpster at each residence hall. In another collaboration with Chartwells, as well as facilities management, the Sustainability Club set up a plan to bring food waste to a compost facility in Duluth, Minn., rather than sending it to landfills.

Currently, the Sustainability Club is working to open a permanent free thrift store, located in Old Main 131. Members are excited for the grand opening, of which will take place Nov. 26, 2019 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.

“I am really happy with all the accomplishments the club has made in the past few years,” said club member Michaela Schar.

If you are interested in learning more about the Sustainability Club’s events or plans, they meet every Thursday, 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. in Yellowjacket Union Room 201.