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Tip Sheet for the week of Oct. 10, 2011

RELEASED: Oct. 10, 2011

Story Idea
Students living in off-campus housing may soon pay less in energy bills while helping to decrease the Eau Claire community's carbon footprint. The Student Senate will review at its meeting today (Oct. 10) a proposal to bring a new program to campus that will educate student renters, property owners and property managers about conservation and efficiency in their rental units. The program also would help make student rental properties more energy efficient at no cost to the students or property owners. The Student Office of Sustainability — a commission of the Student Senate that is funded by student segregated fees to promote environmental sustainability within the university — proposed that it host $CORE, an energy conservation and education program. $CORE also would install conservation materials such as compact fluorescent lighting, faucet aerators, low-flow shower heads, window film and weather stripping in participating student rentals. Materials would be installed at no cost to the student tenants or the landlords. If approved, the program will hire four student energy educators and two student program coordinators. Its goal is to audit 100 student rental properties during the 201l-12 academic year. $CORE will send teams of students into student homes to conduct energy and water assessments, and to share information about how to cut energy use and use energy more efficiently. It also provides same-day installs of conservation materials. If all conservation materials were installed in a rental unit, tenants could save more than $260 annually in utility costs. The program also provides benefits to the environment that go beyond individual renters. It will lead to reductions in carbon emissions, greater energy efficiency and lower water consumption. For example, if all materials were installed in all 100 rental units, more than 1,095,000 gallons of water would be saved annually. Tyrel Zich, a political science major from Fall Creek, is coordinating efforts to bring the program to UW-Eau Claire. For details, contact Zich at 715-577-1570 or zichtj@uwec.edu.

Story Idea
The Center for Alcohol Studies and Education has received a $30,000 grant from the National Collegiate Athletic Association to support a program to help integrate athletics into the university's efforts to reduce alcohol abuse. CASE peer educators will develop and present an educational workshop for two student athletic associations: the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and the Sport Club Advisory Council. CASE will work with the groups to develop tailored educational messages and to identify the best methods for getting information to the other athletes on their teams. The grant also will provide funds to train staff, coaches and faculty to better help students who come to them with alcohol or other related problems. For details, contact Jennifer Lee, CASE director, at 715-836-5111 or leejs@uwec.edu.

Photo Ideas
UW-Eau Claire will host a series of events to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month and Latin American Studies Week. Among the events are:

  • Oct. 14 — "Aztec Dance Performance by KetzalCoatlicue." The Minneapolis Aztec dance group will perform and then discuss the relationship between their dances and music and the environment. 5-6 p.m., Central Campus Mall.
  • Oct. 15"Latinos in the Midwest Community Day." The Latin American Studies program and history department will join the Chippewa Valley Museum to offer food, presentations on the history of Latinos in the Midwest, music/dance from Latin America and immigrant stories.
    10 a.m.-3 p.m., Chippewa Valley Museum, Carson Park.

Story Idea
Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich and members of his cabinet will host a Chancellor's Roundtable from noon-1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12, in the Presidents Room of Davies Center. Students can talk with the campus leaders about a variety of topics, including construction updates on the new W.R. Davies Student Center building project, an update on the permanent closing of the Garfield Avenue hill to personal motor vehicle traffic and an update on the Education Building and the Children's Center projects.

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