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Campus Sustainability Day
October 24, 2012

Viterbo University celebrated Canpus Sustainability Day along with hundreds of campuses across the nation!

9:05-10:00am Sustainability 101 Brophy 122

Presentation to learn what sustainability is and what you can do to become more sustainabile!

12:00-1:00pm Sustainability Brown Bag Lunch Reinhart Center Board Room

A panel of Viterbo staff will shared what is being done on campus related to sustainability, followed by an engaging discussion.


3:00-4:00pm Celebration of St. Francis Pledge & Walking Tour Dancing St. Francis Statue

President Artman and the Viterbo community commemorated the signage of the St. Francis Pledge to Care for Creation and the Poor. Following the commemoration, a formal walking tour of sustainability initatives on campus ensued.

7:00-8:30pm Film: PLANEAT Brophy 122

"Nothing changes the PLANET as much as the way we EAT."


Co-sponsored by Franciscan Sisters of Pereptual Adoration and Hillview Urban Agriculture Center


Dr. Rick Artman and Raintry Salk 






President Rick Artman is presented for his signature, the St. Francis Pledge - To Care for Creation and the Poor, by Raintry Salk, School of Business.







End of Year Collection
May 7-11, 2012
Student Union


Residence Life will be collecting food, household items and clothing again this year during finals week.


Photos from last year's collection...

 2011 end of year Res Life collection 


2011 end of year Res Life collection 2 


Environmental Responsibilities Committee present a FREE MOVIE EVENT!  

BAG IT is a FREE movie event 
Date: May 1, 2012 
Time: 7:00 PM 
Location: Brophy 196, Collins Auditorium

 BAG IT, is your life too plastic?
"In this touching and often flat-out-funny film, we follow 'everyman' Jeb Berrier as he embarks on a global tour to unravel the complexities of our plastic world. What starts as a film about plastic bags evolves into a wholesale investigation into plastic and its effect on our waterways, oceans, and even our own bodies."


Viterbo University in partnership with Coulee Partners for Sustainability proudly present…


2012-4-22 Earth Fair
Sunday April 22, 2012
11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Myrick park and the Eco park
789 Myrick Drive. la Crosse, WI  


2011-10-9 to 10-16 Community-Wide Activity:  VU No Impact Week 

Date: October 9-16, 2011

Join the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, Viterbo University, Western Technical College, Coulee Partners for Sustainability and the La Crosse and Viroqua communities as they embark on a one-week carbon cleanse from October 9th-16th that allows participants to experience the difference lowering their impact can have on their quality of life, their community, and their planet! The No Impact Experiment is about discovering how these lifestyle changes can increase personal fulfillment, health, happiness, and time with family and friends. Beginning Sunday, October 9th participants will work through a series of eight daily challenges, from decreasing trash production to eating locally and sustainably.

Register below to join the La Crosse, WI No Impact Experiment! By registering you will receive a No Impact Week “How to Guide” as well as updates about the exciting events and projects planned for the week. Sign up online. 



2011-10-5 Speaker:  Colin Beavan (author of No Impact Man and star of the documentary No Impact Man)

Date: October 5, 2011

Time: 7:30

Location:  UWL campus, Valhalla Room

A limited number of free tickets are available to Viterbo University students, to hear Colin Beavan speak, at UW-L, on Oct. 5, 2011. Register for one free ticket and/or transportation to the event. Registered students can pick up the free ticket in the Residence Life Office from 8am-5pm starting October 3, 2011.

Tickets go on sale September 15, 2011.  Block tickets can be purchased at the information counter in Cartwright Center on the UW-L campus between 8am-8pm M-F or you can purchase with a credit card over the phone by calling 608-785-8898. 


Tickets are $3.00 each for non-UW-L students; $6.00 for general public (ticket prices will increase $2.00 when purchased on the day of the event). Individual tickets can also be purchased this way.  

More information is available at  for individual ticket purchasing.  


2011-9-28 Film:  No Imact Man

A showing of the documentary "No Impact Man" at 7:30pm in the Nursing Center, Room 196.

Read a brief description about the film " No Impact Man".  

A year without toilet paper, electricity, take-out, and motorized recreation.  Colin Beavan was a writer living in Manhattan who decided that it was time he and his family did something to deal with the practical issues of environmental sustainability, so he set out on a grand experiment -- to see if he, his wife, their young daughter, and their dog could live for a year in New York City without leaving a carbon footprint.  Watch their year-long journey. 


2011-2012 Theme Sustainability

The Environmental Responsibility Committee (ERC) , in conjunction with members from the University of Wisconsin La Crosse (UW-L), Western Technicial College (WTC) and Coulee Partners for Sustainability, have been working in collaboration to highlight Sustainability for the 2011-12 academic year. Watch for more information coming soon. 




2011-4-16-23 Earth Week

April 16-23, 2011. Use the pdf link below for inforamtion on events happening around La Crosse.


 2011 Earth Week Events 


2011-4-7 Viterbo University Health Fair 

The Environmental Responsibilities Committee had a booth at the Viterbo University Health Fair, in the Aime L. Mathy Center on the Viterbo Campus, from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. The theme for this years' event is "Invest In Your Health". At the booth was information about the bike rental program from the Mathy Center along with brochures showing local bike trails. There was also a computer set up so customers could sign the Go Green Plegde, and 135 people took the Go Green pledge at the Health Fair. 


2010-10-17 Energy Efficiency Fair

Viterbo University sponsored its first event, the Energy Efficiency Fair, on Wednesday November 17, 2010 from 2:00-4:30pm in the Fine Arts Lobby on the university campus. There were booths, displays and presentation on being energy efficient. Over 65 people attended the fair.

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The ERC adopted S.T.A.R.S as a working framework for the University sustainability efforts during a regular meeting.  S.T.A.R.S.

2009 Formation of Environmental Responsibility Committee

Viterbo University President, Rick Artman, formed a new standing committee designed to prepare recommendations, promote, support, and implement decisions by the president and cabinet concerning environmental sustainability initiatives. This committee was called the Environmental Responsibility Committee and includes representatives from the staff, administration, faculty, student government, residence hall council, and others as appointed by the president. The committee met in fall 2009 to established a set of responsibilities to guide its actions. These responsibilities include the following:

  • Foster continual awareness of Viterbo University’s environmental impact, activities, and efficiencies.
  • Promote individual environmentally sound practices that affect the teaching, learning, living, and working environment at the university.
  • Establish institution-wide conservation, recycling, and other sustainable practices.
  • Seek practices and procedures that minimize negative impacts on the environment.
  • Foster integration of sustainability into the curriculum.
  • Plan, review, and monitor our environmental policy and practices.