Student Union Meets Community Engagement Coordinator Lisa Klein, Approves Green Bike Program – The Racquet Press

On Wednesday, April 27, the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (SA) Student Association met with Community Engagement Coordinator Lisa Klein to discuss her role and all that Office of Community Engagement works at UWL.

SA has also passed numerous resolutions relating to UWL’s sustainability practices. These resolutions would approve the creation of a new committee, a program to encourage sustainable practices and a staff position to oversee UWL’s environmental footprint to develop sustainable practices.

The office serves as the primary liaison between UWL and the community to build connections and increase access to campus. The Community Engagement Coordinator position was introduced in 2019, and since then faculty, staff, and students have logged over 30,000 volunteer hours.

Coordinator Klein attended the meeting to provide SA with an update on a community learning program, which is what the Office of Community Engagement is working towards. This program aims to foster relationships between the UWL community and the La Crosse community through internships or volunteer opportunities.

UWL now offers Community Learning (CEL) Classesthat allow students to gain hands-on experience working with members of the community.

Next, SA discussed resolutions presented at the previous meeting to disband the current Green Fund Committee, create a new committee named the Green Advisory Committee, and approve the Bylaws of the new committee. All three resolutions were passed, making the Green Advisory Committee the official sustainability committee of UWL.

SA then discussed a resolution to approve a green bike program, which would provide a $4,400 grant to purchase supplies, tools, scrap pickups and bike mechanic pay.

This resolution aims to support sustainability initiatives by providing funds to recycle scrap metal, which would give students a low-cost alternative for transportation that, by extension, reduces automobile congestion. SA passed this resolution and the program will be implemented in the next academic year.

SA then discussed a resolution to approve and allocate funds for a Sustainability Program Manager, a new role focused on student-focused, campus-wide sustainability initiatives. The new position would allow UWL to take into account its carbon footprint, water consumption and electricity consumption in order to reflect on current practices and develop more sustainable solutions for the environment.

SA discussed a final resolution, which was to endorse the results of SA’s recent election. SA will vote on this resolution next week, which will take place at this year’s final meeting.