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Streetwise: UW-Oshkosh ranks 29th in sustainable practices

5:29 PM, Aug. 23, 2013  |  Comments
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Ohio State University and UCLA could stand to learn a thing or two from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh when it comes to sustainability.

Sierra magazine has released its annual assessment of colleges' and universities' efforts to embrace sustainable practices and UWO ranked 29th out of the more than 150 schools that responded to the magazine's extensive questionnaire. That's ahead of UCA (32nd) and Ohio State (49th) and a fair number of other well-recognized institutions.

UWO dropped in the rankings this year, from 14th last year, but we here at Streetwise interpret that not as a decline, but a sign other four-year schools are catching up to UWO, which was an early adopter of many basic sustainability measures.

And we here at Streetwise are glad to see UWO has a little local company on the list now, too: Lawrence University ranked 52nd while UW-Stevens Point ranked 56th and UW-Green Bay ranked 96th. Nice job all around!

? If anyone is looking for something to do on this fine day, we might recommend you stop by Becket's, 2 Jackson St., today and help co-owners Kris and Sarrah Larson and Mike Buckarma celebrate five years in business. There will be live music all day, all-day happy hour prices, games, prizes and plenty more fun. Honestly, we can't believe it's only been open five years considering the establishment's contributions to the waterfront, the downtown community, local music, sustainability and arts and culture. Congratulations, Larsons and Buckarma!

? It appears downtown is in line for another new eatery, perhaps as soon as October. Grinders LLC, a group that includes DealerFire and Peabody's executives Eric Hoopman, Brian Wagner and Brian Hamill, intends to convert the former Joey's at 430 N. Main St. into an upscale pub and grill. Wagner said the group continues to do a lot of interior renovations to the building while it continues to develop and hone the menu and concept.

Wagner said the new establishment would look to strike a balance between dining and drinking, or "taking the normal bar and grill experience and moving it up a step." Keep an eye out for some front and rear facade improvements in the near future, too.

? We here at Streetwise have seen or heard of a few people taking early spins or walks across the Butte des Morts bridge recreational trail even though it's not done yet. Well, the Wisconsin DOT has put up gates to block access until all work is completed. In the meantime, we'd encourage everyone to mark Saturday, Oct. 12, on their calendars so you don't miss the DOT's grand opening festivities. Stay tuned for more details.

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