The First Fair Trade University: University of Wisconsin Oshkosh

Parker Townley April 28, 2012

The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh became first Fair Trade University in the U.S. in 2008 by making a commitment to do its part toward ending trade injustices that result in millions of people living in poverty.

UW Oshkosh’s four governing bodies endorsed a resolution outlining its commitment to: sell Fair Trade certified coffee, tea and chocolate in dining establishments, at catered functions and in department offices whenever feasible; offer Fair Trade certified food products and handicrafts at university stores whenever possible; and encourage students, faculty and staff to purchase the products.

“Sustainability goes well beyond being ‘green’,” said Chancellor Richard H. Wells. “It includes social justice as well. By becoming a Fair Trade University, UW Oshkosh is making a commitment to do our part toward helping producers and workers around the world achieve livable wages and humane working conditions. As a large institution, UW Oshkosh can play an important part in shaping the future and in supporting green practices on all levels.”

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Parker Townley, National Organizer | Fair Trade Colleges & Universities

Parker Townley works for Fair Trade Colleges and Universities to help connect students and faculty with the resources they need to effectively campaign for Fair Trade on campus. In his free time Parker explores the Sierra Nevadas with his trusty backpack, roams the Bay Area in search of the perfect cup of coffee, and cultivates a small veggie garden.