Spotlight on Sustainability


UWM Receives STARS Silver Rating, to Host First-Ever Campus Sustainability Symposium


The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee has received a prestigious Silver Rating in its first entry into the nationwide Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS).

 STARS is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their performance. This is the university’s first year participating.  See UWM's STARS Report here.

 UWM earned the rating by demonstrating pioneering sustainability initiatives across campus and around the globe. Activities contributing to the Silver Rating include aggressive energy conservation efforts such as the Energy Matters initiative, recycling practices and stormwater green infrastructure programs.

 The STARS rating serves as a defining achievement for all those who have worked to promote sustainable practices at UWM, and helps identify areas of strengths and those of opportunity throughout the university.

Celebrating STARS during Earth Day

To build upon the recent STARS achievement and celebrate Earth Day, the UWM Office of Sustainability is hosting the inaugural UWM Sustainability Symposium,April 21-25, at the UWM Union and Golda Meir Library.

 The weeklong event promises to engage members of the UWM community, inspire new ideas on how to promote sustainable practices across campus, and encourage attendees to take action on their ideas.

 All UWM students, faculty and staff are invited to choose from a wide variety of educational presentations to attend throughout the week, including an exciting State of Sustainability Address on April 22 and workshops covering topics including food, transportation, energy, diversity and affordability. 

Register Here!


Fireside Chat, April 7th at 5pm

Sustainability Symposium Kick Off

Sustainability Roundtable- Who is Sustainability For?

Explore how our community engages citizens in the triple-bottom-line of sustainability.


  • Matt Howard, City of Milwaukee, Environmental Sustainability Director
  • Becky Long, The Gathering, Program Manager
  • Karen Sands- MMSD, Manager of Sustainability

See more details and register.



Who are Eco Reps?
Residents that actively want to get involved in making residential life more sustainable and participating in peer-to-peer environmental outreach.  Programs are created by students in all of UWM's residence halls and supported by the Office of Sustainability.  If you'd like to get involved, please contact us at  This spring's program launched around recycling and will continue with a water conservation theme.
Waste Training Booklet



RecycleMania is a friendly competition and benchmarking tool for college and university recycling programs to promote waste reduction activities to their campus communities. Over an 8-week period each spring, colleges across the United States and Canada report the amount of recycling and trash collected each week and are in turn ranked in various categories based on who recycles the most on a per capita basis, as well as which schools have the best recycling rate as a percentage of total waste and which schools generate the least amount of combined trash and recycling.  With each week’s updated ranking, participating schools follow their performance against other colleges and use the results to rally their campus to reduce and recycle more.


RecycleMania Events
Friday February 7th - grow workshop presented by Prof. Kaganovich AUP 345
Friday February 21st - grow workshop presented by Prof. Kaganovich AUP 345
Tuesday March 4th - Sustainability Design Competition presented by AIAS


Campus Conservation Nationals
CCN is the largest electricity and water reduction competition program for colleges and universities in the world. All participating school hosts a competition in which buildings on their own campus compete against each other to achieve the highest percent reduction in electricity and/or water use during the competition period (in comparison to a baseline period chosen by the school). Schools may also choose to participate in a group competition, in which schools in a region, state, or peer group compete against each other to achieve the highest campus-wide reduction in electricity and/or water consumption.

Competition Starts March 30th!
  See the competition live on UWM's Building Dashboard.

Upcoming Events

RecycleMania 2014
January 20th-March 29th
Events happening around campus
A 10-week international campus recycling competition.

Sustainability Symposium
April 21st-25th
Events happening in the UWM Union and Golda Meir Library
All UWM students, faculty and staff are invited to the first-ever, campus-wide Sustainability Symposium. Enjoy a diverse range of facilitated workshops and valuable networking opportunities surrounding the state of campus sustainability efforts Be sure to attend!

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