Spotlight on Sustainability

UW-Milwaukee Division of Student Affairs is the First to Complete Green Office Certification, Receives Award from the Office of Sustainability


All 24 departments within the Division of Student Affairs, are the first to undertake the UWM Green Office Certification, which was designed specifically for UWM by the Office of Sustainability.The program evaluates office purchasing, programs, and behavior for efficiency and more environmentally friendly procedures.


Over the past year, a cross-divisional green team worked through the credits, implementing changes, streamlining processes that addressed energy and IT usage, waste, staff transportation, purchasing and catering choices, as well as department specific innovation points.The Division as whole will be awarded 2 out of 4 potential “Paws”.The green office certification is credit based and adds up to 4 Panther Paws.Division-wide over 590 UWM employees and 85,000+ square feet of office campus space were a part of Student Affairs certification.19 of the 23 departments will receive their own award upon reaching certification, at different levels, with University Recreation coming in as the only to reach a full 4 Paws!Programs and ideas range from full implementation of 100% recycled paper for all office copiers, to entire offices remodeled with refurbished fixtures, to public transportation displays, and new programs to propagate office plants to spread far and wide. “UWM Student Affairs has made amazing strides to build staff by-in, collaborate, and make their daily office work leaner and greener.” Kate Nelson, UWM Chief Sustainability Officer.


The Division of Student Affairs will be receiving their awards at a tree planting on Friday, October 24th at 1:15pm on the lawn across from Norris Health Center.


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