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Sustainability Symposium

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

 The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee 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.  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  hosted the inaugural UWM Sustainability Symposium,April 21-25, 2014, at the UWM Union and Golda Meir Library.

 The weeklong event engaged 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.

Bike to Work Day 2013

Tuesday, May 16th
Watch the video clip here.
See photos of the event here.

Earth Week 2013

April 22nd-April 25th
Check out our Facebook album of pictures from the week.

January 22rd-March 29th

Click on the link below for UWM's results during its 5th year participating in RecycleMania.

November 1-2, 2012

UW System Sustainability Conference


August 2012

 The first annual Student Sustainability Camp was a success! Over 30 students attended the 4 day overnight camp. Check out more photos and videos on our Facebook page. 

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 Learning about the stormwater management system at Parking Lot 18.


Sampling Lake Michigan water for bacteria at Atwater Beach.

July 2012


May 17, 2012

UWM Bike to Campus Day

Where: 2 Locations- Corner of Hampton and Santa Monica (at the Martinizing parking lot) , Kenilworth within the alley way "Green Street"

What: Riders will take the Oak Leaf Trail from both locations and end on campus at Spaights Plaza where there will be free bike tune-ups courtesy of UBike, free Grind coffee, and educational materials.
Also, all riders will receive a free UW-Milwaukee leg band reflector.

Event is rain or shine

May 25, 2012

Growing the Gardens- Pergola, Pathways, and Plantings

We will be working at the Sandburg Garden site to put in a lot of finishing touches: layout the pathways, building a pergola, planting our shared beds, and implementing a composting site

What: Garden planting and construction at the Sandburg Gardens

Where: South of Sandburg East Tower

March 2012

RecycleMania 2012 Final Results

Grand Champion 59
Per Capita Classic 76
Gorilla 27
Waste Minimization 110
Food Service Organics 121

UWM saved 488 tons of C02 equivalent which equals 259 cars off the road, or the energy consumption of 129 households!

October 18th 2011

Campus Sustainability Day
7:30am-10:00am Organic Pancake Breakfast, Union Ballroom East  

-Winners of the Energy Competition will be announced and awarded.

2:00pm Library Green Roof & Solar PV Ribbon Cutting, Library 4th Floor
-Celebrate the Golda Meir Library's new 50,000 sq. ft. green roof and 30kw solar PV system

4:00pm-6:00pm Green Book Club-The Lorax, Student Union Wisconsin Room Lounge
-Discuss this Dr.Seuss favorite and the resources we use every day on campus

Reduce Your Use UWM Energy Competition 2011
The UWM Reduce Your Use energy competition has come to a close. You've unplugged and powered down. Perhaps it was the first time you tried out a power switch at your computer or tapped off the monitor before stepping out of the office. Thank you to all of you who hit the light switch off just one extra time!


Academic Building
Engineering and Mathematical Sciences Building

7% Reduction
Saving the campus $913 alone

Residence Hall
Sandburg North Tower
1.1% Reduction

Full Competition Results at:

Overall, some buildings did increase. Once all of the buildings were combined, reductions and increases, the competition saved 7,972 kWh, 13,656 lbs of carbon dioxide, and $717.

July 2011

UWM Sustainability department and the Neighborhood Housing Office have teamed up again to put on our 3rd Annual Dump N Run Event! This event helps the UWM community get rid of clutter, reduce its carbon footprint, and help keep the neighborhoods clean.

Dump n Run

April 19th 2011

Energy Matters Fair

Touch the Technology...

See the Savings...

Understand the Impact...

Win a sweet, sustainable ride, plus gear to go with it...

It's all part of UWM's campus wide celebration of Energy Matters-

a commitment to reduce carbon consumption at UWM by 25% by 2013.

Celebrate the success of Energy Matters, energy conservation measures and the debut of the cutting-edge UWM Energy Dashboard:

Speakers, exhibits, engineers, hors d'ouevres, giveaways and a $900 road-bike prize, donated by Ben's Cycle's of Milwaukee and Honeywell.


 Walk, bike, run, or carpool to the Energy Matters Fair:

  • See what UWM is doing to consume less, save more- and how you can help

For all inquiries contact the Environmental Sustainability Coordinator: Kate Nelson at knelson6@uwm

Energy Matters

Energy Matters to the Environment.

Energy Matters to Economics.

Energy Matters to Everyone.

Sponsored By

January 2011

UW-Milwaukee Competes in RecycleMania for the 3rd Year in a Row

Over the next 10 weeks, from January 23-April 2, 2011, UWM will be tracking all of its waste and recycling to compete with over 500 national & international campuses around the world. All materials throughout campus, including all academic buildings, University Housing, the Student Union, and the School of Continuing Education downtown, will be specially recorded throughout the competition. Campuses are rewarded for high recycling rates as well as waste minimization. Help UWM take the trophy this year!
Reduce: Eliminate waste by using a reusable water bottle or coffee mug.
Reuse: Set your printers to double sided, and always reuse extra sheets.
Recycle: UWM recycles across campus. All paper and cardboard, as well as aluminum cans, glass bottles, and all #'s of plastic 1-7.


All waste & recycling tracking for UWM can be found here.
Special events and an in depth waste analysis will be taking place in SARUP. Join in a waste audit with the Office of Sustainability & students of the Emerging Green Builders!

November 2010

Food For Thought

UW-Milwaukee’s Semester Long Experience of Food, Culture, & the Environment

In the Fall of ‘10 UWM will explore how food connects us to the environment, our culture, and to each other.  Our daily choices reflect our values and personalities, all the while impacting our planet and our health.  Through films, workshops, cooking discussions, an art exhibition and introducing UWM’s new “green” bookclub, students, staff, and faculty can engage their taste buds and minds together and provoke a little food for thought.
See for details.

Food for Thought is a collaboration of Student Affairs, the Office of Sustainability, the Office of the Provost, & Academic Affairs.


October 2010

350 Milwaukee Work Party


10/10/10 Global Work Party- Reduce your carbon footprint

The 350 Milwaukee Work Party is part of the international Global Work Party initiative of The goal is to join the international cause to reduce CO2 emissions to 350 parts per million, the number that scientists say is the safe upper limit for carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.


Great job everyone! 115 people took the 350 pledge saving 168.8324 metric tons and 350,920.77 lbs. of CO2.

These numbers are the equivalent emissions from 30 vehicles in a year and electricity use from 19 homes in one year!

April 2010

UWM Makes the Princeton Review's Green Colleges List

April 29th, 2010--UW-Milwaukee has made the Princeton Review's Green Colleges List! This list is a guide to 286 colleges and universities that have demonstrated an exemplary commitment to sustainability. Milwaukee shares this honor with seven other schools in Wisconsin, including UW-Oshkosh and UW-Stevens Point. The list was chosen by both the Princeton Review and the U.S. Green Building Council.

UWM's Profile

Criteria for the Princeton Review Green Rating of Colleges
The Princeton Review tallies its Green Rating scores based on institutional data it obtains from the colleges in response to ten survey questions that ask:
1. The percentage of food expenditures that goes toward local, organic, or otherwise environmentally preferable food
2. Whether the school offers programs including free bus passes, universal access transit passes, bike sharing/renting, car sharing, carpool parking, van-pooling or guaranteed rides home to encourage alternatives to single-passenger automobile use for students
3. Whether the school has a formal committee with participation from students that is devoted to advancing sustainability on campus
4. Whether new buildings are required to be LEED Silver certified
5. The school's overall waste diversion rate
6. Whether the school has an environmental studies major, minor, or concentration
7. Whether the school has an "environmental literacy" requirement
8.Whether the school has produced a publicly available greenhouse gas emissions inventory and adopted a climate action plan consistent with 80 percent greenhouse gas reductions by 2050 targets
9. What percentage of the school's energy consumption, including heating/cooling and electrical, is derived from renewable sources (this definition included "green tags" but not nuclear or large scale hydropower)
10. Whether the school employs a dedicated full-time (or full equivalent) sustainability officer

December 2009


October 2009

Campus Sustainability Day, Wednesday, October 21st Join the UWM Community in celebrating sustainability on campus. Dust off old campus directories and phonebooks piling up in your home or office, and drop them off for recycling. Right after you enjoy a delicious pancake breakfast in the Student Union.

Organic Pancake Breakfast

7:30am – 10:00am (or until the pancakes run out!)Enjoy a healthy organic breakfast with pancakes, fruit, coffee, & tea. Free to students. $3 for faculty/staff. Sponsored by Union Programming, Share the Earth.

Project ReDirectory

11am-6pm Come to the Zelazo Parking Lot to recycle your old phonebooks. Campus Directories taken too! Enjoy a great local, harvest snack as well. Would you like to volunteer to help at this event? Contact Kate Nelson at if you would like to volunteer, or if you any other questions about phonebook recycling.11am-6pm Come to the Zelazo Parking Lot to recycle your old phonebooks. Campus Directories taken too! Enjoy a great local, harvest snack as well. Would you like to volunteer to help at this event? Contact Kate Nelson at if you would like to volunteer, or if you any other questions about phonebook recycling.

September 2009

Sundaeco walk logoy, September 13th, at 11am

Join the UWM community, alumni, & neighbors for the first-ever Eco Walk. This interpretive walk will take you through the urban ecosystems & sustainable landscapes of UWM & Lake Park, while highlighting their unique features. For information and registration click here.