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Sustainability at UWM can be seen across campus, from green roofs to environmentally responsible carpet selections, from recycled computers to energy efficiency overhauls of major campus buildings.  Changes in campus operations seek to reduce energy, waste, and toxic materials while increasing recycling, renewable energy, and campus awareness of green practices and procedures. 


The Office of Sustainability is housed within Facility Services and handles energy and water conservation, recycling, green cleaning, landscaping, surplus, and other operations.  However, sustainability reaches across campus, and the Office of Sustainability bridges the gap with Restaurant Operations, the Purchasing Department, University Safety & Assurances, University Information Technology Services, University Housing, and many other committees and staff.


At times, campus sustainability initiatives also connect with Academics.  The School of Architecture, the College of Engineering, and the Conservation and Environmental Science Program have initiated and assisted Facility Services with stormwater management, solar PV panel installation, and roof top and community gardens.  Connecting student studies with campus initiatives is critical to institutionalizing sustainability at UWM.



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Campus Gardens

Providing local food, educational opportunities, and sustainable community engagement



Repurposing and recycling UWM campus furniture and equipment



Managing our waste by recycling, beyond bottles and cans 

 Student Union Green roof

Greenroofs & Landscaping

Reducing our stormwater runoff and cultivating native species

Solar Panels 

Energy, Water, & Buildings

Conserving our energy and water, installing renewable energies, and building green 

Green Certified 

Green Cleaning

Eliminating toxic chemicals to environmentally-friendly standards and saving water



Offering alternatives to single-driver commuting to campus


Food & Purchasing

Reducing the carbon footprint through local, green purchasing and food choices