Report of the Sustainability Initiative Task Force

Published October 10, 2010

We are pleased to present the final report of the campus Sustainability Initiative Task Force. This report fulfills the charge we gave to the task force to recommend goals, policies, governance structure and pilot projects related to sustainability for consideration by UW–Madison’s leadership and campus community.

There are many reasons why sustainability was chosen as the focus of one of two cross-campus strategic initiatives (the other being global health). As the task force notes, no other university has its roots as deeply embedded in sustainability, including the legacies of Wisconsin — and UW–Madison — pioneers like John Muir, Aldo Leopold and Gaylord Nelson. More important, sustainability is and must be at the heart of today’s UW–Madison — its education, research, operations, and public service.

We endorse wholeheartedly the task force vision for UW–Madison to be a “living model for sustainability, exemplifying values and actions that demonstrate our commitment to stewardship of resources, respect for place, and the health and well-being of the broader community, now and for the future.”

The faculty, staff and students on the task force represented research, education and operations. The group was aided by eight working groups in the areas of energy, food, health, transportation, campus environment, materials and consumption, governance, and communication. We thank everyone who served on the task force or supported its exemplary work.

Now it is up to the campus community to build on the recommendations put forth in this report, enrich our culture of sustainability, and demonstrate our unwavering commitment to a sustainable future.

Paul DeLuca
UW–Madison Provost

Darrell Bazzell
Vice Chancellor for Administration, UW–Madison