University of Wisconsin–Madison


The University of Wisconsin–Madison is working to integrate and enhance research and education efforts in sustainability science and practice across all parts of campus. UW–Madison has a long history of scholarship in a broad range of topics relevant to sustainability, from using recycled industrial materials in infrastructure to ensuring the sustainability of rural agricultural communities. Creating solutions for the sustainability challenges of the future will require dynamic teams and a comprehensive approach that addresses sustainability problems such as water, finance, energy, health, food, and community. Addressing these challenges will require an educated workforce that is trained to consider sustainability broadly.

In 2010, a chancellor-appointed Sustainability Task Force recommended that the University of Wisconsin–Madison create a university office that would align academics and research to advance campus sustainability goals. Now, the Office of Sustainability serves as a campus-wide resource for sustainability. By facilitating sustainability education and partnering with campus units to improve operations and resource stewardship, the office represents the realization of a shared vision for a sustainable campus.


The University of Wisconsin–Madison aligns research and education on sustainability (our purpose) with campus operations (our practices) in the service of environmental, economic and social responsibility to people and the planet.


The University of Wisconsin–Madison will 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.

Leadership Team

Rob Lamppa

Interim Director of Sustainability Operations

Cathy Middlecamp

Interim Director of Sustainability Research and Education

Anne Lamppa

Student Programs Director

Amy Duwell Brockdorf

Student Programs Assistant Director

Ian Aley

Green Fund Coordinator


Zachary Amiri

Waste & Recycling team

Nolan Billstrom

Green Office team

Leo Cox

Waste & Recycling team

Alexis Dunnum

Waste & Recycling team

Madeline Fischer

Green Office team

Brenna George

Waste & Recycling team

Dakota Hitchner

Waste & Recycling team

Rita Kawak

Waste & Recycling team

Gillian McBride

Green Office team

Dennis Mistrioty

Green Office team

Ellie Plonsky

Green Office team