The University of Wisconsin–Madison works 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 Office of Sustainability 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

Melissa Nergard

Position title: Chief Sustainability Officer

Email: missy.nergard@wisc.edu

Cathy Middlecamp

Position title: Director of Sustainability Education and Research

Email: chmiddle@wisc.edu

Ann Terlaak

Position title: Sustainability Certificate Faculty Advisor

Email: ann.terlaak@wisc.edu

Nathan Jandl

Position title: Associate Director of Sustainability

Email: njandl@wisc.edu

Jason Gallup

Position title: Student Intern Program Manager

Email: jgallup@wisc.edu

Ian Aley

Position title: Green Fund Program Manager

Email: iraley@wisc.edu

Alex Frank

Position title: Project Portfolio Manager

Email: alex.frank@wisc.edu

Ally Burg

Position title: Program Assistant

Email: aburg@wisc.edu

Jake McCulloch

Position title: Project & Communications Specialist

Email: jake.mcculloch@wisc.edu

Student Employees

Tracy Harvey

Position title: Project Assistant

Audrey Stanton

Position title: Graduate Project Assistant

Ben Zacher

Position title: Analyst

Student Interns, Fall 2019

Sanauz Alaei

Position title: Green Allies, Green Labs, Green Office

Natalie Brunner

Position title: Communications, Green Allies, Green Office

Riley Collins

Position title: Green Events, Green Office

Meg DiPoto

Position title: Green Events, Green Labs

Hannah Kasun

Position title: Communications, Green Events

Ally Magnin

Position title: Communications, Green Events

Catie McDonald

Position title: Communications, Green Events, Green Athletics

Jackie Millonzi

Position title: Green Allies, Green Events

Jackie Olson

Position title: Green Allies, Green Greeks, Green Office

Ana Roden

Position title: Communications, Green Allies, Green Office

Jeremy Sanford

Position title: Green Allies, Green Greeks

Marina Steiner

Position title: Green Events, Green Labs

Claire Stowe

Position title: Communications, Green Office

Jackson Webster

Position title: Green Greeks, Green Office