Campus Sustainability Map


At UW–Madison, sustainability is an ongoing, collaborative effort between students, staff, and faculty, and you can find sustainability in action all around campus. The Sustainability Map enables you to discover and explore campus sustainability features such as solar panels, certified Green Offices, cultural centers, water efficiency upgrades, and learning communities.

This map is organized around the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). You can learn more about the SDGs and why we used them to create this map in the FAQ section below.


Click the image above or “View the UW–Madison Campus Sustainability Map” to open the map.

  • Select which layers appear by checking or unchecking the box.
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How to access layers in Google Maps.
  • See sublayers and individual features by clicking the arrow.
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How to access sublayers in Google Maps.
  • Click a feature to learn more.
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How to access features in Google Maps.
  • Zoom in or out to get a new view of campus.
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How to zoom in Google Maps.

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals are a product of international collaboration to define global sustainability targets. Recognizing the ways in which human rights and climate action are intertwined, the Goals follow a multi-perspective approach that defines sustainability through social, environmental, and economic perspectives. Read more on the UN SDG website.


Layer UN Sustainable Development Goals
Climate Action UN Climate Action Icon
Quality and Accessible Education UN Quality Education icon
Equity and Justice UN Gender Equality iconUN Reduced Inequalities iconUN Peace Justice and Strong Institutions icon
Affordable and Clean Energy UN Affordable and Clean Energy icon
Innovative Design and Infrastructure UN Industry Innovation and Infrastructure icon
Sustainable Cities and Communities UN Sustainable Cities and Communities iconUN Partnerships for the Goals Icon
Clean and Protected Waters UN Clean Water and Sanitation iconUN Life Below Water icon
Habitats, Gardens, and Preserves UN Life on Land Icon
Healthy Lives UN No Poverty iconUN Zero Hunger iconUN Good Health and Well-being iconUN Decent Work and Economic Growth icon
Waste and Responsible Consumption Un Responsible Consumption and Production icon

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The map was made by two students, Audrey Stanton and Mackenzie Thelen, with help from Professor Cathy Middlecamp. The project was supported by the Office of Sustainability.

The map is a living project that will grow as more campus work incorporates sustainability and as our interpretation of sustainability evolves. We welcome your ideas for new map features.

Would you like to submit a campus sustainability feature to the map? If so, email us at with the title of the feature, a short description of how it connects to campus sustainability, and a website link.

This map was last updated October 2021.

For a useful resource, see Mapping for a Sustainable World by M.J. Kraak, R.E. Roth, B. Ricker, A. Kagawa, and G. Le Sourd, 2020.

New UW–Madison campus sustainability map goes live by Audrey Stanton, Mackenzie Thelen, and Nathan Jandl.

Stanton, A. P., Thelen, M. J., & Middlecamp, C. H. (2021). A Campus Sustainability Map Organized by the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Sustainability and Climate Change, 14(4), 202-208.