One of the main goals of the Office of Sustainability is to highlight sustainability as an essential campus philosophy in planning and conducting all aspects of the university’s operations and daily activities. In 2011, UW–Madison was ranked by the Sustainable Endowment Institute College Sustainability Report Card as one of just seven schools to receive a grade “A” for its sustainability efforts among 322 campuses surveyed.
Read on to learn more about how sustainability is embedded in many aspects of campus operations.
Buildings & Grounds
UW–Madison pursues a minimum of LEED Silver certification on most of its new and renovated facilities and currently has 11 LEED-certified buildings.
About two-thirds of UW–Madison's energy is used for heating and cooling the more than 200 buildings on the 936-acre main campus.
Sited on the shore of Lake Mendota, one of the most-studied lakes in the world, UW–Madison uses green infrastructure to manage and protect water resources on and near campus.
UW–Madison offers many sustainable transportation options to and around campus,
including bike routes, ride-sharing, free or low-cost bus passes, and extensive pedestrian infrastructure.
Waste & Recycling
UW–Madison recycles numerous campus waste streams, from paper, plastic, and metal to wood and construction debris.
UW-Madison offers access to numerous fresh, sustainable food options both on and off campus, including the nation's largest producer-only farmer's market.
The UW-Madison campus includes the 300-acre Lakeshore Nature Preserve and the 1,713-acre UW Arboretum. Both provide educational and research opportunities for campus.
UW–Madison is committed to supporting the health and well-being of its people and community.
Live, work, and play sustainably on the UW–Madison campus.