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Pedestrians and cyclist travel among the colors of the fall leaves on the Howard Temin Lakeshore Path at the University of Wisconsin-Madison during autumn on November 8, 2021.

Read the latest update on sustainability at UW–Madison

View our 2021-2022 report here More

Sustainability Data and Reporting

STARS silver rating sealIn 2017 campus governance units resolved that UW–Madison create and implement a campus-wide climate action plan. Thanks to these resolutions and with a strong commitment from the Chancellor, the university collected data in accordance with STARS, the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System. STARS offers varying levels of certification depending on points earned by an institution. Collectively, colleges and universities enjoy an expanded understanding and responsibility for sustainability as a result of measuring and tracking their efforts. It also provides a mechanism for new ideas to be generated and helps engage the community toward real progress.

The STARS data collection process was the product of cross-campus partnerships and collaboration. Results of the STARS assessment informed the strategic framework developed by the Sustainability Advisory Council.

On May 18, 2022, UW–Madison received a second STARS silver rating. Access the public report here.

Annual Reports
Semester Reports
Fiscal Year Reports
Climate Action Resolutions (2017)

Reaching for the STARS

Below, you can view our data collection process for the STARS report. Sustainability efforts across campus are divided into four categories: Planning & Administration, Academics, Operations, and Engagement. Each category includes secondary and tertiary categories for which sustainability efforts are measured and points are accrued. Data is current as of May 18, 2022.

Sustainability Progress, Table View

Academics

Subcategory: Curriculum
Credit TitlePoints EarnedPoints Possible
Academic Courses 6.57 14
Learning Outcomes 1.89 8
Undergraduate Program 3 3
Graduate Program 3 3
Immersive Experience 2 2
Sustainability Literacy Assessment 2 4
Incentives for Developing Courses 0 2
Campus as a Living Laboratory 4 4
Subcategory: Research
Credit TitlePoints EarnedPoints Possible
Research and Scholarship 9.70 12
Support for Research 2 4
Open Access to Research 1.33 2

Engagement

Subcategory: Campus Engagement
Credit TitlePoints EarnedPoints Possible
Student Educators Program 0.34 4
Student Orientation 2 2
Student Life 2 2
Outreach Materials and Publications 1.60 2
Outreach Campaign 4 4
Assessing Sustainability Culture 0.25 1
Employee Educators Program 1.53 3
Employee Orientation 0.01 1
Staff Professional Development 0 2
Subcategory: Public Engagement
Credit TitlePoints EarnedPoints Possible
Community Partnerships 3 3
Inter-Campus Collaboration 3 3
Continuing Education 2.81 5
Community Service 2.35 5
Participation in Public Policy 2.00 2
Trademark Licensing 2 2

Operations

Subcategory: Air & Climate
Credit TitlePoints EarnedPoints Possible
Emissions Inventory and Disclosure 3 3
Greenhouse Gas Emissions 2.41 8
Subcategory: Buildings
Credit TitlePoints EarnedPoints Possible
Building Design and Construction 1.25 3
Building Operations and Maintenance 0.16 5
Subcategory: Energy
Credit TitlePoints EarnedPoints Possible
Building Energy Efficiency 3.46 6
Clean and Renewable Energy 0 4
Subcategory: Food & Dining
Credit TitlePoints EarnedPoints Possible
Food and Beverage Purchasing 0.57 6
Sustainable Dining 2.00 2
Subcategory: Grounds
Credit TitlePoints EarnedPoints Possible
Landscape Management 1.03 2
Biodiversity 1 2
Subcategory: Purchasing
Credit TitlePoints EarnedPoints Possible
Sustainable Procurement 1.75 3
Electronics Purchasing 0.24 1
Cleaning and Janitorial Purchasing 0.02 1
Office Paper Purchasing 0.48 1
Subcategory: Transportation
Credit TitlePoints EarnedPoints Possible
Campus Fleet 0.05 1
Commute Modal Split 3.54 5
Support for Sustainable Transportation 1 1
Subcategory: Waste
Credit TitlePoints EarnedPoints Possible
Waste Minimization and Diversion 4.42 8
Construction and Demolition Waste Diversion 0.93 1
Hazardous Waste Management 1 1
Subcategory: Water
Credit TitlePoints EarnedPoints Possible
Water Use 4.42 5
Rainwater Management 1 2

Planning & Administration

Subcategory: Coordination & Planning
Credit TitlePoints EarnedPoints Possible
Sustainability Coordination 1 1
Sustainability Planning 3.5 4
Inclusive and Participatory Governance 2.12 3
Reporting Assurance 1 1
Subcategory: Diversity & Affordability
Credit TitlePoints EarnedPoints Possible
Diversity & Equity Coordination 1.44 2
Assessing Diversity & Equity 1 1
Support for Underrepresented Groups 1.92 3
Affordability and Access 3.19 4
Subcategory: Investment & Finance
Credit TitlePoints EarnedPoints Possible
Committee on Investor Responsibility 0 2
Sustainable Investment 0 4
Investment Disclosure 0 1
Subcategory: Wellbeing & Work
Credit TitlePoints EarnedPoints Possible
Employee Compensation 0.2 3
Assessing Employee Satisfaction 0.22 1
Wellness Program 0.75 1
Workplace Health & Safety 0.98 2