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UW-Madison Sustainability Highlights, 2018-2019

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Sustainability Dashboard

In 2017 campus governance units resolved that UW–Madison create and implement a campus-wide climate action plan. As such, and with a strong commitment from the Chancellor, the UW has begun collecting 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. Contact us to learn more about STARS certification.

The STARS data collection process is the product of cross-campus partnerships and collaboration. A Sustainability Data Working Group (SDWG) has been convened by Chancellor Blank to assist the Office of Sustainability in this effort.  You can view the list of SDWG members here.

Below, we invite you to follow our progress across STARS indicators and categories as we endeavor to align sustainability efforts across campus.


Sustainability Highlights
Highlights 2018-2019
Highlights 2017
Fiscal Year Reports
FY18 Sustainability Report
Climate Action Resolutions
Academic Staff (PDF)
Associated Students of Madison (PDF)

Sustainability Progress

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. The data shown here are estimates and will be updated as campus units submit their reports. Data is current as of August 1, 2019.

Sustainability Progress, Table View


Subcategory: Curriculum
Credit TitlePoints EarnedPoints Possible
Academic Courses 5.88 14
Learning Outcomes 1.16 8
Undergraduate Program 3 3
Graduate Program 3 3
Immersive Experience 2 2
Sustainability Literacy Assessment 0 4
Incentives for Developing Courses 0 2
Campus as a Living Laboratory 4 4
Subcategory: Research
Credit TitlePoints EarnedPoints Possible
Research and Scholarship 5.65 12
Support for Research 3 4
Open Access to Research 0 2


Subcategory: Campus Engagement
Credit TitlePoints EarnedPoints Possible
Student Educators Program 0.69 4
Student Orientation 0 2
Student Life 2 2
Outreach Materials and Publications 2 2
Outreach Campaign 4 4
Assessing Sustainability Culture 0 1
Employee Educators Program 0.01 3
Employee Orientation 0.02 1
Staff Professional Development 0 2
Subcategory: Public Engagement
Credit TitlePoints EarnedPoints Possible
Community Partnerships 3 3
Inter-Campus Collaboration 2.5 3
Continuing Education 0.55 5
Community Service 2.59 5
Participation in Public Policy 2 2
Trademark Licensing 2 2


Subcategory: Air & Climate
Credit TitlePoints EarnedPoints Possible
Greenhouse Gas Emissions 4.16 10
Outdoor Air Quality 0.5 1
Subcategory: Buildings
Credit TitlePoints EarnedPoints Possible
Building Operations and Maintenance 0.01 5
Building Design and Construction 0.63 3
Subcategory: Energy
Credit TitlePoints EarnedPoints Possible
Building Energy Consumption 3.51 6
Clean and Renewable Energy 0.06 4
Subcategory: Food & Dining
Credit TitlePoints EarnedPoints Possible
Food and Beverage Purchasing 0.40 6
Sustainable Dining 1.88 2
Subcategory: Grounds
Credit TitlePoints EarnedPoints Possible
Landscape Management 0 2
Biodiversity 2 2
Subcategory: Purchasing
Credit TitlePoints EarnedPoints Possible
Sustainable Procurement 2 3
Electronics Purchasing 0.99 1
Cleaning and Janitorial Purchasing 0.24 1
Office Paper Purchasing 0.58 1
Subcategory: Transportation
Credit TitlePoints EarnedPoints Possible
Campus Fleet 0.05 1
Student Commute Modal Split 1.87 2
Employee Commute Modal Split 0.98 2
Support for Sustainable Transportation 2 2
Subcategory: Waste
Credit TitlePoints EarnedPoints Possible
Waste Minimization and Diversion 3.58 8
Construction and Demolition Waste Diversion 0.59 1
Hazardous Waste Management 1 1
Subcategory: Water
Credit TitlePoints EarnedPoints Possible
Water Use 4.48 6
Rainwater Management 1 2

Planning & Administration

Subcategory: Coordination & Planning
Credit TitlePoints EarnedPoints Possible
Sustainability Coordination 1 1
Sustainability Planning 2.5 4
Participatory Governance 1.5 3
Subcategory: Diversity & Affordability
Credit TitlePoints EarnedPoints Possible
Diversity & Equity Coordination 1.33 2
Assessing Diversity & Equity 1 1
Support for Underrepresented Groups 1.92 3
Affordability and Access 3.28 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 1.29 3
Assessing Employee Satisfaction 0.63 1
Wellness Program 1 1
Workplace Health & Safety 0.75 2

Data Collection

Each campus unit has a responsibility to document and report their sustainability efforts as a component of STARS certification. The UW’s data collection efforts began in January 2019. Data is current as of: August 1, 2019.

Academics: Data collection 100% complete.

Engagement: Data collection 100% complete.

Operations: Data collection 100% complete.

Planning & Admininstration: Data collection 100% complete.