Located in the “Beer Capital of the World,” University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee (UWM) sees a lot of empty bottles and aluminum cans; it’s no wonder the university’s recycling program is so far ahead of the curve. As early as 1984 UWM started recycling its yard waste, and in 1995 the university instituted paper and comingled (glass, cans, plastic bottles) recycling on campus. Today, UWM recycles everything from lab chemicals to construction waste to e-waste, and UWM’s Surplus Program finds new uses for unwanted furniture, industrial waste, and equipment on campus. In more recent years, the campus has led the charge that “Energy Matters”—a goal to reduce campus energy usage by 25 percent. With nearly all of the campus completed, energy savings are being realized far beyond that. To date, campus energy usage has dropped 30 percent per gross square foot, even while expanding 20 percent since 2008. Cellar to ceiling changes have overhauled the campus energy consumption from variable air volume HVAC, to lighting change outs, and building envelope updates. UWM’s close proximity to Lake Michigan means that it is intimately concerned with the threat to water quality posed by Milwaukee’s storm water runoff. With the assistance of students, a UWM professor has come up with a storm water Master Plan for the university. Since the early 1990s, UWM has installed seven green roofs on campus buildings including the university’s largest at the Golda Meir Library, which also incorporated a 30-kilowatt solar photovoltaic system. Cambridge Commons, the newest student dormitory, which features two green roofs, on-site renewable energy production, and access to the Milwaukee River, is LEED Gold-certified.
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Sustainability-focused degree available
School employs a sustainability officer
% food budget spent on local/organic food
Available Transportation Alternatives
Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus
Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
School Developed Bicycle Plan
School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2016.