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Office of Sustainability



(608) 890-3187


Outreach Office
2228 Engineering Hall
1415 Engineering Drive
Madison, WI 53706-1691

Operations Office
201J Service Building
1217 University Avenue
Madison, WI 53706-1691

Office Mailing Address 
445 Henry Mall, Room 306
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, WI 53706

The University of Wisconsin–Madison is embarking on an ambitious plan to integrate and enhance research and education thrusts in sustainability science and practice across all parts of campus. The university has a long history of scholarship in a broad range of topics relevant to sustainability, ranging from using recycled industrial materials in infrastructure to ensuring the sustainability of rural agricultural communities.

Creating solutions to the sustainability challenges of the future will require integrated teams and a comprehensive approach that address coupled sustainability problems such as water, finance, energy, health, food and community. Addressing these challenges in practice will require an educated workforce that has been trained to consider sustainability broadly.

The Office of Sustainability was created to:

  • transform sustainability research and education on campus,
  • encourage the adoption of best practices to make sustainability an essential part of our university’s daily operations, and
  • promote conservation and waste prevention as a way of life for our community.

As we work together to make our vision a reality, we will strive to follow these guiding principles:

  • More fully integrate research, education and campus operations
  • Incorporate systems analysis, life-cycle analysis and cradle-to-grave thinking
  • Advance literacy to effect cultural change
  • Eliminate waste with urgency, in ways that are environmentally, economically and socially responsible
  • Be transparent in our metrics, practices and decision-making
  • Honor and engage the ideas, enthusiasm and commitment of students
The Office of Sustainability has projects in the following categories:
Students, Faculty & Staff, Community, Partnerships, Energy, Materials, Water, Transportation, Campus Operations, IT, Food, Health, Facilitation, & Funding. 

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