The Fox Cities campus has identified sustainability as an important initiative. Sustainability is defined as living in a way that promotes activities that are ecologically sound, socially responsible, and economically viable. Our goal is to promote thought, discussion, activity and education throughout the campus and in the community on important and timely environmental, economic, societal and related issues of sustainability facing today’s rapidly changing world.

Campus Initiatives

To promote sustainability on campus we have examined all aspects of building operations to reduce energy usage, conserve water, and reduce waste. Students can learn more about sustainability through numerous courses and can get involved in campus sustainability initiatives by joining Students for Sustainability.

Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE)

Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education – Conversations on Campus Sustainability (AASHE) resources are free for Fox Cities campus students, faculty and staff. Students, faculty and staff can sign up with a valid UWC email account. Visit AASHE site for more information.

Garden Projects

Students for Sustainability Club has initiated several garden projects on campus. Volunteers are always welcome. Contact one of the following club advisors for more information: Dr. Teresa Weglarz or Jason Mills.

Green Roof

In 2012, students and staff joined the Omni Ecosystem and Rooftop Greenworks teams to install a 380 square feet of green roof on the Communication Arts Center (CAC).   Watch the 2012 Green Roof Project Video.


Composting is the process of decomposition of organic matter that generates a nutrient-rich product that can be used as a soil amendment in gardens. The Fox Cities campus began a compost collection program to reduce waste and promote environmental sustainability in 2009. To date, we have collected more than 13,000 lbs. of organic waste; waste that has been diverted from the local landfill. Each day Fox Cities campus students collect compostable waste from the green compost bins on campus and from the campus cafeteria. The compost is weighed and incorporated into the compost windrow located on campus grounds. We are always seeking volunteers to help with the compost collection program and monitor the composting process.

Tree Campus USA

The Fox Cities campus has earned the “Tree Campus USA” designation according to criteria established by the Arbor Day Foundation (Lincoln, NE). The honor and designation is awarded to a campus that effectively manages its trees. Tree Campus USA develops connectivity with the community beyond campus borders in order to foster healthy, urban forests; and strives to engage its student population to utilize service learning opportunities centered on the campus, community and forestry efforts. The Campus Tree USA program is a partnership between the Arbor Day Foundation and Toyota. Toyota helped launch the program and continues its generous financial support.  Watch the 2013 Arbor Day ‘Tree Campus’ Recognition Video.


A hoophouse, or high tunnel, is a series of arches that are covered with polyvinyl plastic. A hoophouse is heated by the sun and protected from wind, and therefore can extend the growing season by as much as six weeks in the fall and spring. This is especially important in Wisconsin where the growing season typically doesn’t start until the second week of May and ends the first week of October. Crops that can be planted in a hoophouse for fall and winter consumption include arugula, spinach, carrots and swiss chard.

Leed Certification

The Fox Cities campus’ LEED strategy reduces site and development impacts, transportation (vehicle) impacts, CO2 pollution, energy costs, material use/waste and harmful air contaminates. Learn more about the LEED strategy.

 Waste Reduction 

Through composting, using double-sided printing in all computer labs and offering reusable water bottles for sale at the bookstore instead of plastic bottles, our aim is to reduce waste on campus.

University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
Fox Cities Campus
1478 Midway Road
Menasha, WI 54952
(920) 832-2600