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Sustainability is the ability or capacity of something to be maintained or to sustain itself. It is about taking what we need to live now, without jeopardizing the needs of future generations.


Here, at UW Oshkosh, sustainability has been on the radar for years. Being one of the first universities in Wisconsin to commit to the movement, UW Oshkosh has received many awards and recognitions for our efforts in making the Earth a safer and cleaner place. The following are just some of the more recent awards UW Oshkosh has received:

  • Sierra Club declared UW Oshkosh #3 on its 2015 “Coolest Schools” List.
  • ranked UWO #5 of the Top 50 Greenest Universities in America for 2015.
  • UWO placed 8th out of 167 schools in the nationwide RecycleMania Competition for food waste reduction.
  • In 2013, UW Oshkosh was one of 21 schools to make Princeton’s “Green Honor Roll”.
  • UW Oshkosh was the very first university to be declared as a Fair Trade University in the nation.


As a part of our campus’ sustainable efforts, The Department of ResLife focuses on educating residents about sustainable behaviors and living more sustainable lives.


Information and programs are distributed in the Residence Halls each month based on the Green Guide to Campus Living and the themes presented in this guide. These themes include reducing water use, conserving energy, eating green, and so much more. ResLife also emphasizes correct recycling habits and encourages residents to exhibit these sustainable practices.


Click on the Following Links to learn more:

Sustainability Green Guide
Sustainability Residence Halls
Sustainability Recycling