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UWO Sustainability Impact Report

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2021-2022

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Winner of the 2022 U.S. Dept. Of Education’s Green Ribbon Schools Award
2022 – 13th year for Oshkosh campus recognition as a Tree Campus Higher Education Institution

Earth Day 2022, Chancellor Leavitt signs Second Nature’s Climate Commitment and calls for Climate Neutrality by 2030 

UWO awarded $10,000 pro bono consulting services for Climate Action Planning by Brailsford & Dunlavey in partnership with Second Nature 

AASHE STARS Silver in January 2022

13 Years Oshkosh Campus

11 yearsFox Cities Campus

4 years Fond du Lac Campus

Sustainability Staff has grown to 11 committed staff members

2021 Energy use: 

2021 Emissions:

MT CO2e-

Electricity

kWh of electricity

This cost us $1,990,252.64 

Natural Gas

Therms of natural gas

This cost us $274,658.29

Focus on Energy Dollars

Fall 2022 Sustainability Tours given:

Community Member Tours

Staff Member Tours

Student Tours

Peregrine Falcon project

The three Peregrine falcon chicks were banded as part of an ongoing monitoring program within the state of Wisconsin. We’d like to introduce Laurel, Honor, and Triumph! These names were suggested because UWO recently earned the U.S. Dept of Education’s Green Ribbon Schools award, and the names reflect our pride in being recognized for our sustainability efforts.

Read the story here

If you have not checked it out recently, the nest box on GCC where a nest cam can be viewed from a live Youtube stream has seen some interesting activity recently – two eggs have been laid!

Please visit the webpage if you would like to support the Peregrine Falcon project. A gift account has been established for the project and donations can be made by check or online. Donations help support maintenance of the box and nest camera.

Community Gardens 2022

53 CSA members (16 students)
116 shares picked up
Over 560 pounds of fresh produce provided 

Academics and Events 

Student interns employed: 8

Paid interns gain job-ready skills in communications, data analysis, event planning, and more while supporting sustainability at UWO!

Sustainability events held: 30

Speakers, films, networking events, tree plantings, garden cleanups, bike rides, and more engaged hundreds of students, faculty, staff, and community members around sustainability issues.

Student Class projects: 18

Working on food waste recovery and heating plant projects

Student and faculty projects funded: 6

SIRT, the Office of Student Creative and Research Activity, and Faculty Development joined forces to give out over $45,000 in grant money to projects on bee hotels, microplastics, climate change communication, community resiliency, and more.

$1.6 million NSF grant awarded to SIRT

A team of SIRT researchers won a prestigious National Science Foundation grant to study and address toxic blue-green algae blooms, which cause millions of dollars of economic losses and impact recreation, public health, and ecology in our region. This project will provide research opportunities for >40 undergraduate students. 

Sustainability Certificates Program launched Fall 2022

Five new certificates in subjects like Sustainability and Social Change, Sustainability Communication, Sustainability Leadership in Organizations, and Sustainability and Renewable Energy provide students in any major with a credential and hands-on experience that will help them be job-ready

Sustainability Institute for Regional Transformations

 

UW Oshkosh
800 Algoma Blvd.
Oshkosh, WI 54901

Contact Info:

(920) 424-0440
SIRT Office: 4483 Sage Hall
 

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