About - Sustainability Institute
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The Institute generates new ideas, advancing knowledge by engaging faculty, staff, and students in scholarly and creative activities exploring the theory, practice, and applications of sustainability. Through development of technologies and collaborative partnerships, we work to advance research and deliver applied educational experiences as well as develop revenue streams that support the mission of SIRT.


Members of the Institute educate and learn from its many stakeholders so that a deep understanding of the multiple dimensions of sustainability emerges that informs the transition to a durable world. These efforts engage students, teachers, professionals, practitioners, and other community members to cultivate advocacy, leadership, responsibility, and skills through degree, certificate, and short-term programs. SIRT highlights examples of sustainability from local, regional and international communities and collaborators.


The Institute inspires critical thinking about the emergence of the sustainability concept, what it means, and how it can be (and has been) actualized and implemented. This includes creating public conversations and cultural activities that foster questioning, celebration, advocacy, and the advancement of interdisciplinary understanding of the challenges to sustainability.


Members of the Institute support the practice of sustainability locally, regionally, and internationally. SIRT is a public space and resource where faculty, staff and students collaborate with community members and civic groups, governments, organizations, and businesses on sustainability-related projects by opening dialogues, providing access to skills and technologies, education, and outreach, and identifying and securing financial and material resources.

Contact SIRT

Phone: (920) 424-0440
Email: sirt@uwosh.edu

Hours: Mon – Fri
8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Office Address:
4483 Sage Hall
835 High Ave.
Oshkosh, WI 54901

Mailing Address:
UW Oshkosh SIRT
800 Algoma Blvd.
Oshkosh, WI 54901


The Sustainability Institute encourages and facilitates interdisciplinary collaboration across campus, and broader community and regional collaboration. Our commitment to diverse visions of sustainability is conveyed through our mission statement: to engage stakeholders from Wisconsin and beyond to build healthy communities, inclusive economies, and ecologically sound environments through inquiry, education and action.

SIRT is a freestanding campus-wide unit led by a director who is appointed by the chancellor of the university and reports to the Provost. The Institute is advised and assisted by an Internal Advisory Board comprised of members of the UWO community, and is developing an External Advisory Board with representatives of government, business, the nonprofit sector, and academia with a strong interest in the Institute’s mission.

Institute Staff


Kevin Crawford, SIRT DirectorDr. Kevin Crawford
Director, Sustainability Institute for Regional Transformations
4481 Sage Hall

Kevin Crawford is a Professor of Chemistry. He served as the 2016-2017 Chair of the Campus Sustainability Council (CSC). He has been involved with the CSC, the UWO Free School, the Winnebago Project, and recently developed an experiment for the General Chemistry laboratory using biogas from the on-campus biodigester. He is a board member of the Fox Wolf Watershed Alliance.

Elizabeth Barron, SIRT Associate DirectorDr. Elizabeth Barron
Associate Director, Sustainability Institute for Regional Transformations
4479 Sage Hall

Elizabeth Barron is an Assistant Professor in Geography & Urban Planning and Environmental Studies. She is the lead investigator for the interdisciplinary sustainability-focused FORWAR+DS project. She was a participant in the Sustainability Science Program at the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government in 2011-12. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Oshkosh Food Co-op.