“The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh has built a solid reputation as a leader in sustainability over the last two decades.
With a stellar year behind us, we look forward to the next year with a renewed sense of hope and vision for a more just, resilient, and sustainable future, for all.”
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Message about the 2023 Impact Report
“This has been a busy year for sustainability at UWO! To name just a few of the things we’ve been up to: planting over 100 fruit trees on our campuses; partnering in the Clash Collective Thrift Shop which kept over 2,000 donated student items out of the landfill; conducting a campus resiliency assessment for our Climate Action and Resilience Plan; launching major research initiatives on Harmful Algal Blooms and sustainable agriculture which provide research and job opportunities for scores of students; and hosting high-profile speakers and events on global food sustainability, biodiversity loss, and more.
As you can see, we are committed to supporting inquiry, education, and action for sustainability- all while maintaining a focus on providing high-impact opportunities for our students. Read below for more- and please get in touch!”
-Stephanie Spehar & Brad Spanbauer
SIRT Director & Sustainability Director
Tree Campus Higher Education Institution
14 Years Oshkosh Campus
12 years Fox Cities Campus
5 years Fond du Lac Campus
2022 Energy use:
kWh of electricity
This cost us $2,136,999.16
Therms of natural gas
This cost us $1,662,363
Focus on Energy Dollars
2023 Sustainability Tours:
Peregrine Falcon project
The three 2023 Peregrine falcon chicks were banded as part of an ongoing monitoring program within the state of Wisconsin. We’d like to introduce a female named Hope and two males named Houle and Leopold!
These names were chosen to honor Marcy Cottrell Houle, and American wildlife biology and writer who wrote “Wings for My Flight: The Peregrine Falcons of Chimney Rock”, renowned environmentalist and author of “A Sand County Almanac”, Aldo Leopold, and Hope because of the feeling ‘hope’ brings for the future of UWO.
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
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 the maintenance of the box and nest cam!
shares picked up
pounds of fresh produce provided
April 22nd, 2023
2023’s Earth Day was a huge success. Multiple teams of students were able to get involved on campus and make a green impact on their everyday surroundings. One group helped clear out trash and re-mulch multiple areas surronding Sage and Kolf. The other toured around campus grounds picking up trash and debris while learning about the local wildlife and ecosystems. Our campus continues to benefit from all the help these students were able to provide.
Evenings in the Praire
National Wildlife Federation
UWO received 500 free plants from the National Wildlife Federation – planted by an Honors class with Dr. Sabrina Mueller-Spitz and Dr. Ron Rindo on the Oshkosh campus.
Following the success of the first Clash Collective pop-up shop by New Student and Family Programs, SIRT hosted a pop-up shop in Reeve Concourse where all students were able to come and pick up free clothes. Through SIRT’s green initiatives students moving out of the residence halls at the end of the semester donated clothes which were collected and organized for on-campus pop-up shops.
Read this article from the Advance Titan to learn more about how the Clash Collective Thrift Shop started by New Student and Family Programs at UWO won a national award making a positive impact for so many new students and families.