About the Sustainability Institute for Regional Transformations
Who we are
UW Oshkosh is committed to sustainability. In 2018, the university founded the Sustainability Institute for Regional Transformations to encourage and facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration across our campuses and between our university and our community. We do this by supporting sustainability research and projects that bring together faculty, students, and community partners; supporting sustainability education across our campuses and beyond; hosting events campus and communities; and working to enhance on-campus sustainability in areas like energy, waste, grounds, and more.
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
History of Sustainability at UWO
In 2002, the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh signed the Earth Charter, thereby pledging to pursue a course of sustainability. For UW Oshkosh, this pledge means infusing sustainability in all that it does from academics to student affairs, research, service, outreach, facilities operations and management, and administration.
Building on this pledge, UW Oshkosh signed the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) in 2007, which obligates campuses to strive for climate neutrality by mid-century or sooner.
The following year the campus adopted its first sustainability plan which was updated in 2014.
Like many other colleges & universities across the world, we use STARS (Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, and Rating System), created by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), to assess and report sustainability data and progress. The campus registered as a charter member in August 2010 and has had a Gold rating since 2013. Read the UW Oshkosh STARS report to learn more.
Sustainability Institute for Regional Transformations
800 Algoma Blvd.
Oshkosh, WI 54901