Sustainability

UW-Fox Valley has identified sustainability as an important initiative. Sustainability is defined as living in a way that promotes activities that are ecologically sound, socially responsible, and economically viable. Our goal is to promote thought, discussion, activity and education throughout the campus and in the community on important and timely environmental, economic, societal and related issues of sustainability facing today’s rapidly changing world.

Campus Initiatives

To promote sustainability on campus we have examined all aspects of building operations to reduce energy usage, conserve water, and reduce waste. Students can learn more about sustainability through numerous courses and can get involved in campus sustainability initiatives by joining Students for Sustainability.

Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE)

AASHE logoAssociation for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education - Conversations on Campus Sustainability (AASHE) resources are free for UW-Fox Valley students, faculty and staff. Students, faculty and staff can sign up with a valid UWC email account. Visit AASHE site for more information.

Composting

Composting is the process of decomposition of organic matter that generates a nutrient-rich product that can be used as a soil amendment in gardens. UW-Fox Valley began a compost collection program to reduce waste and promote environmental sustainability in 2009. UW-Fox composting to date, we have collected more than 13,000 lbs. of organic waste; waste that has been diverted from the local landfill. Each day UW-Fox students collect compostable waste from the green compost bins on campus and from the campus cafeteria. The compost is weighed and incorporated into the compost windrow located on campus grounds. We are always seeking volunteers to help with the compost collection program and monitor the composting process. Please contact Dr. Teresa Weglarz at teresa.weglarz@uwc.edu for more information.

Garden Projects

Students for Sustainability Club has initiated several garden projects on campus. Volunteers are always welcome. Contact one of the following club advisors for more information: Dr. Teresa Weglarz or Jason Mills.

Green Roof

In 2012, students and staff joined the Omni Ecosystem and Rooftop Greenworks teams to install a 380 square feet of green roof on the Communication Arts Center (CAC).   Watch the 2012 Green Roof Project Video.

Hoophouse

A hoophouse, or high tunnel, is a series of arches that are covered with polyvinyl plastic.  A hoophouse is heated by the sun and protected from wind, and therefore can extend the growing season by as much as 6 weeks in the fall and spring. This is especially important in Wisconsin where the growing season typically doesn’t start until the second week of May and ends the first week of October.  Crops that can be planted in a hoophouse for fall and winter consumption include arugula, spinach, carrot, and swiss chard.

Tree Campus USA

Tree Campus USAUW-Fox Valley has earned the “Tree Campus USA” designation according to criteria established by the Arbor Day Foundation (Lincoln, NE). The honor and designation is awarded to a campus that effectively manages its trees. Tree Campus USA develops connectivity with the community beyond campus borders in order to foster healthy, urban forests; and strives to engage its student population to utilize service learning opportunities centered on the campus, community and forestry efforts. The Campus Tree USA program is a partnership between the Arbor Day Foundation and Toyota. Toyota helped launch the program and continues its generous financial support.  Watch the 2013 Arbor Day 'Tree Campus' Recognition Video.

Waste Reduction

Through composting, using double-sided printing in all computer labs and offering reusable water bottles for sale at the bookstore instead of plastic bottles, UW-Fox Valley aims to reduce waste on campus. 

LEED Certification

UW-Fox Valley's LEED strategy reduces site and development impacts, transportation (vehicle) impacts, CO2 pollution, energy costs, material use/waste and harmful air contaminates.  Learn more about the LEED strategy.

Contact Us

To learn more about our sustainability efforts, contact Dr. Teresa Weglarz or call her at 920-832-0136.