Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 59.88
Liaison Alex Frank
Submission Date April 14, 2022

STARS v2.2

University of Wisconsin-Madison
EN-4: Outreach Materials and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.60 / 2.00 Alex Frank
Sustainability Analyst
Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution have a central sustainability website that consolidates information about the institution’s sustainability efforts?:
Yes

Website URL for the central sustainability website:
Does the institution have a sustainability newsletter or social media platform that focuses specifically on campus sustainability?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainability newsletter or social media platform:

The Office of Sustainability produces a monthly newsletter that is distributed via email to those who have signed-up to receive it (https://sustainability.wisc.edu/newsletter/). The newsletter contains material developed by staff and Office of Sustainability interns, updates on campus sustainability projects and research, as well as links to local and regional sustainability-related content.


Does the institution have signage that highlights sustainability features on campus?:
No

A brief description of the signage that highlights sustainability features on campus:

While there are plaques for LEED certified buildings and sustainable food options, there is no consistent approach to signage on sustainability features.


Does the institution provide a sustainability walking map or tour?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainability walking map or tour:

The Sustainability Map (https://sustainability.wisc.edu/campus-sustainability-map/) allows viewers to find and explore campus sustainability features such as solar panels, food scrap collection points, certified Green Offices, cultural centers, water efficiency upgrades, and sustainability learning communities. The map is organized around the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

In addition, UW-Madison produces a variety of tours / place markers that address components of campus sustainability, including:

- The Lakeshore Nature Preserve has a series of place markers with a phone number you can call to hear stories about that place. You can also listen to these audio files on their website. (https://lakeshorepreserve.wisc.edu/preserve-audio-trail-class-of-1918-marsh-audio-field-trip/)
- Periodically Aaron Bird Bear and Omar Poler offer a UW-Madison First National Cultural Landscape Tours. (https://www.wpr.org/shows/native-american-cultural-landscape-tour-aaron-bird-bear-and-daniel-einstein-0)
- The College of Agricultural and Life Sciences set up a series of historic markers to celebrate advances in agriculture and life science made by people associated with UW-Madison. (https://news.cals.wisc.edu/2001/04/12/historical-markers-highlight-accomplishments-at-uw-madison-ag-college/)


Does the institution produce a guide for green living and/or incorporating sustainability into the residential experience?:
Yes

A brief description of the guide for green living and/or incorporating sustainability into the residential experience:

University Housing maintains green living tips and guides available for residents as well as posted in university housing buildings.

An example guide is included in the attachment to this credit.


A brief description of other comprehensive sustainability outreach materials and publications not covered above:

Edge Effects (https://edgeeffects.net/) is a digital magazine produced by graduate students at the Center for Culture, History, and Environment (CHE), which is part of UW-Madison’s Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies. It was founded in 2014.

Edge Effects offers a wide array of content relating to environmental and cultural change across the full sweep of human history. They seek to invite and cultivate a broad readership and authorship that spans a range of political and cultural perspectives. They aim to address the historical and contemporary marginalization and silencing of voices in academic disciplines and the academy more broadly. Their name—about which you can read more in a piece by Bill Cronon—invokes their commitment to publishing across boundaries, at the intersections of the sciences with the humanities, of academe with the public, of narrated pasts with imagined futures.


Additional documentation to support the submission:

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