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

STARS v2.2

University of Wisconsin-Madison
EN-11: Inter-Campus Collaboration

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Alex Frank
Sustainability Analyst
Office of Sustainability
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Is the institution currently a member of a national or international higher education sustainability network?:
Yes

The name of the national or international sustainability network(s):
Does the institution actively participate in a regional, state/provincial, or local higher education sustainability network?:
Yes

The name of the regional, state/provincial or local sustainability network(s):

UW-Madison is a member of the UW System Sustainability network ( https://www.wisconsin.edu/sustainability) which desires to be a system of university institutions, whose commitments and behaviors are ecologically sound, economically efficient, and socially responsible now, and for future generations to come. The network sees a sustainable future for our system where: students, faculty and staff develop a shared ethic of responsibility; our statewide commitment to the environment is honored; and sustainable principles, practices and values are infused into the culture of our institutions as they continue to change and grow.

UW-Madison is also a member of the Upper Midwest Association for Campus Sustainability: https://www.umacs.org/our-campuses.html


Has the institution presented at a higher education sustainability conference during the previous year?:
Yes

A list or brief description of the conference(s) and presentation(s):

Presentations from the 2020 AASHE Conference includes:

- Implementing the Renewable Energy Rider Program (on-demand lightning talk): Alex Frank
- Big Schools, Big Headaches: Completing STARS and Catalyzing Change at Large Universities (live networking & discussion group): Alex Frank, Jake McCulloch
- Imagining New Realities: the Green Fund and Student-Led Change (on-demand lightning talk): Ian Aley, Green Fund Students: Yeji Kwon, Surya Anumolu, Nick Schaefer, and Eliza Lindley
- How universities understand sustainability and its implications for action (on-demand lightning talk): Tracy Harvey
- Creating a Green Allies Coalition to Address Social Sustainability: Lessons Learned and Future Goals (on-demand educational session): Jackie Olson, Cassie Sanford, Carissa Goddeau, Savannah Holt, Jason Gallup
- Green Events Ambassadors: Student Interns Share Zero Waste Knowledge Across Institutions (on-demand educational session): Catie McDonald, Hannah Kasun, Jason Gallup
- Student Voices in Sustainability: Incorporating Student Interns In Sustainability Communications (on-demand educational session): Hannah Kasun, Catie McDonald, Norma Behrend-Martinez, Nathan Jandl,
Jason Gallup
- Findensers and Floods: A Pilot Study on Reducing Campus Laboratory Water Use (on-demand lightning talk): Audrey Stanton, Cathy Middlecamp
- Everything I Learned in a Kindergarten Classroom: Designing Timeless Spaces for Equity, Learning and Wellbeing (on-demand lightning talk): Missy Nergard

Presentations from 2020 UW System Sustainability Meeting:

- UW System STARS: Shared Responses and Peer Review: Alex Frank, Jake McCulloch
- Working Groups Check-in & Updates: Alex Frank
- Plastics Recycling: Where dDo We Go From Here: Travis Blomberg


Has the institution submitted a case study during the previous year to an external higher education sustainability resource center or awards program?:
Yes

A list or brief description of the sustainability resource center or awards program and submission(s):

Staff from UW-Madison (Jason Gallup, Catherine H. Middlecamp, and Nathan Jandl) published the article "Training the Sustainers: An Undergraduate Sustainability Intern Program" in The Sustainability Journal of Record (https://doi.org/10.1089/sus.2020.0007).

While published in an academic journal it is constructed as a history and case study of the UW-Madison student intern program.

In the article, the authors offer their reflections on the past 10 years of the student intern program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Office of Sustainability. They first outline the history of the program, which was founded upon a commitment to “honor and engage students.” Next, the authors describe the three goals that drive the current program: 1.) deepening sustainability literacy, 2.) developing professional skills, and 3.) consulting with campus partners. The article concludes by recounting the lessons learned over the past decade, ones that have helped reshape and redirect the intern program.


Has the institution had employees or students serving on a board or committee of a sustainability network or conference during the previous three years?:
Yes

A list or brief description of the board or committee appointment(s):

Alex Frank serves on the AASHE STARS Advisory Council

Many Office of Sustainability staff serve on UW-System Sustainability Working groups:
- Climate Action: Josh Arnold, Jason Gallup, Nathan Jandl, Rex Loker, Missy Nergard
- Energy Benchmarking: Josh Arnold (chair), Alex Frank, Rex Loker
- New Building Design / Construction: Missy Nergard (chair), Josh Arnold, Travis Blomberg, Rex Loker
- UW-System Sustainability Position: Nathan Jandl, Rex Loker, Missy Nergard
- STARS: Alex Frank (chair), Jake McCulloch
- Waste & Procurement: Travis Blomberg (chair)


Does the institution have an ongoing mentoring relationship with another institution through which it assists the institution with its sustainability reporting and/or the development of its sustainability program?:
Yes

A brief description of the mentoring relationship and activities:

The UW-System Sustainability Network sets-up mentoring relationships between schools. Specifically within the STARS working group UW-Madison staff have assisted and mentored other UW-System schools through their STARS reporting and peer review process (UW-Green Bay; UW-Eau Claire; UW-Milwaukee; UW-River Falls; UW-Stevens Point).


Has the institution had employees or students serving as peer reviewers of another institution’s sustainability data and/or STARS submission during the previous three years?:
Yes

A brief description of the peer review activities:

Staff from the Office of Sustainability (Alex Frank and Jake McCulloch) are a part of the UW-System STARS Peer Review team and have participated in the peer review of three recent STARS submissions:
- UW-Milwaukee
- UW-River Falls
- UW-Stevens Point


A brief description of other inter-campus collaborative efforts around sustainability during the previous year :

Big Ten and Friends Sustainability Group is an informal network of sustainability representatives at Big Ten and other universities. UW-Madison has been an active and funding member, supporting the networks efforts of improving sustainability outcomes through sharing lessons learned and best practices.


Website URL where information about the institution’s inter-campus collaborations is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution or simply email your inquiry to stars@aashe.org.