Overall Rating Expired
Overall Score Expired
Liaison John Gardner
Submission Date May 31, 2016
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.0

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
IN-1: Innovation 1

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Kate Nelson
Chief Sustainability Officer
Office of Sustainability
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Title or keywords related to the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
Bidirectional Technology Transfer of Composting Operation with Harold S. Vincent High School & UW-Milwaukee

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome :

The UWM Office of Sustainability has played a leading role in the Bidirectional Technology Transfer of Composting Operation with Harold S. Vincent High School & UW-Milwaukee. Under a Healthier Wisconsin Public Partnership planning grant, the Institute for Urban Agriculture and Nutrition administered a planning project based on the food system- "grow, move, eat, return". UWM Office of Sustainability, Elyve Organics, and Vincent High School worked together on the "return" side of the food system. A cross campus evaluation ensued under the grant for how to best optimize differing resources to do on-site composting. The relationship with the high school not only improved composting operations, but it also laid a strong foundation for their redevelopment as an agriculture high school, and potential for a student-run farm that will support a scholarship model to UW-Milwaukee for Vincent High School students.


A brief description of any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation (if not reported above):

Specifically the project supported a waste audit, specialized composting manual, and professional development for Vincent High School administration and teachers. Several cross-campus educational trainings took place. As a planning grant, each campus now has an assessment of resources/factors in their composting operations and a working knowledge of each others cultures, needs, and governance to build on the potential.


A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise:
Which of the following STARS subcategories does the innovation most closely relate to? (Select all that apply up to a maximum of 5):
Yes or No
Curriculum No
Research No
Campus Engagement No
Public Engagement Yes
Air & Climate No
Buildings No
Dining Services Yes
Energy No
Grounds No
Purchasing No
Transportation No
Waste Yes
Water No
Coordination, Planning & Governance No
Diversity & Affordability Yes
Health, Wellbeing & Work No
Investment No

Other topic(s) that the innovation relates to that are not listed above:
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The website URL where information about the innovation is available :

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