Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 66.65
Liaison John Gardner
Submission Date Nov. 27, 2019
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

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

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Kate Nelson
Chief Sustainability Officer
Office of Sustainability
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Is the institution an active member of a national or international sustainability network?:

The name of the national or international sustainability network(s):

AASHE and Second Nature

Is the institution an active member of a regional, state/provincial or local sustainability network?:

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

UW-Milwaukee is a leading institution in the UW System. UWM helps run monthly calls with all sustainability units and helps to organize an annual meeting. In 2017, UWM was the host for all institutions in a two-day meeting. The effort helps draft policy for the state of WI, collectively review utility budgets, and aid each other in sustainability programs and projects. In addition, UWM collaborates with both local colleges and municipal partners (Milwaukee Area Technical College, Marquette University, Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District, City of Milwaukee, and Milwaukee County) to explore sustainable solutions and purchasing options on a monthly basis.

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

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

October 2016, AASHE 2016,
 Speaker- “Advancing Climate Equity: Urban University-Community Networks”
 Speaker- “From Wisconsin to Utah: Utilizing Deep Engagement and Adaptive Management Strategies for Changing the Driving Culture”
 Panelist- “Ganging Up to Go Big: Campus Collaborations to Achieve Scale with Renewables”

October 2017, AASHE 2017, Co Speaker, “Developing Carbon Credits on Your Campus through the Voluntary Carbon Market”

October 2018, AASHE 2018, Co Speaker, “Resource Management Contracting- How It Can All Go Wrong When You Do Everything Right…”

Multiple local presentations as well.

Has the institution submitted a case study during the previous year to a sustainability awards program that is inclusive of multiple campuses? :

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

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

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

Most UW Schools (including UWM) contribute significant time and effort to plan yearly UW System Sustainability Conferences as well as collective action and collaboration. In lieu of an established board, leaders from several UW campuses, including UWM, simply took on the burden of organizing both conferences as well as the network itself. UWM hosted the annual conference in 2017.

Also, UWM Office of Sustainability staff volunteers to review AASHE Conference proposals each year as well.

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?:

A brief description of the mentoring relationship and activities:

UWM actively mentors and assists Marquette University's sustainability officer.

Has the institution had staff, faculty, or students serving as peer reviewers of another institution’s sustainability data (e.g. GHG emissions or course inventory) and/or STARS submission during the previous three years?:

A brief description of the peer review activities:

UWM has organized all STARS inputs from the UW System. We are now actively reviewing each others submissions (e.g. UWM reviewed UW-Madison's STARS submission and GHG summary in the summer of 2019).

Has the institution participated in other collaborative efforts around sustainability during the previous year, e.g. joint planning or resource sharing with other institutions? :

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

In Milwaukee- UW-Milwaukee, the City of Milwaukee, Milwaukee Co., Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District, Marquette University, and Milwaukee Area Technical College have all come together regularly for the past 2+ years to work together on large scale renewable energy.

State- UW-Milwaukee, along with four other UW System institutions worked together since 2017 on a renewed policy and goals for renewable energy and energy conservation in the state of WI.

National- UW-Milwaukee is an active participant with the other Urban Serving Universities. To date, the group has worked together on benchmarks for urban serving universities, and locally around the Great Lakes on watershed planning and curriculum.

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:

Additional documentation to support the submission:

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

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.