Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 68.06
Liaison Brad Spanbauer
Submission Date June 18, 2014
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.0

University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
AC-8: Campus as a Living Laboratory

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Brian Kermath
Sustainability Director
Sustainability Office
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Is the institution utilizing the campus as a living laboratory for multidisciplinary student learning and applied research in the following areas?:
Yes or No
Air & Climate Yes
Buildings Yes
Dining Services/Food Yes
Energy Yes
Grounds Yes
Purchasing Yes
Transportation Yes
Waste Yes
Water Yes
Coordination, Planning & Governance Yes
Diversity & Affordability Yes
Health, Wellbeing & Work Yes
Investment Yes
Public Engagement Yes
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A brief description of how the institution is using the campus as a living laboratory for Air & Climate and the positive outcomes associated with the work:

You CAN make a difference about global warming. This campaign draws on students and student groups across the campus, engaging in a variety of activities to protect the future of this beautiful planet.

We meet weekly, Tuesdays 4:00-5:00 pm, in Sage Hall 3208.

But you don't need to be able to attend our meetings to be part of this campaign. The point is doing things that make a difference.

Let us know if you'd like to be part of this campaign: changetheclimate@uwosh.edu

Here are some things we focus on:

Raising awareness on campus of the urgency of global warming.
Moving the university to divest from investments in fossil fuel companies., joining the national Go Fossil Free movement.
Participating in national days of action concerning special climate change issues, su ch as Drawing the Line against the Canadian Tar Sands and the Keystone XL Pipeline.
Influencing public opinion about climate change, joining with the organizations such as Citizens Climate Lobby and Al Gore's Climate Reality Project.
Connecting with climate activism campaigns on campuses across the country, such as Bill McKibben's 350.org.
Outcome: The CCC has been effective in opening a dialogue with the administration about divesting from fossil fuel investments.
http://www.uwosh.edu/es/change-the-climate


A brief description of how the institution is using the campus as a living laboratory for Buildings and the positive outcomes associated with the work:

There is a fair trade intern working out of the Sustainability Office that plans events and raises awareness of fair trade items and impacts. Earth Week and Earth Charter banquets feature local food as planned by the student run committee. Local food providers are also featured at sustainability events throughout the year.

+ Date Revised: Nov. 16, 2015

A brief description of how the institution is using the campus as a living laboratory for Dining Services/Food and the positive outcomes associated with the work:

As a result of student input through the Sustainability Advisers (formerly Eco-Reps) program and classes, Dining has implemented tray-less dining, Fair Trade offerings, and meatless options.


A brief description of how the institution is using the campus as a living laboratory for Energy and the positive outcomes associated with the work:

The University biodigester currently produces about 9% of campus electricity demand. Student research at the digester has led to improvements in the mix of feedstock. There was a partnership pilot program with the University of Wisconsin Madison to pick up curb-side organic waste. The purpose of the program was to examine the feasibility of their university building their own biodiversity.

+ Date Revised: Nov. 16, 2015

A brief description of how the institution is using the campus as a living laboratory for Grounds and the positive outcomes associated with the work:

Students, faculty and staff established and maintain native prairie plantings on campus. As a result of this initiative, campus grounds now maintains an increasingly larger percentage of campus under native prairie plantings. UWO is also a regular recipient (now awaiting our fourth year) of Tree Campus USA from the National Arbor Day Foundation. The designation requires student involvement for certification, which generally occurs during Earth Week and periodically through classes.


A brief description of how the institution is using the campus as a living laboratory for Purchasing and the positive outcomes associated with the work:

Through student managed projects the campus is buying compostable waste bags that go to the biodigester. Local dairy, and cage free eggs are now being purchased due to student requests. Fair trade items of coffee, tea, and crafts are sold on campus and promoted by a student intern.

+ Date Revised: Nov. 16, 2015

A brief description of how the institution is using the campus as a living laboratory for Transportation and the positive outcomes associated with the work:

Pursuing alternative transportation options to reduce the campus' carbon footprint. Through a senior research project, campus planners have learned the locations of all parking permit holders on campus and will use the information to better target commuters for alternative commuting options.


A brief description of how the institution is using the campus as a living laboratory for Waste and the positive outcomes associated with the work:

Through Recyclemania, the campus renews an annual waste management campaign to improve its landfill diversion rate. A recent outcome is a pizza box collection effort that is diverting pizza boxes to the campus' biodigester.


A brief description of how the institution is using the campus as a living laboratory for Water and the positive outcomes associated with the work:

A riverfront clean-up along campus is organized annually by student organizations and residential advisers. Also, Student organizations partner with the local Fox-Wolf Watershed Alliance for cleanup along campus and throughout the community. The river is used for various biology, geology, environmental studies, and chemistry classes for water, and soil testing. Landscaping techniques for decreasing pollution from runoff along riverside buildings are utilized by faculty.

+ Date Revised: Nov. 16, 2015

A brief description of how the institution is using the campus as a living laboratory for Coordination, Planning & Governance and the positive outcomes associated with the work:

The student government includes a student sustainability director who also serves on the Campus Sustainability Council and is involved in student led campus sustainability efforts.


A brief description of how the institution is using the campus as a living laboratory for Diversity & Affordability and the positive outcomes associated with the work:

One of the signature questions of the general education program involves "Intercultural Knowledge" and requires student to participate in community service, which includes the campus.


A brief description of how the institution is using the campus as a living laboratory for Health, Wellbeing & Work and the positive outcomes associated with the work:

Healthy Titans (http://www.uwosh.edu/hr/healthy-titans) encourages wellness through a range of programs that includes students as activity and class instructors. Healthy Titans recently earned a Gold award: http://www.uwosh.edu/today/31833/uw-oshkosh-earns-well-workplace-gold/.


A brief description of how the institution is using the campus as a living laboratory for Investment and the positive outcomes associated with the work:

20% of the campus investment portfolio is in the campus biodigester, which is used as a learning resource for curricular and co-curricular activities.


A brief description of how the institution is using the campus as a living laboratory for Public Engagement and the positive outcomes associated with the work:

All three of the signature questions of the general education program requires students to participate in community service, which includes public engagement. Students are involved in an on-going project called "building stronger communities," which targets start-up organizations in the community.


A brief description of how the institution is using the campus as a living laboratory in Other areas and the positive outcomes associated with the work:
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The website URL where information about the institution’s campus as a living laboratory program or projects is available:
http://www.uwosh.edu/rei
+ Date Revised: Nov. 16, 2015

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