Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 68.06
Liaison Brad Spanbauer
Submission Date June 18, 2014
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University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
EN-9: Community Partnerships

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Brian Kermath
Sustainability Director
Sustainability Office
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Does the institution have at least one formal sustainability partnership with the local community that meets the criteria as “supportive”?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s supportive sustainability partnership(s) with the local community:


UW Oshkosh serves the community and surrounding region through a multitude of programs, services and partnerships. UW Oshkosh students contribute $2.5 million annually to charity and an estimated 52,000 hours of volunteer time, valued at more than $3 million.

Wisconsin's Department of Natural Resources regularly partners with UWO's Wildlife Conservation Club to help educate its members on Wisconsin's native wildlife by implementing hands-on experiences to those interested in wildlife management.

+ Date Revised: Nov. 16, 2015

Does the institution have at least one formal sustainability partnership with the local community that meets the criteria as “collaborative”?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution's collaborative sustainability partnership(s):

In 2010, the University partnered with the City of Oshkosh to help develop a City Sustainability Plan, Bicycle and Pedestrian Circulation Plan. This project is ongoing as the campus and the city work to bring aspects of the plan to fruition.

UW Oshkosh partnered with the City of Oshkosh and the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation to plant trees under the Taking Root Fund, and City Forester was instrumental in helping the university attain Tree City USA designation from the Arbor Day Foundation.


Does the institution have at least one formal sustainability partnership with the local community that meets the criteria as “transformative”?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution's transformative sustainability partnership(s) with the local community:

The first commercial scale dry anaerobic biodigester in the America's was built by UW Oshkosh with several strong partnerships with the City of Oshkosh. This renewable energy facility will use biomass donated from the City's yard waste collection site as feedstock, and the City's wastewater treatment plant will donate its excess biogas via a pipeline built by UW Oshkosh. This partnership allows both the city and campus to lower the amount of waste entering the landfill, and lowering emissions of methane into the atmosphere while supplying a sustainable energy supply to be sold into the city's energy grid.

+ Date Revised: Nov. 16, 2015

A brief description of the institution’s sustainability partnerships with distant (i.e. non-local) communities:

Viessmann Academy – Student Seminar in Sustainability

This competitive opportunity involves 20 students and two faculty members from UW Oshkosh along with 10 German students currently interning at the Viessmann Corporation. This student program will give students an understanding of the current issues of climate change and renewable energies in Germany, the European Union and across the globe. Additionally, an introduction to the Viessmann approach to sustainability and an overview to Viessmann technology and their business model will be presented. Students will be at the Viessmann headquarters for the week, share housing at a company-owned guesthouse, and be able to interact socially with the German students.

http://www.uwosh.edu/cob/undergraduate/global/global-business-trips/viessmann-academy-2013-student-seminar-in-sustainability

+ Date Revised: Nov. 16, 2015

The website URL where information about sustainability partnerships is available:
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