|Submission Date||Nov. 13, 2018|
University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
EN-11: Inter-Campus Collaboration
|3.00 / 3.00||
Facilities Planning and Management
Is the institution an active member of a national or international sustainability network?:
The name of the national or international sustainability network(s):
UW-Whitewater has been a member of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) since 2008.
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-Whitewater is an active member of the Upper Midwest Association for Campus Sustainability.
Has the institution presented at a sustainability conference during the previous year? :
A list or brief description of the conference(s) and presentation(s):
The Sustainability Coordinator presented "UW-Whitewater as a Living Laboratory - Gardens and Landscapes" during the "Embedding Sustainability in Culture" session of the Midwest Sustainability Conference at Beloit College, held in conjunction with UMACS, on March 31-April 1, 2017.
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):
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:
Through our ongoing collaborative relationship with other UW-System schools, there are frequent opportunities for mentoring relationships that allow information to flow both ways to help bolster programmatic weaknesses by receiving feedback from other campus programs with particular strengths. For example, UW-Whitewater sustainability programming has emphasized Campus as a Living Laboratory and sustainable grounds with a centerpiece program focused on community engagement through the Campus Garden. Information about our programs have been shared to help bolster similar efforts at other institutions. Additionally, UW-Whitewater has provided assistance to other UW System campuses to help collect STARS data applicable to all institutions in the UW System.
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:
The UW-Whitewater Sustainability Office engages students through the student employment program and through various course offerings to conduct best practices reviews of other UW System institution STARS data. This information is used to provide feedback and communication to the campuses to help clarify programming outcomes and gather additional information that can be used for improvement of sustainability outcomes at UW-Whitewater. This work is conducted on an ongoing basis.
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:
The UW-Whitewater Sustainability Office maintains its ongoing commitment to joint planning and resource sharing with counterparts around the UW System. This includes an active, leadership role in managing the system-wide listserv, collaboration for annual UW System Sustainability Meetings, including serving as a host site on a rotational basis, and participation in monthly teleconference calls. A core group of Sustainability Coordinators meet regularly and maintain consistent communication throughout the year that has been extremely rewarding from a personal and professional level.
The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support 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 and complete the Data Inquiry Form.