UW-Milwaukee is a member of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), and participates in the Sustainability, Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS).  In 2016 UWM moved up to a STARS Gold Rating from Silver, and retained Gold in 2019.  See UWM’s Sustainability Report here.

       AASHE Sustainability Campus Index- 2016 Top Performers & Highlights


Sierra Club “Cool Schools” Top 50 in 2017

Sierra Club named UWM to its Top 50 Cool Schools 2017 list. Out of more than 225 participating colleges and universities in the U.S. and Canada, UWM is No. 45. Since launching the comprehensive Cool Schools listing in 2006, the Sierra Club has recognized colleges with best practices in the areas of campus energy use, transportation and other environmental priorities.


U.S Department of Education-Green Ribbon Award

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee was among the schools recognized in 2016 by the U.S. Department of Education for efforts in sustainability and reducing environmental impact.  The award is based on UWM’s high achievement in three key areas: reducing environmental impact and costs; improving the health and wellness of students and staff; and providing effective environmental and sustainability education, incorporating STEM, civic skills and green career pathways.

UWM’s accomplishments include reducing greenhouse gas emissions at all sites by 10 percent, reducing energy consumption by 27 percent from 2008-2014, averting 16.5 million gallons of storm water each year with cisterns, green roofs and rain gardens, and making a large investment in a bicycle-sharing system, with the 2015 placement of six Bublr Bikes stations around campus.


League of American Bicyclists– Bicycle Friendly University: Gold 

In 2016, UW-Milwaukee made the leap from a bronze level campus to gold.  Engagement from students, staff, and faculty alike led to many bicycling amenity updates and new programs.  The student-led investment to bring the Bublr Bikeshare system to UWM in 2015 was a large part of this gain in ratings.

The Bicycle Friendly University (BFU℠) program recognizes institutions of higher education for promoting and providing a more bikeable campus for students, staff and visitors.  The Bicycle Friendly University program evaluates applicants’ efforts to promote bicycling in five primary areas: engineering, encouragement, education, enforcement and evaluation/planning, known as the Five E’s.

View UWM’s report card here


Princeton Review Guide to Green Colleges

2010-2023: This guide to green colleges has recognized UW-Milwaukee, year after year, for its noteworthy accomplishments.  The guide showcases “the most exceptional commitments to sustainability based on their academic offerings and career preparation for students, campus policies, initiatives, and activities”. It has been an honor for UWM to be one of these highly regarded peer institutions.


Wisconsin Partners For Clean Air

UW-Milwaukee has been recognized by the Wisconsin Partners for Clean Air multiple times over the years.   Our voluntary efforts in building performance and transportation were awarded as such:

Clean Air Recognition Award: 1997, 1999, and 2011

Commuter Champ Award: 2014


SE2 Building Performance

Cambridge Commons residence hall was awarded a 2013 SE2 Leadership Award for “New Construction-Special Citation for Energy Efficiency” from the Wisconsin Green Building Alliance. The award honors leadership in energy efficient and sustainable design, construction and operation of Wisconsin non-residential buildings and related systems.


Zilber School of Public Health Building Awards

The Joseph J. Zilber School of Public Health has received a number of awards including:

2015 State Farm Building Blocks MANDI Award which recognizes a real estate project that advances the community.

The Business Journal Real Estate Award in 2013.

City of Milwaukee Mayor’s Design Award for 2012.