Sustainability at UWM can be seen across campus, from green roofs to gardens, from recycled computers to energy efficiency overhauls of major campus buildings. Changes in campus operations seek to reduce energy, waste, and toxic materials while increasing recycling, renewable energy, and campus awareness of green practices and procedures.
The Office of Sustainability is housed within Facilities Planning and Management in the Division of Finance and Administrative Affairs. However, sustainability reaches across campus, and the Office of Sustainability bridges the gap with Restaurant Operations, the Purchasing Department, University Information Technology Services, University Housing, and many other committees and staff.
At times, campus sustainability initiatives also connect with Academic Affairs. The School of Architecture and Urban Planning, the College of Engineering, and the Conservation and Environmental Science Program have initiated and partnered on multiple campus living laboratory programs. Connecting curriculum and research with campus initiatives is critical to institutionalizing sustainability at UWM.