As a member of the University of Wisconsin-Platteville community, you have a gift: the opportunity to make our campus a more sustainable place, simply through the actions that you choose to take.
Much like higher education, sustainability is about investing in the future. Sustainability is fundamentally about helping make sure that we don't deplete the resources needed by the humans of tomorrow. It is not a state that we can simply “achieve," but it is a way of life that we constantly can work to improve upon.
UW-Platteville's sustainability work is rooted in the concept that you can strive to live sustainably and, through doing so, have a positive impact on your own life, our campus, and the entire planet.
To this end, the UW-Platteville Office of Sustainability works across campus to educate and build awareness of sustainability, inspire and motivate our community to be sustainable, and research and implement best sustainability practices in our campus operations.
Home to the largest state-owned solar array in Wisconsin
UW-Platteville is home to the largest solar array owned by a Wisconsin state agency. The 2.4 megawatt solar array was built in 2021 and is anticipated to offset electricity by 17%, reducing carbon emissions by 2,300 tons per year. It makes the university the sixth-highest on-site producer of renewable energy among higher education institutions in the nation.
UW-Platteville commits to zero waste by 2035
In 2021, the university pledged to become a zero waste campus by 2035. The effort was driven by a group of students who organized a petition and presented a proposal to the chancellor and senior leadership.
Sesquicentennial Hall seeks LEED certification
UW-Platteville continues its commitment to sustainability with its newest building, Sesquicentennial Hall. The engineering building will have a number of sustainability features that double as teaching tools and will be the university’s first building to seek LEED certification.