Campus is making bold moves to reduce our fossil fuel footprint and fight climate change.

With over 40 buildings on our campus, our operational choices significantly impact the planet and our budget. Since 2013, we reduced our energy use by 9.5% and with that, and our scope 1 & 2 GHG emissions by 21% (source: UW-Platteville Sustainability Dashboard). We aim to further reduce our greenhouse gas emissions by 33% before 2025 (source: UW-Platteville 2025 Sustainability Plan). To achieve this, we discontinued use of coal in our central heating plant in fall of 2020 and are working to build a 2.4 megawatt solar array. We are also pursuing LEED certification of our new engineering building, Sesquicentennial Hall, which will open fall of 2022.

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Energy Efficiency

UW-Platteville actively invests in energy reduction and these efforts are paying off. Since 2013, we reduced our energy use by 9.5% and our scope 1 & 2 GHG emissions by 21% (source: UW-Platteville Sustainability Dashboard). Some of the measures we have taken include:

  • Light replacements
  • Building envelop improvements
  • Lab ventilation improvements
  • Vending machine and light sensors
  • Peak management

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Renewable Energy

Campus currently has two small solar arrays (a 5 kw system on Engineering Hall and a smaller one on Russel Hall) and a 20 kw wind turbine. In addition, we have two significant projects in the works.

2.4 Megawatt Solar Array. At their February 2021 meeting, the Wisconsin State Building Commission approved our 2.4 megawatt solar array. With this approval, construction will begin this spring and the array is expected to be operational by October this fall! Learn more.

Pioneer Wind Project. UW-Platteville engaged a development partner to explore placing wind turbines at our campus farm. The proposed project would offset our campus electricity by as much as 90%. In this innovative model, the developer would retain the sale of the electricity to cover the cost of development in exchange for the use of the land, and the University would retain all renewable energy credits which can be used to offset our carbon footprint or sold. This project is currently in exploration.

wind turbine

Carbon Footprint

Our carbon footprint measures the total emissions caused by UW-Platteville and expresses it as greenhouse gas metric tons equivalent (GHG MTCDE).  UW-Platteville has reported on our greenhouse gasses for in 2016 and 2018 (and in a 2010 student report). To date, UW-Platteville has reported on scope 1 & 2, and are working reporting more of our scope 3. View our reporting.

Electric Vehicle Charging Station. Campus has two level-two chargers available in Parking Lot 33. These chargers are free to use. Learn more

Heating Plant Conversion. As of fall 2021, campus no longer uses coal. Our Central Heating Plant (which provides heat to most campus buildings) now uses natural gas with heating oil as a back up fuel. This conversion is expected to reduce our heat-related emissions by 20%.

Contact Information

Sustainability


0308 Royce Hall