The U.S. Department of Education announced today that the University of Wisconsin-Platteville is among the 2023 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools Postsecondary Sustainability Awardees.
UW-Platteville was nominated by the University of Wisconsin System. Among the achievements that earned the recognition are the 2.4-megawatt solar array; waste minimization efforts, including the operation of Pioneer Restore; the more than 200 acres of natural recreation area and use of locally-grown foods in dining halls; and academic programs and degrees offered in environmental and sustainability-related fields.
“We are so proud to be recognized through the U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools designation,” said Dr. Tammy Evetovich, interim chancellor. “This award reaffirms our commitment to creating a culture of sustainability at UW-Platteville, and it is a testament to the collective efforts of so many faculty, staff and students across campus. We look forward to continuing our work to advance sustainability at UW-Platteville.”
Across the country, 26 schools, 11 districts and four postsecondary institutions are being honored for their innovative efforts to reduce environmental impact and utility costs, improve health and wellness and ensure effective sustainability education. The honorees were named from a pool of candidates nominated by 18 states.
More information about the U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools initiative can be found at www2.ed.gov/programs/green-ribbon-schools. Learn more about sustainability at UW-Platteville at www.uwplatt.edu/department/sustainability.