Partners in Sustainability
The Renewable Energy Institute partners with several departments, programs, and facilities on campus to provide exclusive access to the variety of renewable energy resources and other sustainable initiatives on and off the UW Oshkosh campus.
Specifically, the Renewable Energy Institute works closely with:
The Environmental Research and Innovation Center serves as a research and testing center for campus members, communities, businesses, and homeowners to test water samples, evaluate biomass materials for biogas potential and conduct a variety of innovative custom research projects involving environmental quality.
As part of the mission to becoming a more sustainable institution, UW Oshkosh constructed the nation’s first commercial-scale dry fermentation anaerobic biodigester in 2011. The facility includes heat and power generators which produce the equivalent of 8 percent of campus electricity and heating needs. The leftover material, called digestate, is reused as compost at local farms.
Currently, the biodigester is working with local schools, hospitals, senior centers, and restaurants to divert food waste—and other organic matter—from the landfill for use as a renewable source of energy and heat. UW Oshkosh is also partnering with local Wisconsin dairy farms of all sizes to produce on-site anaerobic digesters.
Science Outreach aids students, teachers and the community by making science education exciting, and up-to-date, by expelling misconceptions through hands-on experiences and by supporting the University’s mission.
With a deep sense of responsibility and the increasingly common vision of resilient, prosperous communities, UW Oshkosh is committed to progressively reducing its ecological footprint and fashioning a durable and better world through its academic mission.
Our innovations in sustainability are being integrated into all university functions and operations. Our actions involve reducing consumption and wastes, generating and purchasing renewable energy, curbing pollution, green building and purchasing, sustainable landscapes, and infusing sustainability into the curriculum, outreach, and research.