A leader in sustainability
An estimated 1,200 homes–the population of so many of Wisconsin’s legacy farming communities–could be powered by the renewable energy plant that is Rosendale Dairy’s biodigester.
The 1.4 megawatt facility, brought online late last year at the state’s largest dairy farm, is one more nationally-recognized demonstration of UW Oshkosh’s pursuit of innovation in renewable energy and sustainability. On Dec. 11, 2013, UW Oshkosh, the UW Oshkosh Foundation, Rosendale Dairy’s owners Milk Source, state renewable energy collaborators and executives from project partner and global-efficiency giant Viessmann Group gathered to dedicate the institution’s latest biodigester project.
Beyond expanding UW Oshkosh’s investment in renewable-energy and sustainable technologies and initiatives, the facility is an unmatched scientific instrument and vehicle for student and faculty biogas research. It helps the University strengthen its national reputation as a beacon for solar, biogas and water-testing advancements. Meanwhile, sustainability at UW Oshkosh has entered classrooms like never before, serving as a pillar of the new University Studies Program — the transformation of general education for all students at the institution, led by faculty members.
The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh earned the highest ranking in the state on the annual Sierra magazine list of America’s greenest universities.
UW Oshkosh came in at number 29. Within the state, Lawrence University came in at 52, UW-Stevens Point at 56 and UW-Green Bay at 96.
“Finishing first in the State of Wisconsin is no easy task with the caliber of some of the best schools in America, but through exceptional leadership, a skilled staff and an eager student body UWO has kept its eye on the ball even through difficult economic times,” said Brian Kermath, UW Oshkosh’s sustainability director. Read more.
This past May while University of Wisconsin Oshkosh students busily moved out of the residence halls volunteers were at the scene next to Goodwill receptacles asking students to make one last decision before they ventured home for the summer.
Goodwill or landfill?
And, as the next academic year at UW Oshkosh comes into focus, the results are in.
2,020 pounds worth of items were kept out of the landfill and donated to Goodwill Industries during the 2013 UW Oshkosh Move Out Days drive.
With the slogan “Goodwill not the landfill” the committee consisting of Jim Vanden Boom, Brian Kermath, Brad Spanbauer, Steve Chesna, Emily Husar Martin, Lori Develice Collins, Dawn Dettlaff and Maureen Muldoon were able to reap the benefits of their hard work.
“This was a great event for three reasons. First, it supports Goodwill sustainability, by recycling and reducing costs at the university. Secondly, it helps educate to the next generation who we are at Goodwill and it also gives greater engagement at the university,” said Vanden Boom, the Goodwill Industries Community Engagement Leader. Read more.
Two years. Two of the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh newest buildings. Two examples of architectural and engineering “Gold.”
UW Oshkosh’s newest residence hall building — Horizon Village — was awarded LEED Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council in June 2013.
Horizon Village’s distinction puts the residence hall at the top of a short list of buildings in the New North region, as well as in the state, to reach a LEED Gold status. There were fewer than 10 Gold certified buildings amongst the major cities of the New North region at the time of the awarding. Read more.