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Awards and Recognition

Sustainability is nothing new at UW Oshkosh. Since 2002, the University has been "going green" in all that it does and has received national recognition from leading organizations. Here are some examples:

Tree Campus USA recognition in 2012

UW Oshkosh was recognized as a "Tree Campus USA" by the National Arbor Day Foundation for its dedication to campus forestry in 2012 for the third year in a row. To receive the status, OUW had to meet five standards in the award program. Read more…

UWO community logs over 101,000 rides on Oshkosh city buses in 2012

In 2012, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh community members took to the city bus like never before, collectively logging enough miles to circle the Earth more than 13 times. Read more…

Sage Hall receives LEED Gold in 2012

Sage Hall was awarded the Gold certification in the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program of the U.S. Green Building Council. The beautiful building truly stands as a testament to the University's sustainability commitment. Read more…

UWO makes Princeton Review’s "Green Honor Roll" in 2012

In 2012 the Princeton Review announced that UW Oshkosh, for the third year in a row, earned a place in its “Guide to Green Colleges,” a spotlight of colleges and universities in the U.S. and Canada “that demonstrate a strong commitment to sustainability in their academic offerings, campus infrastructure, activities, and career preparation.” Read more…

UWO climbs to 14 in Sierra's "Coolest Schools" program

Yep, we're cool, as a green school that is. We climbed from number 35 in 2011 to 14 this year in the Sierra Club's "Coolest Schools" annual rating program published in the Sierra Magazine. See us among some good company here.   Read more from UWO here...

AASHE STARS Gold rating in 2012

The University was the 25th institution in North America and the first in Wisconsin to earn "Gold" in the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, and Rating System (STARS) of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). Read more…


UWO Finishes 14 in the Nation in 2011 RecycleMania Tournament

The University finished first in Wisconsin and 14th in the U.S. out of 288 colleges and universities in the Grand Champion Competition of “RecycleMania,” an annual 10-week, waste reduction challenge pitting campuses big and small against one another in a test of their campus recycling and waste-reduction efforts. Read more…

Tree Campus USA recognition in 2011

UW Oshkosh achieved Tree Campus USA recognition for its dedication to campus forestry management in 2010 and again in 2011. There are five standards set by the Arbor Day Foundation that UWO had to meet in order to receive Tree Campus USA status. Read more…

Top Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Location

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded UW Oshkosh the top WIAC spot in its annual Green Power Challenge. The University’s nearly 6.5 million kilowatt hours of green power consumption in 2010 beat out its lone WIAC competitor, UW-Stevens Point, which used more than 4.1 million green kilowatt-hours.

Sierra Club ranks UWO #35 nationally for sustainability efforts

In August 2010, Sierra Club released its annual Cool Schools rankings, based on the “greenness” of participating universities, with UW Oshkosh ranked 35th in the nation. The Cool Schools ranking is open to all four-year undergraduate colleges and universities in the nation, and UWO received a perfect 10 score in administration, a score of 9.5 in other initiatives, and scores of eight and nine in academics, purchasing and waste management. Read more…

First University in the USA to declare a Fair Trade University

In 2008 UWO declared itself a Fair Trade University, following a model developed in the UK.  The campus has built relationships between campus dining and retail operations, students, faculty, staff, and administrators to expand awareness and the availability of Fair Trade products on campus.  Read more…

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