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UW Oshkosh’s 171-acre campus is located along Wisconsin’s Fox River and just blocks away from Lake Winnebago, the largest body of water in the state. Having a campus surrounded by water, it only makes sense that our university is committed to sustainable water management including reducing water consumption and pollution associated with stormwater.

UWO fresh water and stormwater initiatives include campus audits, surveys on water use, education, implementing stringent erosion control standards, and implementing green engineering and site design guidelines.

Fresh Water Conservation

Conserving fresh water use at our campus reduces energy consumption and helps conserve natural habitats. Our goal is to reduce water consumption by 50 percent from 2000 levels by 2012.

We retrofitted the water-cooling systems at Blackhawk Commons with air-cooled equipment, reducing the use of water, and in 2005, replaced the natural grass football field at Titans Stadium with artificial grass resulting in an estimated savings of 850,000 gallons of water used for irrigation.

Learn more about fresh water conservation at UWO in the 2008 – 2012 Campus Sustainability Plan.


How we manage stormwater affects the pollution in our waters and the conservation of groundwater resources. UW Oshkosh is working to follow stormwater management best practices while implementing green engineering and site design guidelines for all capital projects.

UW Oshkosh is committed to reducing the amount of total suspended solids coming off of campus 40 percent by 2013 (using 2006 baseline data).

Learn more about stormwater management at UWO in the 2008 – 2012 Campus Sustainability Plan.


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