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The Institute generates new ideas, advancing knowledge by engaging faculty, staff, and students in scholarly and creative activities exploring the theory, practice, and applications of sustainability. Through development of technologies and collaborative partnerships, we work to advance research and deliver applied educational experiences as well as develop revenue streams that support the mission of SIRT.
Members of the Institute educate and learn from its many stakeholders so that a deep understanding of the multiple dimensions of sustainability emerges that informs the transition to a durable world. These efforts engage students, teachers, professionals, practitioners, and other community members to cultivate advocacy, leadership, responsibility, and skills through degree, certificate, and short-term programs. SIRT highlights examples of sustainability from local, regional and international communities and collaborators.
The Institute inspires critical thinking about the emergence of the sustainability concept, what it means, and how it can be (and has been) actualized and implemented. This includes creating public conversations and cultural activities that foster questioning, celebration, advocacy, and the advancement of interdisciplinary understanding of the challenges to sustainability.
Members of the Institute support the practice of sustainability locally, regionally, and internationally. SIRT is a public space and resource where faculty, staff and students collaborate with community members and civic groups, governments, organizations, and businesses on sustainability-related projects by opening dialogues, providing access to skills and technologies, education, and outreach, and identifying and securing financial and material resources.

Contact SIRT

Phone: (920) 424-0440

Hours: Mon – Fri
8:00 am – 4:30 pm

Office Address:
4483 Sage Hall
835 High Ave.
Oshkosh, WI 54901

Mailing Address:
UW Oshkosh SIRT
800 Algoma Blvd.
Oshkosh, WI 54901


The Sustainability Institute encourages and facilitates interdisciplinary collaboration across campus, and broader community and regional collaboration. Our commitment to diverse visions of sustainability is conveyed through our mission statement: to engage stakeholders from Wisconsin and beyond to build healthy communities, inclusive economies, and ecologically sound environments through inquiry, education and action.

SIRT is a freestanding campus-wide unit led by a director who is appointed by the chancellor of the university and reports to the Provost. The Institute is advised and assisted by an Internal Advisory Board comprised of members of the UWO community, and is developing an External Advisory Board with representatives of government, business, the nonprofit sector, and academia with a strong interest in the Institute’s mission.



Want to show off (and win a prize)? Take part in our Safe and Sustainable Campaign! 

We would like to reward you for showing us how you are being safe and sustainable this fall. Post your pics (Platform, tag, make it public) of how you are being safe and sustainable and we’ll give you a reusable water bottle. 

  • Take a walk outside and pick up litter 
  • Hanging out with a group of friends? Head outside, and wear your masks if in close proximity