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Dining Farm: New initiative has students growing food for dining halls

December 6, 2023

The produce serves not only as a stepping stone towards sustainability — including building permanent raised-bed soil — but also serves as an educational community experience.

Sharing discoveries and imagining the future at the second annual Sustainability Symposium

October 31, 2023

From a keynote address on improving food security through a circular economy, to lightning talks on campus sustainability initiatives and poster sessions on research projects across UW–Madison, enthusiastic attendees learned, swapped ideas and inspired one another.

UW-Madison recertified as platinum Bicycle Friendly University

October 26, 2023

According to the league, certified institutions address health and environmental challenges by creating welcoming, inclusive environments for people who bike.

Study finds mindfulness training may not be enough to increase eco-friendliness

October 23, 2023

The innovative study marks the first time researchers have conducted a randomized controlled trial to test whether a direct relationship exists between meditation and eco-friendly attitudes and behaviors.

With UW–Madison assist, project could accelerate nation’s clean energy transition

October 20, 2023

The project would be the first to demonstrate — at a commercial scale — a closed-loop, carbon dioxide-based energy storage system and could validate the technology for wide-scale deployment in the United States.

UW–Madison project combines art, policy and science to create plant-based plastics and benefit marginalized communities

October 17, 2023

A team led by University of Wisconsin–Madison scholars has a plan to turn paper mill waste into plant-based plastics, slashing greenhouse gas emissions and other pollution and creating economic opportunities in ways that benefit marginalized communities.

New approach shows hydrogen can be combined with electricity to make pharmaceutical drugs

August 21, 2023

Developing a hydrogen-based way to make pharmaceuticals aligns with renewed interest in a "hydrogen economy."

Campus buzzes with Earth Week activity

April 25, 2023

April 17-23, students across campus put their talents and creativity to work for Earth Week, showcasing the myriad efforts across campus to make UW, Wisconsin and planet Earth more sustainable.

Five startups from UW with great ideas to protect the earth

April 19, 2023

From improving air quality, water scarcity and quality, to renewable and alternative energy sources, these solutions are not only better for the environment — they’re better for business.

Inaugural Bassam Z. Shakhashiri Public Science Engagement Award recognizes excellence in outreach

March 20, 2023

A conservation scientist with a goal of finding ways to equitably protect tropical forest biodiversity and a teaching faculty member whose outreach work has led to a method for teaching visually impaired students about nanotechnology received the award.

Cutting air pollution emissions would save 50,000 U.S. lives, $600 billion each year

May 16, 2022

Eliminating air pollution emissions from energy-related activities in the United States would prevent more than 50,000 premature deaths each year and provide more than $600…

Chalk it up to Earth Day

April 20, 2022

On April 20, students got together to chalk the sidewalks outside of the Historical Society with Earth Day-inspired art, to get campus excited for the day, on Friday, April 22.

UW–Madison, Alliant Energy collaborate on solar and agricultural research project

April 8, 2022

Beyond the production of renewable energy, Alliant Energy and UW–Madison are exploring future partnerships to advance the solar research project for education, demonstration and training purposes.

Students lead way in sustainability effort

December 7, 2021

These UW–Madison students pair environmental studies majors with everything from law to fashion to finance as they learn how to apply environmental solutions to their chosen fields.

Urban planning students develop green recommendations for UW–Madison fleet

November 24, 2021

Students estimated the fleet’s baseline greenhouse gas and air pollutant emissions using the Alternative Fuel Life-Cycle Environmental and Economic Transportation (AFLEET) Tool, created by the Argonne National Laboratory.

Campus sustainability initiatives have their day in the sun

August 13, 2021

On August 12, leaders from the Wisconsin Departments of Administration (DOA), Financial Institutions (DFI), and Safety & Professional Services (DSPS) toured several campus facilities to learn more about the ways UW strives to create solutions that address some of today’s biggest sustainability challenges.

New solar field gives UW a sustainable boost

August 2, 2021

O’Brien Solar Fields, the largest solar installation in Dane County, includes 60,318 bifacial panels capable of generating approximately 20 megawatts of renewable electricity. It's a partnership between Madison Gas & Electric, UW–Madison, and other businesses and groups.

WiscWind makes sixth appearance in Collegiate Wind Competition

June 18, 2021

The teams had to design, fabricate, and test a wind turbine, and create a plan for siting a 100-megawatt wind farm in western South Dakota.

UW–Madison wins federal Green Ribbon Schools Postsecondary Sustainability Award

April 22, 2021

The federal education department cited the university’s “deep legacy of environmental stewardship” and said it remains “a leader in environment- and sustainability-related research, education, and operations.”