Campus buzzes with Earth Week activity
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.”
New UW–Madison campus sustainability map goes live
The interactive map enables viewers to travel around campus virtually to explore sustainability initiatives. Clicking on the more than 300 features brings up a description of achievements.
UW–Madison recognized for its water- and energy-saving initiatives
The heating and cooling plant improvements stem from an upgraded cleaning system for heat exchangers covering over 50,000 tons of the campus’s central plant chillers.
UW–Madison supports largest solar development in Dane County
The university will purchase half of the energy produced by a 20-megawatt solar array that Madison Gas and Electric plans to build south of Madison.
UW Arboretum enhances sustainability with solar panel upgrade
The new system will include an array of 66 photovoltaic modules that are projected to produce 32,300 kilowatt-hours in the first year of operation.