The University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point earned an AASHE-STARS Gold rating in 2012 and again in 2015. We are included in the Princeton Review 2015 Guide to Green Colleges where we received a rating of 97 out of 99 total points. With a nationally recognized College of Natural Resources we have long worked towards waste reduction and diversion. We recognize the need to move towards a zero-waste campus by reducing, reusing, and recycling at a greater level than we have in the past. UW-Stevens Point is committed to reducing our energy consumption through conservation and efficiency and offsetting our total carbon emissions through green electricity purchases, composting and managed forests. We are the first university in Wisconsin to achieve 100% renewable electricity.

Stevens Point is “Pointing the way to a Sustainable Future” through campus, community and academic initiatives. The Office of Sustainability discovers ways to reach out to the campus and community through a strategic planning process to ensure our sustainable future. The Partnership for Thriving Communities will provide the framework through which the university will become more responsive to local needs, and more relevant to solving regional problems by embracing the sustainability principles of “Planet, People, and Profit.” Academically, UW-Stevens Point’s general education degree requirements promote Cultural and Environmental Awareness and Responsibility.


​​Message from the Chancellor

Sustainability has been a critical component of our campus culture for decades, and we are proud to be a role model and leader for other institutions. Our mission statement notes clearly our dedication to sustainability:

Through the discovery and dissemination of knowledge, the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point stimulates intellectual growth, provides a liberal education, and prepares students for a diverse and sustainable world.

UW-Stevens Point Campus Definition of Sustainability

UW-Stevens Point is committed to sustainability and its practice in our daily operations. Sustainability is the human enterprise of living to meet today’s needs without compromising the needs of future generations, and to be ecologically sound, socially just, culturally affirming, politically doable, and economically viable. We demonstrate our commitment to sustainability through such measures as resource recovery (recycling), composting food wastes, energy reduction and continually exploring ideas to promote and support sustainability initiatives.

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