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The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance.

Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 51.80
Liaison Jill Fermanich
Submission Date Sept. 29, 2014
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.0

University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
AC-8: Campus as a Living Laboratory

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 4.00 Laurie Case
Sustainability & Strategic Planning Coordinator
Chancellor's Office
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Is the institution utilizing the campus as a living laboratory for multidisciplinary student learning and applied research in the following areas?:
Yes or No
Air & Climate No
Buildings No
Dining Services/Food No
Energy No
Grounds Yes
Purchasing Yes
Transportation No
Waste No
Water No
Coordination, Planning & Governance Yes
Diversity & Affordability No
Health, Wellbeing & Work No
Investment No
Public Engagement Yes
Other Yes

A brief description of how the institution is using the campus as a living laboratory for Air & Climate and the positive outcomes associated with the work:
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A brief description of how the institution is using the campus as a living laboratory for Buildings and the positive outcomes associated with the work:
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A brief description of how the institution is using the campus as a living laboratory for Dining Services/Food and the positive outcomes associated with the work:
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A brief description of how the institution is using the campus as a living laboratory for Energy and the positive outcomes associated with the work:
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A brief description of how the institution is using the campus as a living laboratory for Grounds and the positive outcomes associated with the work:

As part of an Environmental Science & Policy graduate capstone class in 2012, a team of graduate students worked on a project using GIS mapping of campus grounds to identify prospective areas that could be converted from turf-managed (mowing, etc.) to natural, un-managed land. They did a cost-benefit analysis to show the potential impact from less need for personnel as well as the impact on the carbon footprint. Although no action has been taken to date to implement the plan presented, discussion on feasibility and aesthetics has been discussed.


A brief description of how the institution is using the campus as a living laboratory for Purchasing and the positive outcomes associated with the work:

In 2012/2013, a graduate student in Environmental Policy conducted her master's thesis on looking at contracting options and alternatives for the campuswide waste and recycling contracts in order to deliver a more environmentally friendly and cost effective result. A new recycling hauler was identified for campus which provided a closer, more local MRF, saved money for the campus, and in Spring 2014, will also allow campus to expand the acceptable items collected for recycling.


A brief description of how the institution is using the campus as a living laboratory for Transportation and the positive outcomes associated with the work:
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A brief description of how the institution is using the campus as a living laboratory for Waste and the positive outcomes associated with the work:
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A brief description of how the institution is using the campus as a living laboratory for Water and the positive outcomes associated with the work:
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A brief description of how the institution is using the campus as a living laboratory for Coordination, Planning & Governance and the positive outcomes associated with the work:

In the 2013/2014 academic year, an Eco-Reps program consisting of four undergraduate students serving as peer advisors was launched in Residence Life's freshman housing buildings. The Eco-Reps are responsible for developing, planning and coordinating educational and awareness building events focused on sustainability and sustainable living on campus. They also have joined the Residence Hall Association as sustainability advisors, helping to keep RAs beyond the freshman housing options informed on their efforts.


A brief description of how the institution is using the campus as a living laboratory for Diversity & Affordability and the positive outcomes associated with the work:
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A brief description of how the institution is using the campus as a living laboratory for Health, Wellbeing & Work and the positive outcomes associated with the work:
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A brief description of how the institution is using the campus as a living laboratory for Investment and the positive outcomes associated with the work:
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A brief description of how the institution is using the campus as a living laboratory for Public Engagement and the positive outcomes associated with the work:

The 2013 Environmental Planning and Science capstone course included a group of students whose semester-long project examined ways to generate citizen acceptance of a city-wide composting program for the City of Green Bay, WI.


A brief description of how the institution is using the campus as a living laboratory in Other areas and the positive outcomes associated with the work:

The Student Government Affairs (SGA) group has an Environmental Affairs subcommittee. This subcommittee manages the Student Sustainability Fund, which is funded by a fee each semester that is targeted toward sustainability focused programs or projects. In 2012/2013 school year, funds were used to install four hydration stations across campus, with promotions to encourage the use of refillable water bottles rather than purchasing bottled water. Well-accepted and used by the campus community, success can be seen in the continuing requests to add addition stations in all buildings.


The website URL where information about the institution’s campus as a living laboratory program or projects is available:
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