A page within Sustainability


Sustainability is a spectrum, not a destination. We’re not here to simply define the word.
We’re here to live up to it.

The idea of sustainability is fluid, changing over time and meaning different things to different people. We, the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse community, define sustainability as being both a local and global interaction between economy, environment, and society.  Through education and programming, we will provide students, faculty, staff, and the community with the knowledge and skills to be environmentally responsible citizens who consider the effects of their actions and the actions of others around them.



The UWL Green Fund, which is funded by Student Seg Fees, has invested over


into sustainability initiatives across campus, since being established in 2008



The U-Pass and Safe Ride program with the Municipal Transit Utility (MTU), has provided students with over


bus rides since 2000, which emits on average 33% less greenhouse gases per mile when compared to a single occupant vehicle (personal vehicle)



Uses of our reusable container system "OZZI" since it started in 2020


each use prevents single use waste from entering the waste stream.



UWL has reduced greenhouse gases from campus electricity and heating by


since 2005, via a switch from coal to methane in our heating plant, energy efficiency and the greening of our grid.