The University of Wisconsin-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 provides framework through which the university can become more responsive to local needs, and help solve regional problems by embracing the sustainability principles of planet, people and profit.


UW-Stevens Point's general education degree requirements promote cultural and environmental awareness and responsibility throughout academics.


The Pointer 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 waste, energy reduction and continually exploring ideas to promote and support sustainability initiatives.


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.

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Sustainability Points of Pride
  • UW-Stevens Point in 2019 was the first university to earn the Wisconsin DNR  Recycling Excellence Award for "Overall Program"
  • UW-Stevens Point named the 2018 National Recycling Coalition "Outstanding Higher Education" Award Winner
  • UW-Stevens Point is consistently listed on the Princeton Review Green College Honor Roll. For 2018 we received a perfect score with a Green Rating of 99.
  • UW-Stevens Point received the Green Ribbon Award in 2017 for postsecondary sustainability from the U.S Department of Education.
  • UW-Stevens Point earned an AASHE-STARS Gold rating in 2012, 2015 and again in 2018.
  • We're working toward waste reduction and diversion across campus and recognize the need to move toward a zero-waste campus by continuing to reduce, reuse and recycle more each year. We are the first university in UW System to offer composting in every academic building across campus.
  • UW-Stevens Point is committed to reducing 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 attain 100% renewable electricity.