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Living Green: On Campus & Off

UW-Green Bay and the Office of Residence Life are committed to sustainability and energy conservation in all facilities, services, and programs. For more information regarding opportunities for individuals and organizations to take an active role in campus sustainability at UW-Green Bay, see Sustainability.

Residence Life

Sustainability in Campus Housing

Housing & Residence Life has worked hard to make living on campus eco-friendly. Take a look at some of the things we have done to help reduce our carbon footprint.

  • energy efficient boilers
  • water-saving toilets
  • water-saving faucets
  • motion sensitive lighting
  • energy efficient windows
  • eco-friendly insulation
  • eco-friendly building materials


An Eco-Rep will develop sustainable living habits of students residing on the UWGB campus so that they may reflect the reputation UWGB has as ‘Eco-U’. They will also change behaviors to improve environmental conscience by educational outreach, awareness measures, and programming implementation of consumption reduction, use of alternative or public transportation, proper waste management, and promote sustainable living and enable behavior changing practices.This will be done through recycling education, a Green Certified Room Program, and other educational materials posted in the residences. The Eco-Rep will be a reliable resource to residents on environmental issues in campus housing.

Energy Conservation Awareness

Each year, the Residence Hall and Apartment Association (RHAA) sponsors an building energy-saving contest. Watch your campus email for details and look for ways you can conserve energy and participate in sustainability efforts on our campus.

Green Blog

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  • Mar

    Campus Conservation Nationals 2015: How low can you go?

    “The Residence Green Life Committee wants to know: “HOW LOW CAN YOU GO? Not for the limbo, but energy usage! Campus Conservation Nationals is taking place in the 11 Residence Halls at UWGB. Each building will compete to reduce the most energy usage and commit the most to energy saving habits at Winning buildings […]

  • Mar

    Recyclemania Week 5: We recycled 5.41 lbs per capita!

    The results for Week 5 are in: UW-Green Bay recycled 5.41 lbs per capita during that week and placed well in the field. Here are the complete rankings: Find the complete ranking at      

  • Mar

    “Green Fire” on screen for free, March 3rd at the Christie

    The film will be shown at the Christie Theatre in the Union at 7pm, March 3rd. Join for free! Popcorn will be served for free as well. Here is the trailer: The iPat Film Series (impact = population * affluence * technology) is sponsored by PEAC, The Center for Public Affairs, and the Department […]

On Campus


DigiCOPY offers a number of green certified paper materials for printing as well as a greener mindset looking forward.

At DigiCOPY, we recognize that the future of our business is dependent on the responsible use of our natural resources. We understand that this involves commitment and actions alike. Therefore, we have implemented a Sustainable Management Policy through which we strive to reduce waste, recycle print materials, and educate our co-workers.

Stop in at DigiCOPY, the 1st floor of the University Union, today to see a complete list of their environmentally freindly options.


The ‘Naturally’ program indorses locally bought, organic foods through our dining service provider, Aviands. In addition to sponsoring organic food options, A'viands practices ocean-friendly seafood choices. Not only will you be able to eat nutritiously, you will also be supporting sustainable practices. A'viands is also currently working with the University and Sanimax to try and develop a plan for composting.

Local Vendors

In addition to local vendors, A'viands also has a number of local distributors that provide a number of national brand products. By using local distributors, they cut down on some transportation costs and help the local economy by supporting local businesses.

Local Distributors

  • Coca-Cola Bottling Co (Wrightstown, WI)
  • Green Bay Seven-Up (Green Bay, WI)
  • Pepsi Cola of Northeast Wisconsin (Green Bay, WI)
  • Ice Cream Novelties and Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream: Engelhardt Dairy (Kewaskum, WI)
  • Dean Distibuting provides Monster Energy Drinks (Menomonee Falls, WI)
  • US Foods: this is A'viands main supplies distributor (Menomonee Falls, WI).They work with a number of brands that happen to have ties to Wisconsin and the Midwest. In addition, US Foods has its own private brand label.

The University Union

In 2011, two rain barrels were installed outside the building to collect rainwater. Since this water is not chemically treated, it is used for plants around the building, as well as the Memorial Garden and the Sustainable Local Organic (SLO) Food Alliance’s food gardens.

Every year a recycling program, Recyclemania, is brought to campus. Recyclemania promotes better recycling practices for students and staff, as well as promoting across-campus cooperation to conserve. Even though this is just a seasonal program that the Union cooperatively supports, the Union promotes sustainability all year round!

There are many ways that the Union, along with UW-Green Bay, encourages the reuse of drinking containers. Reusable water bottles and coffee mugs are available for purchase in The Phoenix Bookstore. Along with purchasing reusable drinking containers, there is a hydration station located on the second floor of the University Union that keeps track of how many plastic water bottles are saved. For those coffee nuts, there is still opportunity to be sustainable in the Union. At Common Grounds Coffeehouse, if you bring a reusable mug, you are given a discount on coffee. Discounts are also available at all dining locations on a variety of beverages when using your reusable mug.

Along with programs promoted by the University Union, the building itself implements ways to be conservative. With the use of double doors, natural lighting, and window blinds, the building is able to be more conservative with heating and cooling costs. Motion activated, energy efficient LED lights are used as a way to save energy in the building. In addition, our restrooms use motion activated soap dispensers, sinks, toilets, and drying stations, to stay clean without wasting water or electricity. Also, when purchasing any new appliances or equipment, we look for energy efficient options.


Recyclemania is a friendly yearly competition with other colleges and universities in North America and Canada to see who can do the best job of reducing, reusing and recycling. During the eight weeks of February 3 – March 30, we’ll be having our waste hauler record the amount of waste and recycling removed from ALL our campus dumpsters. That volume is converted to weights and entered in the RecycleMania database for all to see … and compare our progress against other schools!

Find Out More About Recyclemania

Go Greener

Going Green

If you are interested in trying to live greener, even on campus, here a few tips and tricks to get you going in the right direction.

  • Pull down window shades at night in the winter and during the day in the summer
  • Buy inexpensive mugs and plates that you can wash rather than disposable ones
  • Avoid over-packaged takeout food
  • Buy a water filter and refill a reusable container instead of buying cases of bottled water
  • Take shorter showers; don't run the water before getting in, and turn off the water when lathering
  • Air dry clothing whenever possible
  • Keep a pitcher of water in the refrigerator instead of running the tap for a cold drink
  • Turn off lights when not in room
  • Recycle paper, plastic, aluminum, tin cans, and batteries
  • Keep water on low/turn off when brushing teeth
  • Limit bathroom exhaust fan use
  • Unplug appliances when not in use
  • Turn off your computer/TV/radio when not in your room
  • Close and latch all windows
  • Turn down your heat
  • Put your TV on a sleep timer

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