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About Sustainability

Our dedication to sustainability is part of our University’s select mission statement, it’s part of our history as Eco U, it’s part of how we look at what we want to accomplish now and in the future as part of our continuing campus strategy, and it’s now part of every student’s general education classroom experience.

Our sense of place, our purpose and our people often reflect our sustainability core in different ways as showcased below. Come visit, go to school, or work here, where green is more than a color, it is an action!

Natural Areas

The 290-acre Cofrin Arboretum that surrounds the campus buildings and residence halls is a physically tangible example of the University’s commitment to the natural environment. The Cofrin Arboretum was established at the inception of the University to restore and preserve natural areas for their ecological, educational and aesthetic values. The purpose of the arboretum is to restore and preserve some of Wisconsin’s native ecological communities and to provide a place where people can enjoy and appreciate nature. It serves both the University and the local community as a popular destination for hiking, recreation and outdoor learning. Emphasis is placed on the protection, enrichment and development of native Wisconsin plant communities and areas of special ecological significance. Forests, prairies, ponds and creeks represent some of the major natural features thriving in the arboretum.


Building efficiency

Mary Ann Cofrin (MAC) Hall

Mary Ann Cofrin (MAC) Hall, built in 2001, also serves as an example of how UW-Green Bay’s environmentally focused tradition was translated into the design of a campus classroom facility. The building incorporates day lighting, building integrated photovoltaic glass, room occupancy lighting sensors and other energy efficiencies – the majority being cutting-edge applications at the time of construction.
eGauge MAC Hall 1
eGauge MAC Hall 2

The Kress Events Center

The Kress Events Center, home to campus sports and athletic facilities, was completed in 2007. A floor made from recycled tires can be found in the Fitness Center. Lighting in several gyms and the pool area have recently been retrofitted for increased efficiency.




Student Organizations

If you are interested in joining other students working for a greener, just future, there are a number of student organizations where you can make a difference. Participate, learn, grow and become a leader!


That’s the name of the game at UW-Green Bay – learning, expanding your critical thinking skills, and getting prepared to meet the challenges of a career in a constantly changing world. UWGB’s excellent faculty and staff help you reach your goals in a wide variety of academic disciplines, including areas that support sustainability. Check out the classes and teachers!


Sustainability across campus

Across campus, sustainability efforts are an ever-changing, dynamic mixture of programs, projects and student involvement. As an example, Residence Life has a webpage about living green when residing on campus; the University Union highlights their sustainability efforts here; and our Facilities team has great background information on our stormwater management program.