Campus Initiatives

Buildings

Buildings are vitally important for UW-Whitewater to consider when shaping our approach to more sustainable operations because they make up the clear majority of our overall greenhouse gas emissions (through electricity and steam production).  While our campus has several older buildings that have some potential for energy efficiency improvements, the design of a new building can have an even more significant impact on energy efficiency.  Below you will find information about sustainable features on campus buildings, the Whitewater Innovation Center, and policies that provide direction and guidance for constructing state-owned buildings. 

Hyland Hall, College of Business and Economics

  • Construction involved tearing down three existing buildings that created 14,000  tons of debris and nearly 98% of it was recycled! The construction of Hyland Hall itself generated another 869 tons of debris, of which 66% was recycled. 
  • The integration of daylighting design throughout the building limits the need for artificial lighting. The majority of the building is oriented as southern-facing to permit the most amount of natural light. These windows also feature "window eyebrows" that are designed to diffuse light into each window by scattering it through the window which also helps to avoid excessive warming from direct sunlight. 
  • Rooftop solar panels typically provide enough power to sustain the electrical needs of the Hyland's Trading Room and adjoining research computer lab. 

Starin Hall, Residence Building

  • LEED Gold Certified. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, a green building rating system that recognizes the integration of sustainable practices in the construction of buildings.

Whitewater Innovation Center

The Whitewater Innovation Center, located in the Whitewater University Technology Park, is a leading hub of innovation, entrepreneurship and business growth in Wisconsin. The Innovation Center is a partnership of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, home of the state's largest business school; the City of Whitewater and the Whitewater Community Development Authority. We've created this powerhouse of expertise and resources to help you and your business reach unparalleled levels of success. To complement this state-of-the-art building, the Whitewater Innovation Center has assembled the human and technological infrastructure to meet the needs of entrepreneurs and their companies.

Sustainable Facilities Standards

All buildings on the UW-Whitewater campus are under the oversight of the State of Wisconsin - Department of Administration (DOA) - Division of State Facilities (DSF).  These standards are designed to promote and ensure that state facilities are constructed and renovated in a sustainable manner, starting with initial project planning and continuing through occupancy and operation.  The Sustainable Facilities Standards address all aspects of the planning, design and construction process.

LEED-EB for DOA Managed Buildings

Through Conserve Wisconsin and Executive Order 145, Governor Doyle has committed Wisconsin to leading by example in improving the energy and environmental performance of existing and new state-owned buildings.  By adopting Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for Existing Buildings (LEED-EB) guidelines and implementing sustainable practices in the facilities it owns and leases, the Department of Administration is cutting energy use and conserving resources.  Governor Doyle's Executive Order, does not require certification to the US Green Building Council's LEED-EB Green Building Rating System, but contains minimum performance standards based on LEED tools and approaches, as well as measurement and reporting requirements.