Sustainability at Parkside

Support Sustainability Initiatives


Thanks to the backing of local organizations, grant funding, and contributions from our community members, we are able to advance our mission to be responsible custodians of UW-Parkside's expansive 700-acre campus and precious natural areas. Join us in preserving and enhancing the beauty of our environment. Thank you for your generous support.


Campus Initiatives

Land Stewardship

Through partnership with the Root-Pike Watershed Initiative Network, the campus manages and restores our natural areas.

Stormwater Management

UW-Parkside is located within the Pike River Watershed, which flows into Lake Michigan. The campus's Stormwater Management Program includes installation, monitoring, and maintenance of green infrastructure, to minimize pollutant runoff into waterways.


Strides have been made to reduce energy consumption through energy efficiency improvements. Addtionally, five solar installations can be found around campus, generating 4.4 megawatts of renewable electricity. 


Learn more about what can be recycled on campus and waste reduction initiatives on our recycling page




  • Environmental Biology
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Environmental Geography
  • Environmental Geology
  • Environmental Policy and Society
  • General Environmental Studies

Program Overview


Enviromental Sustainability Certificate

Sustainable Enterprise Certificate

Sustainable and Well-Being Graduate Certificate

Adaptations to Global Climate Change

Get Outdoors

The 700-acre main campus and other properties in the region have natural areas that are used for research, education, and outdoor recreation. 


Miles of hiking and running trails are available for students and the public, as well as a newly-constructed mountain bike trails.

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  • Chiwaukee Prairie is the largest remaining intact coastal wetland in Southeastern Wisconsin. The Prairie contains over 400 Species of plants, including many rare or endangered species. The prairie is managed through a partnership with the Nature Conservancy, UW-Parkside, and the WDNR.
  • Chiwaukee Prairie DNR Overview
  • The Chiwaukee Prairie Preservation Fund holds monthly stewardship volunteer days. No Experience required.

Ranger Involvement

Student Organizations

Contact the Sustainability Coordinator

  • Emily Reed  |
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