Sustainability at Parkside

Campus Sustainability Initiatives

Land Stewardship

Community Garden

  • The campus garden is located behind Tallent Hall, next to the Student Health and Counseling Center. Produce is grown and donated to the Racine County Food Bank by volunteers. Allotments can also be leased for personal use.
  • Community Garden Page

Stormwater Management

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


  • The Campus has made strides to reduce energy consumption through improvements in energy efficiency.
  • Four solar installations can be found around campus, generating 2.3 megawatts of renewable electricity. See sustainability map for locations.

Waste Reduction

  • Water bottle refill stations are located at over a dozen fountains on campus. See Sustainability map for locations.
  • Green to-go containers can be purchased at the Brickstone Eatery & Grill and exchanged for clean containers to reduce food packaging waste
  • Large items on campus can be picked up through surplus. Start by completing a surplus request form.

Proper Waste Disposal (Including hazardous waste)


UW-Parkside Sustainability Map

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.

Chiwaukee Image
  • 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.




  • 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

Ranger Involvement

Student Organizations

Contact the Sustainability Coordinator

  • Emily Reed  |
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