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The Sustainability Institute for Regional Transformations (SIRT) at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh engages stakeholders from Wisconsin and beyond to build healthy communities, inclusive economies, and ecologically sound environments through inquiry, education and action.



We direct efforts to strengthen the university’s sustainability curriculum by working in conjunction with the University Studies Program to support the efforts of faculty, staff and students. In 2017-18 we will host a workshop for instructional staff, and outreach to Quest sustainability instructors.


We serve as a hub for sustainability research and discussions on campus and beyond. In 2017-18 we will develop a web-based searchable listing of sustainability-related research conducted by faculty and staff. We will also offer a seminar series for faculty, providing a forum to exchange ideas across disciplines.


We support the work of the Campus Sustainability Office to develop, maintain, and promote one of the most sustainable college campuses in Wisconsin and the nation. In 2017-18 we will promote the campus commitment to sustainability during Earth Charter events aimed and students and citizens, to educate them on these efforts.


We engage with our community and our region to build a culture of sustainability. In 2017-18 we are building connections with local organizations. We will coordinate the Earth Charter Community Summit and Earth week events.

UWO Sustainability News

UW Oshkosh awarded Tree Campus USA distinction for ninth consecutive year
Third year for UWO’s sustainability-themed Free School
UW Oshkosh announces Sustainability Institute
Green Fund effort offers bikes for rent at UW Oshkosh
Oshkosh considers recommendations from UWO environmental studies students

Sustainability Institute Events

April 12, 2018, 8:30 a.m. The Past and Future of Sustainability and Nuclear Energy: A Political Scientist and a Historian Discuss Featuring a primary talk by Jason Kalmbach, “The Fukushima Effect: A Longitudinal Analysis of Attitudes Toward Nuclear Power,” and a dialogical response by Jim Feldman, “Sustainability Discourse and Radioactive Waste in Time and Place.” Sage 3221

April 16-20, 2018: Social Justice and Earth Week: A Dialogue in Sustainability

April 16, 2018, 7:00 p.m.: Earth Democracy Social Justice and Earth Week: A Dialogue in Sustainability Keynote Speaker Vandana Shiva Shiva describes Earth Democracy, a paradigm and process that creates living economies, democracies, and cultures to end violence against the Earth and its inhabitants. Reeve Union Ballroom. Free and open to the public. “Who Really Feeds the World?” (2016) will be available for sale with book signing to follow. Sponsored by the University Speaker Series.

April 17, 2018, 6:00 p.m. Awaken Your Mind: Water, Truth & Justice A showing of the film “Awake: A Dream from Standing Rock” with discussion to follow by Dr. Heidi Nicholls, UWO Anthropology Department. Sage 1214, free and open to the public. Cosponsored by SIRT, Inter-Tribal Student Organization and American Indian Student Services.

April 18, 2018, 7:00 p.m.: Rohina Malik’s Unveiled, Reeve Union Ballroom. “Racism. Hate crimes. Love. Islam. Culture. Language. Life. Five Muslim women in a post-9/11 world serve tea and uncover what lies beneath the veil in this critically acclaimed one-woman show.” Sponsored by Reeve Union, Academic Support of Inclusive Excellence, Office of Equal Opportunity Access, Social Justice Club, University Speaker Series, Reeve Union Board, and the IDEA Committee.

April 19, 2018, 7:00 p.m.: Where Honeybees Thrive: Making a Better World for Bees and Humans, Halsey 107. An evening with author Heather Swan and Nicaragua Bee Project founders Martin Havlovic and Michael Bauer. Swan’s book “Where Honeybees Thrive” and materials from the Nicaragua Bee Project, and honey will be for sale. Co-sponsored by SIRT, Environmental Studies, Honors College, and Global Scholar Student Club.

January 2019: Regional Materials and Manufacturing Network (RM2N) Conference at UWO, theme: Sustainability in Manufacturing

June 2019: 25th International Symposium on Society and Resource Management (ISSRM) of the International Association for Society and Natural Resources