American Family Children's Hospital

Getting Green

Artist's rendering of the view of the rooftop garden from a patient roomUW Health's Green STEPS efforts - Simple Things, Eco-Positive Solutions - aim to enhance indoor and outdoor spaces, recycling practices, waste management and more, with the goal of sustaining a healthy environment in and around our spaces, and within the community.


Rooftop Healing Garden


Plans for a Rooftop Garden at UW Hospital and Clinics are underway, to offer patients, families, employees and faculty, a greener (and more healing) view.


Learn how you can be part of its creation


Green Cleaning

  • UW Hospital continues to review all cleaning chemicals and work with companies across the country to determine if any "non-green" chemicals can be converted to "green" products. As of February, 2013, more than 10 percent of cleaning supplies are green.
  • To prevent hospital acquired infections, we must continue to use hospital grade disinfectant in all patient areas.
  • Efforts to reduce the number of chemicals we use are ongoing. 
  • 17 of our UW Medical Foundation facilities are green cleaned.

LEED-certified Yahara ClinicLEEDing the Way: Green Building Designs


As UW Health continues to grow, we've committed to a LEED standard (Leadership for Energy and Environmental Design) for all new buildings since 2008 to ensure they are designed using principles and techniques that promote environmental sustainability and stewardship of resources, leading toward LEED certification.


One of the larger facilities is the UW Health at The American Center campus. The design goal of the facility is an inviting, healing environment that is easy to navigate and offers not only patient- and family-centered health care surroundings, but also a pleasant and productive workplace for staff and physicians. Using environmentally-friendly design and construction is one of the guiding principles for the campus.


Existing sites with LEED certification include:

Although not LEED certified, the UW Health Belleville Clinic was recognized as one of Wisconsin's outstanding construction projects completed in 2011.


Green Lawns


The following UW Health sites are pesticide-free:


202 S. Park/Meriter Hospital

DeForest-Windsor Clinic

Odana Atrium Clinic

20 S. Park Clinic

East Towne Clinic

Oregon Clinic

1 S. Park Clinic

Eau Claire Family Medicine

Orthotics Clinic

2349 Deming Way Clinic  

Fitchburg Clinic

Portage Clinic

780 Regent Clinic

Fort Atkinson Clinic

Stoughton Clinic

Administrative Office Building

Fox Valley Family Medicine

Sun Prairie Clinic

Augusta Family Medicine Clinic

Generations Fertility Care

Verona Clinic

Beaver Dam Clinic

Home Health Services

West Towne Clinic

Belleville Family Medicine

Kidney Clinic

Wisconsin Dialysis East Clinic

Chartwell Midwest Wisconsin

Madison Surgery Center

Wisconsin Dialysis Fitchburg Clinic

Columbus Clinic

Mt. Horeb Clinic

Wisconsin Sleep Clinic

Cottage Grove Clinic

Northeast Family Medical Center

Yahara Clinic

Cross Plains Clinic

Oakwood Clinic