American Family Children's Hospital

At UW Health we recognize that a healthy planet leads to healthy patients. That’s why social responsibility is part of our mission for advancing health. This includes identifying and defining sustainable practices and enhancing the social, environmental, and economic sustainability of our practices through energy and water conservation, waste reduction, green transportation, sustainable business standards, site stewardship, and sustainability outreach.


Explore some of the progress already being made at UW Health, or contact us with your suggestions or questions about sustainable practices at UW Health.


UW Health Composting Initiative 

Composting Initiative


Our composting program came full circle this year when our landscaper began using the University's compost, which includes UW Health's organic waste, as a soil amendment on UW Health sites.


Learn more about our composting initiative

Retrocommissioning, UW Health Green STEPS 

Energy Savings


Recent building improvement projects are already saving UW Health thousands of dollars, and sustainability leaders expect cost savings to continue for many years to come. The energy impact of these updates is equivalent to 903 passenger vehicles taken off the road, or 391 homes' energy use for one year.


Learn more about the project

UW Health Digestive Health Center, Madison, Wisconsin 

Energy Enhancements


UW Health is making energy upgrades at University Hospital and American Family Children's Hospital facilities, and has expanded these efforts to include West Clinic and the Digestive Health Clinic (left).


These efforts - also known as retrocommissioning - help reduce energy usage and cost, and are part of a larger effort by UW Health to promote sustainability. Learn more

Plastic film recycling, UW Health Green STEPS

Blue Sterile Wrap and Plastic Film Recycling


Through UW Health's new recycling programs, we are able to divert all blue sterile wrap and plastic film from the landfill.

UW Health Farmers' Market

UW Health Farmers' Markets


UW Health is proud to host Farmers' Markets at University Hospital and UW Health at The American Center. Both feature local farmers from UW's Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) partnerships and our own employees. The markets are a celebration of fresh food and good nutrition, as well as an opportunity to support our local farmers and entrepreneurs.


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UW Health's Green STEPS: Going green spacer UW Health Green STEPS: Rooftop gardens