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At UW Health we recognize that a healthy planet leads to healthy people. 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.


Retrocommissioning, UW Health Green STEPS 

Energy Efficiency


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.


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UW Health sustainability: An art project made entirely of anesthesia vial caps

Green Operating Rooms


UW Health's OR staff have championed projects to divert waste from the landfill, including this art project made entirely of anesthesia vial caps.

UW Health Digestive Health Center

Reducing Our Footprint


UW Health has publicly announced its intention to reduce its energy use intensity by 20 percent by 2023 by joining the United States Department of Energy's Better Buildings Partnership.


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UW Health Digestive Health Center

Green Masters Award


UW Health has received the prestigious Green Masters Award from the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council and is ranked among the top 20 percent of businesses with regard to sustainability achievement.


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