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, and view our Commitment to Sustainability (pdf). You can also contact us with your suggestions or questions about sustainable practices at UW Health.



Our Healthy Earth Commitment


UW Health is committed to healthy patients and a hearlthy earth. The choices we make today can improve and protect the health of our planet for future generations.

  • Your food and where it comes from
  • Your money and who it supports
  • Your waste and where it goes

Staff Involvement


UW Health believes a healthy environment supports healthy people, so we asked employees why a healthy environment is important to them. Watch their replies at left

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. Recent efforts have also helped to reduce CO2 emissions from anesthetic gases in the operating room by 50 percent.


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UW Health at The American Center achieved LEED certification

Green Buildings


UW Health at The American Center has earned LEED Gold® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC®) - the highest certified project under "LEED® for Building Design and Construction: Healthcare" in the state of Wisconsin.


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UW Health faculty and staff recently accpted the Partner for Change Award from Practice Greenhealth



For the third straight year, University Hospital, Amiercan Family Children's Hospital and UW Health at The American Center were all recognized by Practice Greenhealth and took home the prestigious Partner for Change Award. Learn more


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