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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.



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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Mary Evers Statz, UW Health program director for energy management and sustainability, accepted the Green Masters Award on behalf of UW Health, from Tom Eggert, executive director of the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council.



UW Health's Sustainability Program and Culinary Services continue to make strides in reducing our environmental footprint, reducing costs and ensuring that our facilities and culinary offerings are as healthy as possible. The latest accolades come in the form of three awards from Practice Greenhealth. Learn more

Healthy Food


UW Health Wellness and Culinary Services continue to promote consumption of healthy, local, and sustainable food for staff, patients, and the greater community. Watch their new video, which lays out their local food mission.


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