Welcome to the Center for Sustainability!

Welcome to the Center for Sustainability at UWG (CSUWG). The Center was created in 2014 as an extension of the Sustainability Council; its mission is to promote sustainability initiatives on campus and the community with a longer term vision of making UWG one of the most recognized sustainable campuses in Georgia. Currently the center’s mission and vision are being pursued by the Sustainability Council and the Director for Sustainability at UWG. This website is the virtual home of the Center; it aims to be a go-to site for all things related to sustainability on campus. We hope you find it useful.

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Hannes Gerhardt
Director of Sustainability


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Recyclemania is Here! Feb 7th-April 2nd

The University of West Georgia participates in a nationwide RecycleMania competition for eight weeks each spring. RecycleMania is a friendly recycling tournament among universities across the United States and Canada to promote campus recycling programs and waste minimization. Participating institutions compete to collect the most recyclables per capita, the greatest total weight of recyclables, and to generate the least amount of waste through campus recycling activities. Weight of recyclables and waste are reported every week with nationwide results displayed on Fridays.

Why RecycleMania Matters

RecycleMania allows institutions to promote campus recycling and waste reduction programs and motivates students and staff on the importance of recycling and waste reduction across generations. The rankings encourage support for college recycling efforts as well as improvements in campus recycling programs over time. Winning institutions receive national recognition on the RecycleMania website and a national press release. In addition, winning institutions receive a trophy made out of recycled materials and the right to host the category’s special traveling trophy for the upcoming year.

How to Get Involved

The University of West Georgia will host events and volunteer opportunities each year during RecycleMania to promote recycling efforts across campus. Come join us in participating in the 2016 RecycleMania, February 7 through April 2 and make the University of West Georgia a top recycling institution. For more information please contact hgerhard@westga.edu.

UWG Releases New Bike Map

As part of its commitment to being a bicycle friendly campus, UWG has released its first official bike map, showing all bike lanes, paths, and parking areas. You can find the full map HERE.

UWG Earns  AASHE Bronze Certification

After long and hard work compiling the data and submitting the report, UWG has earned a bronze AASHE STARS certification. AASHE stands for the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education and their STARS assessment is the premier tool in the United States used for measuring and reporting data on the status of campus sustainability.

You can see a full story on this accomplishment HERE.

If you would like to review the full report, you can find it HERE.






Feb. 8, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. RecycleMania Pledge/Awareness:

Grassy Triangle. Students, staff, and faculty are encouraged to sign a RecycleMania banner and learn about recycling options on campus. There will be some giveaways!

Feb. 20, 3:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. GameDay Challenge Basketball -- UWG vs. Valdosta:

Volunteers will encourage fans to use recycling containers before, during, and after the game. Recyclable materials will be weighed to see how much we managed to collect!


Green Elite Community Garden Volunteer Hours:

Come volunteer at UWG's community Garden. Every Friday at Noon and Sunday at 4 pm. Check UWG Green Elite on Facebook or OrgSync for updates.