Goodnight Hall is Certified as a Green Office Building
Individuals in Communication Sciences and Disorders, in partnership with individuals in Aquatic Sciences on the 2nd floor, are happy to announce that we are making Goodnight Hall more sustainable!
This is a never-before attempt to secure a building-wide designation of Green Office Certified by the UW-Madison Office of Sustainability. The certification process assesses the building’s waste and recycling streams, energy and water savings, purchasing strategies, and community engagement. In addition to reviewing these areas, we have added numerous composting bins inside the building and expanded recycling programs. Communication Sciences and Disorders also has several labs becoming “Green Labs“.
We look forward to continuing and expanding our sustainability efforts in the future.
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Why are we doing this?
Individuals in Communication Sciences and Disorders, along with our office neighbors in Aquatic Sciences, feel our environmental actions and outlook on sustainability have meaningful and lasting impacts on our campus and community.
What changes are happening at Goodnight Hall?
- Introducing faculty, staff, and students to UW-Madison sustainability concepts and the Green Office Program.
- Improving existing building practices of recycling/waste, energy, and water management.
- Introducing and advertising new recycling initiatives for batteries and electronics.
- Instituting a new composting program.
- Organizing new community engagement activities.
- Certifying research groups as Green Labs.
What “areas of interest” are being certified?
The Green Office Program examines the building’s waste and recycling streams, energy and water savings, and purchasing strategies. Research groups receive their labs certifications separately through the Green Lab Program.
How Can I Help/Participate?
Waste & Recycling
- Use the recycling bins located on each floor.
- Use reusable cups, dishes, and silverware.
- Keep meetings “paperless”.
- Print double-sided.
Energy & Water
- Use shared appliances.
- Turn off lights and turn down heat/AC at the end of the day.
- Use natural lighting and ventilation.
- Report water leaks.
- Food scraps and soiled paper products
Program currently suspended as campus reevaluates composting efforts. Learn more and leave feedback to campus leadership.
Questions & Ideas
Have questions about sustainability at UW-Madison? Want to lend a helping hand with our efforts at Goodnight Hall? Have an idea for a new sustainability project or community engagement opportunity?
Contact us with your questions and ideas today!
Sustainabilty News at Goodnight Hall
We did it! The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders raised over $1000 for Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin! We are incredibly proud to be a department that believes in making a positive difference …November 14, 2022
A group of volunteers from Goodnight Hall met over the weekend with the UW-Madison Lakeshore Nature Preserve for outdoor field work. Together, the group gathered seeds and collected trash from the restored prairie outside the …October 24, 2022
Congratulations to Erin Bruehlman and Felicia Herlevi for receiving an $8,000 award from the UW-Madison Green Fund Program. Their application explored the effects of direct light and calculated solar heat gain impacts on heating and …May 11, 2022
We did it! The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders raised over $1700 for Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin! We are incredibly proud to be a department that believes in making a positive difference …November 2, 2021
Congratulations to Cognitive-Communication in Aging and Neurogenic Disorders Laboratory (CCANDL) as the group recently became Green Lab certified by the UW-Madison Office of Sustainability. Over the summer of 2021, the lab assessed its energy use, …October 21, 2021
Goodnight Hall has completed the platinum tier of the UW-Madison Green Office Program. For this stage of the program we completed additional tasks for each tier, including our community engagement activity with the Lakeshore Nature …September 28, 2021
We love our beautiful lakeshore! Over the weekend, a group of Goodnight Hall faculty, staff, and students came together and volunteered with the UW-Madison Lakeshore Nature Preserve for nearly 20 hours of outdoor field work. …September 22, 2021
This past spring Goodnight Hall launched a successful composting program with our partners at the UW–Madison Office of Sustainability Green Office Program. Throughout the summer, occupants at Goodnight Hall were able to divert 1-2 buckets …August 4, 2021
Individuals from Communication Sciences and Disorders and Aquatic Sciences recently met to discuss future community volunteer efforts. Out of this discussion, the Goodnight Hall Community Engagement Group was formed. This group is comprised of faculty, …July 7, 2021
Goodnight Hall has completed the gold tier of the UW-Madison Green Office Program. For this stage of the program we explored sustainable purchasing/shipping strategies and community engagement by examining our current purchasing business processes and …May 13, 2021
Goodnight Hall has completed the silver tier of the UW-Madison Green Office Program. For this stage of the program we explored energy and water saving strategies by examining building-wide power and water consumption. We reviewed …April 20, 2021
Goodnight Hall has completed the bronze tier of the UW-Madison Green Office Program. For this stage of the program we examined waste streams inside our building and found ways to improve upon existing recycling and …March 10, 2021
We are excited to announce we have expanded our composting bin availability inside Goodnight Hall. A new bin is now located in our large basement classroom areas in order to better accommodate our graduate programming …March 8, 2021
Communication Sciences and Disorders, in partnership with Aquatic Sciences on the 2nd floor, is happy to announce that we are making Goodnight Hall more sustainable! We are embarking on a never-before attempted task of getting …February 25, 2021
Campus Events & Resources
- September 21Sustain-a-BashAll day
- September 22Sustain-a-BashAll day
- September 22Sustain-a-Bash Showcase3:00 PM, Gordon Lawn
- September 23Lakeshore Nature Preserve Volunteer OpportunityEcological Restoration Work Party9:00 AM, Picnic Point entrance kiosk, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2000 University Bay Drive, Madison WI 53705
- September 23Ecological Restoration Work PartyArboretum Core Area and Curtis Prairie9:00 AM, Meet at Visitor Center, UW–Madison Arboretum