Sustainability Working Group (SWG)

Who, What, Why?

The Sustainability Working Group (SWG) is the primary shared-governance group for promoting and coordinating sustainability values, principles, and practices at UW-River Falls.  The SWG addresses the planning, design, implementation, and assessment of sustainable campus community programs and policies as well as documentation, such as the Sustainability Tracking and Rating System (STARS®), the Climate Action Plan (CAPlan), and the Sustainable Campus Community Plan (SCCPlan).

The SWG is a conduit through which the campus community can recommend curricular, co-curricular, operational, financial, and other sustainable campus initiatives and policies to the appropriate faculty, student, and/or administrative governance or operational units.

The SWG is a Faculty Senate standing committee consisting of 11 voting members chaired by a qualifying member as appointed by Faculty Senate.  There is one ex officio, non-voting member from the River Falls community.  The SWG has no standing sub-committees, however, it will augment non-voting members as needed to address the scope of sustainability goals and initiatives.

The duties of the SWG are to:

  1. facilitate the continual refinement of a holistic vision for UWRF as a premier sustainable campus community model that fully and systemically integrates inclusivity, global literacy, leadership, and sustainability, as a culture of learning and living, and 
  2. recommend campus sustainability projects, monitor their progress, and submit budget requests on behalf of the entire campus for sustainability related projects and programs.

Recommendations of the SWG will be forwarded to the appropriate governance group and the chair will consult with these groups as necessary.  


Brent Arnoldussen, Student
Anthony Varghese, CBE
Cara Rubis, Student Affairs

Veronica Justen, CAFES (Chair)
Mike Noreen, RFMU (Non-voting ex-officio)

Charles Rader, CAS
Natasha Horsfall, Student
Tim Thum, Facilities
Kathy Young, HR

Mary Wright, CEPS
Teresa Eberhardt, CAS
Mark Klapatch, Sustainability

SWG Meetings

Agendas & Minutes


Guiding Documents:

2015-2016 Action Items

UWRF Strategic Plan

Sustainable Campus Community Plan (SCCPlan)

Climate Action Plan (CAPlan)

Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS)

SWG Structure, Function, Org Chart

SCCPlan and CAPlan Charge

UWRF Sustainability Definitions

UWRF Sustainability Proclamation

Faculty Senate Bylaws
(Search page for "Sustainability")


STARS Management

Account Set Up

Guide for Credit Submission