Energy & climate change

Marquette participates in the State of Wisconsin’s Focus on Energy Program, which deals with energy efficiency and renewable energy. It is administered by the State Department of Administration. As a result of the improvements made, Marquette University has reduced its annual energy use by 1,547,000 kilowatt hours, equivalent to 2,320,500 pounds of CO2, and its annual water consumption by the equivalency of 13,462,000 gallons. Over the last several years, Marquette has invested $7 million in energy and water efficiency improvements. The goals of this initiative include:

The reduction of energy consumption does not always result in reduction of comfort or convenience. Some of the additional benefits to the university from this initiative include:

Greenhouse Gas Emissions:

2005 Baseline Year (FY2006)
66,354.5 Metric Tons CO2e
2012 Present Year (FY2012)
61,915.2 Metric Tons CO2e


Recycling & waste reduction

Marquette has a comprehensive recycling program in place for the whole university — including cooking oils, computers, and furniture — diverting over 19 percent of the waste stream.  Recycling containers are located in every campus building for easy access.  Campus dining halls make use of reusable dish ware, which eliminates unneeded waste.  The university strives to reuse fixtures and furniture on campus by utilizing an internal surplus equipment page that has helped reallocate equipment throughout the university. If an item is no longer needed on campus, the university routinely offers furnishings to either other non-profit entities such as schools or it makes them available for a nominal sum to employees. Marquette University educates staff and suppliers on ways to reduce waste. And has established policies to help reduce waste on campus, such as requiring suppliers to dispose of packaging materials. This reduces the amount of packaging materials and minimizes or neutralizes the amount of chemicals on campus. 


All undergraduate students are automatically enrolled in the UPASS program with the Milwaukee County Transit System.  This pass gives students unlimited access to free public transportation.  Easy Pass is a similar program that is offered to employees and entitles them to discounted rates on public transportation. The university also encourages car pooling by allowing employees and students to share a permit between multiple vehicles.


As the university looks at new building construction or renovations to existing buildings, energy efficient designs and construction plans are pursued for the facilities. All building projects strive to:


The university implemented “principles of vendor conduct” in the purchasing process a number of years ago and although each product or service have different components that are measured for each agreement or contract, we do have consistent language in all of our RFP documents related to the protection and preservation of the global environment and the world’s finite resources, the protection and support of employees, and furthering ethnically diverse and women owned businesses. We are also looking to expand environmentally preferable purchasing on campus and are currently researching various ways to promote this as a common practice.



Contact the Office of Sustainability

Is this site missing any information you would like to see? Is it missing your program or another program on campus that should be featured? Do you have suggestions for making Marquette a more sustainable university? If so, please contact us:

Phone: 414-288-1463