University of Wisconsin-Whitewater College of Business & Economics
Description/achievement of initiative
The UW-Whitewater College of Business and Economics is an inclusive and collaborative learning community dedicated to sharing values, knowledge and skills to prepare current and future business professionals to compete successfully and responsibly in a global business environment. We commit to actions now and in the future to build on our efforts in each of the areas outlined in the Rio+20 Declaration of Higher Education Institutions and consistent with our commitments as a signatory to the Principles for Responsible Management Education.
During the 2012 to 2015 period we specifically commit to build upon the success of our water business program by taking the following actions:
- Incorporating water as natural capital and freshwater water stewardship topics into our curriculum across all disciplines;
-Offering water-centric educational opportunities in the form of symposia, conferences, courses, certificates and degrees to our faculty and students, industry, and the community;
-Encouraging and supporting research by faculty and students on freshwater management topics such as water quality, quantity and accessibility;
-Supporting our students' water-related internship, service learning, and co-curricular activities;
-Bluing our campus by: i) reducing our water footprint through resource efficiencies in our buildings and facilities; ii) adopting effective programs for water conservation via waste minimization, recycling and reuse on our campus, and iii) encouraging more water-conscious lifestyles among our stakeholders;
-Supporting water conservation and water quality improvement efforts in our local and regional communities, working with government authorities, civil society, and industry to foster more communities with smaller water footprints and cleaner watersheds; and
-Engaging with and sharing results through international frameworks, such as the Principles for Responsible Management Education and Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business initiatives, in the form of regular reports.
Achieving these goals requires action by numerous units on campus and close collaboration with local government and community organizations. Our key partners include the UW-Whitewater Sustainability Council, the UW-Whitewater Facilities Planning & Management office, the UW-Whitewater Office of Research & Sponsored Programs, the Milwaukee Water Council, and the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.