Sustainability Office

The mission of UW-Stout's Sustainability Office is to foster a culture of sustainability among the university community.  We do this by:

  • Coordinating UW-Stout's sustainability priorities
  • Engaging students and staff in sustainability initiatives
  • Working with local, regional, and national organizations
  • Promoting UW-Stout's work in the area of sustainability



Sarah Rykal, Sustainability Coordinator

Sarah Rykal serves as the Sustainability Coordinator for the UW-Stout campus. She earned a Master's Degree in Sustainable Community Development from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. Sarah serves as chair of UW-Stout's Sustainability Steering Committee, chair of the Waste Reduction Work Group, co-chair of the Alternative Transportation Work Group, and is a member of the Sustainable Dunn Steering Committee, UW-Stout's Campus-Wide Energy Committee, and Dunn County's Joint Sustainability Working Group.

She also enjoys biking, kayaking, hiking, gardening, snowboarding, cooking, traveling, taking photos, watching movies, going to concerts, and drinking iced tea or hot cocoa (depending on the season).

Contact Sarah by email or by phone at 715.232.5254.



Katie Kumerow, Sustainability Assistant

Katie Kumerow serves as a Sustainability Assistant for the UW-Stout campus. She is a Retail Merchandising & Management major with a concentration in Buying & Product Management and a minor in Business Administration. She's also employed on campus as an Experience China Study Abroad Program Ambassador and is a member of Stout Retail Association. After graduation she hopes to work for a retailer who values sustainable design and is interested in how the textile industry impacts our environment. Katie enjoys going to concerts, movies, traveling, camping, hiking, cooking, and generally being outdoors as much as possible!




Ben Riehle, UW-Sprout Garden Manager

Ben is enrolled as a sophomore in the Environmental Science major and has concentrations in Land Resources and Aquatic Biology with minors in Plant Science Innovations, Chemistry, and Geographical Information Systems. He is also employed on campus as a Stout Adventures Specialist and as a Challenge Course facilitator. Ben is the Sustainable Agriculture Education Association President for the 2014-15 school year, as well as the Treasurer and Secretary for the American Fisheries Society. After graduation, Ben hopes to acquire a job in either large-scale aquaponics or habitat restoration. He enjoys fishing, camping, rock climbing, biking, running, swimming, reading, attending concerts, and taking spur-of-the-moment road trips!