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, University Housing's Sustainability Work Team, and Dunn County's Joint Sustainability Working Group.

Sarah enjoys biking, kayaking, hiking, gardening, snowboarding, cooking, traveling, taking photos, watching movies, reading, 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.




Danielle Laine, Sustainability Assistant

Danielle, otherwise known as Dani, is a senior in the Art & Design program, studying Interior Design and minoring in Sustainable Design & the Environment.  She is also employed by University Recreation, working in the Aquatics Department where she spends her time saving lives as a lifeguard.  She is currently serving her second term as the Vice President for ASID, which is a campus organization for Interior Design students.  Dani hopes to find a job in the interior design industry that shares the same sustainable practices and beliefs as she does, and allows her to design sustainable buildings and spaces that have a positive impact on our world and people. 

She enjoys running, biking, rock climbing, baseball, soccer, snowboarding, kayaking, camping, hiking, Harry Potter, and finding new adventures, as well as attempting to capture all of these things with a camera.  She also has made a lot of great memories at summer camp, at which she has been employed for the past three summers, because well, camp rocks (not necessarily in the musical sense, but it can certainly apply).  Oh, and let's not forget food, she loves food.



Katie Ankowicz, UW-Sprout Campus Garden Manager

Katie Ankowicz is a junior majoring in Environmental Science with a concentration in Plant Science Innovations and a minor in Sustainable Design and the Environment.  She is an active member of the Sustainable Agriculture in Education Association (SAEA) and part of the Honors College.  After graduation, Katie hopes to work for a company or organization that focuses on sustainable urban agriculture, community work, and agricultural education.  Katie enjoys hiking, camping, backpacking, traveling, music festivals, gardening, learning about permaculture, cooking, ceramics, star gazing, drawing, and cats.