Sustainability Office

The mission of UW-Stout's Sustainability Office is to foster a culture of sustainability among the university community by coordinating sustainability priorities; engaging students and staff in sustainability initiatives; working with local, regional, and national organizations; and promoting UW-Stout's work in the area of sustainability.

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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 the chair of UW-Stout's Sustainability Steering Committee, the chair of UW-Stout's Waste Reduction Work Group, the co-chair of UW-Stout's Alternative Transportation Work Group, and is a member of the Sustainable Dunn Steering Committee, UW-Stout's Campus-Wide Energy Committee, Dunn County's Joint Sustainability Working Group, UW-Stout's Strategic Planning Group, the Upper Midwest Association for Campus Sustainability (UMACS) Steering Committee, and the West Central Wisconsin Local Food Hub. 

Sarah enjoys music and movies, and often spends her free time at various concert venues and movie theaters. She also enjoys biking, kayaking, hiking, gardening, playing kickball and indoor soccer, snowboarding, cooking, traveling, taking photos, and drinking iced tea or hot cocoa (depending on the season).

Contact Sarah by email or by phone at 715.232.5254.


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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!


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Sarah Johnson, Sustainability Assistant

Sarah Johnson is a sophomore here at UW-Stout. Her major is Professional Communications and Emerging Media, with a concentration in Applied Journalism - wow, that's a mouth-full! Sarah has previously been employed with the UW-Stout Catering and UW-Stout Ticketing services. After graduation she hopes to continue to promote sustainability awareness on an international scale. Sarah has traveled internationally in the past, and she hopes that will continue with her future career.  Sarah enjoys traveling, watching movies, hiking, swimming, kayaking, caring for animals, and helping others.