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Marquette's 60-plus buildings house the university's operations. Their functions include: residential, office, classroom/academic, sports and recreation, clinics, research, and more. Although serving many functions, all of these buildings have one thing in common: they require significant financial resources to build, operate and maintain. In an effort to save on those financial resources, the university's Facilities Services, project managers, architectural contractors and sub-contractors have been adopting sustainable building practices in existing, new and renovated buildings. Such practices lend to lower costs of ownership.

Dining Services / Food

Marquette contracts with Sodexo for its food service needs. As a corporation, Sodexo has made several commitments worldwide to become a more sustainable partner. Several of these commitments and efforts are evident at Marquette and include what they purchase, how they purchase, and where they purchase from. Some examples are:


Marquette requires a continuous supply of energy to meet its operating needs to support student and faculty needs and endeavors. For Marquette, energy comes in the form electricity, steam and gas. Electricity is used to power buildings while steam and gas are used to heat buildings in colder months.

The university does not create its own energy. Energy is purchased from We Energies. This purchased energy comes at a significant operating cost, and therefore affects student tuition. We aim to reduce these costs, and several projects and practices have been implemented to help reduce energy use on campus.

Recycling & Waste Reduction

Marquette has had a recycling program since 1992, which has evolved over the years. The university currently employs a user-friendly single-stream recycling system. Single-stream recycling means that all allowable recyclables can be placed in the same blue recycling bins around campus. This means paper, cardboard, aluminum, glass, plastics #1 - #7, and all sorts of other materials can be thrown in the same recycling bin.


Marquette is a dense, urban campus. Because of this, over 90 percent of students walk or bike to class. Outside of walking to class, students may still need additional transportation options for getting around the city. Rather than bringing your own car, there are several alternative transportation options available on and around campus. These options are available to faculty and staff who wish to use alternative commuting practices as well.


We all use water in our day-to-day lives, and Marquette is no different. Water is used in the residence halls for living purposes, food preparation in the dining halls, sanitation and drinking in every building on campus, watering landscaping for campus beautification, cooling buildings in the warmer months (AC), and so on. Water may seem ubiquitous, but we must remember that water is a valuable resource, arguably the most valuable. As such, we must be cognizant of its use and aim to not waste it.



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