Wisconsin Sea Grant is a statewide program of basic and applied research, education, and outreach and technology transfer dedicated to the stewardship and sustainable use of the nation’s Great Lakes and ocean resources.

Headquartered at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the institute is housed in the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education’s Aquatic Sciences Center. Wisconsin Sea Grant is part of a national network of 34 university-based programs funded through the National Sea Grant College Program, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration , U.S. Department of Commerce, and through matching contributions from participating states and the private sector.

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Our latest biennial report, for the years 2018 through 2020, tells the story of our navigation of Great Lakes needs. Contact moira@aqua.wisc.edu if you would like a hard copy of the report.

Wisconsin Sea Grant is undertaking a sustainability initiative in its Madison office building. Sea Grant shares this building with the University of Wisconsin-Madison Communication Sciences and Disorders Department and the effort will be in partnership with that department.

This is a never-before attempt to secure a designation of Green Office Certified by the UW-Madison Office of Sustainability. The certification process will assess the building’s waste and recycling streams, energy and water savings, and purchasing strategies.

Why Sea Grant is doing this

Individual staff of the Sea Grant and the Communication Sciences and Disorders Department are committed to environmental actions—viewing sustainability as having a meaningful and lasting impact on campus, as well as the broader community.

Individual actions will include

  • continued paper and plastic/metal recycling
  • encouraged use of reusable cups, dishes and silverware
  • food waste composting
  • a goal of paperless meetings
  • printing double-sided when printing is required
  • collection of batteries for safe recycling

For further information, contact James Grandt.

A special message from the Sea Grant director regarding funding for the program  

Every four years, each program within the National Sea Grant College Program undergoes a review of functioning, organization, collaboration and service to stakeholders. In preparation, individual programs provide a self-assessment. Here's Wisconsin Sea Grant's from a March 2019 review. 

National impacts

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