City of Milwaukee

City of Milwaukee

Location: Milwaukee, Wisconsin

About: The city of Milwaukee, Wisconsin is located on the western shores of Lake Michigan. The largest city in state, Milwaukee has approximately 600,000 residents (2013 figures) and is ranked as the 31st largest city in the United States. Historically, Milwaukee has been characterized as the “machine shop of the world” and also known worldwide as a beer brewing capital. Today, several Fortune 500 companies call Milwaukee home including Harley-Davidson, Rockwell International, Northwestern Mutual Life, Johnson Controls, and Manpower. And yes, Milwaukee stills brews beer at MillerCoors as well as dozens of craft breweries around the area. Milwaukee is proud of its thriving arts, cultural and entertainment offerings, as well as the Milwaukee Brewers and Milwaukee Bucks professional sports teams. The City of Milwaukee also created the ReFresh Milwaukee campaign which seeks to make the city a center for sustainability innovation and thought leadership.

The Milwaukee fleet consists of approximately 4,500 vehicles and pieces of equipment of all types, including 2,600 motorized units. Milwaukee has been involved in alternative fueled vehicles as far back as 1980, when several pickup trucks were converted to use propane and compressed natural gas. The City built a small CNG recharging station which could handle one vehicle for overnight charging. The city made a second push into CNG and propane in 1992 and the leap to CNG-powered heavy duty refuse trucks in 2010. Milwaukee has two CNG stations for its trucks and ever-expanding CNG fleet of vehicles, which now includes cars and vans. These stations also dispense CNG to all consumers public and private through credit card sales.

Milwaukee has long been a champion of alternative fuels, and continues to expand the use of technology to help clean the air and become as fuel efficient as possible. Programs like WSF help to open doors to available technology, education and programs to help Milwaukee grow and improve.

Best Practices: 

  • Idle reduction training
  • Eco-driving training
  • Route optimization & GPS tracking
  • Alternatively powered non-road vehicles
  • Use of bicycles
  • Green purchase policy
  • Telecommute & Car Sharing
  • Idle Reduction Timer
  • Fuel Availability
  • Green Purchase Policy
  • Preferred Parking for Alternative Fueled Vehicles


  • Increase number of CNG and Hybrid Electric vehicles in the next 4 years

Fleet Overview:

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