UW Milwaukee


Location: Milwaukee, Wisconsin

About: The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) is the second largest University in the state of Wisconsin. There are approximately 30,000 students who attend the 104 acre campus, making it the second most condensed campus in the country. The campus is a “green friendly” environment where new, innovative ideas for efficiency and sustainability are always welcomed. In 1969, UWM constructed its own Heating and Cooling Plant, the second largest in the state of Wisconsin and provides heat and cooling to 37 campus buildings, with the tallest being 26 stories. Having one centralized heating and cooling system has allowed UWM to save millions of dollars redirecting resources to busier areas and reducing resources in vacant areas of the campus. Refining the Power Plant over the past 40 years has been of key importance, as it contributes to the sustainability of the campus and also offers great financial savings. Another example of UWM’s commitment to sustainability is the formation of the Green Team. The Green Team is made up of a representative from each department who analyzes the practices of their respective departments in order to create a plan to become more sustainable. The project was a success, as the team was able to implement small practices that made a big impact. One example of this is the “commitment to turn off lights”, which is a simple practice, but resulted in the campus reducing its energy usage since 2013. There are similar practices implemented for water conservation as well as heat and cooling, as mentioned earlier.

The UWM fleet program consists of 97 total vehicles. The majority of the fleet vehicles are gasoline engines and some of the heavier duty vehicles are diesel. UWM also has various smaller vehicles such as zero emission, low-speed vehicles; golf carts; pressure hoses; etc. UWM is dedicated to delivering quality sustainability to the campus and surrounding environment, and is necessary to leave the smallest carbon footprint possible while making a big impact on the world. UWM supports any initiative that would make the fleet program, and the campus as a whole, more sustainable. UWM does not have a goal for sustainability, as UWM believes sustainability is never “achieved”, it is an ongoing mission that can always be built upon.

Internal Incentives: 

  • Car sharing/carpooling program – bus pass program
  • Fuel availability – gasoline/diesel
  • Preferred parking

Best Practices: 

  • Non-motorized locomotion – Bike Patrol
  • Telecommute/car sharing
  • Charging station on campus


  • Purchase more fuel efficient vehicles within the next five years.

Fleet Overview:

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