UW Oshkosh

University of Wisconsin Oshkosh

Location: Oshkosh, Wisconsin


The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh is the third largest university in the state with a total enrollment of approximately 13,500 students.  The 173.5 acre campus includes 10 academic buildings and 9 residence halls.  At UWO we are committed to green buildings by incorporating elements of energy efficiency design standards on all new construction and applicable renovation projects.  Several recent projects have been designed and constructed in accordance with the U.S. Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards, winning the University Silver and Gold LEED ratings in 2012 and 2013.  Our innovations in sustainability are being integrated into all University functions and operations, including reducing consumption and wastes, generating and purchasing renewable energy, curbing pollution, green building and purchasing, sustainable landscapes, and infusing sustainability into the curriculum, outreach, and research.

The UW Oshkosh fleet totals 90 on-road vehicles, including 2 electric vehicles, 2 CNG trucks, and 1 CNG conversion truck; and 29 off-road vehicles.  We have several flex-fuel vehicles that can burn up to 85% ethanol, and several diesel burning vehicles that use a blend of up to 20% biodiesel.  15 vehicles are dedicated to the University’s fleet rental operation for departmental usage and the remaining vehicles are used by the maintenance staff and the Headstart program.  The University owns its own dispensing station for vehicles, to provide unleaded, E85, and diesel fuels.

With a deep sense of responsibility and the increasingly common vision of resilient, prosperous communities, the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh is committed to progressively reducing its ecological footprint and fashioning a durable and better world through its academic mission.  Working with Wisconsin Clean Cities and being a member of the Wisconsin Smart Fleet program will provide the University’s fleet operation valuable feedback and insight in the use of alternative fuels, advanced vehicles, funding opportunities, and new technology news and events, as the University continues its effort in becoming a more sustainable higher education institution.

Internal Incentives: 

·         Green purchase policy

·         Car sharing/carpooling program

·         Fuel availability- E85

·         Rideshare program- Zimride

·         Bicycle Facilities

Best Practices: 

·         Alternative powered non-road vehicles

·         Route optimization

·         Non-motorized locomotion

·         Telecommute/car sharing

·         Idle reduction training

·         Free city bus service for students, faculty, and staff


·         Purchase more CNG, Hybrid Electric, Ethanol, and Diesel vehicles over the next four years

Fleet Overview: 

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