Making the trip to and around campus by students, faculty, and staff has a significant impact on our environment. In order for our transportation to be sustainable it must lessen this impact, while also remaining affordable and accessible.
Alternative transportation and fuel options, as well as the availability to live close to work or school, all work together to make UWM transportation more sustainable.
While there are always strides to be taken to increase alternative transportation, UWM already offers an array of programs to assist students and staff alike.
In order it increase the number of students, faculty, and staff that ride their bike to campus, it is critical to assess the inhibitors and risks that one considers before filling the bike tires, strapping on a helmet, and making their way to UWM by bike. Bike security, a safe ride, and the ability to freshen up once here, are all such considerations.
Biking or walking to campus offers great exercise, a very positive impact on emission reductions, and personal gas savings.
Since 2012, through the efforts of UWM's Bicycle Advisory Task Force and their Recommendations for a Bicycle Friendly Campus, many new efforts have been underway to encourage and support biking to campus. For more details see, Bike UWM.
As an urban campus, taking the bus is an easily accessible alternative transportation to get to UWM. Milwaukee County Transit System runs several routes to campus. There is even the future possibility that the County will start rapid transit routes, and the City of Milwaukee is currently considering a street car that would eventually reach the Kenwood campus.
UPass - A full-fare option for any student to ride any MCTS bus route.
Employee Commuter Value Pass - A discounted bus pass for UWM faculty and staff to ride any MCTS bus route.
UW-Milwaukee’s Fleet Services utilize several fuel varieties that are alternatives to unleaded gasoline. The majority of the fleet operates on compressed natural gas (CNG), ethanol, or soy diesel. Physical Plant Services is currently seeking funding to operate electric light utility vehicles on campus, as well as hybrids to transport staff between campus and the University Services Building.
Walk to Work Employee Home Ownership Program - UWM employees can receive free home-buying assistance in conjunction with the "Walk to Work" Employee Home Ownership Program, which is funded by the Division of University Relations and Communications.
UWM Zimride is the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee's private social network for ride sharing.