Climate Action Carbon & Resiliency Planning
On February 14th, 2017, Chancellor Mone signed the Climate Commitment setting UW-Milwaukee on a path forward to reduce emissions and plan for resiliency.
The goal of this planning effort is to embark on carbon and resiliency planning through the Climate Leadership Network of Second Nature, for the purposes of:
- assessing the risk and need for future natural resource needs,
- reducing patterns of consumption,
- eliminating unnecessary emissions, and
- developing capacities to help absorb future shocks and stresses to our social, economic, and technical systems and infrastructures
In 2019, an advisory committee set the planning project planning charter into action. The committee is focused on assessing and planning for the vulnerabilities and strengths of UWM’s campus community, infrastructure, and environmental features and assets as they relate to climate change. This assessment and planning effort will conclude in 2021 with the tools campus needs to prioritize the risks of climate change and a report to support actions needed for mitigation and adaptation.
Sustainability is infused in various campus planning efforts. The UWM Master Plan of 2010 adapted UWM stakeholder planning carried out by the Environmental Sustainability Committee. All the strategic goals of UWM are supported by our sustainability efforts. And UWM’s 2013 Transportation Plan embraced multiple forms of alternative transportation objectives and ideas that would alleviate single-driver commutes.
“The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Master Plan provides a framework to guide the University’s development over time. It is best understood as a physical expression of the University’s academic plan and strategic goals. The university environment envisioned by the Master Plan will affirm the realization of these goals and objectives. In particular, the plan seeks to ensure that the people needed to further the mission, both those already on campus and potential new recruits, will have access to the academic, research, and support facilities they need to succeed.” -from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Master Plan Preface, page 5
“To enable a strong and vibrant future, UWM developed an ambitious and comprehensive strategic plan to transform into a powerful public research university that generates lasting change.
The plan identifies four major campus goals and a set of associated strategic initiatives. It also contains a framework for making choices as opportunities and needs arise, in the context of budgetary constraints and the University’s long-term financial sustainability.” -From the Campus Strategic Plan Draft (Nov. 2, 2014), page 1
“In 2013, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) Department of Parking and Transit, the UWM Physical Environmental Committee (PEC), the UWM Parking and Transit subcommittee, and a consultant team led by Nelson\Nygaard, embarked on a comprehensive review of all aspects of the campus transportation and parking system. With a mandate to balance parking budgets, multiple barriers discouraging the use of buses and bikes, and a campus community clamoring for improvements to the current systems, UWM was in need of a broad multi-modal perspective on how to maximize their existing services, and a targeting plan for implementing changes quickly. The UWM Parking and Transportation Study Report is the summation of the efforts of these stakeholders to identify the key issues, propose strategic improvements to the system, and cultivate support from the greater UWM community to implement cost-effective solutions.
As UWM continues into the 21st Century following a pattern of growth and expansion into the greater Milwaukee region, a greater premium is being placed on the existing campus footprint. More people are interested – if not dependent – on coming to the Kenwood campus to learn, work, and socialize. However, there are several compelling transportation challenges to overcome, including: an unlimited demand for limited parking supplies on campus; aging and disparate transit services; notable physical and financial barriers to walking and biking; and a scattered allocation of financial and staff resources to parking and transit systems that is bearing a limited return. The current conditions are a warning; if no action is taken in this point in time, the University’s commitment to multimodal transportation and sustainability will fall behind other institutions, the quality of life amongst the community of UWM’s affiliates and neighbors will degrade, and Wisconsinites will absorb the negative externalities to come.” – From the UW-Milwaukee Transportation and Parking Study Final Draft, page 4 (May 12, 2015)
The UWM Bike Hub Study provides recommendations for improving bicycling connections to the Kenwood campus, connections within campus, and improvements to bicycle parking at UWM.