Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 67.68
Liaison John Gardner
Submission Date May 31, 2016
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.0

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
IN-2: Innovation 2

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Kate Nelson
Chief Sustainability Officer
Office of Sustainability
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Title or keywords related to the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
National Bike Challenge-Town-Gown Showdown

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:

UW-Milwaukee is a founding and leading partner is a special League, titled "Town-Gown Showdown", that is part of the National Bike Challenge. In order to increase bicycle ridership on campus and around the city, UWM became an original founding member of the Town-Gown Showdown along with Milwaukee County and the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District in its first year. In our second year, UWM also encouraged the competition with area Marquette University, Alverno College, and Milwaukee Area Technical College. This local competition has spurred ridership and miles by all entities involved. The May-September event each year brings attention to campus and community bicycling needs, education for riders, and pride in our institutions and camaraderie.


A brief description of any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation (if not reported above):

Increased ridership, education, and opportunities for exposure on the state of biking on campus and in the community that we ride through. To date, participation in the challenge at UWM has doubled with the implementation of the Town-Gown Showdown.


A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise:
Which of the following STARS subcategories does the innovation most closely relate to? (Select all that apply up to a maximum of five):
Yes or No
Curriculum No
Research No
Campus Engagement Yes
Public Engagement Yes
Air & Climate Yes
Buildings No
Dining Services No
Energy No
Grounds No
Purchasing No
Transportation Yes
Waste No
Water No
Coordination, Planning & Governance No
Diversity & Affordability No
Health, Wellbeing & Work Yes
Investment No

Other topic(s) that the innovation relates to that are not listed above:
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The website URL where information about the innovation is available:

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