Project Milwaukee

Springing from conversations with concerned community members, WUWM journalists developed Project Milwaukee -- in-depth reporting on vital issues in the region. Each Project Milwaukee consists of WUWM News reporters and Lake Effect producers teaming up to create a series of interviews and reports on a specific topic culminating in a public forum or live broadcast.

WUWM tackles subjects of importance to southeastern Wisconsin by focusing on issues that warrant extensive coverage. The topics chosen are based on concerns we've heard from residents and community leaders.

WUWM hopes that our coverage helps to further the understanding of broad, significant subjects, and encourages additional debate in the community.

WUWM's Project Milwaukee. Our region. Our future.

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PROJECT MILWAUKEE SERIES ARCHIVE

Black Men in Prison - November 2013
Why are so many Wisconsinites behind bars? And, what are the costs?

Power Switch - June 2013
The Promise and Reality of Green Energy in Wisconsin

Help Wanted - October 2012
Uncovering the Truth Behind Wisconsin's Skills Gap

State of Upheaval - December 2011

Southern Connections - June 2011
Cultivating a Regional Corridor

What's On Our Plate? - November 2010
The Impact of Wisconsin's Food Economy

Barriers to Achievement in MPS - June 2010

The Currency of Water - December 2009

Black & White - June 2009
Race Relations in Milwaukee

Wise Today, Well Tomorrow? - November 2008

Youth Violence - June 2008

Creating a Vibrant Regional Economy - November 2007

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Project Milwaukee
12:49 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

Panelists Weigh in on Wisconsin's Green Energy Future - Will It Exist?

Lake Effect's Mitch Teich and panelists Gary Radloff and Deborah Erwin
Cynthia Hoffman

All week we’ve been airing a special series, Project Milwaukee: Power Switch, which has been exploring the promise and reality of green energy in Wisconsin.

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Project Milwaukee
1:00 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Homeowners Plunge into Green Living

Nine solar panels on the front of Paula Papanek's Bay View home; three more toward the back

Homeowners have asked how they can reduce their carbon footprint. So we visited a few people who’ve taken a deep give into green living, and they shared their experiences.

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Project Milwaukee
1:00 am
Fri June 14, 2013

The Ups and Downs of the Ethanol Industry

Palmyra farmer Bob Oleson says ethanol has been a boon for Wisconsin’s corn growers
Credit Ann-Elise Henzl

A few years back, some people in Wisconsin banked big time on corn.

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Project Milwaukee
7:17 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Designer: Green Building the Way of the Future

Retrofitting old homes to be more energy efficient can make homeowners better stewards of the energy they use.
Credit CERTs/Flickr

Green building is picking up energy.

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Project Milwaukee
11:32 am
Thu June 13, 2013

Dominican Nuns Work to Inspire Sustainable Living

Sister Janet Weyker strolls the Eco-Justice Center grounds. The greenhouse behind her was funded through a grant. That's how much of the center's renewable and green projects have come to life.

Sister Janet Weyker has more than a peripheral interest in renewable energy. The Racine Dominican nun runs a facility dedicated to “eco-justice”.

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Project Milwaukee
1:00 am
Thu June 13, 2013

Forces Shaping The Green Energy Debate

Wind energy protest signs dot the countryside in Door County.
Credit Michelle Maternowski

Wisconsin has been a leader in some aspects of the green energy movement.

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Project Milwaukee
12:59 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

Musician Sings the Blues Over Wind Farms

Jamie Lynn Fletcher is making a name as a musician, but also as an outspoken opponent of wind farms.
Credit courtesy Jamie Fletcher

Jamie Lynn Fletcher's voice is perhaps an unlikely addition to our Project Milwaukee series on clean energy.

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Project Milwaukee
11:39 am
Wed June 12, 2013

Wisconsin Researchers Try to Clear a Solar Hurdle

As we’ve heard on our Project Milwaukee series this week, Wisconsin utilities are required to generate 10 percent of their electrical power by renewable sources – such biomass, wind – and solar.  That last source has been harnessed for decades.  But only recently have its costs come down enough to make wider-spread use more appealing. 

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Project Milwaukee
11:13 am
Wed June 12, 2013

Milwaukee Home to Green Energy Producers

Helios Solar Works runs two shifts at its facility built on the site of the former Milwaukee stockyards.

According to a national study, the solar and wind industries account for 12,000 jobs in Wisconsin, including hundreds in Milwaukee.

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Project Milwaukee
10:34 am
Wed June 12, 2013

Private-Public Partnerships Key to Future of Clean Energy

This map shows the percentage of clean energy jobs among states' overall economies.
Credit Pew Charitable Trusts, 2009

What will determine which forms of clean energy - if any - take off in the future economy, and which will be relegated to the dust bin of once-promising ideas?

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