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
10:45 am
Tue June 11, 2013

Clean Energy Gets a Mixed Reception From State Legislatures

Inside Wisconsin's State Capitol building.
Credit bcdixit, Flickr

As we've heard on our Project Milwaukee: Power Switch coverage, Wisconsin utilities are required to generate ten percent of their electricity from sustainable sources, such as solar, wind, or biomass.  They're standards that were created by the state legislature.

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Project Milwaukee
10:09 am
Tue June 11, 2013

Understanding Wisconsin's Renewable Energy Standards

Blount Generating Station in Madison, WI.
Credit Michael Leland, Flickr

The regulatory body in Wisconsin charged with making sure utilities are meeting the state's sustainability mandate is the Public Service Commission.  

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Project Milwaukee
8:42 am
Tue June 11, 2013

Wisconsin's Power Grid

The Oak Creek coal plant is one of the last to come online in the U.S.

The majority of energy the U.S. produces comes from coal. The same holds true for Wisconsin. However, natural gas has been gaining, because producers have found a cheaper way to extract it, using sand.

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Project Milwaukee
4:17 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

Expert: The Market Will Dictate What Renewable Energy Source Has The Most Promise

Todd Myers says the Toyota Prius is the perfect example of how the free market can help drive environmental decision-making.
Credit greekgeek, Flickr

What is green energy's potential? It’s a question that’s being asked on a national scale - especially in the wake of some highly publicized missteps, such as the failure of the solar company Solyndra, which had significant funding from federal sources.

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Project Milwaukee
3:58 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

Expert: Wisconsin Lags Behind Other Midwestern States When It Comes to Sustainable Energy

Solar panel installation in Walworth County.
Credit Susan Bence

From solar power to wind energy to biomass, natural gas, and more – sustainable energy is in the Wisconsin portfolio.

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Project Milwaukee
6:56 am
Mon June 10, 2013

How Green Energy Sprouted in Wisconsin

Mark Klein is one of the founders of the Midwest Renewable Energy Association.
S Bence

Green energy captured interest decades ago - yet it remains a polarizing topic. Debate continues churning around how much wind and sun should figure into our energy supply. Fossil fuels – gas and oil and coal, still dominate.

WUWM Environmental Reporter Susan Bence kicks off our Project Milwaukee: Power Switch series by exploring the “birth” of the renewable movement in Wisconsin. She unearthed some of its passion and serendipity – on a road trip to rural Portage County.

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Project Milwaukee
1:01 am
Fri June 7, 2013

Power Switch: Series will Explore State of Green Energy in Wisconsin

Reports examine green power's growth here and potential. We visit energy producers and users, capturing strong opinions.

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This is WUWM
1:46 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Project Milwaukee: Power Switch Series & Forum

WUWM's latest Project Milwaukee series explores the growth of green energy in Wisconsin.

PROJECT MILWAUKEE: POWER SWITCH
The Promise and Reality of Green Energy in Wisconsin

LISTEN TO THE SERIES: JUNE 10 - 14
During Morning Edition and Lake Effect, WUWM News reporters and Lake Effect Producers will examine factors prompting interest in renewable energy, and how Wisconsin compares with the rest of the country.

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Project Milwaukee
11:27 am
Sat November 3, 2012

How Green Jobs Fit In the Skills and Employment Gap

Site of one of the homes deconstructed along the Kinnickinnic as area is prepared for river restoration. Milwaukee Builds trainees helped make that deconstruction happen.

The skills and employment gap is a complex problem. WUWM Environmental Reporter Susan Bence set out on an equally complex path to discover how “green” jobs figure into the equation and how they might figure into the city’s future.

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Project Milwaukee
11:57 am
Fri November 2, 2012

Project Milwaukee: Help Wanted - Forum Audience Q&A

Project Milwaukee: Help Wanted Forum
Susan Ruggles/ MATC

Our Project Milwaukee: Help Wanted forum recorded Tuesday evening at Milwaukee Area Technical College, included a 45-minute question and answer session between the audience and our six panel members, which we present here in its entirety.

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