Location: Green Bay, WI

Fleet Type: Campus Security

 

Narrative

Founded in 1912, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC) is a nationally recognized two-year public college.  NWTC serves nine Wisconsin counties with three campuses in Green Bay, Marinette, and Sturgeon Bay along with five regional learning centers. NWTC prepares students for high-tech careers; offering  comprehensive training programs, providing real-world training and entry into the job market.  This technical education plays a crucial role in fulfilling needs related to energy and sustainability. As a leader in the technical education process, NWTC has consistently demonstrated dedication to sustainability and environmental stewardship at the campus level.  NWTC has spent the last few years tracking resource usage and focusing on projects to increase campus sustainability. NWTC President, Dr. Jeffrey Rafn, serves on the Wisconsin Governor’s Clean Energy Task Force and created the Environmental Climate Stewardship (ECS) Committee to infuse sustainability into institutional practices. 

Outputs and Outcomes

In an effort to decrease carbon generation, the campus has deployed an electric vehicle and electric vehicle infrastructure.  Charging connectors on the campus have grown from 1 Level 2 charger to over 12 level 2 chargers supporting campus, faculty, and commuter student use.  In order to demonstrate by example, Campus Security acquired a Ford F-150 Lightning to further the campus security role.  The Lightning travels approximately 50-65 miles per day.  Analysis indicates that costs are less than $100 per month – saving $700 per month as compared to the previous security vehicle, a GMC Canyon.

NWTC has been awarded nearly $300,000 to reduce energy consumption and drive positive environmental impact with the community.  Wisconsin Office of Energy Innovation bestowed a $250,000 grant and an additional $20,000 was awarded through the Wisconsin Public Service Foundation.  These funds are being utilized to initiate a battery storage system dedicated to storage and renewable solar energy for its Great Lakes Energy Education Center.  Additionally, this battery system will be integrated into the curriculum providing students with education related to cutting-edge technology. This funding will invest in a legacy of environmental stewardship and empowering professionals who will shape the future of sustainability.  Wisconsin Clean Cities will continue to collaborate with NWTC and the Wisconsin Technical College System to further support the deployment of electric vehicles and infrastructure.

For 36 years NWTC has hosted an annual car show on the Green Bay Campus, most recently showcasing over 800 cars and motorcycles.  WCC will seek to collaborate with the college to highlight electric vehicles and provide education and outreach regarding electric technology and  Drive Electric Wisconsin to event attendees, campus personnel, and students.

Best Practices & Lessons Learned

  • Having a plan in place and being “grant-ready” is vital to securing funding for identified projects.
  • Creativity with directed funding can lead to success in the grant process. “Thinking outside of the box”.
  • Partnerships with educational institutions, community, and governmental entities can be  vital to grant success.
  • Providing community outreach related to implemented projects will lead to successful deployment of additional projects.
  • Ensuring appropriate vehicles are selected, for the specific use case, is imperative for project success.
  • Educating employees regarding electric vehicles may assist in furthering acceptance by fleet staff.

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