What Makes Wauwatosa An Eco-friendly Destination?

Wauwatosa field with yellow flowers with a sunset in the background

As a destination, we understand the importance of traveling to places with eco-friendly initiatives and goals. We know you could visit just about anywhere, but doesn’t it feel good to know that you’re traveling somewhere green? 

Discover just a few ways Wauwatosa is working on making the world a better place. 

The Village of Wauwatosa with Buckatabon in the background, outdoor seating, trees and street lamps.

LED Street Lights

Our top priority is to make you feel safe throughout your trip to Tosa, which is why we have 6,300 street lights throughout the city. We are approximately 90% complete (as of April 2023) with converting these lights to LED fixtures. 

Because there is little to no uplight, our residents and visitors can see the stars and planets more clearly — while saving money and energy, too. Plus, when it’s time to replace the LED lights, the components are recyclable!

Wooden table with cutlery, a croissant on a plate, and a coffee beverage.

Single-use Plastic Straws

If you order a beverage from Tosa’s restaurants, bars, and breweries, you’ll likely notice alternatives to plastic straws. 

In 2020, the Common Council passed an ordinance prohibiting the use of single-use plastic straws in Wauwatosa. As small as straws may seem, they make a big impact on the earth as they end up in our oceans and harm wildlife.

During your visit, you might see a few varieties of alternatives, including cardboard and paper straw options.

City Hall’s Solar Panels 

Did you know that, in one hour, enough sunlight hits the earth to power our world for one year? 

Wauwatosa’s City Hall is taking full advantage of this knowledge and is one of the first governments in the state of Wisconsin to add solar panels to its roof.

Wauwatosa Transit

Sharing is caring, and our public transit options show just how much our community matters to us!

From our Bublr Bikes to Bird Scooters, there are plenty of options for getting from point A to point B in Wauwatosa. These sustainable, low-cost ride shares are a great way to get some fresh air while exploring our charming city, too. 

Another great option for exploring Tosa is walking! When you visit any of Wauwatosa’s five districts, you’ll discover just how walkable each feels. 

Neighborhood Greenways

With bike and scooter share options, we also have neighborhood greenways — these are streets with low vehicular volumes and speeds to allow for a low-stress environment for bikers and people on scooters. 

These lower traffic zones help us prioritize the safety of bicyclists and pedestrians!

Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

If you’re traveling to Tosa with your electric vehicle (or renting one for the trip!), the following EV charging stations in Wauwatosa are ready for you: 

Learn more about where to stay, where to eat, and things to do while you’re here in Wauwatosa. 

Header image courtesy of @anibnannee