A World-Class EcoCity on America’s Fresh Coast
In 2006, Mayor Tom Barrett created the Environmental Collaboration Office, or ECO, as a division of the Department of Administration to protect and enhance our shared ecology, economy, and community life in Milwaukee. Originally called the Office of Environmental Sustainability, ECO’s mission was guided by the recommendations of representatives from City government, non-profit organizations, utilities, universities, and local businesses.
In December 2013, the City of Milwaukee adopted ReFresh Milwaukee as the official Sustainability Plan for the City. The plan aims to implement sustainable projects and encourage citizens and businesses to engage in solutions that are economically, environmentally, and socially smart for our community.
The Environmental Collaboration Office strives to make Milwaukee a world class eco-city. ECO develops practical solutions that improve people’s lives and the economy while working to protect and restore the natural ecosystems that support our long-term prosperity. We collaborate with the community, develop global partnerships, offer award-winning programs, and implement the City’s Refresh Milwaukee sustainability plan.
Milwaukee Shines is Milwaukee's solar energy program. Milwaukee Shines provides information for home and business owners, resources for solar industry professionals, runs solar group buy programs in the City and partners with Summit Credit Union to offer solar loans up to $20,000.
The Water Centric City Initiative showcases Milwaukee's global leadership in managing our natural water resources in a sustainable and resilient way. The initiative advances seven principles through innovation, collaboration, and education.
HOME GR/OWN transforms neighborhoods by converting vacant lots into pocket parks, orchards, and gardens that create jobs, revitalize neighborhoods and increase access to healthy, local food, promoting neighborhood cohesion and placemaking.
Me2 provides affordable financing up to $15,000 for energy saving improvements like new insulation, furnaces, boilers, hot water heaters, air conditioners, and now, windows! With Me2 financing through our partner, Summit Credit Union, you can redirect some of the money you spend on energy bills into home improvements that will keep you and your family comfortable year round.
Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing helps commercial property owners affordably finance building upgrades like heating and cooling systems, lighting, renewable energy and water efficiency. Payments are collected through a voluntary municipal special charge attached to the property, not the owner.
Milwaukee is working to cut energy use 20% over a decade in municipal buildings and participating commercial buildings. The expanded Better Buildings Challenge provides comprehensive energy efficiency services to commercial building owners.