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I know we're all ready to celebrate the end of 2020, but the best way to insure a great 2021 is staying strong with our ...
12/30/2020

I know we're all ready to celebrate the end of 2020, but the best way to insure a great 2021 is staying strong with our social distancing this week!

Don’t risk the chance of #COVID19 showing up at your gathering. Keep your loved ones safe by wearing a mask, staying 6 feet apart, and washing your hands frequently this holiday season.

#StaySafeMKE #MKECares #MKE #Milwaukee #NewYears #HappyHolidays

Celebrate the New Year safely! Just a reminder that most City of Milwaukee offices are closed for the holidays Thursday,...
12/29/2020

Celebrate the New Year safely! Just a reminder that most City of Milwaukee offices are closed for the holidays Thursday, Dec 31 & Friday, Jan 1.

Request City services at milwaukee.gov/Click4Action, use the MKEmobile app or call 286-CITY. #StaySafeMKE

If you've taken a stroll lately in Walker's Point, you may have noticed the newest installations of the #WaterCurrent, M...
12/28/2020

If you've taken a stroll lately in Walker's Point, you may have noticed the newest installations of the #WaterCurrent, Milwaukee's water tour connecting our community's water hubs, featuring new navigational signage and directional mandala's painted by artist Marina Lee and Arts @ Large.

From the Global Water Center to the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee School of Freshwater Sciences and Harbor District Milwaukee, we're a #WaterCentricCity and this is just the beginning!

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Mayor Tom Barrett, Fund for Lake Michigan, Milwaukee City Development, DPW Milwaukee, Clean Wisconsin, Greater Milwaukee Foundation, Greater Milwaukee Committee, Milwaukee Food & City Tours, Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District - MMSD, Milwaukee Riverkeeper, Milwaukee Water Commons, Plastic Free MKE, Port Milwaukee, Reflo - Sustainable Water Solutions, Rockwell Automation, Inc., Sixteenth Street Community Health Centers, VISIT Milwaukee, The Water Council, Walker's Point Association, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Chemistry in Place, GRAEF, Stormwater Solutions Engineering, LLC, SmithGroup, Ce Planning Studio, CODAworx

🚫 No glittery or metallic paper🚫 No tissue paper🚫 No ribbon or bows🚫 No styrofoam🚫 No holiday lightsLet's keep our curbs...
12/26/2020

🚫 No glittery or metallic paper
🚫 No tissue paper
🚫 No ribbon or bows
🚫 No styrofoam
🚫 No holiday lights

Let's keep our curbside bins clear of non-recyclable materials this year!! ♻️♻️♻️

When it comes to holiday packaging and wrapping, where should it all go when the festivities are complete?
Curbside Recycling Cart:
✅ Flattened cardboard boxes
✅ Plain wrapping paper (no glitter or foil)
Garbage Cart (or Reuse it):
❌ Glittery or metallic wrapping paper
❌ Tissue paper
❌ Bows and ribbons
❌ Styrofoam
Store Drop Off (or Garbage):
🚗 Plastic film shipping envelopes
🚗 Bubble wrap
🚗 Air pillows

Warmest season's greetings from ECO this holiday season! 2020 has been a challenging year for so many, but we hope you s...
12/24/2020
Happy Holidays from ECO

Warmest season's greetings from ECO this holiday season! 2020 has been a challenging year for so many, but we hope you still find joy in the holiday lights, good food, and laughter with your loved ones.

Click below to see some photos of our favorite 2020 moments as a reminder of all the good that can come from a rough year, and as a big thank you for everything you've all helped us accomplish. So here's to a healthy holiday season and to a sustainable and resilient New Year! 🎉🎉

Celebrate Christmas and the New Year safely! A reminder that most @cityofmilwaukee offices are closed for the holidays T...
12/24/2020

Celebrate Christmas and the New Year safely! A reminder that most @cityofmilwaukee offices are closed for the holidays Thursday-Friday, Dec 24-25 & Thurs, Dec 31 & Fri, Jan 1.

Request City services at milwaukee.gov/Click4Action, use the MKEmobile app or call 286-CITY. #StaySafeMKE

12/23/2020
Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District - MMSD

Milwaukee's waterways have come a long way from our industrial path but decades of pollution have left behind a toxic legacy. And now we're coming together as a community to clean it up.

Join John Gurda as he tells the story of what we were, what we can be, and all of the community leaders working tirelessly to make it happen.

Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District - MMSD, Fund for Lake Michigan, Milwaukee City Development, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee School of Freshwater Sciences, Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant, U.S. EPA Region 5 (Great Lakes Region), Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Harbor District Milwaukee, Menomonee River Valley

#miwlaukeeAOC #MilwaukeeEstuary #RiverCleanUp

John Gurda shares with viewers developments aimed at improving water quality. We’ve come a long way in cleaning up Milwaukee’s waterways, but industrialization during the 20th century has left several feet of toxic sediment that is a threat to human health and a killer of aquatic life. Since 1987 the Milwaukee, Wisconsin estuary—our harbor and the rivers that feed it—has been a federally designated Area of Concern, one of 43 hot spots on the Great Lakes. Milwaukee is poised to launch the biggest clean-up effort in the Great Lakes history.

This toxic legacy is lurking beneath our Milwaukee rivers and must be removed before Milwaukee can enjoy our waters with complete safety. Our generation has the opportunity to leave our rivers better than we found them for future generations to enjoy.

To learn more about “A Toxic Legacy: Milwaukee Prepares to Clean Up 150 Years of Water Pollution” with historian John Gurda. https://www.mmsd.com/about-us/news/a-toxic-legacy

Fund for Lake Michigan Milwaukee City Development University of Wisconsin Milwaukee School of Freshwater Sciences Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant U.S. EPA Region 5 (Great Lakes Region) Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Harbor District Milwaukee Menomonee Valley

Don’t risk the chance of #COVID19 being on the guest list. This year, plan to pick-up or drop-off gifts to loved ones sa...
12/23/2020

Don’t risk the chance of #COVID19 being on the guest list. This year, plan to pick-up or drop-off gifts to loved ones safely, and catch up virtually! Keep your loved ones safe by wearing a mask, keeping 6 feet apart and washing hands frequently this holiday season.

#StaySafeMKE #Christmas #Kwanzaa #NewYears

HOLIDAY TESTING REMINDER: The Northwest & Southside Centers will be closed December 24-25, Dec 31 & January 1. The Mille...
12/22/2020

HOLIDAY TESTING REMINDER: The Northwest & Southside Centers will be closed December 24-25, Dec 31 & January 1. The Miller Park #Covid19 Testing Site will be closed Dec 25 & Jan 1, but OPEN Dec 24 & 31 from 11am-3pm.

View additional sites: milwaukee.gov/covidtesting #StaySafeMKE

We're proud to announce the City of Milwaukee’s Green Infrastructure Plan received a 2020 Innovations in Planning award ...
12/22/2020

We're proud to announce the City of Milwaukee’s Green Infrastructure Plan received a 2020 Innovations in Planning award from the American Planning Association - Wisconsin Chapter (APA-WI, WAPA))!

From planning to implementation, every step of this process has been an incredible team effort and we're so excited to see these plans becoming a reality. We're beyond grateful to the APA of WI and to all of our partners who have made this plan such a success.

Mayor Tom Barrett, Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District - MMSD, DPW Milwaukee, DNS Milwaukee, Milwaukee City Development, Fund for Lake Michigan, Brico Fund, Stormwater Solutions Engineering, LLC, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee School of Freshwater Sciences, Marquette University, GRAEF

#GreenInfrastructure #MKEGI #Milwaukee #APAWI

12/21/2020
Plastic Free MKE

ICYMI: check out this recording from our friends at Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District - MMSD and Plastic Free MKE, discussing how plastic ends up in our waste waster reclamation facilities at Jones Island and in our waterways, and what you can do to stop it!

#Plastic #PlasticWaste #Milwaukee

In our December webinar we discussed plastics in our waterways and wastewater, gave a virtual tour of Jone's Island Water Reclamation Facility, and shared how we can all prevent and clean up plastic pollution.

The holidays have traditionally been a time to gather, give, and spread cheer! This holiday season looks a little bit di...
12/18/2020
Sustainable Holidays — PlasticFreeMKE

The holidays have traditionally been a time to gather, give, and spread cheer! This holiday season looks a little bit different, but now is a perfect time to experiment with new traditions.

Plastic Free MKE has come up with a few ways you can have a more thoughtful, sustainable holiday season!

1) Instead of ‘stuff’, try giving an experience or donating in someone’s name to your favorite local environmental or social justice charity - consider supporting our coalition members or lake friendly businesses!

Milwaukee's new green infrastructure project under I-794 was just featured in Environment America's national report on h...
12/17/2020

Milwaukee's new green infrastructure project under I-794 was just featured in Environment America's national report on how investments in water infrastructure are protecting waterways! Check it out!

This project is coordinated by DPW Milwaukee in partnership with Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District - MMSD & Wisconsin Department of Transportation

Read A Path to Cleaner Water at https://wisconsinenvironment.org/.../wie/path-cleaner-water

Proud to have our green infrastructure project under I-794 among success stories in an Environment America national report on how investments in water infrastructure are protecting waterways! This project in partnership with Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District - MMSD & Wisconsin Department of Transportation is capable of capturing 293,000 gallons of stormwater runoff from the interstate per rain event and helps in protecting Lake Michigan.

Read A Path to Cleaner Water at https://wisconsinenvironment.org/reports/wie/path-cleaner-water

Wisconsin Environment
Milwaukee Environmental Collaboration Office - ECO

Last week, Governor Tony Evers' Task Force on Climate Change released their report, promoting an equitable transition to...
12/17/2020
Climate Change Task Force Recommends Creation Of Jobs Programs, 'Office Of Environmental Justice'

Last week, Governor Tony Evers' Task Force on Climate Change released their report, promoting an equitable transition to clean energy and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.

Led by Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes, this plan is the first step to bold and courageous action—action needed to move us towards a cleaner, healthier, and more just future.

#ClimatePlan #climateaction #ClimateChange

The state of Wisconsin should create jobs programs and an "Office of Environmental Justice" to promote an equitable transition to clean energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, according to an expansive report listing dozens of recommendations to address climate change.

Today is the last day of the City's 13th Annual Holiday Drive! We have surpassed our $2,000 GoFundMe goal but you can st...
12/16/2020

Today is the last day of the City's 13th Annual Holiday Drive! We have surpassed our $2,000 GoFundMe goal but you can still purchase from the organizations' Amazon Wish List items through the end of the day today. Learn more below!

The 13th Annual Holiday Drive concludes TODAY, Dec. 16. Now is your last chance to donate online with a financial contribution at milwaukee.gov/holidaydrive or with items off of the shelters’ Amazon Wish Lists:

Guest House of Milwaukee: amzn.to/3kLqClX
Hope House of Milwaukee: amzn.to/2UTaeoP

The holiday season is upon us and we want to remind everyone of how you can celebrate while staying safe! #Holidays2020 ...
12/15/2020

The holiday season is upon us and we want to remind everyone of how you can celebrate while staying safe! #Holidays2020 #SaferAtHome

Five years ago today, the world unanimously adopted the first ever comprehensive and universal global climate agreement....
12/12/2020

Five years ago today, the world unanimously adopted the first ever comprehensive and universal global climate agreement. Yet, just one year after its adoption, it was not a sure thing that the Paris Agreement would survive.

But since 2017, 4,000 cities, states, tribal nations, businesses, universities, cultural institutions, faith groups, and health care organizations have stood together to support the Paris Agreement.

And we're doing it again! Mayor Tom Barrett just signed the new America Is All In Pledge to say Milwaukee is ready for a national mobilization on climate and recovery.

Read the full pledge: https://americaisallin.com/

#ClimatePledge #Milwaukee #AmericaIsAllIn #WeAreStillIn #ParisAgreement

Victory Over Violence Park is looking great! Still more work to be done in the spring but check out this sneak preview o...
12/04/2020

Victory Over Violence Park is looking great! Still more work to be done in the spring but check out this sneak preview of the progress! Great work to Walnut Way's Blue Skies Landscaping!

Last look at the 2020 revamped #vovparkmke before the ❄️ flies? Amazing hardscaping work by Walnut Way #BlueSkieslandscaping - and a LOT of work! Thanks to all our 2020 partners!

Happy 50th Anniversary to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency!! 🎉 🌎
12/02/2020

Happy 50th Anniversary to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency!! 🎉 🌎

Did you know that today is the 50th anniversary of the EPA? Through all those years, the EPA has worked to protect our air, land and water throughout the country.

Just 29 days after becoming an agency, EPA enacted the federal Clean Air Act (CAA) of 1970, still known as one of the most comprehensive pieces of legislation ever put into law. The protections put forth by the CAA are largely responsible for the quality of the air we breathe today.

Want to learn more about the Clean Air Act and its impact on Wisconsin air quality? Check out this episode of the Off the Record Podcast: https://share.transistor.fm/s/f8dbaa24

The Milwaukee Bucks just announced their new City Edition uniforms featuring three shades of blue, including Great Lakes...
12/01/2020

The Milwaukee Bucks just announced their new City Edition uniforms featuring three shades of blue, including Great Lakes blue, that represents both the three rivers that run through the city and the depths of Lake Michigan.

We're a #WaterCentricCity, a Gathering Place by the Water, and we're so excited to see that showcased! Great job Bucks!!

Inspired by Milwaukee’s meaning as “the gathering place by the water,” introducing the 2020-21 City Edition uniform.

Bucks.com/City

We get that you’re hearing mixed messages about what you should do to to prevent #COVID19. About what works. But, keepin...
11/27/2020
This is Real: A Physician Plea

We get that you’re hearing mixed messages about what you should do to to prevent #COVID19. About what works. But, keeping yourself and your loved ones safe is simple. Check out the video below to learn how.

🍂Happy Thanksgiving from ECO! 🍂This year we're thankful for all our public health workers who have been working so hard ...
11/26/2020

🍂Happy Thanksgiving from ECO! 🍂

This year we're thankful for all our public health workers who have been working so hard to keep us all healthy and for all of you who have been working to keep our environment healthy too! We hope you all have fun and celebrate safely this holiday season!

It probably goes without saying that our traditional post-Thanksgiving shopping frenzy is not COVID-approved, but you ca...
11/25/2020
Visit Milwaukee - Season of Giving

It probably goes without saying that our traditional post-Thanksgiving shopping frenzy is not COVID-approved, but you can still treat your friends, family, and even yourself to incredible locally-made gifts, this holiday season with this great holiday guide from VISIT Milwaukee!

Remember that when you shop local, you're giving back to the community, and giving is what this time of year is all about! Comment below with your favorite local business you'll be checking out this holiday season!

Whether you’re daydreaming about a trip to Milwaukee or are already here, we have everything you need to make the most out of your time in our quirky, colorful city.

11/24/2020
CDC

Looking for some fun, safe activities to celebrate Thanksgiving this Thursday? The CDC has got you covered!

To learn more about safe holiday fun, check out the City of Milwaukee Health Department's page! #MKECares #StaySafeMKE #Thanksgiving2020

This year for Thanksgiving, try these fun, safer alternatives to help slow the spread of COVID-19:

• Cook traditional family recipes with your household members.
• Have a virtual dinner with friends and family you don’t live with.
• Watch parades and movies from your cozy couch.
• After Thanksgiving, avoid crowds and shop online instead of in stores.

More tips: https://bit.ly/35hIcti.

Discover hidden water stories using a free digital tool that opens a portal to interactive inquiry at home or in the cla...
11/23/2020
Exploring Our Water Story with Google Earth

Discover hidden water stories using a free digital tool that opens a portal to interactive inquiry at home or in the classroom—the Milwaukee Community Map from Reflo - Sustainable Water Solutions.

Use Google Earth to zoom in and out to explore your own private museum exhibit on the many facets of Milwaukee's Water Story as part of the Green & Healthy Schools Wisconsin Virtual Classroom Learning Series!

#WaterCentricCity #AmericasFreshCoast #WaterStoryMKE

Discover hidden water stories using a free digital tool that opens a portal to interactive inquiry at home or in the classroom—the Milwaukee Community Map. U...

Congratulations to the Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee for winning the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) We...
11/20/2020
USGBC West North Central region's 2020 Leadership Awards | U.S. Green Building Council

Congratulations to the Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee for winning the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) West North Central Region's Leadership Award for an Innovative Project in the Residential Category! 🎉🎉🎉

And thank you for all you do to promote #sustainabledesign in the City of Milwaukee!

This year's award winners demonstrate excellence in their commitment to green building.

Thanksgiving is a week away and while the holidays might look a little different this year, there are still plenty of wa...
11/19/2020

Thanksgiving is a week away and while the holidays might look a little different this year, there are still plenty of ways to celebrate! The City of Milwaukee Health Department has come up with some tips to help you celebrate and #StaySafeMKE!

#Thanksgiving2020 #MKECares #StaySafeMKE

Looking for a place to safely dispose of that VHS player you thought for sure was going to be popular again? Or maybe th...
11/18/2020
Drop Off Centers

Looking for a place to safely dispose of that VHS player you thought for sure was going to be popular again? Or maybe that drawer full of cords that you can't remember what they go to? Milwaukee #ElectronicsRecycling has got you covered!

Visit Milwaukee.gov/dropoff to learn how you can recycle your electronics!

Information about the City's two Drop Off Centers including hours, locations, fees, and materials accepted for recycling, composting, and disposal.

Interested in a career in solar? It's not too late to register for tonight's info session with Walnut Way and The Midwes...
11/17/2020

Interested in a career in solar? It's not too late to register for tonight's info session with Walnut Way and The Midwest Renewable Energy Association!

Learn more about the MREA's introductory solar installation training program and career opportunities! ☀️☀️☀️

Have you registered yet? It’s tomorrow and you don’t want to miss out on the opportunity to learn more about this solar credential pathway and career opportunities! #walnutway #mrea #solarinstallation #solartraining

Register at: walnutway.org/events

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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.

OUR MISSION:

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.

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Can You Make a Student’s Dream Come True? Each year, high school students from around the world travel to the United States to experience the American way of life. These students would love nothing more than to become a part of your family while sharing their culture with you and your community. These cultural exchanges not only result in life-long friendships, but also help shape a positive image of America abroad and promote positive international relations. Over 1,000 families have already volunteered to host next year, will you join them? Apply today by visiting www.rushmore.iseusa.org .
It would mean so much to us if you join us https://www.facebook.com/events/654002848348339/
Extremely interesting and valuable organization
Saluting Earth Day and public transit in Milwaukee for Get On Board Day https://getonboardday.org/ on April 25th!
I have several strings of dead Christmas lights. Do you know where to recycle them in Milwaukee?
Watershed, an initiative of Common Ground SE Wisconsin, has established a warning system for high yield rain events. During these events, we ask everyone to delay using elective water use. Most runoff and regular gray water will end up in the sewage plant for treatment. Very occasionally, this input is so large it causes some water to be released untreated. If we all cut back on elective water use we can help to minimize this option. To receive a warning, text the word Waterdrop to 797979
Green friendly people should give Good Fortune a shot. It’s about the ever environmentally conscious multi-billionaire, John Paul DeJoria. John Paul DeJoria basically kick-started the conservation era of corporations with many business decisions being far ahead of their time; for example, his refusal to test his hair-care products on animals, instead opting for human testing. In essence John Paul DeJoria epitomizes the three P’s, “Peace, Profit, Planet.” You can catch it on VOD:
Green friendly people should give Good Fortune a shot. It’s about the ever environmentally conscious multi-billionaire, John Paul DeJoria. John Paul DeJoria basically kick-started the conservation era of corporations with many business decisions being far ahead of their time; for example, his refusal to test his hair-care products on animals, instead opting for human testing. In essence John Paul DeJoria epitomizes the three P’s, “Peace, Profit, Planet.” You can catch it on VOD: http://apple.co/2uRD9xA
The Midwest Food Recovery Summit is just 3 weeks away September 6-8 in Des Moines, IA have you registered yet?!? We have a jammed packed agenda and are looking forward to our Thursday evening event, a culinary competition using food scraps from the venue and our event!!! Check it out:
We need to invest in green tech. In education and job development. Incentivise sustanability. Imagine if Milwaukee became the lead development in such things. Job unemplyeement is rough here. But, what if we challenged that. I run a going green class for people with disabilities. We go over the benefits and concepts of sustainability and functionality of solar and alt. Energy. They are FACINATED. Arcadia Power is an option for people to opt into wind energy. We have a lake we could do wave energy. We have rooftops that are unused. We have the ability to create passive housing and buildings. There are unused fields to collect fresh water from dew using mesh alone. There are roads that could be replaced using numerous solar techs, that use the kenetic energy from cars and sunlight to store energy and even heat roads in the winter (look at the models in Europe). We have energy companies that could invest in this. Oil companies that could invest in this. Milwaukee step up. Let me know how to help.
Hey did you guys ever come out with the ECO calendar?