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Milwaukee Environmental Collaboration Office - ECO From Cream City to Green City, help us transform Milwaukee into a truly sustainable place to call home!
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06/05/2020

The #2020Census affects our community in so many ways but past census data has undercounted young children. You count. Your kids count. Everyone counts! So help shape Milwaukee's future and fill out your census online at 2020Census.gov. It only takes a few minutes and you can do it from your phone!

06/04/2020

Being a Water Centric City means connecting people to the water. As part of our new Water Current Walking Tour, we're working with artist Marina Lee through Arts @ Large to add these beautiful sidewalk stencils. This is a great collaboration with Harbor District Milwaukee, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee School of Freshwater Sciences, The Water Councill and the Walker's Point Association. More to come!

ECO is working for a brighter future that supports racial and economic equity in all Milwaukee neighborhoods, particular...
06/02/2020

ECO is working for a brighter future that supports racial and economic equity in all Milwaukee neighborhoods, particularly in 53206. We see and hear the community crying out for justice, and we've all got to bring spirit of inclusion to everything we do. Under the leadership of Mayor Tom Barrett and the Milwaukee Common Council, ECO will continue to build pocket parks and beautify our neighborhoods with Walnut Way and other community partners, like this tree planting project we just completed on North Avenue.

Feeling like you've been forgetting something lately? Well today is 2020 Census Reminder Day! It only takes a few minute...
06/01/2020

Feeling like you've been forgetting something lately? Well today is 2020 Census Reminder Day! It only takes a few minutes to fill out your #2020Census online and check it off your to-do list for ten whole years!

05/29/2020
Do the Doorstep MKE!

Realiza la #LimpiezadesdelaPuertaMKE! Toma acción y forma parte recogiendo la basura cerca de tu puerta.
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Do the #DoorstepCleanupMKE! Take action today and pitch in to help clean up litter near your door!

Ald. Jocasta Zamarripa encourages residents to "Do the Doorstep". A city-wide program to KEEP MILWAUKEE BEAUTIFUL!

Planning a hike this weekend on one of Milwaukee's fabulous trails? Check out these great tips to  make sure you stay sa...
05/29/2020

Planning a hike this weekend on one of Milwaukee's fabulous trails? Check out these great tips to make sure you stay safe out there. And then post a pick of how you #RecreateResponsibly!

Water is an integral part of our community --we're not just the Midwest, we're the Fresh Coast! Milwaukee is proud to be...
05/28/2020
This Ambitious Plan to Clean Milwaukee’s Rivers Could Make Them Swimmable

Water is an integral part of our community --we're not just the Midwest, we're the Fresh Coast! Milwaukee is proud to be a #WaterCentricCity and now countless partners from around the city are banding together to make sure our waterways are cleaner, healthier, and happier. Thank you to Milwaukee Magazine for a great overview of the exciting plans underway and the superstar community partners that are making it happen!

The next stage in the revival of Milwaukee’s rivers aims much higher than being a nice setting for a lunch date or an afternoon of paddling.

05/27/2020
Do the DOORSTEP Milwaukee

Rain in the forecast for this afternoon means any litter outside will be carried into our sewers and waterways. Now's a great time to stretch your legs, check your front yard and do the #DoorstepCleanup, Milwaukee!

Please be sure to:
🌎Wear gloves or use tongs/trash grabbers
🌎Avoid and do not pick up any sharp objects
🌎Wear a mask
🌎Use social distancing

Ald. Russell Stamper II encourages residents to "Do the Doorstep". A city-wide program to KEEP MILWAUKEE BEAUTIFUL!

Did you know the #2020Census affects local funding for things like parks and land conservation? So if you care about Mil...
05/26/2020

Did you know the #2020Census affects local funding for things like parks and land conservation? So if you care about Milwaukee's local environment, take it from the Queen of the Parks herself, Leslie Knope, and fill out your census today at 2020census.gov!

Milwaukee County Parks
05/19/2020

Milwaukee County Parks

We’ve received a lot of questions in the last couple of days about the status of county park facilities, so we want to clarify that, this weekend, parks, trails and Active Streets locations remain open as usual, and amenities that are currently closed will remain closed. Head to our COVID updates page at for more details. https://countyparksmke.com/coronavirus

When you do visit parks and trails, we also strongly recommend following the latest CDC guidelines, such as wearing masks for everyone except children under two, keeping six feet from others, and avoiding the use of common touch points and shared equipment such as playgrounds and entrance gates that may spread the virus. Taking precautions not only keeps you safe, but keeps your fellow park users safe too – and we are in this together.

Thanks for your patience and look for more updates next week.

05/19/2020
register.gotowebinar.com

Did you know that Alliance for Water Stewardship - North America's headquarters are right here in Milwaukee's Global Water Center? AWS is hosting a webinar so you can learn all about their mission to promote the responsible use of freshwater! Click below to sign up! 🌎

05/18/2020
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

We're thankful for everything that Recycle For Good, Milwaukee! does on a daily basis to keep our environment and our communities safe and healthy. Let's return the favor by properly disposing of our personal protective equipment (PPE)!

Gloves and face masks are considered hazardous waste. Dispose of them properly by bagging and placing them in the garbage-- please do not try to recycle them. (And definitely don't litter them!)

Thank you💚to America's Waste & Recycling workers for continuing to provide this essential service during this difficult time! Now, we must do our part to ensure their safety & keep contaminants like gloves, masks, & other #PPE out of the recycling bin! #RecycleMore #RecycleRight

Leave it to the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee School of Freshwater Sciences and the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage ...
05/15/2020
Sewage could provide early warning sign of COVID-19 outbreaks

Leave it to the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee School of Freshwater Sciences and the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District - MMSD to lead the nation on this novel research. Way to go Milwaukee! 🎉

Two researchers at the UWM School of Freshwater Sciences are undertaking an unusual way of monitoring the incidence of COVID-19 in a community – by analyzing its sewage.

Good news! You can still support Wisconsin farmer's this summer while practicing social distancing. West Allis and Fondy...
05/13/2020
New Farmers Market Guidelines Aim to Keep Vendors and Customers Safe

Good news! You can still support Wisconsin farmer's this summer while practicing social distancing. West Allis and Fondy Farmers Markets will be open this season with updated guidelines to keep us all safe! 🥦🍅🍏

Here’s how local farmers markets are working to keep shoppers and vendors safe as they reopen for the season.

Milwaukee's new Active Streets initiative is a great way to get outside, stay active, and to practice sustainable forms ...
05/12/2020

Milwaukee's new Active Streets initiative is a great way to get outside, stay active, and to practice sustainable forms of transportation! We can't wait to see more bikes and pedestrians out and about! 🚲🎉

While we have asked residents to stay home and eliminate unnecessary travel under the Safer at Home Order, we encourage people to get outside and engage in physical activity near their homes. Outdoor time and physical activity are essential to maintaining health and wellbeing during this pandemic.

I am pleased to announce a joint initiative with the County that will provide safe spaces for residents to walk, bike, roll and run while maintaining proper social distancing.

Milwaukee Active Streets will close or limit motor vehicle traffic on 10 miles of streets throughout the City and in County Parks. These will be phased in over the next couple of weeks. DPW Milwaukee, alongside community volunteers, will be responsible for monitoring Active Streets for proper behavior.

Learn more at milwaukee.gov/activestreets.

Gloves are not recyclable and they certainly aren't flushable either! Please dispose of all personal protective equipmen...
05/12/2020
Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District - MMSD

Gloves are not recyclable and they certainly aren't flushable either! Please dispose of all personal protective equipment properly in your garbage can and then wash your hands thoroughly.

Reminder: Do NOT flush gloves and masks which can clog the water system and lead to damage at pumps at lift stations. Only flush the three P's.

https://kvia.com/news/2020/05/07/el-paso-water-begs-residents-to-stop-flushing-gloves-masks-down-the-toilet/

05/11/2020
Urban Ecology Center

Some great tips from Davita at the Urban Ecology Center about how to stay safe while doing your part to keep our community clean. So let's grab a bag, start in own own front yards, and do the #DoorstepCleanup!

Learn best practices for picking up litter in and around your neighborhood with Volunteer Manager, Davita Flowers-Shanklin! Go for a clean up walk using these tips.

Great news for fans of electric vehicles and in our fight against climate change! 🎉 This article from RENEW Wisconsin su...
05/08/2020
Federal Tax Credit for Electric Vehicle Chargers Renewed - RENEW Wisconsin

Great news for fans of electric vehicles and in our fight against climate change! 🎉

This article from RENEW Wisconsin summarizes what this means for families and businesses looking to install charging stations and what steps you should take to get started.

Electric Vehicle chargers are once again eligible for a tax credit An amendment on the Federal year-end spending bill reinstated electric vehicle charger tax credits that expired in 2017. The credits will cover 30% of the cost to install an EV charger with a maximum credit of $1,000 for individual t...

It's spring cleanup time! Next time you're heading outside, grab a bag, your mask, and some gloves and help keep our com...
05/06/2020

It's spring cleanup time! Next time you're heading outside, grab a bag, your mask, and some gloves and help keep our community healthy to do the #DoorstepCleanup. Start at your Doorstep for a safer, cleaner Milwaukee!

Please be sure to:
🌎 Wear gloves
🌍 Avoid and do not pick up any sharp objects
🌏 Wear a mask
🌎 Use social distancing

And be sure to check out our project partners: DPW Milwaukee, Keep Greater Milwaukee Beautiful (KGMB), MKE Parks, Recycle For Good, Milwaukee!, Milwaukee County Parks, Milwaukee Riverkeeper

The #2020Census counts everyone who lives in the United States. No matter who you are, we all count! Go to 2020Census.go...
05/06/2020

The #2020Census counts everyone who lives in the United States. No matter who you are, we all count! Go to 2020Census.gov now to be counted. U.S. Census Bureau. #shapeyourfuture

It's Week Two of #RocktheStream, featuring Lex Allen and Teens Grow Greens! Big shout out to Rock the Green for another ...
05/05/2020

It's Week Two of #RocktheStream, featuring Lex Allen and Teens Grow Greens! Big shout out to Rock the Green for another great opportunity to support local artists and organizations while having some fun! 🎉

Check out www.rockthegreen.com/rock-the-stream for more info about the virtual event!

The Lindsay Heights Neighborhood is Milwaukee's first ever #EcoNeighborhood! We're proud to partner with some of the ama...
05/05/2020
Milwaukee Neighborhood Pushes Toward Climate Resilience

The Lindsay Heights Neighborhood is Milwaukee's first ever #EcoNeighborhood! We're proud to partner with some of the amazing organizations that make this community so special like Walnut Way, Alice's Garden Urban Farm, Blue Skies Landscaping, the Fondy Farmers Market, and the Institute for Sustainable Communities. Check out this great article from WUWM 89.7 FM - Milwaukee's NPR to learn all about the dedicated people working to make Lindsay Heights more resilient. (Plus, keep an eye out for ECO's Tim McCollow!) 🌿

Climate change poses daunting threats to every facet and form of life. The Great Lakes region is expected to be hit by an increase in heat waves, flooding

"The COVID-19 virus has not been detected in drinking water. Conventional water treatment methods that use filtration an...
05/04/2020

"The COVID-19 virus has not been detected in drinking water. Conventional water treatment methods that use filtration and disinfection, such as those in most municipal drinking water systems, should remove or inactivate the virus that causes COVID-19."💧

Check out this great article from Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District - MMSD to learn more about COVID-19 and our drinking water, wastewater, and recreational water (like pools and hot tubs!).

#WaterCentricCity

Is the Coronavirus COVID-19 in our water? Does it get transferred in our sewerage systems? Is it in our drinking water?

The CDC and MMSD help explain: https://www.mmsd.com/about-us/news/covid-19-coronavirus-in-our-water

As of this weekend, the State Parks are OPEN but before you head out for an afternoon hike, be sure to check out these t...
05/04/2020

As of this weekend, the State Parks are OPEN but before you head out for an afternoon hike, be sure to check out these tips from Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources!

#Ope #StayHydratedCheeseheads 🧀🌳

Getting outdoors in this spring sunshine feels great!

Wisconsin’s state parks are open and we know you’re excited to visit them. As a reminder, an annual pass is required for entry. There will be NO opportunity to purchase when you arrive at the park.

Annual park and trail admission stickers can currently only be purchased from the DNR over the phone at 1-888-305-0398 from 8 am to 3 pm daily. We are experiencing a high volume of calls. Please be patient and keep trying.

Here are a couple of other things to know before you OutWiGo:
🧀 Visit parks and trails that are close to home and in your community – the others will be waiting for you when this is all over
🧀 Have a Plan B in case in your first choice is at capacity
🧀 Plan to carry out everything (yes, everything) you carry in
🧀 Restrooms are closed – go before you go
🧀 Bubblers won’t be available so be sure to bring your own water bottle
🧀 Don’t forget your hand sanitizer

Learn more at https://dnr.wi.gov/covid-19/

05/01/2020
Doorstep Cleanup

It's going to be a beautiful weekend! Let's grab a bag (and some gloves and a face mask) and get outside to do the #DoorstepCleanup! 😷👍🌎

DPW Milwaukee, Keep Greater Milwaukee Beautiful (KGMB), MKE Parks, Recycle For Good, Milwaukee!, Milwaukee County Parks, Milwaukee Riverkeeper,

The launching of Doorstep Cleanup campaign as part of an Earth Day kickoff.

Every 10 years, the City of Milwaukee works with the U.S. Census Bureau to undertake a mammoth task: counting all the pe...
05/01/2020

Every 10 years, the City of Milwaukee works with the U.S. Census Bureau to undertake a mammoth task: counting all the people residing in our community. This count affects the allocation of funding for Milwaukee's public resources (e.g., transportation, hospitals, schools, and sustainability!), how we plan for the future, and our voice in government. Learn more about the importance of the #2020Census and how to participate: 2020census.gov.

We've loved spending this month learning about the history of Earth Day with you. Of course, we have to finish with our ...
04/30/2020

We've loved spending this month learning about the history of Earth Day with you. Of course, we have to finish with our own Mayor Tom Barrett who founded the Environmental Collaboration Office and pushes us to our best every day!

#EarthDay2020 #EarthDayAtHome

Garden Centers around Milwaukee have been permitted to open for curbside pickup and delivery services. Choosing native p...
04/29/2020

Garden Centers around Milwaukee have been permitted to open for curbside pickup and delivery services. Choosing native plant species for around your home is great for local rare or threatened pollinator species. Check out the link below from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to learn what plants to pick this spring!

https://dnr.wi.gov/topic/EndangeredResources/nativeplants.html

04/28/2020

The #2020Census counts everyone who lives in the United States. No matter who you are, we all count! Go to 2020Census.gov now to be counted. @USCensusBureau. #shapeyourfuture

Rock the Green's annual Earth Day concert has become a staple in the City of Festivals-- even social distancing can't st...
04/28/2020

Rock the Green's annual Earth Day concert has become a staple in the City of Festivals-- even social distancing can't stop us from having some fun for a great cause! Each week, Rock the Stream and a lineup of stellar musical acts will be logging on for some local organizations and artists-- starting this Thursday with Trapper Schoepp and our friends at Milwaukee Riverkeeper!

Check out RocktheGreen.com/rock-the-stream for more info!

In case you missed it, here's our #EarthDay2020 newsletter where we talk about how to do the #DoorstepCleanup, Milwaukee...
04/27/2020
City of Milwaukee ECO Earth Day Newsletter

In case you missed it, here's our #EarthDay2020 newsletter where we talk about how to do the #DoorstepCleanup, Milwaukee's largest solar field, and much more!

Want to stay up to date with all of Milwaukee's exciting ECO updates and announcements? Check out Milwaukee.gov/ECO to sign up for our newsletter!

Earth Day may have started here but its impacts are global, with each of the 192 countries celebrating "Mother Earth Day...
04/27/2020

Earth Day may have started here but its impacts are global, with each of the 192 countries celebrating "Mother Earth Day" in their own unique way. How do you celebrate?

#EarthDay2020 #MotherEarthDay #EarthDayAtHome

These landmark policy changes all happened following the first Earth Day, labeling the 1970's as the "Environmental Deca...
04/23/2020

These landmark policy changes all happened following the first Earth Day, labeling the 1970's as the "Environmental Decade." Milwaukee's new City-County Climate Taskforce has been working diligently in hopes of breaking that record this decade.

#EarthDay2020 #EarthDayAtHome

For #EarthDay2020 take the pledge to help keep our community clean! Join us for the #DoorstepCleanUp and pick up litter ...
04/22/2020

For #EarthDay2020 take the pledge to help keep our community clean! Join us for the #DoorstepCleanUp and pick up litter around your home while maintaining social distancing. Let's keep ourselves safe while keeping our environment healthy too! 💪

And shout out to all the great partners working to keep our community clean during #SaferAtHome (and all the rest of the year too!) DPW Milwaukee, Keep Greater Milwaukee Beautiful (KGMB), Milwaukee County Parks, MKE Parks, Recycle For Good, Milwaukee!, and Milwaukee Riverkeeper.

Looking for some ways to celebrate #EarthDay2020 from home? Well look no further thanks to Plastic Free MKE! 🎉
04/22/2020

Looking for some ways to celebrate #EarthDay2020 from home? Well look no further thanks to Plastic Free MKE! 🎉

Happy Earth Day from Plastic Free MKE! Nowadays we are reminded more than ever how our health and the health of the environment are intricately linked. We hope you're able to take time today for gratitude and action for our beautiful home!

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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
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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?