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Milwaukee is known as Brew City AND a Water Centric City but those two titles should not mix... at least not like this! ...
09/02/2020

Milwaukee is known as Brew City AND a Water Centric City but those two titles should not mix... at least not like this! These bottles fall into our rivers and pollute our waterways. Please take your litter with you!

We love that you’re enjoying your time on the river, but please STOP placing bottles under our bridges! This picuture is from the Michigan Street bridge on the Milwaukee River. If the bottles aren't removed, they will fall into the water the next time the bridge opens! Our crew on the Lynrd-Skymmr, Milwaukee Riverkeeper, and many others are helping to remove the bottles which take away from cleaning our rivers.

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No matter what 2020 throws at us, one thing seems to stay the same -- our friends at Harbor District Milwaukee and Milwa...
09/01/2020

No matter what 2020 throws at us, one thing seems to stay the same -- our friends at Harbor District Milwaukee and Milwaukee Riverkeeper are there to make sure our waterways are clean and our communities are celebrated! Thanks for a great weekend filled with floats and festivities and tons of family fun!

From distributing 1000 Harbor Fest To Go bags to the community to hosting the Milwaukee Riverkeeper Boat Parade alongside Milwaukee Riverkeeper, this weekend was one for the books!

Thank you to all of our volunteers who helped create and distribute all the bags full of fun activities and to everyone who signed up for a bag. A special thanks to our sponsors for your generous support: Herb Kohl Philanthropies, Komatsu Mining, Milwaukee Environmental Collaboration Office - ECO, Walbec Group, V. Marchese, Inc., BID 51, Fund for Lake Michigan, Forward Space, Michels Corporation, The UPS Store 6796, OnMilwaukee, and Mandel Group, Inc. / Harbor Yards MKE.

#harbordistrictmke #harborfesttogo

Our rain barrels offer more protection to the community and Lake Michigan  if we empty them a few days before big rain e...
09/01/2020

Our rain barrels offer more protection to the community and Lake Michigan if we empty them a few days before big rain events

More showers in the Milwaukee area tomorrow a reminder to please empty your rain barrels to help keep excess water out of the sewer system and help reduce water pollution.

To learn more about the benefits of rain barrels: https://www.freshcoastguardians.com/resources/green-strategies/rain-barrels-cisterns

We get it. It's been a rough summer. It's easy to forget important things like filling out your #2020Census. But we're h...
08/31/2020

We get it. It's been a rough summer. It's easy to forget important things like filling out your #2020Census. But we're here to remind you that it's not too late! Fill yours out online at 2020Census.gov and then treat yo'self because Mondays are hard.

08/25/2020
Summary of Cohort 1 Schoolyard Redevelopment Projects

These success stories from the first Cohort of Schoolyard Redevelopment Projects shows just how much can be achieved with strong community partnerships! Shout out to the Green Schools Consortium of Milwaukee - GSCM and Reflo - Sustainable Water Solutions for their hard work and leadership to make our schoolyards safer, healthier, and more engaging places for kids to learn!

Thank you to AARP Wisconsin for their generous support of the exciting renovations at Victory Over Violence Park on Hist...
08/22/2020
Victory Over Violence Park's renovations on King Drive receive grant to help fund community performance venue

Thank you to AARP Wisconsin for their generous support of the exciting renovations at Victory Over Violence Park on Historic King Drive! The grant will install a new stage with shell cover, solar bollard lighting, and fully accessible seating.

The grant would help pay for installing a new stage with shell cover, solar bollard lighting and fully accessible seating at the Milwaukee park.

08/18/2020
2020 Census PSA: What is the 2020 Census? (:30)

It's not too late to fill out your 2020 Census! Census data is critically important for Milwaukee's success over the next decade -- learn more from the video below and then check out 2020Census.gov to fill yours out today! #2020Census

This short video explains the importance and purpose of the 2020 Census. This questionnaire records every person living at your address on April 1st, 2020. T...

What to help clean up your neighborhood? You can participate in the BIG Clean MKE year-round event by hosting a litter c...
08/18/2020
BIG Clean MKE

What to help clean up your neighborhood? You can participate in the BIG Clean MKE year-round event by hosting a litter clean-up in your area! Check out Keep Greater Milwaukee Beautiful (KGMB)'s site to learn how to reserve supplies for your clean-up event.

    BIG Clean MKE Site Coordinator Registration Form Keep Greater Milwaukee Beautiful (KGMB) has initiated BIG Clean MKE, a year-round program.  This is an effort to continuously mai…

The Milwaukee Water Equity Taskforce created this Roadmap to show how leaders can collectively work together to address ...
08/17/2020

The Milwaukee Water Equity Taskforce created this Roadmap to show how leaders can collectively work together to address barriers to water workforce entry. You can Read the full report at https://bit.ly/2XX8lJL

Great work to Taskforce members: Century City Triangle Neighborhood Association, Cream City Conservation, Employ Milwaukee, Greater Milwaukee Foundation, Groundwork Milwaukee, Milwaukee Area Technical College, Milwaukee County, Milwaukee JobsWork, Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District - MMSD, and Milwaukee Water Commons

Special thanks to Fire House #21 from the Milwaukee Fire Department for helping us fill up the rain barrels at Victory O...
08/14/2020

Special thanks to Fire House #21 from the Milwaukee Fire Department for helping us fill up the rain barrels at Victory Over Violence Park today! #homegrown #CityofMilwaukee #VictoryOverViolence

What do you get when you combine rainwater harvesting, a pop-up chess event, and a whole lot of community fun? The coole...
08/13/2020

What do you get when you combine rainwater harvesting, a pop-up chess event, and a whole lot of community fun? The coolest collaboration of the week!

Students from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee built a new canopy at Unity Orchard to collect rainwater for reuse while The MiddleGround MKE helped local kids learn to play chess (they even received certificates!) #greeninfrastructure #UnityOrchard #Milwaukee #metcalfepark

Everyone born on or before April 1st 2020 can be counted for the #2020Census! Census data is used to determine community...
08/12/2020

Everyone born on or before April 1st 2020 can be counted for the #2020Census! Census data is used to determine community funding for things like schools, clinics, parks, and representation. Fill yours out today at 2020Census.Gov

#FightForYourFuture #EveryoneCounts #ItsNotTooLate

A great story from TMJ4 News about the exciting new mural in Harbor District Milwaukee, painted by Justin Suarez (aka Ae...
08/11/2020
New Harbor District mural depicts importance of Milwaukee River wildlife

A great story from TMJ4 News about the exciting new mural in Harbor District Milwaukee, painted by Justin Suarez (aka Aerosol Kingdom). We love to see Milwaukee's native river wildlife celebrated in such a beautiful way!

A new mural is coming to South Water Street in the Harbor District. Rochester artist Justin Suarez, is painting a mural depicting Milwaukee River wildlife in the Harbor District Milwaukee.

Tomorrow is election day! Looking for your polling location or where to drop off your absentee ballot? You can find all ...
08/10/2020
City of Milwaukee Election Commission

Tomorrow is election day! Looking for your polling location or where to drop off your absentee ballot? You can find all that information at the City of Milwaukee Election Commission website! 🗳🎉🇺🇸

Affordable land and leasing costs, abundant fresh water, an educated workforce, low business costs and easy access to financing, technical assistance and efficient transportation have helped local businesses succeed and grow.

Metcalfe Rising Park is looking spectacular thanks to Walnut Way's Blue Skies Landscaping with support from Northwestern...
08/07/2020

Metcalfe Rising Park is looking spectacular thanks to Walnut Way's Blue Skies Landscaping with support from Northwestern Mutual and Metcalfe Park Community Bridges. It's going to be a beautiful weekend -- get outside and check it out for yourself!

Metcalfe Rising Park is the result of years of innovative partnerships, providing a safe and welcoming space for community gatherings, outdoor movie nights, and lots of fun!

#MetcalfePark #MilwaukeeParks

Don't be an Andy Dwyer. Today is the LAST DAY to request an vote absentee. Sign up to #VoteFromHome at www.myvote.wi.gov...
08/06/2020

Don't be an Andy Dwyer. Today is the LAST DAY to request an vote absentee. Sign up to #VoteFromHome at www.myvote.wi.gov

#YouKnowLeslieAlreadyDidIt #VoteAbsentee #ParksandRec

We LOVE this article from John Gurda about the history of pollution in Milwaukee's waterways and the opportunities we ha...
08/05/2020

We LOVE this article from John Gurda about the history of pollution in Milwaukee's waterways and the opportunities we have to clean it up (and this picture of the Milwaukee River from back in 1895 is pretty great too!)

The Milwaukee River Estuary is designated an Area of Concern by the U.S. EPA Region 5 (Great Lakes Region). John Gurda, a Milwaukee-born writer and historian, discusses the history of pollution and the opportunities we have to clean up our rivers and Lake Michigan. https://www.mmsd.com/about-us/news/a-toxic-legacy

Photo: Milwaukee River Downtown, Goodrich Dock. 1895-UWM Collection

A sneak peek of the progress at #VictoryOverViolence Park. Shout out to Walnut Way’s Blue Skies Landscaping for working ...
08/05/2020

A sneak peek of the progress at #VictoryOverViolence Park. Shout out to Walnut Way’s Blue Skies Landscaping for working so hard to make #VoV an amazing community ressource!

When I grow up, I wanna be a #rockgarden at #vovpark #vovparkmke in Historic King Drive Bid!

Happy #BronzevilleWeek!

The Milwaukee River Watershed is filled with interesting, native creatures and we're so excited to see them showcased in...
08/04/2020

The Milwaukee River Watershed is filled with interesting, native creatures and we're so excited to see them showcased in Harbor District Milwaukee's new mural. We can't wait to see the finished product! #WaterCentricCity

Excited to share that artist Justin Suarez (@aerosolkingdom ) has started a #mural on a wall donated by Elementis LTD, Inc. in the #harbordistrictmke . Justin's mural was commissioned by BID51 and will highlight native species from the greater Milwaukee River watershed including an otter and beaver. #publicart #watercentriccity

Thank you to The Pfister Hotel for their support of the project and providing Justin a place to stay while in #Milwaukee . Logistical support provided by Wallpapered City and Harbor District, Inc.

Today is the last official day of #PlasticFreeJuly but the things we learned this month can help us reduce our plastic u...
07/31/2020

Today is the last official day of #PlasticFreeJuly but the things we learned this month can help us reduce our plastic use all year long! Check out these great DIY recipes from Milwaukee Riverkeeper and then follow Plastic Free MKE to get involved in the fight against plastic waste in Milwaukee!

Have you tried anything new or different this #plasticfreejuly? If you've found a recipe, or hack we'd love to hear about it! SWIPE for a few DIY recipes we tried this month, too!

A new record-breaking green roof is being installed downtown. Once installed it to hold up to 6,322 gallons of stormwate...
07/30/2020
Eyes on Milwaukee: Irgens Installing Highest Green Roof in City

A new record-breaking green roof is being installed downtown. Once installed it to hold up to 6,322 gallons of stormwater 20-stories up -- making it the tallest green roof in Milwaukee! 🌿🌱

Part of transformation of 52-year-old office tower.

Great examples of how stormwater management strategies come in lots of shapes, sizes, and styles! Permeable pavers and g...
07/30/2020

Great examples of how stormwater management strategies come in lots of shapes, sizes, and styles! Permeable pavers and green spaces aren't just pretty-- they can have a huge impact when it rains. 💧💧💧

#greyandgreen #greeninfrastructure

At the historic #DubbelDutch Hotel, Walnut Way's #BlueSkiesLandscaping crew members, Carlos and Tyriek, are working on both hardscape 🚧 - compacting permeable paver installation, and landscape 🍀 - tilling in preparation for sod installation. #wedomorethanlandscaping #greencareers #beautification #historicmilwaukee #restoration #wellnessworkwealth #walnutway

Check out this great interview with one of our favorite partners, Deshea Agee, the executive director of Milwaukee’s His...
07/29/2020
15 Minutes With: Deshea Agee

Check out this great interview with one of our favorite partners, Deshea Agee, the executive director of Milwaukee’s Historic King Drive Business Improvement District. Deshea has been instrumental in helping us revive #VictoryOverViolence Park!

After just five minutes with Deshea Agee, the executive director of Milwaukee’s Historic King Drive Business Improvement District, it’s easy to see why he thrives in his role as public

Our waterways should be for everyone and now Bradford Beach has made a great leap towards becoming America's most access...
07/29/2020
Bradford Beach Gets Accessibility Upgrades

Our waterways should be for everyone and now Bradford Beach has made a great leap towards becoming America's most accessible beach! The Ability Center and Milwaukee County Parks just installed new sidewalk ramps, seasonal matting, and sand-capable wheelchairs as part of the #RampUp project. What a great way to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (#ADA30)!

Milwaukee County's most popular beach is now accessible to those in a wheelchair all the way to the water.

Soon there may be a new friendly trash-eater on the Kinnikinnick River! Harbor District Milwaukee is designing and build...
07/28/2020
Milwaukee Harbor Project To Install Trash-Eating Device To Keep Lake Michigan Cleaner

Soon there may be a new friendly trash-eater on the Kinnikinnick River! Harbor District Milwaukee is designing and building a trash interceptor that's expected to prevent 75 tons of trash from entering Lake Michigan every year--Mr. Trash Wheel from Baltimore pictured as an example. This project is the result of the first ever Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Trash Free Waters grant from the EPA. (We know you're in the design phase, but for the record, we hope yours has googly eyes too, Harbor District).

People working to make Milwaukee’s harbor cleaner plan to install a trash interceptor in the Kinnickinnic River. The idea is to catch floating trash before

It was a sunny weekend for the solar panels at Milwaukee Public Library (plus some rain for the green roof)! It's been j...
07/28/2020

It was a sunny weekend for the solar panels at Milwaukee Public Library (plus some rain for the green roof)! It's been just over a year since MPL installed over 200 kW of solar panels at three libraries (Central, Tippecanoe, and Center Street) with our program, #MilwaukeeShines. We can't wait for the day we see solar arrays all over our beautiful skyline!

07/27/2020
Milwaukee Strong | Official Video

Start your week off on a positive note with this AWESOME video from Imagine MKE and 88Nine Radio Milwaukee! #MilwaukeeStrong #InvestInOurHomeGrown

“Milwaukee Strong” © 2020 Quik Fingerz Muzic Music by: Shonn Hinton Lyrics by: Shonn Hinton & Ray Nitti Produced By: Shonn Hinton Assistant Producer: B~Free ...

Did you know you can fill out your #2020Census online with your phone? Check out 2020Census.Gov and fill it out today-- ...
07/24/2020

Did you know you can fill out your #2020Census online with your phone? Check out 2020Census.Gov and fill it out today-- it's super easy! #ItsNotTooLate

The native prairie at Fondy Park is in full bloom! It's a beautiful day to take a walk and smell the flowers. Or, pop ov...
07/23/2020

The native prairie at Fondy Park is in full bloom! It's a beautiful day to take a walk and smell the flowers. Or, pop over to the Fondy Farmers Market this weekend to check it out. Farmer's markets all over the City are still open this summer-- this great guide from OnMilwaukee (link below) lists them all and their social distancing guidelines!

https://onmilwaukee.com/seasonal/festivals/articles/farmers-markets-guide.html

(photo credit to Tim McCollow!)

Milwaukee's next election is fast approaching (August 11!) but you can stay safe by choosing to #VoteFromHome! You can v...
07/22/2020
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Milwaukee's next election is fast approaching (August 11!) but you can stay safe by choosing to #VoteFromHome! You can visit MyVote.WI.gov to check your registration status and apply to vote absentee. #StaySafe #AbsenteeVoting

My Vote

#PlasticFreeJuly is not over yet! Today's challenge from Plastic Free MKE is to find a local alternative to something yo...
07/22/2020

#PlasticFreeJuly is not over yet! Today's challenge from Plastic Free MKE is to find a local alternative to something you usually buy online! Not only does this support our wonderful Milwaukee businesses, but it also can reduce packaging waste and carbon emissions from shipping items individually! Win-win-win!

It's officially #plasticfreejuly and Plastic Free MKE created a calendar filled with ideas to help you stay on track. How are you celebrating this month?

Another great example of eco-improvements in Lindsay Heights
07/22/2020

Another great example of eco-improvements in Lindsay Heights

A part of Milwaukee’s fabric since 1920, and one of the oldest African American congregations in Milwaukee, Greater Galilee Baptist Church has called Teutonia Avenue home since 1960. In 2018, the church constructed a new facility on a formerly vacant lot to house the Galilee Community Development Corporation. The facility provides a variety of vital services to the near-north side community it serves, including an expansion of existing meal and clothing programs as well as providing a space for new senior, family, and early childhood services.

A partnership with Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District - MMSD, Fund for Lake Michigan, Institute for Sustainable Communities and Walnut Way allowed the church to incorporate “Meditations on Water”, a highly-visible stormwater feature that captures and filters stormwater from the buildings’ roofs. In addition to managing water where it falls, the project holds the honor of being the first stop on the Lindsay Heights EcoTour, a project of the Milwaukee Environmental Collaboration Office - ECO
HOME GROWN Milwaukee and Walnut Way Conservation Corp., made possible through funding from the City of Milwaukee Neighborhood Beautification Initiative and the Institute for Sustainable Communities. A downloadable map of the Lindsay Heights EcoTour is available here: https://bit.ly/2NKO2cZ

Escuela Verde Milwaukee has been working with ECO's #MilwaukeeShines coordinator, Elizabeth Hittman, to go solar as part...
07/21/2020
Escuela Verde Goes Solar

Escuela Verde Milwaukee has been working with ECO's #MilwaukeeShines coordinator, Elizabeth Hittman, to go solar as part of our #BetterBuildingsChallenge! Students were trained by the The Midwest Renewable Energy Association and then worked with SunVest Solar to install the panels (made right here in the Menomonee Valley!). Thank you to Focus on Energy and RENEW Wisconsin for supporting this awesome project to reduce their carbon emissions while learning about green careers!

#Solar #GreenJobs

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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.

OUR PROGRAMS:

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.

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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?