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The Milwaukee City-County Task Force has been hard at work to create the new Climate and Equity Plan, and we need your h...
07/29/2021
Milwaukee's Climate and Equity Video Survey

The Milwaukee City-County Task Force has been hard at work to create the new Climate and Equity Plan, and we need your help! Take our online, interactive video survey to answer a series of questions and share your thoughts!

Take the video survey at Milwaukee.gov/Climate-Talk

And learn more about Milwaukee's Climate and Equity Planning Process at Milwauke.gov/ClimatePlan

#Climate #Equity #ClimateChange #Milwaukee #Wisconsin #Environment

Milwaukee has a new tool to engage our community about environmental concerns! It’s an online, interactive interview. Our community can use the camera on the...

Heavy rain is coming tonight-- that means we all need to reduce our water usage to prevent sewage overflows and protect ...
07/28/2021

Heavy rain is coming tonight-- that means we all need to reduce our water usage to prevent sewage overflows and protect Lake Michigan!

These rains are coming with some intense wind, so stay safe everyone!

#Water #WaterDropAlert #Milwaukee #Weather

**WATER DROP ALERT has ended and no sewer overflows occurred. Thank you for reducing your water usage to reduce water pollution.

To sign up for Water Drop Alerts text: WATERDROP to 414-296-4422

For water reclamation facility and deep tunnel updates: https://www.mmsd.com/about-us/weather-center

To celebrate the new City of Milwaukee Commercial Rainwater Harvesting Guide, we're highlighting some local leaders in s...
07/28/2021

To celebrate the new City of Milwaukee Commercial Rainwater Harvesting Guide, we're highlighting some local leaders in sustainable water management.

Clock Shadow Creamery is Wisconsin's first ever urban cheese factory but also a leader in sustainable building design. Clock Shadow conserves 60% of their water through rainwater harvesting, green infrastructure, and greywater reuse!

Read more about Clock Shadow Creamery and Commercial Rainwater Harvesting at bit.ly/CommercialRainwater

#Milwaukee #WaterCentricCity #Water #Rainwater #RainwaterHarvesting #GreenBuilding

To celebrate the new City of Milwaukee Commercial Rainwater Harvesting Guide, we're highlighting some local leaders in sustainable water management.

Clock Shadow Creamery is Wisconsin's first ever urban cheese factory but also a leader in sustainable building design. Clock Shadow conserves 60% of their water through rainwater harvesting, green infrastructure, and greywater reuse!

Read more about Clock Shadow Creamery and Commercial Rainwater Harvesting at bit.ly/CommercialRainwater

#Milwaukee #WaterCentricCity #Water #Rainwater #RainwaterHarvesting #GreenBuilding

We're proud to share that this year, we ranked #7 on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's list of Top Mid-Sized Ci...
07/27/2021
2021 Top Cities Rankings

We're proud to share that this year, we ranked #7 on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's list of Top Mid-Sized Cities with the most ENERGY STAR buildings!

Special shout out to the building owners and managers who continue to make impressive strides in cutting energy bills and pollution through energy efficiency. Their efforts contribute to stronger economies, healthier communities, and cleaner air for all of us!

#ENERGYSTARTopCities #Milwaukee #Energy #Ranking

EPA's annual Top Cities list shows which metro areas were home to the most ENERGY STAR certified buildings in the previous year.

The City of Milwaukee is proud to be recognized by the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy  for our active co...
07/26/2021

The City of Milwaukee is proud to be recognized by the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy for our active commitment to climate action.

A few weeks ago we highlighted our #ClimateMitigation badge, but we're also grateful to have also received our #ClimateAdaptation badge, awarded for assessing climate risk, setting adaptation goals, and creating a plan.

Milwaukee's commitment connects us to over 10,500 cities and local governments from six continents who have also taken the pledge, representing more than 900 million citizens worldwide.

#Milwaukee #ClimateChange #Environment #Climate #GlobalCovenant

The City of Milwaukee is proud to be recognized by the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy for our active commitment to climate action.

A few weeks ago we highlighted our #ClimateMitigation badge, but we're also grateful to have also received our #ClimateAdaptation badge, awarded for assessing climate risk, setting adaptation goals, and creating a plan.

Milwaukee's commitment connects us to over 10,500 cities and local governments from six continents who have also taken the pledge, representing more than 900 million citizens worldwide.

#Milwaukee #ClimateChange #Environment #Climate #GlobalCovenant

The new City of Milwaukee Commercial Rainwater Harvesting Guide covers how you can be a leader in reusing rainwater in y...
07/22/2021

The new City of Milwaukee Commercial Rainwater Harvesting Guide covers how you can be a leader in reusing rainwater in your local business or organization.

And there's no better local leader than Urban Ecology Center! UEC was the first in Wisconsin to reuse water to flush toilets -- and while there are lots of great ways to start small, there's so much to learn from their pioneering project!

Read their case study and the full guide at https://city.milwaukee.gov/ImageLibrary/Groups/cityGreenTeam/Stormwater/FinalRainwaterHarvestingGuide-Compressed-compressed.pdf?fbclid=IwAR3kKq0pGzNJk_fDDhZ0FXFmA3GIXuTsHcaCEDca4hGhkKVYM9CC8lb_ytw

#Rainwater #Milwaukee #WaterCentricCity

The new City of Milwaukee Commercial Rainwater Harvesting Guide covers how you can be a leader in reusing rainwater in your local business or organization.

And there's no better local leader than Urban Ecology Center! UEC was the first in Wisconsin to reuse water to flush toilets -- and while there are lots of great ways to start small, there's so much to learn from their pioneering project!

Read their case study and the full guide at https://city.milwaukee.gov/ImageLibrary/Groups/cityGreenTeam/Stormwater/FinalRainwaterHarvestingGuide-Compressed-compressed.pdf?fbclid=IwAR3kKq0pGzNJk_fDDhZ0FXFmA3GIXuTsHcaCEDca4hGhkKVYM9CC8lb_ytw

#Rainwater #Milwaukee #WaterCentricCity

The City of Milwaukee Health Department is hiring a Public Health Strategist to focus on Healthy Food Access! This role ...
07/21/2021

The City of Milwaukee Health Department is hiring a Public Health Strategist to focus on Healthy Food Access! This role is so important for the health and sustainability of our communities and we'd love to see some great candidates! Check it out!

#HealthyFoodAccess #Milwaukee #Health

Join the Milwaukee Health Department as the Public Health Strategist – Health Food Access!

With the goal of increasing access to and consumption of healthy food among the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) target audience, the Public Health Strategist works closely with the Milwaukee Food Council’s (MFC’s) Healthy Food Access Coordinator in order to support community-based organizations’ ability to navigate related local government systems and resources. The Public Health Strategist supports nutrition education programming, community gardens and urban agriculture; healthy food retail support in existing and new businesses; City policy, zoning, and practice; Healthy Food financing initiatives; creation of a community commercial kitchen; and resident leadership and engagement.

Apply online at Milwaukee.gov/jobs by August 5, 2021
City of Milwaukee Health Department

Sign up to learn more about the #AmericanRescuePlan and how it will be implemented right here in Milwaukee!
07/19/2021

Sign up to learn more about the #AmericanRescuePlan and how it will be implemented right here in Milwaukee!

It’s not too late to register for TONIGHT’s 5:30 p.m. Milwaukee Recovery and Resilience Plan Community Meeting. Learn more and ask questions about the proposed $93 million allocation of American Rescue Plan funds.

Register for the GoToMeeting in advance here: register.gotowebinar.com/register/2980133224974270992

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently announced $200,000 in investments for Milwaukee area Environmental Jus...
07/19/2021
EPA Announces $400,000 for Milwaukee and Madison to Fund Environmental Justice Initiatives | US EPA

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently announced $200,000 in investments for Milwaukee area Environmental Justice initiatives through funds allocated under the American Rescue Plan (ARP).

In Milwaukee, this will take the shape of outreach and education about indoor air quality through a Healthy People, Homes, and Neighborhood campaign.

#Milwaukee #Climate #EnvironmentalJustice #Equity #ARP #Funding #Environment

EPA News Release: EPA Announces $400,000 for Milwaukee and Madison to Fund Environmental Justice Initiatives

Mayor Tom Barrett recently announced his proposed allocation of the #AmericanRescuePlan Funding and we're so excited to ...
07/16/2021

Mayor Tom Barrett recently announced his proposed allocation of the #AmericanRescuePlan Funding and we're so excited to see it includes...

- $2.7 million to start a Clean Energy Jobs program for youth and adults
- $5 million for residential energy efficiency upgrades
- $2 million for City clean up and beautification programs

Read the full plan here ➡️bit.ly/3wLzT3q

#Environment #ARPFunding #ARP #Milwaukee #Wisconsin

In our community discussions and online survey, residents have asked the City to take action against reckless driving. My allocation of $6 million in federal American Rescue Plan Act funds will improve safety, increase neighborhood quality of life and restore a sense of civility on our roadways.

My other priorities for the first phase of ARPA funds to be deployed in Milwaukee include violence prevention, early childhood programs, street lighting improvements and additional business Restart investments.

More on my Milwaukee Recovery & Resiliency Plan here: bit.ly/3xyMbgy

The City of Milwaukee is proud to be recognized by the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy for our active com...
07/15/2021

The City of Milwaukee is proud to be recognized by the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy for our active commitment to climate action.

Our first badge is the #ClimateMitigation badge, awarded for creating a greenhouse gas emission inventory, setting emissions reduction goals, and developing a mitigation plan.

Milwaukee's commitment connects us to over 10,500 cities and local governments from six continents who have also taken the pledge, representing more than 900 million citizens worldwide.

#Milwaukee #ClimateChange #ClimateMitigation #Environment #Climate #GlobalCovenant

The City of Milwaukee is proud to be recognized by the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy for our active commitment to climate action.

Our first badge is the #ClimateMitigation badge, awarded for creating a greenhouse gas emission inventory, setting emissions reduction goals, and developing a mitigation plan.

Milwaukee's commitment connects us to over 10,500 cities and local governments from six continents who have also taken the pledge, representing more than 900 million citizens worldwide.

#Milwaukee #ClimateChange #ClimateMitigation #Environment #Climate #GlobalCovenant

Join us online to discuss habitat improvement in and along the Milwaukee River! Learn about efforts to improve habitat f...
07/13/2021

Join us online to discuss habitat improvement in and along the Milwaukee River!

Learn about efforts to improve habitat for fish and other wildlife in and along the Milwaukee River near Lincoln Park and Estabrook Park. Join the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District, Milwaukee County Parks, and Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources for a virtual community meeting on July 14 at 5:30 pm.

To sign up for the meeting, visit the Lincoln Park Oxbow and Estabrook Falls Milwaukee River Habitat Enhancement project webpage: https://www.mmsd.com/what-we-do/milwaukee-estuary-aoc/lincoln-park-oxbow-estabrook-falls-habitat-enhancement

Join us online to discuss habitat improvement in and along the Milwaukee River!

Learn about efforts to improve habitat for fish and other wildlife in and along the Milwaukee River near Lincoln Park and Estabrook Park. Join the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District, Milwaukee County Parks, and Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources for a virtual community meeting on July 14 at 5:30 pm.

To sign up for the meeting, visit the Lincoln Park Oxbow and Estabrook Falls Milwaukee River Habitat Enhancement project webpage: https://www.mmsd.com/what-we-do/milwaukee-estuary-aoc/lincoln-park-oxbow-estabrook-falls-habitat-enhancement

Our new Commercial Rainwater Harvesting Guide features case studies of local heroes of sustainable water management, inc...
07/12/2021

Our new Commercial Rainwater Harvesting Guide features case studies of local heroes of sustainable water management, including Cream City Farms!

Nearly 100 volunteers came together to install Cream City Farm's underground cistern that now treats and transports water via a solar-powered pump. The cistern can hold up to 40,000 gallons of water -- that's about the size of two school buses!

Read the full plan at https://city.milwaukee.gov/ImageLibrary/Groups/cityGreenTeam/Stormwater/FinalRainwaterHarvestingGuide-Compressed-compressed.pdf?fbclid=IwAR3kKq0pGzNJk_fDDhZ0FXFmA3GIXuTsHcaCEDca4hGhkKVYM9CC8lb_ytw

#Milwaukee #WaterCentricCity #CommercialRainwater #RainwaterReuse #Rain

Our new Commercial Rainwater Harvesting Guide features case studies of local heroes of sustainable water management, including Cream City Farms!

Nearly 100 volunteers came together to install Cream City Farm's underground cistern that now treats and transports water via a solar-powered pump. The cistern can hold up to 40,000 gallons of water -- that's about the size of two school buses!

Read the full plan at https://city.milwaukee.gov/ImageLibrary/Groups/cityGreenTeam/Stormwater/FinalRainwaterHarvestingGuide-Compressed-compressed.pdf?fbclid=IwAR3kKq0pGzNJk_fDDhZ0FXFmA3GIXuTsHcaCEDca4hGhkKVYM9CC8lb_ytw

#Milwaukee #WaterCentricCity #CommercialRainwater #RainwaterReuse #Rain

It's great to see EPA Administrator Michael Regan visiting Milwaukee to discuss the Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework ...
07/09/2021

It's great to see EPA Administrator Michael Regan visiting Milwaukee to discuss the Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework -- a much needed boost for our environment and local green jobs!

#WaterCentricCity #AmericasFreshcoast #Milwaukee #Water #Environment

Last month, representatives from the City of Milwaukee's solar program, Milwaukee Shines, The Midwest Renewable Energy A...
07/08/2021
Solar Permitting and Inspection in the City of Milwaukee

Last month, representatives from the City of Milwaukee's solar program, Milwaukee Shines, The Midwest Renewable Energy Association, Milwaukee's Historic Preservation Commission, and DNS Milwaukee got together to talk about requirements for Milwaukee residential and commercial solar permits and contractor required documents.

If you're interested in installing solar on your home or business (or if you work in solar!), check out this recording to learn more about what it takes to get your system ready to go!

#Solar #Milwaukee #MilwaukeeShines #SolarPower #Permits #RenewableEnergy

Join the City of Milwaukee's solar program, Milwaukee Shines, the Midwest Renewable Energy Association, Milwaukee's Historic Preservation Commission staff an...

We're proud to be a member of the Waterway Restoration Partnership , a group of long-standing, trusted partners in the 4...
07/07/2021

We're proud to be a member of the Waterway Restoration Partnership , a group of long-standing, trusted partners in the 414 community with one goal in mind: to improve the water quality in our communities!

#RestoreMKEWaterways #Milwaukee #AOC #Water #Rivers #MilwaukeeRIver #AreaofConcern

We're proud to be a member of the Waterway Restoration Partnership , a group of long-standing, trusted partners in the 414 community with one goal in mind: to improve the water quality in our communities!

#RestoreMKEWaterways #Milwaukee #AOC #Water #Rivers #MilwaukeeRIver #AreaofConcern

ECO is excited to announce the new City of Milwaukee Commercial Rainwater Harvesting Guide! An excess of rainwater can b...
07/06/2021

ECO is excited to announce the new City of Milwaukee Commercial Rainwater Harvesting Guide!

An excess of rainwater can be damaging to our communities and our environment, but by harvesting rainwater to reuse on your commercial property, you can reduce your organization's ecological footprint and lighten the load on our stormwater infrastructure.

Click here to read the full guide:https://city.milwaukee.gov/ImageLibrary/Groups/cityGreenTeam/Stormwater/FinalRainwaterHarvestingGuide-Compressed-compressed.pdf

#Milwaukee #CommercialRainwater #RainwaterHarvesting #WaterCentricCity #Rain

ECO is excited to announce the new City of Milwaukee Commercial Rainwater Harvesting Guide!

An excess of rainwater can be damaging to our communities and our environment, but by harvesting rainwater to reuse on your commercial property, you can reduce your organization's ecological footprint and lighten the load on our stormwater infrastructure.

Click here to read the full guide:https://city.milwaukee.gov/ImageLibrary/Groups/cityGreenTeam/Stormwater/FinalRainwaterHarvestingGuide-Compressed-compressed.pdf

#Milwaukee #CommercialRainwater #RainwaterHarvesting #WaterCentricCity #Rain

Happy Fourth of July from ECO! We hope you're getting outside, enjoying this summer weather, and having fun with your fr...
07/04/2021

Happy Fourth of July from ECO! We hope you're getting outside, enjoying this summer weather, and having fun with your friends and family!

#FourthofJuly #IndependenceDay #Milwaukee #Wisconsin

Happy Fourth of July from ECO! We hope you're getting outside, enjoying this summer weather, and having fun with your friends and family!

#FourthofJuly #IndependenceDay #Milwaukee #Wisconsin

The Annual Green and Healthy Schools Conference is back for its fifth year, hosted outdoors at Fondy Park for the first ...
06/29/2021

The Annual Green and Healthy Schools Conference is back for its fifth year, hosted outdoors at Fondy Park for the first time ever! Sign up and join community partners on August 6th to learn all about green schools and how to support them!

Register at: www.gscm.refloh2o.com/2021-green-schools-conference

Hosted by the @Green Schools Consortium of Milwaukee - GSCM and Reflo - Sustainable Water Solutions

#GreenSchools #GreenandHealthySchools #Milwaukee #Education #Conference

The Fourth of July is right around the corner and, for many of us, that means cookouts and fun in the sun! But all those...
06/25/2021

The Fourth of July is right around the corner and, for many of us, that means cookouts and fun in the sun! But all those parties tend to come with a lot of waste -- but there's a greener way!

We created the Milwaukee #GreenEventsGuide to help you make the most sustainable choices for your function.

Check out the guide at bit.ly/GreenEventsMKE

#GreenEvents #FourthofJuly #Milwaukee #Events

The Fourth of July is right around the corner and, for many of us, that means cookouts and fun in the sun! But all those parties tend to come with a lot of waste -- but there's a greener way!

We created the Milwaukee #GreenEventsGuide to help you make the most sustainable choices for your function.

Check out the guide at bit.ly/GreenEventsMKE

#GreenEvents #FourthofJuly #Milwaukee #Events

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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.

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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 .
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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?