"The estuary — the area in which the Milwaukee, Menomonee and Kinnickinnic Rivers meet Lake Michigan — is still one of the most environmentally degraded sites on the Great Lakes due to contamination caused by decades of industrial waste.
But change is coming. Years of planning has led to a massive $400 million cleanup project."
#MilwaukeeAOC #MilwaukeeEstuary #RiverCleanup
Milwaukee’s rivers have slowly been revitalized through a variety of cleanup projects in recent years. But, the estuary — the area in which the Milwaukee,
The City of Milwaukee is currently vaccinating the following groups...
► Education and child care (PRIORITY STATUS)
► Frontline health care personnel
► Residents and staff in skilled nursing and long-term care facilities
► Police and fire personnel, correctional staff
► Adults ages 65 years and over who are residents of or employed by the City of Milwaukee
► Individuals in need of a 2nd dose who received their 1st dose at the WI Center
If you qualify, check out the link below to schedule your vaccination appointment.
#Milwaukee #COVID19 #Vaccine #COVIDvaccine
Availability controls when the Milwaukee Health Department will be able to offer vaccine appointments and how many appointments are offered. This is based on how much vaccine is given to the health department from the State of Wisconsin Department of Health Services.
Another green schoolyard on the books! Great work to our partners at Green Schools Consortium of Milwaukee - GSCM!
Reflo - Sustainable Water Solutions, DPW Milwaukee, Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District - MMSD, Fund for Lake Michigan, U.S. EPA Region 5 (Great Lakes Region), Milwaukee Public Schools, Milwaukee Public Schools Foundation, Inc.
Congratulations to ECO's very own Dynasty Ceasar for winning a Rising Star Award at last week's African American Environmental Pioneer Awards!
Dynasty Ceasar is the Environmental Program Coordinator for the Milwaukee Environmental Collaboration Office - ECO. In coordinating the HOME GR/OWN program, she implements useful and equitable pocket parks and beautification projects by building strong relationships with community. #BlackHistoryMonth #HistoryInTheMaking #MKEenvironmentalleaders #BlackExcellence
An investment in green space is an investment in our communities, in our children, and in our futures.
From rain gardens and green roofs, to Milwaukee's new comprehensive Green Infrastructure Plan, read all about the commitment we and our partners have taken to add quality natural spaces to our City and manage stormwater where it falls.
Big shout out to some of our community partners! Mayor Tom Barrett, Milwaukee Common Council, DPW Milwaukee, Milwaukee Public Schools, Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District - MMSD, Reflo - Sustainable Water Solutions, Fund for Lake Michigan,
#GreenInfrastructure #Milwaukee #GreenSpace
Green infrastructure is growing throughout the Milwaukee area — including the spring debut of a high-profile project beneath a downtown freeway.
The Milwaukee Estuary AOC Community Advisory Committee (CAC) is now recruiting new members to take part in the historic effort to restore Milwaukee's waterways.
CAC members will represent the community voice by attending technical meetings, community meetings, and public hearings; soliciting feedback from stakeholders; and monitoring and providing input on project plans.
"Take a grand old city library with a domed exterior and palatial marble rotunda inside. In the mid-1950’s, expand the landmark with an addition behind the 1898 building. Then, in 2010, top off the addition’s sturdy roof deck with the icing on the cake: a 33,000-square-foot green roof plus an array of 132 solar panels. Result: a big bang for your energy-savings buck."
Milwaukee Public Library has become a showcase building for green infrastructure but also a generator of about 190,000 kilowatt hours (kWh) per year of solar power.
Take a grand old city library with a domed exterior and palatial marble rotunda inside. In the mid-1950’s, expand the landmark with an addition behind the 1898 building. Then, in 2010, top off the addition’s sturdy roof deck with the icing on the cake: a 33,000-square-foot green roof plus an arr...
Join CALL / City as Living Laboratory THIS Friday at 4pm for a Watermarks MKE Walk “Building on Water” to walk virtually through the Harbor District Milwaukee with Artist Sarah Gail Luther and Historian/Designer Stephen Servais.
Explore the relationships between humans and the land - how culture has shaped the landscape and how the landscape has driven our culture. Register at: https://www.cityaslivinglab.org/events
Join us for our next free CALL/WALK in Milwaukee! Walk virtually through the harbor district with Artist Sarah Gail Luther and Historian/Designer Stephen Servais as they explore the relationships between humans and the land - how culture has shaped the landscape and how the landscape has driven our
Living next to Lake Michigan, we understand the importance of the Great Lakes in our everyday lives whether it's for our local industries, our recreation, or our drinking water. But there’s a world of underwater mysteries and the scientists at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee School of Freshwater Sciences are leading the way to uncover them.
Together with Plastic Free MKE, we’ll explore the dynamic processes in the whole Great Lakes system in relation to plastic pollution!
Local governments across the country are looking for the next generation of local leaders! If you're between the ages of 16 and 19, you can get started with the City of Milwaukee Earn and Learn Summer Youth Internship Program!
Our friends at Reflo - Sustainable Water Solutions need help locating photos or video from the giant storm of July 22, 2010 that devastated so many homes.
If you have anything to share, please contact [email protected] with your photos or videos of flooding, storm damage, wet basements, or the intense rain from that storm!
Remember the monster storm of July 22, 2010?
Reflo - Sustainable Water Solutions is creating a short film about local climate change impacts including this storm and we are inviting anyone with photos or video to reach out. Please contact [email protected] with your photos or videos of flooding, storm damage, wet basements, or the intense rain from that storm. We'd like to share your story as part of the larger narrative about how climate change amplifies intense precipitation and what that means for the people of Milwaukee.
The African American Environmental Pioneer Awards will be Monday, Feb. 22, at 6:30 p.m. It's our second annual event to honor those in Milwaukee's African American community working for a better environment. We are planning an exciting and memorable event to honor the work of these African American....
Check out this great spotlight on our friends over at Walnut Way Conservation Corp! 👏👏👏
Last updated on January 29th, 2021 at 11:05 am2240 N. 17th St., Milwaukee (414) 264-2326 | walnutway.org Facebook: Walnut Way or @walnut.way | Instagram: @walnutway Twitter: @walnut_way Year founded: 2000 Mission statement: Our mission is to sustain transformation of economically diverse and abundan...
The City of Milwaukee Tobacco-Free Alliance's Hold On To Your Butt MKE campaign helps reduce cigarette butts and other to***co-related plastic pollution from entering our shared waterways.
Check out last week's webinar featuring campaign leader Michael Gonzalez Jr. and our friends at Plastic Free MKE.
#pollution #water #ci******es #to***co
Did you know the most common form of plastic litter is cigarette butts and other smoking-related garbage?
In this webinar Hold On To Your Butt MKE campaign leader Michael Gonzalez Jr. shares how the initiative supports smoking-related litter prevention, leads clean-ups, and collaborates with events to create smoke-free spaces. He highlights actions you can take in your neighborhood for cleaner sidewalks, parks, air, and water.
Little known Groundhogs Day fact: not only can they predict the changing of the seasons but they also make excellent long term meteorological forecasts.
We checked in with Gordy and he suggested everyone read Milwaukee.gov/climate to learn about climate change and why it matters. And then hop on over to Milwaukee.gov/climateplan to learn how the City and County are collaborating to fight back!
Milwaukee is lucky to be located on Lake Michigan's shore but we're also incredibly fortunate to have the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee School of Freshwater Sciences to teach us all about it! Check out this great Q&A with assistant professor Ryan Newton!
"The bottom line is when this effort is completed Milwaukee will be seen as a nationwide community leader in water development and water leadership." - Adam Tindall-Schlicht, Director of the Port of Milwaukee
From wetlands restoration and fish passages to a $360 million dredging and storage facility for contaminated sediment, Milwaukee is getting closer and closer to the fishable, swimmable waters we always dreamed of.
#WaterCentricCity #Milwaukee #AOC
A much cleaner estuary will help fuel the ongoing momentum for new housing, offices and other developments in Milwaukee's Harbor District.
Every year, road salt poses a conflict between public safety and the environment. But Milwaukee Riverkeeper has tips on how to use salt responsibly! Check them out before it snows again! #WinterinWisconsin
It's a challenge between public safety and the environment.
The City of Milwaukee has launched a new online source for COVID-19 information: healthymke.com.
Starting TODAY, all individuals 65 and over in Milwaukee County are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Residents can sign up on the website now to be alerted by text and email when the vaccinator tool is ready with information on available vaccine providers.
The Climate Mayors applaud and endorse President Joe Biden's decision to rejoin the #ParisAgreement. With the stakes so high, we are eager to collaborate with an Administration committed to urgent, bold #climateaction at the national and international levels.
JANUARY 20, 2021 — Today, Climate Mayors, a bipartisan network of over 470 U.S. mayors working to combat climate change through meaningful actions in their communities, issued the following statement …
Join the Milwaukee Public Library this afternoon at 2pm for a Martin Luther King Jr. Day conversation about the past, present and future of the Civil Rights Movement in America!
The 2021 MLK Day: Dr. King’s Legacy and Our Future features guest speakers, Daphne Barbee-Wooten, a civil rights attorney in Honolulu and daughter of civil rights leader Lloyd Barbee, and educator Terrence Roberts, one of the Little Rock Nine.
#MLKDay2021 #MLKDay #Milwaukee
Engage in a conversation about the past, present and future of the Civil Rights Movement in America in our 2021 MLK Day: Dr. King’s Legacy and Our Future presentation. Guest speakers include Daphne Barbee-Wooten, a civil rights attorney in Honolulu and daughter of civil rights leader Lloyd Barbee, and educator Terrence Roberts, one of the Little Rock Nine. Moderated by Michelle London of Spectrum News.
In case you missed it, check out the latest Milwaukee #COVID19 health briefing where Mayor Tom Barrett, County Executive David Crowley, and representatives from the City of Milwaukee Health Department answered user-submitted questions about COVID testing, vaccinations, and other safety information!
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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!
Drone footage from today’s ECO #pumpkinpatch 🎃 giveaway at Fondy Farmers Market #FondyPark. #mke #pocketpark #placemaking
ECO backs the Brewers and Brent Suter backs us!
Brent Suter of Milwaukee Brewers backs ECO
Brewers pitcher Brent Suter teams up with ECO
.Milwaukee Public Library Center St. Library #solar install today, thanks to ECO Milwaukee Shines, MPL & Eagle Point Solar!
Last week, we did Tippecanoe Library.
Next week, more panels at Central Library.
#SolarPoweredLibraries #MKE #CityofMilwaukee #Milwaukee #solarpowered #solarenergy #cleanenergy fighting #climatechange
Fly over the new #solar system being installed at #MKE’s Tippecanoe Library this week! Next up, Center St. Library, then adding more panels to the existing #solarpower system at Central Library downtown - an ECO Milwaukee Shines project with Milwaukee Public Library 📚.
Thanks to Armando de la Torre and Milwaukee Riverkeeper, here is video of a beaver living in the Menomonee Valley Three Bridges Park! #biophiliccity #mke
We have beavers living in the middle of #Milwaukee!
Pave Paradise? No way! Mayor Barrett announced the City's new Green Infrastructure Plan today that requires green infrastructure on all large development projects plus new funding to green up parking lots and MPS schoolyards. This new green parking lot at Brothers Business Interiors demonstrates green infrastructure is good for the environment and good for business. Read more at:https://city.milwaukee.gov/ImageLibrary/WCC/Images/Banners/GREENINFRASTRUCTUREPLANFINALforWEB.pdf
Thanks Milwaukee Public Schools, Fresh Coast Guardians, Brothers Business Interiors
The east side of Wisconsin, including Milwaukee, may get hammered again with rain again tonight. #givethelakeabreak and please restrict non-essential uses of water (like laundry) tonight and tomorrow to help the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District - MMSD catch up on processing and cleaning all this rain water.
Why is this important? Many parts of SE WI have “combined sewer”, where rainfall enters the sewer system and has to be processed. Heavy rains like recent ones, especially north of MKE, can overwhelm the sewer system, reaulting in overflows. Thanks WISN 12 NEWS for the radar video.
And it collects 70,000 gallons of rain water on-site during a ⛈, helping keep #LakeMichigan and our rivers clean.ECO’s #fondypark18
Happy New Years from ECO!!!!
#cleanercars. Standing up for clean car standards
President Obama at North American Climate summit
President Obama address to Climate summit
Cities4Energy session at North American Climate Summit
Clean, renewable energy at State Fair Park TrainFest!
Wonder what it's like to ride a streetcar? Here is a short video of riding Toronto's streetcar.
Like that we built the US's 3rd urban #wind turbine? Please follow us & like us on Facebook & Twitter to learn more about ECO's #cleanenergy, #energyefficiency & #solar programs! Thanks!
As a 2017 expansion of ECO's #northave17 Greenscaping project, we are building an expansive ecopark next to Fondy Market.
Fly over #fondypark17 to see our progress as of today: stormwater management Phase 1 features are all in, internal trees planted, hardscape path next week followed by interior planting of 1,500 perennials and seeding, sodding, a LOT of watering, then tables, stage and signage.
Thank you again to our generous funders: Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District - MMSD Greater Milwaukee Foundation Fund for Lake Michigan DPW Milwaukee David J. Frank Landscape Contracting, Inc. Zilber Neighborhood Initiative Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) Archdiocese of Milwaukee Greater Milwaukee Synod & donors to HOME GR/OWN
Just a few of the 3,000 folks who rallied at March for Science Milwaukee today for #earthday #earthdaymke. A big crowd at River Cleanup and Rock the Green event too
White cap waves....on the Milwaukee River??? With the strong winds today, it appears the surface water is heading upstream, not downstream.
Maybe we can find out how this happens talking to the experts at ECO's #waterweekmke17 events March 20-24!
This Monday, Feb 27, marks the 5 year anniversary of ECO's wind turbine installation!
It is located on the south side of the Hoan Bridge and powers the Port of Milwaukee administration building. The above average wind speeds near the lake provide a consistent, free energy source.
5 years of clean, very reliable power and a symbol of Mayor Barrett's commitment to renewable energy, sustainability and fighting climate threats.
Aerial view of the ECO HOME GROWN Milwaukee Outpost Natural Foods Co-op 350 pumpkin giveaway on North Avenue in #LindsayHeights yesterday at HG's 2015 Sunshine Park.
Our Energizer Bunny.. it just keeps going & going...Many folks are unaware that ECO built the wind turbine you see on the south side of the Hoan Bridge. It started operation in 2012 and there have been very, very few days when it's not spinning - day or night. It powers the City's Port Administration Building.
ECO's Better Buildings Challenge event
What does a sustainable rock concert look like 1/2 hr before the doors open? City of Milwaukee Health Department ECO and DPW Milwaukee proud sponsors of 2016 Rock the Green!
In 2006, Mayor Tom Barrett created the Environmental Collaboration Office, or ECO, as a division of the Department of Administration to protect and enhance our shared ecology, economy, and community life in Milwaukee. Originally called the Office of Environmental Sustainability, ECO’s mission was guided by the recommendations of representatives from City government, non-profit organizations, utilities, universities, and local businesses.
In December 2013, the City of Milwaukee adopted ReFresh Milwaukee as the official Sustainability Plan for the City. The plan aims to implement sustainable projects and encourage citizens and businesses to engage in solutions that are economically, environmentally, and socially smart for our community.
The Environmental Collaboration Office strives to make Milwaukee a world class eco-city. ECO develops practical solutions that improve people’s lives and the economy while working to protect and restore the natural ecosystems that support our long-term prosperity. We collaborate with the community, develop global partnerships, offer award-winning programs, and implement the City’s Refresh Milwaukee sustainability plan.
Milwaukee Shines is Milwaukee's solar energy program. Milwaukee Shines provides information for home and business owners, resources for solar industry professionals, runs solar group buy programs in the City and partners with Summit Credit Union to offer solar loans up to $20,000.
The Water Centric City Initiative showcases Milwaukee's global leadership in managing our natural water resources in a sustainable and resilient way. The initiative advances seven principles through innovation, collaboration, and education.
HOME GR/OWN transforms neighborhoods by converting vacant lots into pocket parks, orchards, and gardens that create jobs, revitalize neighborhoods and increase access to healthy, local food, promoting neighborhood cohesion and placemaking.
Me2 provides affordable financing up to $15,000 for energy saving improvements like new insulation, furnaces, boilers, hot water heaters, air conditioners, and now, windows! With Me2 financing through our partner, Summit Credit Union, you can redirect some of the money you spend on energy bills into home improvements that will keep you and your family comfortable year round.
Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing helps commercial property owners affordably finance building upgrades like heating and cooling systems, lighting, renewable energy and water efficiency. Payments are collected through a voluntary municipal special charge attached to the property, not the owner.
Milwaukee is working to cut energy use 20% over a decade in municipal buildings and participating commercial buildings. The expanded Better Buildings Challenge provides comprehensive energy efficiency services to commercial building owners.
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 .
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?