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Join ECO's Erick Shambarger for Marquette University's Lunch Discussion Series on the Impact of Climate Change on March ...
03/08/2021
Lunch Discussions on the Impact of Climate Change

Join ECO's Erick Shambarger for Marquette University's Lunch Discussion Series on the Impact of Climate Change on March 26th!

#Sustainability #Milwaukee #ClimateChange

The Sustainable Marquette ERG is hosting a Virtual Lunch & Learn series with MU Faculty and Alumni.

"The estuary — the area in which the Milwaukee, Menomonee and Kinnickinnic Rivers meet Lake Michigan — is still one of t...
03/05/2021
$400 Million Project To Clean Up The Milwaukee River Estuary In Motion

"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)► Fron...
03/04/2021
Covid-19 Vaccine

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...
03/03/2021
Clement Avenue Completes Its Green Playground Renovation : The Bay View Compass

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.

#GreenSchoolyards #GreenInfrastructure

Congratulations to ECO's very own Dynasty Ceasar for winning a Rising Star Award at last week's African American Environ...
03/02/2021

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

DPW Milwaukee's 10th Annual Compost Bin sale is now live! Orders must be placed by March 12th and picked up on Saturday,...
02/25/2021

DPW Milwaukee's 10th Annual Compost Bin sale is now live! Orders must be placed by March 12th and picked up on Saturday, May 8th from 9 AM to 2 PM at Keep Greater Milwaukee Beautiful (KGMB).
👉Learn more here: https://city.milwaukee.gov/.../Compost-Bin-and-Rain...
👉Place an order here: https://www.recyclingconnections.org/milwaukee

Looking forward to spring? We are too! What better way to get in the warm weather mood than to order a compost bin for your backyard?

DPW Milwaukee's 10th Annual Compost Bin sale is now live! Orders must be placed by March 12th and picked up on Saturday, May 8th from 9 AM to 2 PM at Keep Greater Milwaukee Beautiful (KGMB).

👉Learn more here: https://city.milwaukee.gov/sanitation/Yard-Food-Waste/Compost-Bin-and-Rain-Barrel-Sale

👉Place an order here: https://www.recyclingconnections.org/milwaukee

This spring, the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks is launching the Wisconsin Friends Explore Challenge to encourage peop...
02/24/2021
New Wisconsin state parks challenge rewards participants for hiking, camping, paddling and more

This spring, the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks is launching the Wisconsin Friends Explore Challenge to encourage people to explore the state's parks in new ways!

Grab your family, get outside, and go! To participate in this fun outdoor scavenger hunt, people can visit wisconsinfriendsexplore.org. We love it!

#Wisconsin #StateParks #Hiking #Outdoors #Parks

Challenges include everything from hiking every trail in one park to taking selfies at six scenic overlooks.

An investment in green space is an investment in our communities, in our children, and in our futures. From rain gardens...
02/23/2021
Green infrastructure soaks up rainwater, reduces pollution and helps redevelopment. More Milwaukee-area projects are coming.

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 ...
02/22/2021

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.

Learn more and apply by March 4th at: www.MilwaukeeEstuaryAOC.com/news/cac-recruitment
#Community #AOC #MilwaukeeEstuary #Cleanup

"Take a grand old city library with a domed exterior and palatial marble rotunda inside. In the mid-1950’s, expand the l...
02/19/2021
Milwaukee’s Main Library Greens Up the Rust Belt

"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.

#Sustainability #Libraries #GreenLibrary #Milwaukee

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...
02/18/2021
CALL/WALKS: Building on Water — City as Living Laboratory (CALL)

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...
02/10/2021

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!

Register for the event here: https://forms.gle/fwhNnPKDW3YMft9t7

Local governments across the country are looking for the next generation of local leaders! If you're between the ages of...
02/09/2021

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!

Learn more at http://milwaukee.gov/EarnandLearn/syip

Our friends at Reflo - Sustainable Water Solutions need help locating photos or video from the giant storm of July 22, 2...
02/08/2021

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.

Milwaukee's African American Environmental Pioneer Awards celebrate the local leaders doing groundbreaking, imperative w...
02/05/2021
Second Annual African American Environmental Pioneers Awards

Milwaukee's African American Environmental Pioneer Awards celebrate the local leaders doing groundbreaking, imperative work to heal our environment and our communities.

This year's awards feature ECO's very own HOME GROWN Milwaukee coordinator, Dynasty Ceasar as a Rising Star! Great work and congratulations Dynasty! 🎉🎉🎉

Click the link below to register for the virtual event!

#BlackHistoryMonth #Milwaukee #EnvironmentalPioneers

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....

Do you have questions about the COVID-19 vaccine? Check out healthymke.com to learn how the vaccine works, City-wide dis...
02/04/2021
COVID-19 Vaccination Enrollment in Milwaukee County

Do you have questions about the COVID-19 vaccine? Check out healthymke.com to learn how the vaccine works, City-wide distribution phases, and much more!

#COVID19 #Milwaukee #Vaccination

Get full details related to the COVID-19 vaccination enrollment, Phases, Centers, and other FAQs in Milwaukee, find long term care facilities for unaffiliated health workers.

Check out this great spotlight on our friends over at Walnut Way Conservation Corp! 👏👏👏
02/04/2021
Nonprofit spotlight: Walnut Way Conservation Corp.

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...

02/03/2021
Plastic Free MKE

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.

Learn more and follow the Hold On To Your Butt MKE campaign here: https://www.facebook.com/HoldOnToYourButtMKE/

02/02/2021
Milwaukee County Zoo

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!

#GroundhogsDay #ClimateChange #Milwaukee

Groundhog Day Ceremony 2021

Milwaukee is lucky to be located on Lake Michigan's shore but we're also incredibly fortunate to have the University of ...
02/01/2021
Stressors on Lake Michigan flow mostly from human activity

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!

#LakeMichigan #WaterCentricCity #Milwaukee #Freshcoast

In this Q&A, a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Freshwater Sciences talks about threats that lurk in the lake.

Do you have questions about the COVID-19 vaccine? Learn the facts and #CRUSHCOVIDMKE.You can find more information, incl...
01/29/2021

Do you have questions about the COVID-19 vaccine? Learn the facts and #CRUSHCOVIDMKE.

You can find more information, including frequently asked questions, at milwaukee.gov/covidvax.

"The bottom line is when this effort is completed Milwaukee will be seen as a nationwide community leader in water devel...
01/28/2021
Milwaukee's extended harbor area is getting a $400 million cleanup. That means more fishing, wildlife -- and development.

"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 ...
01/27/2021
Environmentalists warn of affect road salt has on area waterways

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 ind...
01/25/2021

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.

ICYMI: The City of Milwaukee is a Water Centric City and now we're one step closer to proving it! The $29.3 million, six...
01/21/2021
A $29 million, six-year cleanup for Milwaukee's harbor and 3 area rivers is taking another step forward

ICYMI: The City of Milwaukee is a Water Centric City and now we're one step closer to proving it!

The $29.3 million, six-year cleanup plan for Milwaukee's Estuary Area of Concern is bringing us closer and closer to our dream of fishable, swimmable rivers for our communities.

#AOC #MilwaukeeRiver #Cleanup #Water #WaterCentricCity

The Milwaukee estuary cleanup, first announced a year ago, would be funded mainly by federal taxpayers through the Environmental Protection Agency.

The Climate Mayors applaud and endorse President Joe Biden's decision to rejoin the #ParisAgreement. With the stakes so ...
01/20/2021
Climate Mayors Statement on President Biden's Executive Order to Rejoin Paris Agreement - Climate Mayors

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.

#Milwaukee #ClimateMayors

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, pr...
01/18/2021

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.

Join us on January 18th at 2pm for this event!

01/14/2021
Mayor Tom Barrett

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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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.

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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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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?