City of Milwaukee: Environmental Collaboration Office

The Environmental Collaboration Office, or ECO, 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.
ECO supports a number of important programs including:


ReFresh Milwaukee

ReFresh Milwaukee is the official Sustainability Plan for the City of Milwaukee. It provides a vision for community sustainability over the next 10 years and seeks to make Milwaukee a world class eco-city and the Fresh Coast Capital of North America.

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Milwaukee Shines

Step-by-Step Process Guide for getting solar for your home or business in Milwaukee.

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The Water Centric City Initiative

Showcases Global Leadership In Managing Our Water Resources In A Sustainable and Resilient Way

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HOME GR/OWN Milwaukee is an initiative of Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, led by the City's Environmental Collaboration Office (ECO).

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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!

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Better Buildings Challenge

The Better Buildings Challenge - Milwaukee (BBC-MKE) is a comprehensive energy efficiency program that provides all of the tools and resources that building owners and property managers need to effectively develop and implement energy efficiency projects in their buildings.

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ME3 helps manufacturers cut operating expenses while at the same time helping to minimize negative environmental impacts of their manufacturing processes and practices.

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200 E. Wells Street, Rm 603
Milwaukee, WI 53211
July 5, 2017
The ECO toolkit is a comprehensive guide on how to make your home, business, and neighborhood environmentally friendly and sustainable.  Just click the link below to access the toolkit
June 19, 2017
In late May, I sat down with Erick Shambarger, the Director of Environmental Sustainability for the City of Milwaukee’s Environmental Collaboration Office (ECO), to discuss the City’s ongoing effort to make MKE a world class Eco City.
Mayors in Support of Paris
June 5, 2017
(at the bottom of the article is a link where you can sign in support) Thursday, June 1st 2017 The President’s denial of global warming is getting a cold reception from America’s cities.
May 18, 2017
Donating is an easy way to put your unwanted items to GOOD use! Master list of donation/recycling opportunities in Milwaukee.        
May 9, 2017
Water as a risk needs to be understood and managed to ensure the security of people’s habitats and livelihoods. Historical development pathways are often not appropriate for planning future urban water systems, considering the uncertainties of climate change and rapid population growth.
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