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Welcome to the Environmental Collaboration Office (ECO)!

The Environmental Collaboration Office (ECO), formerly known as the Office of Environmental Sustainability, 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 eco-systems that are integral to our long-term prosperity.  ECO collaborates with the community, develops global partnerships, and implements award-winning programs and the City’s Refresh Milwaukee sustainability plan.

ReFresh Milwaukee provides a vision for community sustainability over the next 10 years with wide-ranging goals and targets to be met.


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.



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


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 high 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, controls, renewable energy and water efficienty upgrades.  Payments are collected through a voluntary municipal special charge that is  paid back through the property tax system and is attached to the property, not the owner.




Sustainability Director

Erick Shambarger

200 E. Wells Street, Rm 603

Milwaukee, WI 53202



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