MAYOR BARRET LAUNCHES NEW SUSTAINABILITY INITIATIVE.
On July 16, Mayor Barrett launched Milwaukee's first Sustainability Plan. ReFresh Milwaukee is a citywide strategic plan to develop a sound environmental, economic and social sustainable future for the community.
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.
Read the full plan at www.ReFreshMKE.com.
MILWAUKEE'S WATER DEPARTMENT PARTNERS TO HELP RESIDENTS SAVE WATER AND MONEY
On Oct 9, Milwaukee Water Works announced a unique partnership with H2Oscore to provide water usage data to help consumers understand and control their water use and costs. H2Oscore uses electronic dashboards to connect consumers to their water use and provide incentives to reduce use. READ THE FULL ANNOUNCEMENT HERE.
MAYOR BARRET JOINS CITY LEADERS NATIONWIDE IN PLEDGE TO CREATE MORE RESILIENT CITIES: On June 17, Mayor Barrett joined 45 mayors & county leaders from around the nation in a pledge to create more resilient cities. This national campaign, coordinated by ICLEI, highlights the City of Milwaukee’s leadership and commitment in response to growing extreme weather and energy challenges. READ THE FULL ANNOUNCEMENT HERE.
Me2 IS HELPING RE-BUILD MILWAUKEE FROM THE INSIDE OUT: Milwaukee’s energy efficiency program, Me2, is helping residents to make their homes more energy efficient and reduce their energy bills. Take advantage of this program for your home – with incentives and financing . Click HERE for details.
ME3 IS ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS: Milwaukee manufacturers can get help in cutting costs through the ME3 program, a non-cost sustainable manufacturing program to help manufacturers cut costs while at the same time helping to minimize negative environmental impacts of their manufacturing processes and practices. ME3 is accepting applications for a limited time. Click HERE for details.
MILWAUKEE GETS A NEW OPTION FOR CAR-SHARING: Milwaukee has announced a new car sharing partnership with Zipcar: available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for residents ages 21 and older. Milwaukee residents can join Zipcar at www.zipcar.com/milwaukee .
MILWAUKEE NAMED A PARTNER CITY TO CREATE RESILIENT STORMWATER INITIATIVES: RE.invest Initiative selected 8 partner cities across the country to help develop resilient urban stormwater infrastructure systems. It's a two-year program, and will help Milwaukee rethink the way we design, plan, implement and finance urban infrastructure.
About Our Office
The City of Milwaukee Office of Environmental Sustainability was created by Mayor Tom Barrett to position Milwaukee as a leader in environmental sustainability and performance in the 21st century. The office was created through community support received by the Milwaukee Green Team, a group commissioned by Mayor Barrett in 2004.
OES promotes cost-effective environmental sustainability practices that meet Milwaukee’s urgent environmental, economic and social needs while enhancing long-term economic growth, thus, improving the environment and livability of Milwaukee for all its citizens. For instance, the OES team works with other City departments, the Common Council, area businesses, and academic, community, and workforce organizations, to save taxpayer dollars by reducing energy bills in city buildings and in homes and businesses. OES also promotes cost-effective green infrastructure solutions to the city's storm water management challenges.
Our Goal: We will also help create and promote a citywide strategic vision
for making Milwaukee a more economic, environmental and
socially sustainable place to call home.
The City of Milwaukee is doing great things to not only ensure future generations can enjoy our parks and natural resources, but also to improve city government resource efficiency. To learn more about the Office of Environmental Sustainability and how the City of Milwaukee is being more resource efficient or programs that help residents and businesses save money e-mail us at
email@example.com.Since 2006, OES has successfully attracted more than $20 million in grant funding to Milwaukee to help create an environmentally and economically sustainable community.
What We Do
The Office of Environmental Sustainability is solely grant funded, and works on a number of initiatives that will help the city government and the community at large become both environmentally and economically sustainable. Projects and goals include:
OES provides funding and support to City departments to help reduce energy use, and helps track and monitor its reduction goals. Through projects such as lighting retrofits and energy efficiency upgrades, this energy reduction will save hundreds of thousands of dollars for City departments, and savings for the City budget.
OES manages the City’s solar program, which works to expand solar energy use through a comprehensive, citywide approach. Milwaukee Shines provides funding for city departments, schools, and non-profits to add solar to facilities. The program also helps homes and businesses invest in solar by providing education and training. OES is building a strong local solar manufacturing and installer base. This program, funded through an US Department of Energy Solar America Cities grant, helps create cleaner air for our community reduces energy costs for the City and the community.
OES provides free energy evaluations and low-cost loan options for homeowners and businesses in Milwaukee who would like to make their home more energy efficient. Me2 can help homeowners save on energy bills and upgrade homes with new insulation and other energy saving equipment with limited upfront costs. Me2 takes the guesswork out of making your home more energy efficient. Me2 works to create private-sector 'green job' opportunities in the construction industry.
OES utilizes stimulus dollars to leverage technical assistance to increase the efficiency of small to medium size manufacturers. The ME3 team works with manufacturers to identify cost-effective practices and projects that help firms increase material and resource efficiency, cut energy costs, water use and decrease waste.