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City Releases Water Management Report

The City of Milwaukee released its inaugural Sustainable Municipal Water Management Report, outlining progress that has been made in protecting Milwaukee's waterways. View Full Report Here


NRDC Highlights Milwaukee's Progress

The National Resource Defense Council (NRDC) highlighted how Milwaukee is bringing residents closer to nature in their latest national OnEarth magazine. Read the full article HERE.



ReFresh Milwaukee 

Summer 2014 OES Newsletter

Get the latest updates on Milwaukee's sustainability initiatives. CLICK HERE to read the Milwaukee Office of Environmental Sustainability Summer 2014 Newsletter.



Energy Engagement 

We Energies Proposes Rate Changes

We Energies has proposed changing customer electricity rates for 2015-2016. These changes could impact all residents' energy bills and introduce charges and limitations on clean energy system owners. CLICK HERE for info. 



Welcome to the Office of Environmental Sustainability

The City of Milwaukee Office of Environmental Sustainability (OES) was created by Mayor Tom Barrett to enhance Milwaukee's sustainability and position the city as a national leader in sustainability performance. OES has helped thousands of homeowners and hundreds of businesses and organizations achieve their sustainability goals while reducing emissions, waste and resource inefficiencies. As a result of OES's strategic investments in the community, $30 million of economic activity has been stimulated since 2010.

Check out our programs below and see how we are ReFreshing Milwaukee every day!

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About Us

OES promotes cost-effective sustainability practices that meet Milwaukee’s urgent environmental, economic and social needs while enhancing long-term economic development, thus, improving the environment and livability of Milwaukee for all its citizens.

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ReFresh Milwaukee

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

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OES provides resources for home owners in the City of Milwaukee. Learn how lower your bills. Connect with resources to help you live more sustainably in your neighborhood.

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OES offers solutions to help Milwaukee businesses be more competitive by lowering costs and saving energy, reducing waste and other inefficiencies.


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City Operations

The OES team works with City departments and the Common Council to reduce energy and resource consumption in order to save taxpayer money.

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Residents are transforming neighborhoods by re-purposing foreclosed properties into community assets that spark new economic opportunities around local, healthy food production and distribution.



Contact Us

200 E. Wells Street, Rm 603
Milwaukee, WI 53202  

414-286-CITY (2489)



Sustainability Director

Matthew Howard


Phone: 414-286-8317