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SXSW Eco Challenge 

HOME GR/OWN Wins SXSW Eco Places by Design Contest

HOME GR/OWN's Partners for Places project was recently named a WINNER of the SXSW Eco International Places by Design contest in the Urban Strategies category!

Me2 PACE Financing 

Me2 Commercial PACE: Clean Energy Financing

Me2 Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Financing helps commercial property owners affordably finance building upgrades like heating and cooling systems, lighting, controls, and solar.

Milwaukee Shines runs Solar East Side group buy 

Solar East Side

Milwaukee Shines runs solar group buy program on the East Side

Summer 2015 Newsletter 

OES News & Events

Summer 2015 articles include: Partners for Places & HOME GR/OWN, Solar East Side Brings Neighbors Together to Invest in Solar, OES's 1st Ever Water Education Day, Cream City Farms and more.


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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The City is creating public/private partnerships that are transforming neighborhoods by re-purposing vacant lots into community assets that spark new economic opportunities around local, healthy food production and placemaking.



Contact Us

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

414-286-CITY (2489)



Sustainability Director

Erick Shambarger


Phone: 414-286-8317