City of Milwaukee Sustainability Staff
Matt Howard, Director
Mayor Tom Barrett appointed Matt Howard as the City’s Environmental Sustainability Director in June 2010. Mr. Howard is leading the City's efforts to improve the sustainability of City government operations; promote sustainability as a best practice for area businesses; and work with the community to improve and enhance the City's natural assets and overall livability. Mr. Howard currently oversees a portfolio of programs that has resulted in $134 million in private capital raised or committed; $30 million in economic activity stimulated; an 8:1 return on investment to the tax payer’s dollar; and nearly 1,400 Milwaukee homes and over 180 businesses improved. Prior to joining the City of Milwaukee, Mr. Howard spent 11 years with the U.S. Department of Commerce in Washington, DC working on a variety of national economic issues. Mr. Howard currently serves on the Board of Directors for the UW-Milwaukee Industrial Assessment Center and is a Steering Committee Member of Milwaukee’s Green Corridor. Full Bio
Erick Shambarger, Deputy Director
Erick is the Deputy Director of the City of Milwaukee Office of Environmental Sustainability. Erick oversees the Milwaukee Energy Efficiency (Me2) program and the Milwaukee Better Buildings Challenge, chairs the City’s Energy Reduction Team to reduce energy use across City operations, and promotes innovative storm water management practices and green infrastructure. Erick contributed to the Energy Chapter of the City’s ReFresh Milwaukee sustainability plan and manages the City’s PACE financing program. Prior to his current role, he served as City Economist in the City’s Budget and Management Division. He holds a Masters of Public Affairs degree with a specialization in energy policy and finance from the University of Wisconsin.
Tim McCollow, HOME GR/OWN Project Manager
Tim is the project manager for Milwaukee's HOME GR/OWN initiative. Tim comes to his work in community food systems through a non-traditional path. Trained as a zoologist & environmental/energy analyst, Tim spent over 2 decades managing natural gas purchasing and risk management for We Energies prior to starting in the City’s Office of Environmental Sustainability in 2010. As part of a City/CBO team, Tim helped to develop Mayor Tom Barrett’s HOME GR/OWN Initiative. Tim also serves on the Steering Committees for the Milwaukee Food Council and the Institute for Urban Agriculture & Nutrition.
Elizabeth Hittman, Environmental Sustainability Program Coordinator
Elizabeth Hittman directs OES’s solar program, Milwaukee Shines, and is working to make it easier for home and business owners in Milwaukee to install solar. Elizabeth also works on green infrastructure and sustainable water projects with the goal of establishing Milwaukee as America’s Water-Centric City. Elizabeth received her undergraduate degree in Natural Resource Management from UW-Stevens Point and a master's degree from UW-Milwaukee in Urban Geography . Prior to joining OES, Elizabeth worked for the Wisconsin chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council. In 2011 she joined the Midwest Renewable Energy Association’s Milwaukee office and worked on expanding solar training across the Midwest and reducing the soft costs of solar. Elizabeth also serves on the Board of Directors of the Milwaukee Environmental Consortium.
Angela Mitchell, HOME GR/OWN & Me2 Management Trainee
Angela is the Management Trainee for Milwaukee's HOME GR/OWN initiative. She also works with the Milwaukee Energy Efficiency (Me2) program and the Milwaukee Better Buildings Challenge. Prior to joining the City of Milwaukee, she worked in the financial services industry for Northwestern Mutual and Robert W. Baird. She graduated from Cardinal Stritch University with a bachelor’s degree in business management. Currently, Angela is pursuing her MBA with a focus on Strategic Leadership.