ECO Neighborhoods Initiative
Transform your community into a beautiful, environmentally-friendly neighborhood!
The ECO Neighborhoods Initiative aims to concentrate enough eco-activities in a neighborhood to inspire neighbors to continuously practice environmentally-friendly behaviors while creating a lasting impact. An ECO Neighborhood is one that works to improve its environmental impact on the air, land, and water.
Background: The Environmental Collaboration Office understands that community collaboration is key to achieving Milwaukee's sustainability goals. The ECO Neighborhoods Initiative was developed to promote a collective, neighborhood-level effort toward achieving these goals by proving additionals support to the residents and community leaders who are already making an impact in their communities.
- The Process
- Neighborhood Benefits
- Current ECO Neighborhoods
How the Process Works
Collaboration: ECO partners with neighborhood groups made up of residents and community leaders, known as the ECO Neighborhood Team, to identify their neighborhood’s priority environmental issues, existing assets, and other resources, partnerships, and activities they need to work toward their sustainability goals.
- Assemble a team of at least four community members and one representative from a community-based organization to participate in your ECO Neighborhood Team.
- Work with ECO staff to create your neighborhood’s action plan using the ECO Neighborhoods Toolkit, a locally-centered, sustainability resource.
- Sign the ECO Neighborhoods Initiative Memorandum of Understanding to put your plan into action!
Connection: ECO introduces the team to its sustainability programs, those of other environmental organizations around Milwaukee, and beyond.
Capacity-Building: ECO staff and environmental partners provide teams with working knowledge of programs so that the team can utilize the resources and connect their neighbors to them as well.
Action: Teams spend one year facilitating outreach activities, events, informational sessions, and projects in their neighborhood to empower neighbors to join in collective action to create a more climate-resilient community and help Milwaukee achieve its sustainability goals.
How Your Neighborhood Benefits
Climate change has and will continue to present risks to communities. Acting on climate change means both reducing our use of fossil fuels and proactively planning to adapt to future changes. Citizens and businesses have a role to play in demanding effective action at all levels of government, using the climate action programs that are currently available, and making personal and business decisions that benefit our communities, economies, and ecosystems.
- A beautiful, environmentally-friendly neighborhood
- Helping Milwaukee achieve its sustainability goals
- Increased community assets and collaborations
- Participation in a growing ECO Neighborhoods Community
- ECO Neighborhood designation by the City of Milwaukee
Current ECO Neighborhoods
Lindsay Heights Neighborhood (Designated in 2018)
Lindsay Heights’ ongoing commitment to sustainability and environmental justice inspired the ECO Neighborhoods Initiative. Take the ECO Tour to view some of the neighborhood’s solar, local food, and climate change adaptation projects.
Sherman Park Neighborhood (Designated in 2020)
Sherman Park’s ECO Neighborhood Team stays committed to their sustainability goals by coordinating tree plantings, monthly informational webinars, and neighborhood clean ups. They also maintain strong partnerships with organizations like Plastic-Free MKE—who recently designated Sherman Park as the first Lake-Friendly Neighborhood!
Century City Triangle Neighborhood (Coming Soon)
Century City Triangle's ECO Neighborhood Team is hard at work on their designation led by residents, the Century City Triangle Neighborhood Association, and Clean Wisconsin. So far, the team has held community clean ups, home rain barrel installations and information sessions, community gardening events, and other activities—including a door-to-door environmental survey.
Resources to Get Started
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