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Milwaukee's Climate & Equity Plan


Milwaukee's Climate and Equity Plan Summary of Working Group Recommendations PowerPoint

March 7, 2022

Read recommendations from the City-County Task Force on Climate and Economic Equity Working Group or watch the presentation to the Common Council's Steering and Rules Committee.

December 13, 2021

Watch members of the community share their thoughts about the Milwaukee Climate and Equity Plan.

  • Featured News
  • About the Task Force
  • 10 Big Ideas
  • Provide Feedback
  • ICLEI Carbon Data

Public Climate & Equity Plan Town Hall 

After more than a year of research and planning, the City of Milwaukee shared a draft of its Climate & Equity Plan for public comment at Milwaukee Public Library. Members of the Environmental Collaboration Office and City-County Task Force on Climate and Economic Equity shared key features, directed questions to Working Group Chairs, and provided feedback on the plan. Feedback will inform the final plan, which will be presented to the Common Council for adoption in January or February of 2023. 


November 1, 2022

Watch the video recordings of the Public Town Hall for the Draft Climate & Equity Plan in both English and Spanish on the ECO YouTube page.


Learn More

  • Read the DRAFT Plan in English or Spanish (below).
  • Read DRAFT chapters of the Climate & Equity Plan. Select the "10 Big Ideas" tab and click a title to read the chapter on the idea.

Task Force Goals

The City of Milwaukee faces the major challenges from both climate change and racial disparities. The City-County Task Force on Climate and Economic Equity was created in 2019 (Common Council File 190445) to make recommendations on how to:

  • Reduce community-wide net greenhouse gas emissions by at least 45% by the year 2030 and achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 or sooner.

  • Reduce racial and income inequality by assuring that greenhouse gas reduction investments and policies will create the maximum number of permanent living wage green jobs for people who live in the most impoverished Milwaukee neighborhoods with limited economic opportunity.


The City of Milwaukee, through its Environmental Collaboration Office, has been a leader in Wisconsin on local energy policy and climate action for the last decade, with efforts in renewable energy, energy efficiency, and green infrastructure with a full description of climate threats and actions. Milwaukee County and other units of Milwaukee local government also have environmental sustainability offices that work on these issues.

Addressing climate change will require policy changes at every level of government. ECO has developed a list of policy recommendations for consideration by the State of Wisconsin and has submitted these to the Governor's Task Force on Climate Change. The Task Force represents a concerted community effort to recognize the urgency of climate change and racial inequities. It seeks to identify solutions and accelerate the pace of change. 

  • In 2021, we offered video surveys, events, dozens of working group meetings to take citizen input into the Climate and Equity Plan. We are currently taking that input and developing the draft plan. 
  • Following the 2022 public Town Hall, public feedback on the Draft Plan was provided by online survey in English and Spanish, electronic comment, and a series of in-person conversations in the community.
  • You can also sign up for the ECO Newsletter or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram (@ecoCityMKE) to stay up-to-date on progress.  

Ten Big Ideas

Click the titles below to read the DRAFT chapters in the forthcoming Climate & Equity Plan.

1. Healthy Home Energy Upgrades

Idea: Improve existing Milwaukeean homes to be energy efficient, lead-safe and healthy.

2. New Net Zero Energy Homes

Idea: Build new affordable, durable, energy efficient housing for Milwaukee neighborhoods, promoting for infill development and homeownership for low-to-moderate buyers.

3. Commercial Building Energy Benchmarking & Building Performance Standards

Idea: Improve energy efficiency in commercial buildings by tracking energy use and updating minimum requirements in existing buildings.

4. Electrify Transportation 

Idea: Implement a transition to electrified transportation and supporting infrastructure that lowers GHG emissions while strengthening broad access to affordable transportation.

5. People Centered Transportation & Urban Design

Idea: Reduce the total usage of passenger cars, SUVs, and light trucks.

6. Greening the Electric Grid

Idea: Use utility-scale investments to provide universal access to renewable energy and a just energy system for people of color.

7. Protect and Restore Nature in the City 

Idea: Conserve natural habitats and reintroduce native trees and plants to areas overwhelmed with paved surfaces.

8. Food Waste Reduction 

Idea: The City will initiate a public-private partnership to reduce food waste and reduce food insecurity as well as strategize to contribute to a society based on sustainable consumption.

9. Green Jobs Accelerator 

As our community prepares to combat current and oncoming climate change, we need a growing field of skilled, environmental professionals. The Green Jobs Accelerator would recruit, train, and connect people of color to these new green jobs and contracting opportunities. 

10. Resilience Ambassadors 

Idea: Highlight equity-specific strategies and develop a Resilience Ambassadors in order to educate, adapt, mitigate, and prepare for the impacts of climate change on the City’s infrastructure and people.


Read About the Plan for Implementation & Accountability

The Business-As-Usual (BAU) forecast (pictured above) is a projection of emissions through the year 2050 based on estimated population growth for Milwaukee, changes in fuel efficiency standards for vehicles, and anticipated shifts towards more renewable energy sources in our electricity grid. This BAU forecast, modeled by ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability, indicates that the most effective measures will be those that tackle both electricity and natural gas consumption and vehicle-miles-traveled by gasoline and diesel vehicles. 


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