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 Task Force currently has four working groups with opportunities for public participation:
The number of working groups will likely be expanded in the near future to help guide development of the plan.
Past Task Force Proceedings, presentations, and working documents are available.
The City of Milwaukee, through its Environmental Collaboration Office (ECO) 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 at Milwaukee.gov/climate. 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.