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 ten working groups with opportunities for public participation. The working groups include:
- Jobs and Equity
- Education and Outreach to the Community
- Green Buildings
- Mobility and Transportation
- Climate Finance
- Greening the Grid
- Waste and Sustainable Consumption
- Land Use, Urban Agriculture, and Reforestation
- Adaptation and Climate Resilience
- Implementation, Reporting, and Accountability
The City-County Task Force wants your feedback! Your response to four short questions will help shape our Action Plan and may be posted on the Milwaukee ECO website and social media!
- Learn about the Task Force
- Carbon Data from ICLEI
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.
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.