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Council Approves Solar Panels

The Milwaukee Environmental Education Resource and Tour Center will soon be installing solar panels to help reduce its energy costs – thanks in part to a committee vice-chaired by the late Ald. Dudzik.

The Common Council's Public Works Committee approved a measure earlier this year to accept a total of $77,000 in grants from WE Energies and the Focus on Energy program to help pay for the solar panels and their installation at the education center, which is operated by Keep Greater Milwaukee Beautiful, Inc. The city's share of the project costs will be $43,000.

The measure received final approval from the full Common Council in late February.

"Bottom line is the solar panels will help the education center cut its energy costs significantly, passing the savings on to the city and our taxpayers," said Ald. Dudzik, then vice-chair of the Public Works Committee since 2004.

Keep Greater Milwaukee Beautiful (KGMB) is an award winning, private, non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization. Established in 1983, it has been affiliated with Keep America Beautiful, Inc. since 1985. KGMB uses a combination of community improvement programs like the Great American Cleanup and education to accomplish its goals.

The Milwaukee Environmental Education Resource and Tour Center, located in the Menomonee Valley at 1313 W. Mt. Vernon Ave., features an in-house waste reduction education center. Educational tours can be arranged by e-mail at or by phoning 414-272-5462.

Please go to to learn more about KGMB.

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