Welcome to the Environmental Collaboration Office
The Environmental Collaboration Office (ECO) strives to make Milwaukee a world class eco-city on America's Fresh Coast. ECO develops practical and racially equitable solutions that improve people’s lives and the economy while working to protect and restore the natural ecosystems that support our long-term prosperity.
We collaborate with the community, develop global partnerships, offer award-winning programs, and implement the City’s Refresh Milwaukee sustainability plan. ECO is now working closely with the City-County Task Force on Climate and Economic Equity to develop the forthcoming Climate and Equity Plan.
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Plans and Initiatives
The ReFresh Milwaukee Sustainability Plan, adopted in 2013, is a citywide, strategic plan to develop a sound environmental, economic and social sustainable future for the community. The plan aims to implement sustainable projects and encourage citizens and businesses to engage in solutions that are economically, environmentally, and socially smart for our community.
The Water Centric City Initiative showcases Milwaukee's global leadership in managing our natural water resources in a sustainable and resilient way. The initiative advances seven principles through innovation, collaboration, and education.
Milwaukee Energy Efficiency, or Me2, provides affordable financing up to $15,000 for energy saving improvements like new insulation, furnaces, boilers, hot water heaters, air conditioners, and windows. With Me2 financing through Summit Credit Union, redirect some of the money spent on high energy bills into home improvements that will keep you and your family comfortable year round.
Milwaukee Shines is Milwaukee's solar energy program. Milwaukee Shines provides information for home and business owners, resources for solar industry professionals, runs solar group buy programs in the City and partners with Summit Credit Union to offer solar loans up to $20,000.
ECO Neighborhoods is an initiative to concentrate enough eco-activities in a neighborhood to inspire neighbors to continuously practice environmentally friendly behaviors while creating a lasting impact.
The Better Buildings Challenge is helping Milwaukee cut energy use 20% over a decade in municipal buildings and participating commercial buildings. The expanded Better Buildings Challenge provides comprehensive energy efficiency services to commercial building owners.
Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing helps commercial property owners affordably finance energy or water efficiency, renewable energy, electric vehicle infrastructure, energy reliability, stormwater controls or "green infrastructure," and other resiliency upgrades in their buildings. Payments are collected through a voluntary municipal special charge that is paid back through the property tax system and is attached to the property, not the owner.
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