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Welcome to the Environmental Collaboration Office (ECO)

The Environmental Collaboration Office, or ECO, strives to make Milwaukee a world class eco-city on America's Fresh Coast. ECO develops practical 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.

UPDATE: Due to health concerns regarding the COVID-19 outbreak, the Environmental Collaboration Office is currently closed. ECO team members are working remotely and may be contacted by email,  found here

ReFresh Milwaukee Sustainability PlanReFresh Milwaukee provides a vision for community sustainability over the next 10 years with wide-ranging goals and targets to be met.


Milwaukee Shines Eco city of MilwaukeeMilwaukee 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.


Water Centric City Eco city of MilwaukeeThe 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.


HOME GR/OWN Eco city of MilwaukeeHOME GR/OWN transforms neighborhoods by converting vacant lots into pocket parks, orchards, and gardens that create jobs, revitalize neighborhoods and increase access to healthy, local food, promoting neighborhood cohesion and placemaking.

ME2 Milwaukee Energy Efficiency Eco city of MilwaukeeMe2 provides affordable financing up to $15,000 for energy saving improvements like new insulation, furnaces, boilers, hot water heaters, air conditioners, and now, windows! With Me2 financing through our partner, Summit Credit Union, you can redirect some of the money you spend on high energy bills into home improvements that will keep you and your family comfortable year round.   Peace Financing Eco city of MilwaukeeProperty Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing helps commercial property owners affordably finance building upgrades like heating and cooling systems, lighting, controls, renewable energy and water efficiency upgrades.  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.
Better Building Challenge Eco city of MilwaukeeMilwaukee is working to 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.    



ECO Environmental Collaboration Office. Eco city of Milwaukee

City of Milwaukee Sustainability Director Erick Shambarger

Sustainability Director

Erick Shambarger

200 E. Wells Street, Rm 603
Milwaukee, WI 53202