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 Milwaukee Climate and Equity Plan.
ECO is Now Accepting Applications for Spring 2024 Interns!
Interested students are invited to apply for either of two paid, part-time (20 hours/week) positions from February-April 2024 for internship credit:
Email a resume, cover letter, and work sample to Environmental Sustainability Program Manager Alexis Laverdiere at [email protected] by the deadline of December 17, 2023.
Learn More About ECO
NEW: Inflation Reduction Act Funding Available
In 2022, the federal government passed the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), the single largest climate investment in clean energy solutions for America that includes $369 billion for energy security and climate change. The IRA contains key measures to help organizations and households reduce energy bills, electrify their homes and vehicles, and convert to renewable energy. Learn about projected benefits for Wisconsin.
IRA Tax Credits & Rebates by Improvement Area:
A list of resources below provides details on the IRA including what funding is currently available and what will be available in late 2023 or early 2024:
Plans and Initiatives
The Milwaukee Climate and Equity Plan, adopted in 2023, provides the vision and foundation for climate action in Milwaukee with "10 Big Ideas" to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, increase racial equity, and make the city prosperous for the long term.
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.
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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