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ECO Neighborhoods 

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Our Mission: Concentrating enough eco-activities in a neighborhood to inspire neighbors to continuously practice ecologically friendly behaviors, while creating a lasting visible impact.

Background: The Eco-Neighborhoods Initiative was developed to support the amazing community organizers who are already making an impact on their communities. The Environmental Collaboration Office (ECO) understands that community collaboration is key to achieving its sustainability goals, which led us to developing the Eco-Neighborhoods Toolkit. This resource functions as a catalyst for community organizers to drive collective green actions in their communities. 

Why Should My Neighborhood Become an Eco-Neighborhood?

  • An environmentally friendly neighborhood!
  • Recognition by the city that you are an ECO-Neighborhood (which could give your neighborhood leverage for future city projects).
  • Signage displaying that you are an environmentally conscious neighborhood making your neighborhood an ideal space to move to.
  • Improved condition of your neighborhood and deeper engagement with your neighbors.
  • An increase in community assets available to you.
  • The committed support of ECO staff throughout the process.

How to Become an Eco-Neighborhood:

  1. Assemble a team of four community members committed to being Sustainability Ambassadors.
  2. Complete three neighborhood beautification projects with your neighborhood community (examples include: community garden installation, rain garden installation, tree planting day, rain barrel painting & installation event, etc.).
  3. Host two Me2 information sessions and two Me2 house parties in your neighborhood.
  4. Host three sustainable community events (refer to Eco-Neighborhoods Toolkit for ideas).
  5. Complete these previously listed requirements over the span of a year.

Interested in becoming an Eco-Neighborhood? The City of Milwaukee is here to assist you throughout the process! Get started by contacting Darrin Madison, Eco-Neighborhood Outreach Specialist at (414) 286- 6456 or

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