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HOME GR/OWN Milwaukee empowers residents to transform neighborhoods by transforming vacant lots into community assets that spark new economic opportunities around local, healthy food production, distribution and recycling; revitalizing Milwaukee commercial corridors and creating new sustainable outdoor community spaces. HOME GR/OWN Milwaukee is led by the City's Environmental Collaboration Office (ECO). 


  • To support neighborhood redevelopment and restore blighted vacant lots into green community assets, 
  • To work with local partners, strengthen and expand Milwaukee's local food supply chain from production to recycling, 
  • And to increase resident quality of life, green job creation, and sustainable neighborhoods via new green spaces and commercial corridors. 

ReFresh MilwaukeeHOME GR/OWN Milwaukee is a Catalytic Project of the City of Milwaukee's ReFresh Milwaukee Sustainability Plan. A catalytic project promotes cross-cutting sustainability outcomes that mirror goals and targets throughout the City's Sustainability Plan. A catalytic project encompasses multiple Sustainability Plan goals across several themes and will benefit from collaborative and strategic direction-setting and resource investment from the community. 

Goal: To increase access to and demand for healthy foods in a targeted low-income Milwaukee neighborhood.

Awards and Recognition

  • 2013 Bloomberg Mayors Challenge Finalist
  • 2015 LISC MANDI Award - Gillespie Park
  • 2015 SXSW ECO Place By Design
  • 2015 Mayor's Design Award - Gillespie Park
  • 2017 Harvard Innovations in American Government Semi-Finalist
  • 2018 Mayor's Design Award - Fondy Park
  • 2018 LISC MANDI Award - Fondy Park
  • 2018 RWJ Foundation Culture Of Health Semi-Finalist

Home Grown Eco City of Milwaukee

City of Milwaukee Sustainability Director Erick Shambarger

@Erick Shambarger
Sustainability Director


 City Hall, 200 E. Wells Street, Room 603, Milwaukee, WI 53202 

 Monday - Friday, 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

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