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HOME GR/OWN - 2018/19 Institute for Sustainable Communities (ISC) Grant  



ECO HOME GR/OWN and Walnut Way received a competitive, national grant from the Institute for Sustainable Communities and the JPB Foundation to bring climate change resiliency and more to Milwaukee's Lindsay Heights neighborhood.

Grant objectives

  • Increase the capacity of Walnut Way's for-profit social enterprise, Blue Skies Landscaping  by expanding into general contracting for stormwater management work.
  • Build multiple climate change adaption projects to increase the resiliency of the Linday Heights neighborhood. Four solar power installations and three stormwater management (or green infrastructure) projects were planned. (Side note: the grant application only called for 1 project.)
  • Create a solar installer job shadowing program for interested North Side residents of color to increase the diversity of SE Wisconsin's installer workforce. Conduct deversity training for solar installers with partner Cream City Conservation. We thank ECO Milwaukee Shines, City Department of City Development and the Midwest Renewable Energy Association for all the help and in-kind support! 
  • Building on the numerous sustainability projects now in a small area of Lindsay Heights, create an Eco Tour map highlighting the locations to increase resident awareness and attract Milwaukeeans to the neighborhood to increase economic development and North Avenue foot traffic.
  • Grant term: 15 months ending March, 2019.


Project Status - December 15, 2018

We thank Arch Electric for being our solar install partner and hiring our 3 job shadowers for the duration of the project. Green jobs!

  • Stormwater management projects completed or planned:
    • Fondy Farmers Market & Park rain collection expansion (winter, 2018/19)
    • Greater Galilee Baptist Church bioswale, 2432 N. Teutonia COMPLETE
    • Alice's Garden cistern and bioswale, 21st & Garfield, COMPLETE


Tim McCollow
HOME GR/OWN Program Manager
(414) 286-3748


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