The Environmental Collaboration Office, or ECO, strives to make Milwaukee a world class eco-city. 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.
ECO is a division of the City of Milwaukee's Department of Administration. It was created in 2006 by Mayor Tom Barrett and originally called the Office of Environmental Sustainability.
ECO's programs that you can take advantage of:
- Milwaukee Shines Solar Program. Milwaukee Shines helps homes and businesses invest in solar by providing financing solutions to reduce the up front cost of solar. Milwaukee Shines works with community partners to provide education and training on clean energy.
- HOME GR/OWN Milwaukee. Mayor Barrett's initiative empowers residents to transform neighborhoods by re-purposing vacant lots into community assets that spark new economic opportunities around local, healthy food production and placemaking.
- Reduce City energy use 20% by 2020. ECO lead Mayor Barrett's Energy Reduction Team and provides support to City departments to help reduce energy use, and helps track and monitor the City's reduction goals. Through projects such as lighting retrofits and energy efficiency upgrades, this energy reduction will save hundreds of thousands of dollars for City departments, and savings for the City budget.
Milwaukee's Vision for Community Sustainability
On July 16, 2013, Mayor Barrett launched Milwaukee's first Sustainability Plan. The ReFresh Milwaukee Sustainability Plan is a citywide strategic plan to develop a sound environmental, economic and social sustainable future for the community. The plan aims to implement sustainable projects and encourage citizens and businesses to engage in solutions that are economically,environmentally, and socially smart for our community.
Visit www.ReFreshMKE.com to read the complete plan and how you can be involved. Download the Complete Report.