City of Milwaukee ECO Team
Erick Shambarger, Director
Erick Shambarger is the Director of Environmental Sustainability at the City of Milwaukee, where he leads the Environmental Collaboration Office (ECO). ECO was created by Mayor Tom Barrett to develop practical solutions that benefit Milwaukee’s environment and economy. Mr. Shambarger developed the Milwaukee Energy Efficiency (Me2) program and PACE financing program. He developed Milwaukee Better Buildings Challenge program, chaired the City’s Energy Reduction Team to reduce energy use across City operations, and promotes innovative storm water management practices and green infrastructure. He oversees implementation of ECO programs and the ReFresh Milwaukee sustainability plan. He also leads ECO's involvement in national and global partnerships. Prior to his current role, he served as Deputy Director of ECO for 5 years, and as City Economist in the Budget and Management Division before that. He holds a Masters of Public Affairs degree from the University of Wisconsin and certificates in Water Technology and Energy Analysis and Policy.
Tim McCollow, HOME GR/OWN Project Manager
Tim is the project manager for Milwaukee's HOME GR/OWN initiative. Tim comes to his work in community food systems through a non-traditional path. Trained as a zoologist & environmental/energy analyst, Tim spent over 2 decades managing natural gas purchasing and risk management for WE Energies prior to starting in the City’s Environmental Collaboration Office in 2010. As part of a City/CBO team, Tim created Mayor Tom Barrett’s HOME GR/OWN Initiative - which placed 6th in the 2013 Bloomberg Mayors Challenge out of 305 entries. HOME GR/OWN's pocket parks and orchards have won the MANDI Award for Best Public Space, a Mayor's Design Award and the SXSW ECO Place By Design international design competition. Tim serves on the Board of Directors for the Milwaukee Food Council and the Cooperative Institute for Urban Agriculture & Nutrition.
Elizabeth Hittman, Environmental Sustainability Program Coordinator
Elizabeth directs ECO’s solar program, Milwaukee Shines, and is working to make it easier for home and business owners in Milwaukee to install solar. Elizabeth also works on green infrastructure and sustainable water projects with the goal of establishing Milwaukee as America’s Water-Centric City. Elizabeth received her undergraduate degree in Natural Resource Management from UW-Stevens Point and a master's degree from UW-Milwaukee in Urban Geography. Prior to joining ECO, Elizabeth served as the Executive Director for the Wisconsin chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council. In 2011 she joined the Midwest Renewable Energy Association as the Director of their Milwaukee office and worked on three U.S. Department of Energy grants expanding solar training across the Midwest and reducing the soft costs of solar. Elizabeth serves on the Board of Directors of the Milwaukee Environmental Consortium, the Midwest Renewable Energy Association and the UW-Milwaukee School of Freshwater Sciences Professional Master’s Advisory Board. She was recently named to Midwest Energy New's 40 under 40 list.
Jamie Ferschinger, Environmental Sustainability Program Coordinator
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Helping to make the Milwaukee more energy efficient one building at a time, Jamie directs the City’s energy efficiency programs and initiatives including the Better Buildings Challenge, Me2, and PACE financing program for commercial buildings. Jamie has experience in green construction project management and over 10 years of non-profit leadership at the Urban Ecology Center. Additionally she serves on a number of governance boards for environmental and social organizations in Milwaukee. Jamie received her Bachelor of Science degree from Steven’s Point and her Master of Science degree from State University of New York – Environmental Science and Forestry.
Darrin Madison, Jr. , Eco Neighborhoods Outreach Specialist
Darrin B. Madison Jr., a son of this city, attended Howard University in 2015 majoring in Biology with a minor in political science. While attending Howard he work on political campaigns in Baltimore, Washington D.C, and organized students in sustainability efforts on campus and in the neighborhoods surrounding the campus. In 2016 Darrin worked for the Urban Ecology Center as the Riverside branch’s Volunteer Coordinator. During his time there he worked with their staff to implement a skills-based volunteer model to effectively engage volunteers on a high level within the organization. He is currently ECO’s AmeriCorps Public Ally this year, working with our office until the end of July in 2018. Darrin is spear heading our office’s Eco-neighborhoods Initiative, which encourages neighborhood residents to actively engage in ecologically friendly behaviors using our Eco-Neighborhoods Toolkit as a focal point.