In carrying out this mission, the Environmental Collaboration Office (ECO) promotes cost-effective sustainability practices for residents, businesses, other organizations, and City departments. ECO leads the citywide implementation of ReFresh Milwaukee , which serves as our community's roadmap to securing a more sustainable future. In addition, ECO operates programs which meet direct needs for Milwaukeeans:
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 efficency upgrades, this energy reduction will save hundreds of thousands of dollars for City departments, and savings for the City budget.
Me² helps make homes and businesses more energy efficient.
The ME3 team works with manufacturers to identify cost-effective practices and procedures that help firms increase material and resource efficiency, cut energy costs, water use, and decrease waste.
Milwaukee Shines helps homes and businesses invest in solar by providing financing solutions to help reduce the upfront cost of solar. Milwaukee Shines works with community partners to provide education and training on clean energy.
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 distribution.
On July 16, 2013, Mayor Barrett launched Milwaukee's first sustainability plan, ReFresh Milwaukee 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.