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Eco Neighborhoods: Milwaukee Wisconsin’s Sustainability Toolkit

Eileen Flynn MA, United States 0 Ratings 16 Discussions 0 Group posts

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Eco Neighborhoods

Milwaukee Wisconsin has brought teamwork to their sustainability campaign. Milwaukee’s Environmental Collaboration Office has developed an Eco-Neighborhoods Toolkit to help make the process of becoming a green city even easier.

On the Official website of Milwaukee, the city lists five easy steps a city must take to be listed as an Eco-Neighborhood.
1. Assemble a team of four community members committed to being Sustainability Ambassadors.
2. Complete three neighborhood beautification projects with your neighborhood community (examples include: community garden installation, rain garden installation, tree planting day, rain barrel painting & installation event, etc.).
3. Host two Me2 information sessions and two Me2 house parties in your neighborhood. The Toolkit explains exactly what a Me2 meeting consists of, however, Me2 is an organization that helps make energy-saving more affordable and more simple.
4. Host three sustainable community events
5. Complete these previously listed requirements over the span of a year.

Milwaukee has put together an Eco Neighborhood Toolkit to help explain these steps and act as a helpful resource for other cities. The kit is broken down into different sustainability categories: solar energy, home energy efficiency, recycling, land care, rain gardens, water and mobility. The kit provides definitions and also organizations that the city has partnered with for help.

Milwaukee is a perfect example of a city working together to achieve their sustainability goals. Is your city next?

For more information on this toolkit, visit this link : http://city.milwaukee.gov/ImageLibrary/BBC/images/ECO_Toolkit_WEB.pdf
For more information on Milwaukee’s Environmental Collaboration Office, visit this link : https://city.milwaukee.gov/homegrownmilwaukee/ECO-Neighborhoods.htm#.W1vdny2ZM3g

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