Milwaukee's "Green Team" Looks for Input

Aug 29, 2012

Residents share thoughts with City of Milwaukee Office of Environmental Sustainability's Erick Shambarger
Credit Amy Heart

The City of Milwaukee is accumulating “symbols” of sustainability, like the wind turbine sweeping the sky near Lake Michigan, the electric vehicle charging stations being installed around town, and incentive programs underway to encourage businesses and homeowners to create less waste and conserve more energy.

Now, the city’s Office of Sustainability has thrown itself – along with a volunteer committee called the Green Team – into a comprehensive citywide sustainability planning process.

Over the coming weeks, the group will host community input sessions - including one this evening (Wednesday) at the Urban Ecology Center at Washington Park - to learn residents’ concerns and perspectives on the complicated topic. WUWM Environmental Reporter Susan Bence stopped in at a gathering earlier this summer.

Before hearing some of the perspectives from that meeting's attendees, Bence sat down with Green Team member, Marcia Caton Campbell.

As an urban planner and interim executive director of the Center for Resilient Cities, Caton Campbell brings a community food systems planning perspective to the sustainability planning table.