Milwaukee Office of Environmental Sustainability

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As an orchard comes to life on 1st and Locust Street in Milwaukee, community and city partners focus on jobs for adults.

Planners want to funnel storm water into basements of razed houses. The spaces would be filled in, yet hold water, when the sewer system is overrun.

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Milwaukee residents can already raise hens and honey. Now a proposed zoning ordinance lays out how community gardeners can use empty lots to grow fruits and vegetables.

Todd Weiler, City of Milwaukee

The U.S. Department of Energy applauded Milwaukee recently for its energy-saving initiatives.

The City of Milwaukee released its sustainability plan - called ReFresh MKE - in July; now it is looking for ways to bring it to life. The online networking site Yelp is partnering with the City to get the word out through a series of events this week, running Monday, October 7 - Friday, October 11.

A crowd gathered Tuesday in a small plaza where the Milwaukee and Menomonee Rivers meet to celebrate the city's first sustainability plan.