County Greenways: 1936
Greenspace and Parklands Today
Watersheds: Boundaries of Slope
Waste and Watersheds: The Deep Tunnel
Dark Sky Lighting
Other Information Resources
Recycle/ Reuse/ Water Recycling Resources
Eco Friendly Businesses
Alternative Energy Resources
Green design/ Eco-design/ Historical Resources
Green Information/ Educational Resources
Agricultural/ Natural Landscaping Resources
Watershed Protection/ Tree Planting Resources
Public Transportation/ Bicycling Resources
Pollution Monitoring Resources
Cultural/ Museum/ World Music Sites
Downtown Cultural Sites
Local resources listed here often hold site-related events. Contact them for more information. This is not meant to be an all-inclusive listing. Also visit Wisconline for Wisconsin attractions and environmental and nature events, among others.
recycle / reuse / water recycling resources
City of Cudahy Recycling curbside pickup. 414/769-2225
City of Franklin Recycling curbside pickup. 414/425-7500
City of Glendale Recycling curbside pickup. 414/228-1745
City of Milwaukee Recycling curbside pickup. 414/286-8282
City of Saint Francis Recycling curbside pickup. 414/768-8075
City of South Milwaukee Recycling curbside pickup. 414/768-8075
City of West Allis Recycling curbside pickup. 414/256-8290
Village of Bayside Recycling curbside pickup. 414/351-8811
Village of Fox Point Recycling curbside pickup. 414/351-8900
Village of Greendale Recycling curbside pickup only. 414/679-0860
Village of Hales Corners Recycling curbside pickup. 414/367-6040
Village of River Hills Recycling curbside pickup. 414/352-8213
Village of Shorewood Recycling curbside pickup. 414/847-2650
Village of West Milwaukee Recycling curbside pickup. 414/645-6238
Village of Whitefish Bay Recycling curbside pickup. 414/962-6690
Be SMART waste reduction effort. Offers information and resources for consumers and industry to reduce waste. Southeast Wisconsin Waste Reduction Coalition, Waukesha County Department of Parks and Land Use. 1320 Pewaukee Road, RM 260, Waukesha, WI 53188, tel: 414/272-3334.
Green BUY Guide Because buying recycled is often the least considered part of closing the recycling loop, this excellent pocket guide indicates where to buy products which use recycled materials. Published in 1997 by REC Systems of Wisconsin, P.O. Box 772, East Troy, WI 53120.
Waste Cap Wisconsin 2647 N Stowell Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53211-4299, tel: 414/961-1100 .
Business Materials Exchange of Wisconsin
UW Milwaukee, Center for By-Products Utilization Research Facility to develop new uses for industrial by-products, tel: 414/229-6696.
Precious Water Cooperative Designing and developing water-conserving products, 2112 E Bradford, Milwaukee, WI 53211, tel: 414/967-9895.
eco friendly businesses
Purely Clean All natural office cleaning business using all natural, animal cruelty free, non-allergenic cleaning products with aroma therapy, West Allis, tel: 414/704-7382.
Future Green We carry solar PV, clothes that are organic, sustainable products. We have radiant heat flooring, solar lighting, solar PV, run our company car on homemade biodiesel, have a rooftop garden. 2352 S Kinnickinnic, Milwaukee, tel: 414-294-4300.
alternative energy resources
UW Milwaukee Center for Alternative Fuels Testing Facility, 1150 Alois St, Milwaukee, WI 53201, tel: 414/229-3881.
green design / eco-design / historical resources
2040 / Getting There: Alternatives to Sprawl in Southeastern Wisconsin
Milwaukee is changing rapidly. A land use planning proposal and projection has been developed through Citizens for a Better Environment. Call 414/271-7280 for a copy.
Wisconsin Green Building Alliance (WGBA) exists to promote the development of ecologically sustainable practices within the built environment in Wisconsin. They publish Greenspeak, a quarterly newsletter, produce a resource guide and hold an annual green building conference. PO Box 11067, Milwaukee, WI 53211-0067, tel: 414/577-1015.
The following architects and designers have registered with the Milwaukee Green Map Project. To locate others, contact the WGBA above.
CG Schmidt Construction 11777 W Lake Park Dr. Milwaukee, WI 53224-3021. Visit their green corporate office, tel: 414/577-1177.
Education Design Link/ Milwaukee Green Map Project1915 E Belleview Pl, Milwaukee, WI 53211. Exhibit, Graphic and Information Design for green topics, tel: 414/962-4888.
FUSE Design Group 100A E Pleasant St, Milwaukee, WI 53212. Furniture design using recycled materials, tel: 414/374-8333.
Graef, Anhalt, Schloemer & Assoc Landscaping architects and engineers, 125 S 84th St, Ste 401, Milwaukee, WI 53214-1470, tel: 414/266-9062.
The Jansen Group, Inc 8355 W Bradley Rd, Milwaukee, WI 53223-3244, tel: 414/357-8800.
Kahler Slater Architects 611 E Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53202, tel: 414/272-2000.
Kubala Washatklo Architects W61 N617 Mequon Ave, Cedarburg, WI 53012, tel: 414/377-6039.
Retailworks/Greenworks W65 N630 St John Ave, Cedarburg, WI 53012, tel: 414/376-0244.
Zimmerman Design Group 7707 Harwood Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53213, tel: 414/476-9500.
High Wind Association and Plymouth Institute W7136 County Road U, Plymouth WI 53073. Devoted to the creation of models for sustainability, the Plymouth Institute is a non-profit consortium of environmental designers/ builders, educators, artists, farmers, futurists and entrepreneurs. Located 50 miles north of Milwaukee, the institute operates a retreat and conference center near Plymouth and the High Winds Bookstore at 4314 N Oakland Ave, Shorewood WI 53211, tel: 414/332-8288.
Highland Gardens This Housing Authority building offers 114 affordable, handicapped accessible apartments to the elderly and persons with disabilities. Highland Gardens had the largest known residential application of a grid system green roof in the US when it was installed in 2004. Modules of green vegetation turn a regular roof into a garden. It will result in lower energy consumption, longer roof life, storm water run-off reduction, improved air quality, and will lower the amount of heat that is given off in the summertime. The building was designed using sustainable, or green, development practices. Features include recycled flooring, energy saving designs, and live green trees sprouting from the floor of a common area.
Cherry Court Green housing facility, Cherry Court provides supportive living for special needs. It features a green roof and sustainable design features that contribute to the conservation of energy and other natural resources, including: dual-flush, water saving toilets in the public restrooms, bamboo flooring in the community room, recycled rubber flooring, dimmable fluorescent light fixtures, carpeting with a high level of recycled material, stained concrete floors to reduce maintenance, and light harvesters to control the use of artificial lights in stairways. The building itself is made of locally manufactured and recyclable concrete masonry and pre-cast concrete.
Watersmeet ecovillage This planned community, to be located in nearby Waukesha County near the town of Mukwanego, will provide energy-efficient housing, use sustainble materials, provide for common green spaces and organic agricultural areas, and use cluster housing to lessen environmental impact. In addition, wastewater will be processed through a "living machine" wetlands treatment process.
The Field's Neighborhood part of the Michael Field's Agricultural Institute. Also in the works, this mixed housing community shares many of the same concepts as Watersmeet. Community services will be located within walking distance, streets will be narrower and paved of interlocking pavement blocks to reduce runoff, and roof gardens will assist in insulating and cooling homes.
Save Outdoor Sculpture! (SOS!) An association to preserve and repair existing public sculpture in Milwaukee. Contact Diane Buck: 3559 N. Summit Ave., Shorewood, WI 53211, tel: 414/964-8681.
Keep Greater Milwaukee Beautiful 1313 W Mount Vernon Ave, Milwaukee WI 53233. Milwaukee Environmental Education Resource and Tour Center located in the Menomonee Valley in city of Milwaukee, A National Award-winning affiliate of Keep America Beautiful, Inc, tel: 414/272-5462.
Milwaukee Area Greens 1001 E Keefe Ave, Milwaukee WI 53212. The Greens organize and act from a shared belief in the values that hold the Earth sacred. They are involved in issues of environmental justice, green space preservation and land use centering around grassroots democracy, tel: 414/964-5758.
Sierra Club/ Great Waters Group PO Box 1125, Milwaukee, WI 53201, tel: 414/796-2936.
Wisconsin Citizen Action 152 W Wisconsin Ave #308, Milwaukee, WI 53202, tel: 414/272-3494.
Wisconsin Metro Audubon Society 8532 W Montana, West Allis, WI 53227, tel: 414/229-9158.
Wisconsin Stewardship Network Milwaukee
Wisconsin's Environmental Decade 1800 E Capitol Dr, Milwaukee, WI 53211, tel: 414/964-6082.
WISPIRG Foundation 1121 University Ave, Madison, WI 53715. Policy lobby group for environmental justice issues, tel: 608/251-1918.
green information / educational resources
C Beimborn Consulting 2647 N Stowell Ave, Milwaukee WI 53211, tel: 414/332-4149
Library Science Degree United States schools (including Wisconsin) that offers a library science degree.
Milwaukee County University of Wisconsin Extension (UWEX) Roosevelt Education Center, UW Extension, 932 S 60th Street, West Allis, WI 53214. Information on the urban habitat, gardening techniques, oil recycling, lawn and plant care. Hours 8 am to 4:30 pm. An excellent resource, tel: 414-290-2400, fax: 414-290-2424.
Nature In the Parks 2013 W Rawson Ave, Oak Creek, WI 53154. Environmental education in Milwaukee County parks. Trained naturalists share their knowledge about the natural world to youth, school and scout groups year round, tel: 414/761-1151.
Outpost Exchange monthly publication of the Output Natural Food Co-op, tel: 414/964-7789.
Wisconline A community information web site featuring an interactive database of Wisconsin events and attractions. Developer and host of the Milwaukee Green Map internet web site.
Milwaukee Shines - Solar America Cities Project Committed to a Sustainable Solar Future. In Wisconsin, one second of solar energy will power nearly 8,000 homes annually! Solar is clean, reliable, local, creates jobs and is our future. Milwaukee Shines is your one-stop portal for all things solar. Learn about solar technologies, the process of installing solar panels and what incentives are available to you. Find out how you can break into the solar industry as an installer, site assessor or educator and calculate your energy savings. tel: 414/286-5593
Energy for Tomorrow Renewable energy program offered through Wisconsin Electric. Through this program, customers can request that a percentage of energy be purchased through renewable energy sources such as hydroelectric, biomass fuels, geothermal, wind or solar generating stations, tel: 414/221-3333 in Milwaukee, 1-800-242-9137 elsewhere in Wisconsin.
Wisconsin Energy Bureau PO Box 7868, Madison, WI 53707-7868, tel: 608-266-7043.
agricultural / natural landscaping resources
Buildium's Green Landscaping Design Guide National green landscape design guide from Buildium, to encourage a more sustainable approach to save water and minimize environmental risk.
Ecoscape Landscaping 2702 N 45th St Milwaukee, WI, tel: 414/444-3200.
Gentle Bee Landscaping 2201 E Jarvis St, Milwaukee, WI 53211, tel: 414/962-2703.
R-8 Landscape Design and Consulting 1337 S 114th St, Milwaukee, WI, tel: 414/771-3392.
Walnut Way Conservation Corps Neighborhood organization, 12th to 20th Streets, North Ave to Walnut/Fond du Lac, Milwaukee. Engages Central City residents, especially young people, in being good stewards of the land, renewing the soil, redirecting rain water into more than 40 specially built urban rain gardens (to keep it from the sewers), sustainable food growing and protection of the environment. Walnut Way has planted an urban orchard which will be expanded this year, maintains several 'corporate' gardens which produce flowers and vegetables for volume sales, and this year is expanding a program they call Backyards to Market ... working with residents to establish production gardens in their own backyards for both personal and commercial food production, tel: 414-264-2326.
Wild Ones Natural Landscapers A membership organization promoting natural planting and landscaping for residential yards, PO Box 23576, Milwaukee, WI 53223.
UW Extension Urban Agriculture Program University of Wisconsin Extension, State Fair Youth Center, 640 S 84th St, Milwaukee, WI 53214-1438. Provides rental services and coordination of Milwaukee County Community Garden plots, tel: 414/290-2405. Note: Garden plot locations and availability change yearly.
watershed protection / tree planting resources
Lake Michigan Federation 220 S State Ste 2108, Chicago, IL 60604, tel: 312/939-0838.
Greening Milwaukee 1150 E Brady St, Milwaukee, WI 53202, tel: 414/276-6272. A community resource which enables residents of Milwaukee County to replant and steward a healthy tree canopy. Greening Milwaukee provides education, training and trees to citizens and organizations who wish to enjoy the economic and quality of life improvements trees can provide.
public transportation / bicycling resources
Waukesha Metro 2311 Badger Dr, Waukesha, WI 53188, tel: 414/524-3636.
The Bikesmiths 2865 N Murray Ave, tel: 414/332-1330.
Wheel and Sprocket 6955 N. Port Washington Rd, tel: 414/247-8100.
Wheel and Sprocket 5722 S. 108th St, tel: 414/529-6600.
Wheel and Sprocket 13925 W. Capitol Dr, tel: 414/783-0700.
Wheel and Sprocket 1001 Milwaukee Ave, tel: 414/762-6000.
Rainbow Jersey 2420 E. Capitol Dr, tel: 414/961-1110.
Riverwest Workers Food Coop, tel: 414/777-3978.
Bay View Bicycle Club 1320 E Oklahoma Ave, Milwaukee WI 53207, tel: 414/299-0317.
Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin, tel: 608-251-4456 .
Cream City Bicycling Club Box 984 Milwaukee WI 53201, tel: 414/299-9398.
Wisconsin State Bicycle Federation PO Box 1224, Madison, WI 53701, tel: 608/251-4456.
Hunger Task Force 201 S Hawley Ct, tel: 414/777-0483.
Riverwest Workers Food Coop, tel: 414/777-3978.
The Menomonee River Valley as a whole is undergoing remediation and redevelopment plans. To get involved in shaping these re-newed lands contact: Milwaukee Department of City Development, tel: 414/286-5616.
pollution monitoring resources
Air Quality Index Line Find out the current quality of Milwaukee's air, tel: 414/263-8741 or 1-800-242-4727.
Pollution Prevention Partnership PO Box 13, Milwaukee, WI 53201, tel: 414/486-1613.
Water Quality - Great Lakes Information Network
Wisconsin Partners for Clean Air PO Box 12436, Milwaukee, WI 53212. A coalition of businesses, community organizations, schools, government agencies and citizens committed to the voluntary improvement of air quality in southeast Wisconsin through action, education and economic commitment. Call the Department of Natural Resources, tel: 414/263-8653 or 1-800-326-9472.
Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program Contact the City of Milwaukee Department of Health, tel: 414/286-8028, or the City of Milwaukee Housing Authority's Lead-Based Paint Hazard Control program, tel: 414/286-5681, to provide lead paint encapsulation.
cultural / museum / world music sites
Additional cultural sites, museums and attractions are listed on Wisconline.
American Geographic Society Collection Golda Meir Library, UW Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI 53211, tel: 414/229-6282.
Bradley Family Foundation Sculpture Gardens 2145 W Brown Deer Rd, Milwaukee, WI 53217, tel: 414/276-6840.
Charles Allis Art Museum 1801 N Prospect Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53202, tel: 414/278-8295.
Patrick and Beatrice Haggerty Museum of Art Marquette University campus, 530 N 13th St, Milwaukee, WI 53233, tel: 414/288-7448.
INOVA Institute of Visual Arts UW Milwaukee Vogel Hall, 3253 N Downer Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53211, tel: 414/229-6243.
Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum 2220 N Terrace Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53202, tel: 414/271-3656.
Wisconsin Black Holocaust Museum 2233 N Fourth St, Milwaukee, WI 53212, tel: 414/264-2500.
Wisconsin Black Historical Society and Museum 2620 W Center St, Milwaukee, WI 53206, tel: 414/372-7677.
downtown cultural sites
Additional cultural sites and attractions are listed on Wisconline.
Betty Brinn Children's Museum 929 E Wisconsin Ave, tel: 414/291-0888.
Discovery World Museum of Science, Economics & Technology 720 W Wells St, tel: 414/765-0777.
Humphrey IMAX Dome Theater, 710 W Wells St, tel: 414/319-4629.
Maier Festival Park, 200 Harbor Dr, tel: 414/273-2680.
Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, 929 N Water St, tel: 414/273-2787.
Milwaukee Art Museum 750 N Lincoln Memorial Dr, tel: 414/224-3200.
Milwaukee County Historical Center 910 N Old World Third St, tel: 414/273-8288.
Milwaukee Public Library 814 W Wisconsin Ave, tel: 414/286-3000.
Milwaukee Public Museum 800 West Wells St, tel: 414/278-2702.