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Milwaukee's Green Accolades & Awards


  • Clock Shadow Building won the top award in green building by the Wisconsin Green Building Alliance for Sustainability Energy Efficiency.

  • American Institute of Architects ranked Clock Shadow Building in Top Ten Green Buildings nationwide.

  • The U.S. Green Building Council has awarded LEED Platinum status to The Brewery redevelopment project in the former Pabst Brewery complex. The Brewery is one of only three neighborhoods in the US and five in the world to be given this highest designation for sustainable development practices falling under the new category “neighborhood designation.”
  • Outside Magazine named Milwaukee one of the Best River Towns in America.
  • The Clean Water America Alliance presented a 2012 U.S. Water Prize – one of six awards in the nation – to the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District for its efforts to reduce pollution throughout the 411 square mile metro watershed.
  • Milwaukee ranked 12th on SustainLane’s U.S. Cities Sustainability Index.
  • Milwaukee was named one of 25 U.S. Department of Energy Solar America Cities in 2011.
  • Award-winning Dept. of City Development-led redevelopment of the Menomonee Valley from contaminated brownfields to a thriving eco-industrial area. Also recognized by the Sierra Club as "One of the 10 Best Developments in the Nation.”
  • The City and Metropolitan Milwaukee Sewage District won the 2011 Leadership in Storm Water Management Award from Great Lakes & St. Lawrence Cities Initiative.
  • Miller Park, home of Milwaukee Brewers baseball, was awarded the coveted LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification in 2012, becoming the first stadium with a retractable roof and only the third Major League Baseball stadium overall to receive the designation.
  • Bicycling magazine ranked Milwaukee #24 on its list of America’s Top 50 Bike-Friendly Cities in 2012. Milwaukee was cited for its extensive bike trail system and funding for 100 miles of new bike lanes this year.
  • Milwaukee was rated #2 on a list of Top Ten Convention Centers in Highly Walkable Places by Convene magazine in 2012.
  • The Milwaukee RiverWalk was included on the list of Top Ten Great Public Spaces by the American Planning Association in October 2011.
  • Travel & Leisure ranked the Milwaukee RiverWalk third among its Top Ten Coolest River Walks in 2010.
  • Wisconsin is the #3 Bike Friendly State according to a 2011 ranking by the League of American Bicyclists.
  • Bicycling magazine named Milwaukee 25th in its list of America’s Best Bike Cities in 2011.
  • Milwaukee became one of 24 cities in the world to win a 2011 IBM Smarter Cities Challenge grant in support of Milwaukee’s efforts in urban agriculture.
  • Menomonee Valley Partners won the 2010 Trail Advocacy Award by The American Trails Organization for the planning, protection, development and maintenance of the Hank Aaron State Trail.
  • The City of Milwaukee ranked 13th among the nation’s most walkable cities, according to All o.f the core downtown neighborhoods, however, scored 90 and above, earning Milwaukee’s city center the designation of “Walker’s Paradise”.
  • The City of Milwaukee Department of Public Works won the 2010 Government Green Fleet Award.
  • The Milwaukee County Parks Department won the 2009 National Gold Medal for Excellence in the Park and Recreation Management Program.
  • In 2009 Milwaukee was designated a U.N. Global Compact City as an international hub of water research and technology.
  • Milwaukee was named a top 10 Green Roof City for 2009.
  • Milwaukee was named one of America’s top ten places to advance “Smart Conservation” by the Conservation Fund.
  • The Milwaukee Highland Park Housing Development was recognized by the Sierra Club as one of America’s best new development projects.



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