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2020 Green Infrastructure Partnership Program Awards Announced

06/30/20 01:30:pm

MMSD Awards $3.6M for green infrastructure projects 

On Monday, June 22, 2020, the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD) Commission approved the award of $3,619,917 to 20 successful applicants to the District’s Green Infrastructure Partnership Program (GIPP)

The GIPP offers incentive funding on a per-gallon-captured, reimbursement basis for green infrastructure strategies designed to capture and clean water where it falls. Applications are scored based on an established set of criteria focused on the applicant’s ability and commitment to implement, maintain, and promote their project.  

When completed, these projects will provide a total of nearly 1.9 million gallons of stormwater detention capacity.  These projects will incorporate a wide variety of green infrastructure (GI) types designed to manage water where it falls thereby helping to reduce the likelihood of sewer overflows and basement backups. 

2020 Green Infrastructure Partnership Program Award Winners: 

  • Century City Triangle Neighborhood Park Reconstruction, submitted by City of Milwaukee, MKE Parks 

  • Washington High School "Home Field Advantage" Renovation Project, submitted by Common Ground 

  • General Mitchell Elementary School Green Infrastructure, submitted by General Mitchell Elementary School - Ryan Johnson - Principal 

  • McKinley Elementary School, submitted by Wauwatosa School District 

  • Wilson WSTEM Elementary School, submitted by Wauwatosa School District 

  • UCC Early Learning Academy, submitted by United Community Center 

  • Westlawn Renaissance II, submitted by Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee 

  • 2020 Utility Reconstruction, submitted by Village of Fox Point 

  • MATC Downtown Outdoor Gathering Space Improvements, submitted by Milwaukee Area Technical College 

  • Green and Healthy Schools - Academy of Accelerated Learning, submitted by Milwaukee Board of School Directors 

  • Green and Healthy Schools - Bay View Montessori, submitted by Milwaukee Board of School Directors 

  • Green and Healthy Schools - La Escuela Fratney, submitted by Milwaukee Board of School Directors 

  • Green and Healthy Schools - North Division High School, submitted by Milwaukee Board of School Directors 

  • Green and Healthy Schools - Allen-Field, submitted by Milwaukee Board of School Directors 

  • Neighborhood House Green Infrastructure Project, submitted by Neighborhood House of Milwaukee, Inc. 

  • School Sisters of Notre Dame, Mount Mary University & Milwaukee Catholic Home & Student Housing Development, submitted by SSND MMU MCH Venture, Inc. 

  • Beerline Plaza Green Infrastructure, submitted by Riverworks Development Corporation 

  • South Shore Garden & Landscape Green Infrastructure Initiative, submitted by Sarah Janicek - SJ Landscaping, LLC 

  • Urban Pioneer, submitted by Pioneer Urban Condos, LLC 

  • Walnut Way's Wellness Commons Phase II, submitted by Walnut Way Conservation Corp. 


The 2020 Green Infrastructure Partnership Program application process is currently closed. Stay tuned for the announcement of the 2021 Green Infrastructure Partnership Program in January of 2021.

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MMSD's Green Infrastructure Vision

Green infrastructure projects are consistent with MMSD's 2035 Vision and Strategic Objectives and our long-range goal to eliminate sewer overflows, improve water quality, and incorporate an overall triple-bottom-line sustainable approach to operations.  Projects funded through the GIPP support implementation of the District’s Regional Green Infrastructure Plan (RGIP) (2013)Urban Biodiversity Plan (2018), and the Resilience Plan (2019)

MMSD's interest in green infrastructure is to increase the implementation of innovative approaches to wet weather management that is cost-effective, sustainable, and environmentally friendly. Green infrastructure management approaches and technologies infiltrate, capture, and reuse stormwater to maintain, restore, or mimic nature by draining it into the ground to reduce water pollution.

Projects should seek to demonstrate a connection or relationship to the purpose and function of other MMSD watercourse flood management, and green infrastructure work.