Public Work's Solar Panels
The City of Wauwatosa partnered with McKinstry to design, install, commission and monitor solar panels on the roof of the city’s Public Works Facility. The solar panels are expected to meet about 96% of the facility’s annual electricity consumption. Additionally, the City of Wauwatosa received more than $100,000 in incentives through the Renewable Energy Competitive Incentive Program (RECIP) offered by Focus on Energy.
LED Street Lights
Wauwatosa owns about 6,300 street lights, and is in the process of converting these lights to LED fixtures. Switching to LED streetlights saves both money and energy while simultaneously increasing safety and visibility. The LED lights are dark-sky friendly because they allow little to no uplight, reducing light pollution and allowing people to see stars and planets more clearly. The LED lights are also expected to last more than four times longer than current streetlights, meaning fewer outages and fewer repair trips. Additionally, the LED lights’ components are recyclable.
Tosa Green Summer
The City of Wauwatosa partnered with MMSD in the summer of 2018 to distribute free rain barrels, rain gardens, and soil amendments to residents to make their lawns much more absorbent. Rain barrels collect and store rain water runoff, which helps to reduce runoff pollution and erosion. Plus, you get free water! Although rain barrels, rain gardens, and soil amendments are no longer free, residents may still purchase them through MMSD.
Construction with Green Infrastructure
The City of Wauwatosa is being recognized by the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewer District (MMSD) as a ‘Green Liminary’ for our green alley construction. We installed 17 green alleys so far, with 5 more coming in 2020. The green alleys feature new concrete paving, storm sewer relay, surface restorations, and sidewalk and drive approaches in alleyways. The process reduces rainfall runoff, helps clean and recharge groundwater and alleviates flooding concerns.
Single Use Plastic Straws
Government Affairs is considering an ordinance limiting the use of single use plastic straws. The ordinance would make paper/compostable straws the default straw for individual serving beverages, with plastic straws available for any customer who requests one. The ordinance would not prohibit serving beverages where a small plastic straw is included in the packaging, and does not apply to viscous drinks (like smoothies or milkshakes).