Sustainable Construction

High-Performance Buildings

In response to ever-increasing energy costs, Milwaukee County is upgrading its buildings to reduce energy consumption and its Milwaukee County Courthousecarbon footprint.  The County is performing energy audits on its larger buildings to identify the most cost-effective ways to implement energy savings measures, and entered into “guaranteed energy savings performance contracts” with local contractors to perform the retrofits. The building modifications completed in 2008 and 2009 are expected to result in estimated energy savings of $600,000 per year.

Changes in lighting systems at the Milwaukee County Courthouse and Criminal Justice buildings are expected to save more than $200,000 per year in utility bills, or 2.8 million killowatt-hours, which translates to 4.5 million pounds of CO2, or enough energy to power 285 homes.

Green Design

Energy savings is not the only goal of sustainable design. Improving the environment we live and work in while lowering our impact on Milwaukee County Zoo our natural resources is equally important. The United States Green Building Council has developed guidelines for sustainable design. The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) guidelines have become the standard by which green buildings across the country are being measured. Future Milwaukee County construction projects are required to evaluate and implement when appropriate, sustainable design features that have been developed based on LEED.

Mission: To improve Milwaukee County government's operational efficiency and effectiveness, protect and restore natural resources, and enhance the quality of life for County residents, now and in the future


Summer 2016
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Gordie Bennett
Sustainability DirectorDept. of Administrative Services
633 W Wisconsin Ave, Ste. 1004
Milwaukee, WI 53203


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