Group creates award for environmental leadership

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Becoming increasing known as a leader in environmental leadership, Milwaukee is on the rise for promoting and recognizing initiatives that embrace environmental quality.

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Milwaukee is becoming more green, and the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD) is helping lead the way. The group has created its monthly Green Luminary Award to recognize area groups that find ways to reduce water runoff of any kind.

Green Luminaries are recognized by MMSD for leadership in promoting and installing green infrastructure to capture, cleanse and reduce storm water runoff and the resulting pollution that would occur. Rain barrels and rain gardens, permeable pavement and green roofs are known as green infrastructure because they supplement the capacity of traditional gray infrastructure like metal sewer pipes. Previous Green Luminaries include the Fund for Lake Michigan, Mequon Nature Preserve, Outpost Natural Foods, Mandel Group and many others. This month’s winner is the Century City Triangle Neighborhood Association (CCTNA).

CCTNA has accomplished a lot in the 30th St. Industrial Corridor, installing 200 rain barrels and just under 1,500 square feet of rain gardens in just the past two years. Plans are to add another 100 rain barrels this year and another 600 square feet of rain gardens. When completed, the group’s full 2,100 square feet of gardens will absorb 9,240 gallons of water every time it rains, Karen Sands, MMSD’s director of planning, research and sustainability has estimated.

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