Wauwatosa Sustainability Committee

A citizen advisory committee of the Wauwatosa Common Council devoted to sustainability. Green Neighbor – Wauwatosa was inspired by this group’s Community Energy Efficiency subcommittee (led by John Bahr). The Committee’s recommendations to the Common Council were endorsed by a vote of 11-1 on 2/15/2011. Recommendation 7 includes, “Expand community outreach on energy issues. Continue the development of a home-based energy efficiency program for city residents.” On 10/6/2020, the Council unanimously adopted the Committee’s proposed “Energy Resolution” which calls for “municipal and community carbon neutrality by 2050.”

Renew Wisconsin

Supporters of renewable energy in Wisconsin, Renew are fiscal sponsors of Green Neighbor – Wauwatosa.

Sierra Club – Great Waters Group

Local chapter of the Sierra Club, volunteers with this group (including former staff member Rosemary Wehnes) were the major contributors to the Green Neighbor Checklist.

Tosa Farmers Market

Our local farmers market, a great place to go for local, often organic produce and a terrific sense of community.

Wauwatosa Neighborhood Associations

Wauwatosa has a strong structure of over 20 independent neighborhood associations, supported by a Neighborhood Association Council (NAC). Green Neighbor – Wauwatosa seeks to support these associations, especially as they focus on sustainability. (formerly Northwest Earth Institute)

Excellent books designed for group discussion.

The Low Carbon Diet, and the Green Living Handbook

Both by David Gershon of the Empowerment Institute, are also recommended guide book for our study/ action groups. The web site includes an easy to use carbon footprint calculator (one of many on the web, of course).

Focus on Energy

Wisconsin’s utility-funded organization to promote energy conservation and renewable energy.� Their web has many resources, including information on Focus cash incentives for efficient appliances and renewables.