World Water Day: Milwaukee’s Initiative Calls on Cities to Become Water Centric Cities

Milwaukee’s Water Centric City Initiative is now calling cities and communities nationwide to take the pledge to become a Water Centric City.

Water resources are a critical asset for all cities, play an integral role in a city’s development, and are an essential element for a sustainable and resilient city. Milwaukee’s Water Centric City Initiative provides a framework for cities and communities to share best practices, metrics and guidance for the seven principles of water sustainability.

“Milwaukee understands that sustainable access to clean water is central to our economy and way of life,” says Erick Shambarger, Milwaukee’s Director of Environmental Sustainability. “The next step is to engage other cities and communities in the same water-related efforts.”

Cities or communities can take the pledge to become a Water Centric City, which connects them to a network of cities committed to implementing water sustainability nationwide. It provides cities with a framework of principles developed by the City of Milwaukee in collaboration with the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Freshwater Sciences.

“Creating a network of cities that are committed to water-related efforts will increase the shared knowledge of what works and what doesn’t,” says Shambarger. “Just as cities are working together on climate action, we need to work together to raise the importance of water issues.

Water Centric City is a program of the Environmental Collaboration Office of Milwaukee City Government, along with partners The Water Council and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Freshwater Sciences. If you would like more information about this topic please visit the Water Centric Cities webpage at www.WaterCentricCity.org.

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