Green Milwaukee - Green Meetings
Here in Milwaukee our prime location on splendid Lake Michigan provides the perfect backdrop for urban outdoor fun and recreation for your attendees. We’re proud to be one of the only major Midwestern that can claim:
- A location at the confluence of three rivers and a Great Lake, with lush lakefront parklands, running routes and pristine beaches.
- A three-mile long RiverWalk, lined with public art, restaurants and pubs.
- 15,000 acres of county parks.
- Water and paddle sports on rivers and Lake Michigan.
- Bike path network of more than 100 miles.
- World-class golf courses.
- Innovative nature centers.
- SXSW Eco International Places by Design Winner - Urban Strategies Category: HOME GR/OWN
Pride in Milwaukee’s natural assets also inspires an ongoing resolve by our convention center complex, local corporations, environmental organizations, city government and residents to preserve the environment through sustainable practices throughout the city.
Looking for ways to reduce the carbon footprint of your events? These environmentally conscious partners are willing to help.
Green initiatives at the Wisconsin Center, Milwaukee’s convention center, include a comprehensive, single streaming waste recycling system implemented in cooperation with Waste Management, Inc. and Levy Restaurants, along with energy and water conservation systems. The center has also been awarded the Silver certification under Waste Management's Green Leader™ program.
The Wisconsin Center was also ranked #2 on a list of 15 second-tier city convention centers in “highly walkable places” according to PCMA CONVENE magazine. “A pedestrian-friendly RiverWalk, built along the Milwaukee River, links downtown with the historic Third Ward neighborhood, home to numerous art galleries and restaurants.”
Levy Restaurants at the Wisconsin Center uses biodegradable compostable, disposable products. Beverage cups, plates, flatware and packaging components of the boxed lunch are 100% compostable, and all deep frying is done with zero transfat oil.
Potawatomi Hotel & Casino
Through numerous green initiatives, Potawatomi Hotel & Casino has become one of the premier sustainable developments in Milwaukee. In May 2015, the hotel became the first casino hotel in Wisconsin to attain the prestigious LEED® Gold certification. The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating system, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council, ranks buildings on how well they save energy and water, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and improve indoor environmental quality.
A new icon on the Milwaukee skyline, the hotel is 19 stories with 381 rooms, featuring floor-to-ceiling windows and one-of-a-kind views of Milwaukee. The hotel accommodates large and small events with more than 12,000 square feet of meeting space, added to the existing 38,000 square feet of space in the casino itself.
Nature Centers as Green Meeting Venues
Schlitz Audubon Center
- Located 15 minutes from downtown Milwaukee on the shores of Lake Michigan
- Six miles of trails through 185 acres of unspoiled natural beauty
- Dorothy K. Vallier Environmental Learning Center: LEED-certified “green” building, featuring a two-story cathedral ceiling with panoramic views of the surrounding nature preserve
- Auditorium, classrooms and conference
Urban Ecology Center
- Located 10 minutes from downtown
- Internationally known for ecology programs and educational outreach
- On 15 acres of wooded land on the east bank of the Milwaukee River
- 20,000 square-foot green building, with fireplaces, and rustic handcrafted birch, poplar and willow furniture, is the perfect venue for meetings and receptions with a green theme
Travel Green Wisconsin
The Wisconsin Department of Tourism has awarded the prestigious Travel Green Wisconsin certification to more than a dozen local businesses for their environmentally friendly business practices.
Learn More About Green Milwaukee
Green Milwaukee is about more than just meetings. Learn about our other city-wide initiatives in Visit Milwaukee's Green section.