Milwaukee named “a water technology hub” by the U.N.

Terrific news!

Quoting JSOnline:

“The United Nations on Tuesday will designate Milwaukee as a U.N. Global Compact City, making it one of 13 such cities worldwide, in a move that will help the region promote its image abroad as an international hub of water technology.

“The 5-year-old U.N. program obligates member cities to showcase progress on issues that involve human rights, environmentalism, health or labor standards…

Milwaukee becomes only the second such U.N. city in the United States alongside San Francisco, which champions a Business Council on Climate Change that encourages Bay area companies such as Google Inc. to adhere to low-carbon environmental practices. Milwaukee is also the second U.N. city anywhere with a focus that involves water. The other is Jamshedpur, India, where Tata Steel’s giant mills are working on industrial sewage treatment projects.”

(How often do we see Milwaukee and San Francisco alongside one another in a positive light, much less at all?)

It must be noted that Milwaukee is home to Sweet Water Organics, the first aquaculture farm started in a reclaimed industrial building. This appears not to have gone unnoticed; the article lists “studying aquaculture to breed edible fish on the assumption that seafood offers cheaper animal protein than livestock” as one of the proposed projects that got our city this honor from the U.N.

Let’s make it good, Milwaukee!

Author: Jason Haas

Jason is an elected member of the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors, occasionally moonlights as an amateur gardener, and is a proud father of two, or three, depending on how you do the math.