The Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD) is partnering with The Water Council for a request for information (RFI) seeking submissions of interest from European-based engineering firms with experience in climate resiliency and adaptation. MMSD would like to grow its network of potential vendors that can assist with the attainment of its energy efficiency and climate mitigation goals from its 2035 Vision.

Since The Water Council has strong cluster and networking connections with hubs and organizations across Europe, coupled with our dedicated European representative, Beverley Ferrara, this was a win-win opportunity to work together to meet MMSD’s goal of expanding its potential vendor pool.

MMSD has a long and respected history of innovation as a wastewater utility. It has long been viewed in the industry as a leader, from its Milorganite® production to its Milwaukee Deep Tunnels stormwater management network to its innovative green infrastructure practices including Greenseams®, Working Soils® and more. The district is truly a quiet hero when it comes to wastewater treatment, green infrastructure and stormwater management. And it doesn’t stop there! MMSD has also been a longtime partner with The Water Council’s Pilot Program, providing funding and support to test and validate emerging technology and solutions for the district’s needs.

Now the district is once again looking to innovate in the area of climate resiliency. MMSD recognizes climate change and non-point pollution as the greatest environmental threats to service and water quality. It is aggressive in its 2035 Vision that includes a focus on integrated watershed management and climate change mitigation and adaptation with an emphasis on energy efficiency. It is seeking to address the following goals from the 2035 Vision:

1. Meeting a net 100% of MMSD’s energy needs with renewable energy sources.
2. Meeting 80% of MMSD’s energy needs with internal, renewable sources.
3. Reducing MMSD’s carbon footprint by 90% from its 2005 baseline.

MMSD is seeking information from EU firms with experience developing and implementing approaches to renewable, onsite energy production, greenhouse gas emission auditing and greenhouse gas emission reduction for municipal water reclamation districts.  Specifically, MMSD is interested in approaches for the following:

Does your firm have demonstrated experience in providing these types of solutions for utilities, industry or municipalities?  Consider submitting your interest to the RFI. Any questions?  Please feel free to reach out to Karen Frost, VP of economic development & innovation, at

I also invite you to check out the message above from Matt Magruder, environmental research manager at MMSD.