distributed for use in retail and professional markets worldwide.  In 2015, the sale of Milorganite® 
brought in  close to $9million in revenue, contributing more than 11% of MMSD’s overall revenue 
needed to offset operating expenses, and  providing a significant reduction of cost to rate payers.  

With a focus on science based recommendations in growing plant life, agronomic research carried out 
by staff and thru relationships with many academic institutions has not only validated Milorganite’s 
safety and benefits, it has changed turf science. Current research is being undertaken on creating 
additional value-added products, as well as determining the impacts and the remediation of emerging 
contaminates in biosolids.  

MMDS’s commitment to integrated watershed management that balances grey and green infrastructure 
necessitates the establishment of productive partnerships and intentional engagement with strategic 
stakeholders as well as on-going outreach to the general public. All major projects have robust outreach 
and engagement components and incorporate community input. MMSD’s Neighborhood Green 
Infrastructure Program is implemented through partnerships with nonprofit organizations and 
neighborhood associations. 

With two staff positions dedicated to outreach, MMSD engages in extensive outreach to the community 
through K12 school programs, professional development programs for teachers, facility tours, 
conferences and events, and an active speakers’ bureau that presents to community, business, and 
professional organizations reaching over 26,000 people in 2015.  

The 2035 Vision and Strategic Objectives set forth ambitious objectives for energy efficiency and energy 
generation and reuse -- meet a net 100% of MMSD’s energy needs with renewable energy; meet 80% of 
MMSD energy needs with internal, renewable sources; use the Greenseams® Program to sequester 30% 
of MMSD’s carbon footprint; and reduce MMSD’s carbon footprint by 90% from its 2005 baseline. 

MMSD’s SeWeR: Sustainable Water Reclamation Plan (2012), written as a response to the 2035 Vision, 
further details the goals. The Energy Plan (2015) outlines and prioritizes energy-related actions to reach 
those goals. The 2050 Facilities Plan, currently in development, builds on those energy objectives -- be a 
zero energy user from outside sources and be an energy provider to outside sources.  

The Facilities Department uses the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for Existing 
Buildings Standard for the Headquarters and Lab buildings as the criteria for decisions on purchasing, 
maintenance activities, and operational changes. Recent vehicle procurements have resulted in more 
than a dozen compressed natural gas, hybrid, and electric powered vehicles. 

MMSD directs significant resources to energy generation and recovery as well as to concurrent, rigorous 
planning to put in place actions that will enable MMSD to meet its sustainability and energy goals.  
Anaerobic digesters convert bio-solids to bio-gas that generate over 2/3 of the energy needed for the SS 
Facility. Waste heat captured during electricity generation at the JIWRF is then used to preheat the 
Milorganite® dryers, reducing energy needed for drying bio-solids. Landfill gas is cleaned and then piped 
19 miles from a landfill to the JIWRF and converted into electricity, further reducing energy costs.  

The 2020 Facilities Plan spurred development of major watershed initiatives in the region. Funding was 
secured by MMSD to develop watershed restoration plans (WRP) for the Menomonee and Kinnickinnic 
Rivers. Public engagement led to inclusion of goals related to habitat, accessibility, and aesthetics.