"I love that Milwaukee is a bustling, small city."
Where do you work and what makes your role awesomesauce?
I work as the Education Coordinator at Keep Greater Milwaukee Beautiful, Inc. (KGMB). I schedule and create all of our educational programs, tours, and workshops for students, residents, and anyone else who wants to learn about the environment. My role is great because aside from setting up programming for students, I also get to teach many of the programs. I found my passion for teaching when studying environmental sciences at UW-Stevens Point and realized I wanted to share everything I learned with anyone who would listen. Luckily, KGMB is the perfect outlet for sharing that passion with Milwaukee residents.
What do you love most about Milwaukee?
I love that Milwaukee is a bustling, small city. I grew up near Chicago and thought I could never live in a city that large. Milwaukee is great because it has all the nice features and activities of a large city, without being so massive and daunting. You can literally drive from one end of the city to the other in 20 minutes. Driving through the downtown area at night is so cool because no one is out but there is a nice glow with all the city lights still on- kind of peaceful.
If you could create one thing in Milwaukee, what would it be?
I would build a Portillo’s restaurant. I know it’s a Chicago chain-but the food is AMAZING! Especially, the chocolate cake. I have heard rumors they may be building the first non-Illinois Portillo’s near Brookfield.
What is something missing from the community that you would love to see implemented?
I would love to see community garbage and recycling cans more widespread on streets around Milwaukee. I know that the logistics of installing these cans is difficult, however it’s painful to see how much garbage is just sitting around on curbsides and lawns. When we have cleaner looking streets, people perceive their environment differently and might take a little more pride in their neighborhoods. Let’s keep it clean, please don’t litter!
How long have you lived in Milwaukee and what brought you here?
I have only lived here for 10 months. I came to Milwaukee for an internship with the U.S. Forest Service’s downtown branch in the summer of 2015. Through their partnership with KGMB, I was able to find a full time job teaching others about the environment and what they can do to become stewards and take responsibility for their city.