Former brewery recognized for 'green' redevelopment

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by Jennifer Tomazic

MILWAUKEE -- It used to house hosiery, cheese, and beer but now a UWM building is considered a world leader when it comes to sustainable redevelopment.

Tuesday, the Joseph J. Zibler School of Public Health received a Gold LEED Award for being one of the most efficient facilities in the world.  LEED is an internationally recognized green building program.

"Look up at the original Terra-cotta ceiling tiles.  They remind us that something that was built well years ago can be part of what we do everyday," said Magda Peck, Dean of Zibler School of Public Health.

The surrounding neighborhood near the former Pabst Brewery complex also got a LEED Pilot Platinum Award for the redevelopment near 10th and Juneau.
   
"What we want to do is we want to use this as a template throughout the city so people think of Milwaukee as the fresh coast capital of the world and as a place that takes sustainability very seriously," said Mayor Tom Barrett who accepted the award Tuesday on behalf of the city.

There are only a handful of other communities throughout the world who have similar LEED designations.
 

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