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Our Focus & Philosophy


Comprehensive Development

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What We Do

What we Do

Walnut Way Conservation Corps is a non-profit organization based in the Lindsay Heights neighborhood of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Our mission is centered around "Community-Led Comprehensive Development." This approach aims to empower community members to drive their own change, with Walnut Way serving as a facilitator and supporter. Our Community-Led Comprehensive Development approach recognizes the interconnectedness of wellness, work, and wealth. By fostering community wellness, we encourage active engagement. By linking work to environmental stewardship, we promote sustainable practices while providing meaningful employment. And by driving economic development, we enhance community wealth. Together, these elements create a resilient, self-sustaining neighborhood where every resident can thrive.


Community Engagement


Wellness is a foundational aspect of our community engagement work. We understand that a healthy community is an engaged community.

We foster wellness through various initiatives such as our Wellness Commons space, senior home repair program, and advocacy for fair energy policies. By creating a safe and healthy environment, we empower residents to actively participate in decision-making processes and community activities.


Enviornmental Stewardship


Work, in our context, goes beyond just job creation; it's closely tied to environmental stewardship. Through initiatives like our green infrastructure programs, residential and commercial energy efficiency pilots, and our green jobs initiative, we provide opportunities for meaningful work that also contributes to a more sustainable environment.

This approach is embodied in our businesses like Blue Skies Landscaping, where we generate revenue while enhancing our community's green spaces.


Economic Development


Wealth, in our view, is not just about individual prosperity, but about collective economic development. We support small businesses, administer a neighborhood improvement district, and rehabilitate residential foreclosures into affordable homeownership opportunities.

These initiatives contribute to community wealth by enhancing economic mobility, increasing access to resources, and promoting local entrepreneurship.

2020 - Lindsay Heights, Northwestern Mutal Data Science Project
This plan focuses on leveraging data science to drive social change. Walnut Way can use this resource to inform its decision-making processes, track the impact of its programs, and identify areas where further intervention might be needed.
2010 Lindsay Heights Zilber Quality of Life Plan
This plan offers a comprehensive approach to improving quality of life in select Milwaukee neighborhoods, including Lindsay Heights. Walnut Way can leverage the strategies outlined in this plan to address issues like economic disparities, housing inequities, and limited access to resources within the community.
2023 - Data You Can Use - Lindsay Heights Portrait
The portrait provides detailed demographic and socioeconomic data about the Lindsay Heights community. Walnut Way can use this data to better understand the needs and challenges of the community, tailor its programs accordingly, and measure progress over time.
2020 - Lindsay Heights Neighborhood Action Plan
The action plan provides a roadmap for community improvement efforts in Lindsay Heights, outlining key goals, strategies, and actions to enhance various aspects of community life. Walnut Way can use this plan to guide its initiatives, ensuring that they align with the community's broader goals and priorities.
2020 - Milwaukee: African American Well-bieng Index
This index provides critical insights into the wellbeing of African Americans in Milwaukee. It can help Walnut Way identify key areas of concern, develop targeted interventions, and track improvements over time.

Leveraging Data in Our Decision Making




FY 2023


Diverse Contracting
Earned Revenue
EPA Communuity Chage Grant - Slide Deck

EPA Community Change Grant 2024​
"Resilient Residents, Resilient City: Uniting Milwaukee Communities for Environmental Justice, Climate Action, and Economic Empowerment"


RSVP for Upcoming Community Events

  • Harvest Day 2024
    Harvest Day 2024
    Sat, Sep 21
    Clarence and Cleopatra Johnson - Park
    Sep 21, 2024, 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM
    Clarence and Cleopatra Johnson - Park, 1919 W Fond du Lac Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53205, USA
    Sep 21, 2024, 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM
    Clarence and Cleopatra Johnson - Park, 1919 W Fond du Lac Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53205, USA
    We're thrilled to invite you to the Harvest Day 2024, hosted by Walnut Way Conservation Corp. This grand celebration will take place at the newly christened Clarence and Cleopatra Johnson Park.
  • See What We See: Stories of Environmental Stewardship in Lindsay Heights
    See What We See: Stories of Environmental Stewardship in Lindsay Heights
    May 2024
    Milwaukee City Hall Rotunda
    May 2024
    Milwaukee City Hall Rotunda, 200 E. Wells Street, Milwaukee, WI 53202
    May 2024
    Milwaukee City Hall Rotunda, 200 E. Wells Street, Milwaukee, WI 53202
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