AwardWinner KevinShafer

Civic Award

Kevin L. Shafer, P.E. is the Executive Director of the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD) and is responsible for the overall leadership and direction for MMSD. He coordinates the strategic goals and objectives as well as their approval by the Commission; oversees the development of policies and operating plans; and represents MMSD to its customers, agencies, and the public.

He developed the Greenseams program to capture and and process stormwater through green infrastructure. The mission of Greenseams is to create enough green infrastructure in the Milwaukee region to capture 740 million gallons of water every time it rains by 2035. As of 2015, this initiative has installed 100 projects protecting 3,100 acres of flood-prone land across 28 communities in greater Milwaukee through the use of green roofs, bioswales and other forms of green infrastructure. Mr. Shafer also worked to help establish the Southeastern Wisconsin Watersheds Trust, a non-profit organization working to restore the Greater Milwaukee watersheds, improve water quality and reduce stormwater runoff pollution.

Prior to joining the District, Shafer spent 10 years in private industry with an international engineering firm in Chicago and Milwaukee, and six years with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Fort Worth, Texas. He holds a bachelor’s degree in science and civil engineering with a specialty in water resources from the University of Illinois and a master’s in science and civil engineering from the University of Texas. He is a past president of the National Association of Clean Water Agencies and the Chair of the US Water Alliance’s Urban Water Sustainability Leadership Council. He currently serves on the EPA’s Local Government Advisory Committee and is the Chair of the Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF) Board of Directors.

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