Commissioner Cole will be accepting the Lifetime Achievement Award from Keep Greater Milwaukee Beautiful (KGMB) on November 2.

The honor comes for his outstanding contributions to environmental excellence, and will be presented by KGMB Executive Director Joe Wilson at the 2017 IDEAL Awards Gala.

“The KGMB board selected Preston Cole for this award based on his lifetime contributions to the greening of the state of Wisconsin,” said Executive Director Wilson. “He has been instrumental on the local, state and national level in the pursuit of enhancing the urban tree canopies and the direction of our conservation and preservation of state natural resources. His support of stewardship programs led to his selection as the Lifetime Achievement Award winner.”

Much of Cole’s record of success was created while working for the City. He was a long-time employee in the Department of Public Works and recently was appointed by Mayor Barrett to serve as Commissioner of the Department of Neighborhood Services. “Preston is certainly deserving of this award,” Mayor Barrett said. “He has dedicated his career to making Milwaukee a beautiful place. I congratulate him on this honor and thank him for his continued commitment and ongoing work in environmental advocacy.”

Keep Greater Milwaukee Beautiful, Inc. is an award-winning non-profit which has been part of the Greater Milwaukee community since 1983 and is committed to promoting a clean, healthy, safe, and beautiful community through environmental education and community involvement programs.

Department of Neighborhood Services

Lee Matz