The Fund for Lake Michigan was established in conjunction with the resolution in 2008 of disputes concerning the Oak Creek Power Plant and Elm Road Generating Station in southeastern Wisconsin. The agreement establishing the Fund provides for payments of four million dollars each year from 2011 through 2035 to fund projects to improve the health of Lake Michigan. An Oversight Committee of Trustees manages the Fund, establishes grant-making priorities and guidelines, and makes funding decisions. Trustees of the Oversight Committee include utility representatives from We Energies, Madison Gas and Electric Company and Wisconsin Public Power Inc., and representatives from Clean Wisconsin, the Sierra Club, and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

The Greater Milwaukee Foundation serves as our fiscal sponsor and grant administrator. This lets us avoid costs associated with establishing an independent organization. Arabella Philanthropic Investment Advisors provides strategic support to the Fund and houses the Fund's staff.


  • Emily Green, Sierra Club
  • Tom Hanrahan, General Counsel, WPPI Energy
  • Jeff Jaeckles, Director - Safety and Environmental Affairs, Madison Gas and Electric
  • Steve Galarneau, Director, Office of the Great Lakes, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
  • David Lee, Water Quality Manager, Environmental Department, We Energies
  • Mark Redsten, Executive Director, Clean Wisconsin


  • Vicki Elkin, Executive Director
  • Casey Eggleston, Program Officer

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