Enjoy the serenity of the South Pier District and the Historic Fish Shanty Village Riverfront Boardwalk. Home to the world-renowned John Michael Kohler Art Center, theaters, museums, antique shops, and charming Bed and Breakfasts. There is always something fun to do with a variety of events and activities such as music festivals, boating, biking, and the Blue Harbor Resort water park. Sheboygan also offers the excitement of Lake Michigan charter fishing and world-class sailboat racing.
In August of 2008, the Mayor and Common Council created the Sustainable Sheboygan Task Force. The purpose of this Task Force was to study and make recommendations regarding strategies to be adopted by the City for creating and maintaining a sustainable Sheboygan, focusing on such topics as recycling, green purchasing, energy conservation, waste management and sustainability measures, and raising community awareness on environmental stewardship. These measures would result in cost savings and reduced consumption of resources throughout the City. A number of accomplishments have been achieved since the creation of the Task Force and they include:
- The curb-side recycling program has diverted over 40,000 tons of materials from our landfills since 1996.
- The drop-off site has collected approximately, 3,000 tons of scrap metal since 2000.
- The drop-off site and compost site has collected over 100,000 tons of yard waste, diverting it from landfills and composting the material for reuse in gardens.
- The drop-off site collected 15,000 gallons of used motor oil and 10 tons of used car batteries each year.
- In cooperation with Alliant Energy, the City has worked to capture excess methane gas and turn it into electricity at our Wastewater Water Treatment Plant and even sell it back to the grid on occasion. Our WWTP operates on the excess gas and does not require any outside electricity to operate.
- In 2007, the WWTP sold 2,076 Renewable Energy Credits for $6,540 because of the green energy the mircoturbines produced.
- In the past two years, the City of Sheboygan has invested in 65 LED street lighting facilities.
- Two recent City buildings, the King Park Shelter and Sheboygan Police Department have been designed to maximize southern exposure, operable windows and fans for natural ventilation, rain gardens for stormwater control, light-colored roofing to decrease solar gains, recyclable concrete masonry products and cement siding.
In 2007, Sheboygan became an Eco-Municipality to serve as a model for our citizens, encouraging economic development, and industrial initiatives while protecting the ecosystem. In May of 2009, Sheboygan became an Energy Independent Community 25×25. We are also a Bird City USA and Tree City USA.
Visit the City of Sheboygan site for more information.