By OnMilwaukee Staff Writers   Published Apr 22, 2020 at 12:02 PM

Although many of these places are currently closed or have limited offerings due to COVID-19 orders, let's look to the future where greener pastures are undoubtedly ahead. Happy Earth Day, Milwaukee.

As the beloved Kermit the Frog once said, "It's not easy being green." Although the spindly, sweet-hearted toad was referring to the color of his skin, it's also true in an environmental sense. It takes new thought patterns and a tweak in behaviors that might have been taught to us as children.

No doubt about it, bring green isn't easy, but if everyone takes a hop in the right direction, the earth as we know might not croak. (Too far with the frog theme?)

On a lighter note, OnMilwaukee compiled a list of 100 green things in Brew City. The staff took great liberty when compiling this list – many are "green" in the eco-friendly sense of the word whereas others are actually green in color or green-ish. They are in no particular order.

    1.    The roof of the Rockwell Automation building, the Downtown Public Library, the Milwaukee Public Museum and more
    2.    Strange Town bar and restaurant featuring plant-based meals
    3.    The lacks of straws at  many local eateries.
    4.    Great Lakes Distillery's Absinthe Verte
    5.    The Harbor District neighborhood project 
    6.    Bucks face masks 
    7.    Archives of the "Wisconsin Vegetable Gardener" WNOV radio program 
    8.    The FIX, a four-story green structure in Walker's Point
    9.    A bowl of Real Chili left on the counter for 10 days or more
    10.  Port of Milwaukee wind turbine
    11.  Milwaukee Public Museum's stormwater initiative
    12.  The rebooted Green Sheet in the Milwaukee Journal 
    13.  Wisconsin Bike Fed
    14.  Irish Fest (the 2021 feat is gonna be better than ever!)
    15.  The Pedal Tavern's foot-powered vehicles 
    16.  Paddy’s Pub
    17.   Victory Garden Initiative
    18.   "The big green limousine" (aka Milwaukee County Transit System)
    19.   Our neighbor to the north: Green Bay
    20.  Our neighbor to the southwest: Spring Green
    21.   Kopp's Mr. Fudgie custard (mint custard, cookies and plenty o’ fudge)
    22.   The nourishing food at Bowls
    23.   The dome of the Basilica of StJosaphat
    24.   Robert Greenstreet (dean of the UWM School of Architecture and Urban Planning)
    25.   Milwaukee Bucks' theme song, "Green and Growing" (circa 1978)
    26.   Greenfield
    27.   Greendale
    28.   Bobby Greenya, owner of Champions Pub
    29.   The Green Kitchen in the Milwaukee Public Market
    30.   The lower grandstand seats at the old County Stadium
    31.   Urban Beets Cafe
    32.  City Green condos on Marshall Street
    33.   The putting greens at the Milwaukee County golf courses
    34.   Packers gear (well, the part that isn’t gold)
    35.   Habitat For Humanity's ReStore
    36.   The screens behind local meteorologist
    37.   Milwaukee street signs
    38.   O'Lydia's Irish bar and grill
    39.   Miller Park’s grass/ turf /roof
    40.   The color of Chicago’s envy for Milwaukee
    41.   The turf inside Nine Below Mini Golf Tavern
    42.   "Green" realtor, Toni Spott 
    43.   Art and architecture writer Mary-Louise Schumacher’s eyes
    44.   Tom Green, the late Elvis impersonator
    45.   The Wisconsin Green Party
    46.   The CBD buds at CBD stores like "Erth" Dispensary
    47.   Milwaukee River when the Bucks went to the finals 
    48.   Admirals president Jon Greenberg
    49.   The Tropical Dome
    50.   City of Milwaukee garbage carts
    51.   Community Building & Restoration: Thoughtful Craftsman
    52.   The pea soup, among many other dishes, at Beans & Barley
    53.   Orchard Street Press, a sustainable screen printing/design company
    54.   Color of the mohawk on the guy who hangs out in front of Fuel Cafe
    55.   Tables made from a bowling alley floor at Braise
    56.   The pot at the end of the Wisco legalization rainbow 
    57.   The pesto at Pasta Tree
    58.   Milwaukee Hurling Club
    59.   BelAir Cantina's guacamole
    60.  The olive in a Hi-Hat martini
    61.   The Tandem (formerly the Wally Schmidt Tavern)
    62.   A grasshopper at At Random (and the trim on the outside of the building) 
    63.   The Urban Ecology Center
    64.   The tables made from yard sticks at Art Bar
    65.   Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Wisconsin
    66.   The top of the North Point Water Tower
    67.   Oriental Pharmacy’s green river drink (RIP)
    68.   The sky before the city’s most severe tornado on Aug. 4, 1980
    69.   A Naked Juice Green Machine drink from Outpost
    70.   Boerner Botanical Gardens
    71.   Cee Lo songs on 88.9
    72.   The coleslaw on a fish fry plate at Kegel's Inn 
    73.   (Some of) the peacock’s feathers at the Milwaukee County Zoo
    74.   The exterior of The Newport
    75.   Environmental artist and water advocate, Melanie Ariens
    76.   Culver's french fry oil-fueled vehicles
    77.   Menomonee River Valley initiatives
    78.   Milwaukee’s 121 miles of boulevards, 59 green spaces, 20 designated municipal properties and 20 above-ground planters in the Downtown area
    79.   The Milwaukee Urban Water Trail
    80.   Johnathan Green, former WTMJ radio announcer for "The Greenhouse" 
    81.   Colectivo at the Lake
    82.   The Department of Public Works Field Headquarters
    83.   The Sigma Group building
    84.   CG Schmidt headquarters    
    85.   Gathering on the Green
    86.   Milwaukee Rowing Club facility
    87.   Lloyd Street School's Bioretention Project    
    88.   Milwaukee Scrap, LLC
    89.   UW-Milwaukee Great Lakes WATER Institute    
    90.   Highland Gardens Public Housing Facility, Milwaukee's first green public housing facility 
    91.   Miller Brewing Company's parking lot    
    92.   El Rey's salsa verde
    93.   The plants in the windows at Goodkind 
    94.   Not the plants at Conejito's
    95.   The fresh salads on Cafe Lulu’s menu
    96.   A pickle-on-a-stick at State Fair or Summerfest
    97.   Fondy Food Center / Farmers' Market (and all farmers' markets!)
    98.   The mint jelly served with Pandl’s lamb
    99.   All Earth Day events
    100.  Milorganite