Wisconsin businesses earn recognition for sustainability

The Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council recently recognized 34 companies as Green Masters at the sixth annual Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council Conference.

The ceremony was held at the Lands’ End corporate campus in Dodgeville.

The Green Masters Program is a recognition program that highlights the sustainability initiatives of Wisconsin. Developed by the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council and Wisconsin businesses, in conjunction with the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the Green Masters Program recognizes Wisconsin’s sustainability leaders.

Green Masters are companies that have scored in the top 20 percent of all participating companies in the Green Masters
Program. As Green Masters, the companies have demonstrated a commitment to sustainability leadership both within their sectors and in their communities.

“We’re proud to announce that 34 Wisconsin businesses have been recognized as Green Masters,” said Tom Eggert, executive director of the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council. “These organizations are innovators while adhering to a Triple Bottom line philosophy, demonstrating that companies can be profitable and socially and environmentally responsible.”

“It’s been incredibly encouraging to see all of the amazing initiatives companies throughout the state are implementing – from LEED certification to community gardens to landfill gas-to-energy projects,” said Marcus Cederström, program director of the Green Masters Program. “This year, of the 167 companies, nearly 50 percent are businesses with less than 100 employees. We’re also excited to welcome 53 new companies to the program.”

The 34 companies recognized as Green Masters in 2013, represent many different sectors and come from cities throughout Wisconsin.

They are:
Affinity Health System – Menasha
American Family Insurance – Madison
Appleton Coated LLC – Greenville
Appvion Inc. – Appleton
Century Foods International – Sparta
Channeled Resources MaraTech – Marathon
City of Oconomowoc/Oconomowoc Utilities – Oconomowoc
Didion Milling Inc. – Johnson Creek
Environmental Compliance Systems Inc. – Lake Mills
Epic – Verona
Evolution Marketing – Oconomowoc
Frito-Lay, Inc. – Beloit
Green Bay Packaging Inc. – Green Bay
Gundersen Health System – La Crosse
JBS Green Bay Inc. – Green Bay
Johnson Controls Inc. – Milwaukee
KI – Green Bay
Kohl’s Department Stores – Menomonee Falls
Lands’ End – Dodgeville
Laser Pros International – Rhinelander
Lauterbach Group Inc. – Sussex
Menasha Packaging Company, LLC – Neenah
Mercury Marine – Fond du Lac
Miron Construction Co. Inc. – Neenah
Neenah Paper Inc. – Neenah
Nestle Confections & Snacks – Burlington
Northeast Wisconsin Technical College – Green Bay
Organic Valley/CROPP Cooperative – La Farge
Phillips-Medisize – Eau Claire
Rockwell Automation Inc. – Milwaukee
Sargento Foods – Elkhart Lake
ThedaCare – Appleton
Trek Bicycles – Waterloo
Wisconsin Industrial Sand Company – Menomonie

Applicants to the Green Masters Program are judged on a comprehensive range of sustainability issues, from energy to water use to educational outreach and governance. Almost 170 Wisconsin businesses are participating in the program where the top twenty percent achieve the highest “Green Master” designation.

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