Congratulations to our 2015 Green Master companies!  The companies listed below scored in the top 20% of participating organizations in the Green Masters Program. Interested in learning more about the Program? Click here for details about the Green Masters Program.

Appleton Coated LLC – Combined Locks
In 2014, Appleton Coated focused on increasing their offering of printing papers made with high levels of post-consumer recovered fiber, by adding 69 new stocked items and eliminating the pricing differential. This allowed customers to easily choose more environmentally responsible papers and increased Appleton Coated’s overall usage of post-consumer recovered fiber.

Appvion, Inc. – Appleton
Appvion, Inc. takes seriously its responsibility to use water, energy, fiber, and chemicals wisely, and continuously seeks more ways to recycle. Appvion is one of a few paper companies with separate ISO 14001 certifications of its headquarters and research laboratories, as well as of its manufacturing locations. The company continues to introduce new product platforms to make product development “greener” by substituting ingredients that reduce the impact on the environment.

cei (Coating Excellence International, LLC) – Wrightstown
As part of their participation as a Sustainable Green Printer, another certification that they have achieved, their current continuous improvement project focuses on reducing the volume of waste ink that generated by 15% over a two-year time frame.  This project will be successful thanks to the participation and innovation of their employees.

Channeled Resources MaraTech – Marathon
In 2014 Channeled Resources instituted a re-design of their “clean room converting” building. This redesign consisted of significant lowering of the existing ceiling, rerouting of HVAC ductwork and new hi-efficiency converting equipment. These changes will create significant reductions in energy usage and improvements in efficiency.

CNH Industrial – Burr Ridge
In 2013, CNH Industrial’s plant in Racine constructed a biofilter for collecting and treating stormwater runoff.  Stormwater runoff is diverted into a biofilter swale, and then percolates through native plantings and layers of engineered soils. The filtered water collects at the bottom and then flows in the facility’s stormwater drainage system. This biofilter is designed to remove silt and other pollutants from stormwater runoff.

Didion Milling, Inc. – Johnson Creek
In four years, Didion Milling and Ethanol has reduced its energy intensity by 10.2% and is on track to meet its U.S. Department of Energy pledge to reduce energy intensity by 25 percent over 10 years. Didion Ethanol, a zero liquid discharge facility, recycles process water, using approximately 30 percent less water with no direct discharge water into local waterways. Didion’s sustainability team strictly monitors energy usage, streamlining processes and reducing energy demands while maintaining high production standards.

Dominion Properties – Milwaukee
Sage on Jackson was designed to raise the standard for sustainable multifamily housing in the region through the use of cutting edge technologies, building methods, and materials. The building is on track to receive its LEED Platinum Certification, making it the first of its kind in Milwaukee. With market rates, Sage on Jackson is affording residents the opportunity to live in a green building and allowing more people to join in positively impacting our community and our environment.

Environmental Systems, Inc. – Brookfield
Recently, ESI had a partnership with Saks Fifth Avenue, where they focused on demonstrating their ability to implement a strategic plan for installation, integration and support for a new Environmental Management Plan (EMP) system. ESI’s previous success with existing retail customers has come from their ability to understand the organization’s needs before developing a solution. Coupled with their attention to detail, ESI feels confident that their consultative approach has captured the Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) important to this client.

Epic – Verona
Epic has added several thousand additional bore field wells to their existing system. This will expand their geothermal system for buildings presently being completed for the coming year.

Fairmount Santrol – Menomonie
Fairmount Santrol sets specific, measurable sustainable development goals at each of their facilities annually, in 13 different areas of sustainability. Achievement up to 125% is allowed, to encourage employees to exceed expectations. In 2014 the Wisconsin operations combined will reach 124.75% completion on their sustainable development goals. In addition, Fairmount Santrol has maintained “Zero Waste to Landfill” since 2012 at three of their Wisconsin facilities, and expects to reach that target at their fourth facility in 2015.

Frito-Lay, Inc. – Beloit
This year Frito-Lay converted over 85% of the lights to LED and new generation fluorescent lighting, leading to approximately $10,000 per month in savings. Gas efficiency has improved 5% over last year’s performance, and they now send less than 1% of all waste to landfill. The site is now leading all of Frito Lay North America in starch recovery efficiency, and is an excellent example of WI companies pushing the boundaries for profitable sustainability.

Green Bay Packaging, Inc. – Green Bay
Green Bay Packaging Wisconsin operations are committed to sustainable practices that optimize resources and responsibly balance, economic, social, and environmental goals in producing quality and innovative products for its customers. Green Bay Packaging Inc. has implemented paper pellets as a fuel source at its Green Bay Mill site.

Hudson Hospital and Clinics – Hudson
Hudson Hospitals and Clinics have eliminated the purchase and use of Styrofoam within their facility. They have replaced Styrofoam cups with a compostable product, and introduced returnable/reusable take-out containers. Campus employees may purchase a reusable take-out container token to participate. Those who choose not to purchase a token are charged for recyclable take-out containers, to steer campus employees in the direction of using either the china dishes or the reusable take-out container. This has been a popular program thus far.

Jack Link’s Beef Jerky Co. – Minong
In 2013, the Jack Link’s Minong, Wis. facility funded the construction of a 13-mile gas main from Trego, Wis. to their facility in Minong. This offered more reliable, affordable and cleaner energy to the area, thereby reducing the carbon footprint and GHG emissions. Additionally, their facility in New Glarus, Wis. achieved zero landfill status in 2013 and 2014 and contributed to their overall domestic manufacturing zero landfill achievement.

JBS Green Bay, Inc. – Green Bay
JBS Green Bay, an ISO 14001 Certified Company, has implemented the ISO 50001 Energy Management Standard. Conformance with this International Standard will assure that JBS Green Bay continues to operate in a sustainable manner by setting strict, measurable goals to further reduce water and energy impacts.

KI (Krueger International) – Green Bay
KI has a three-pronged approach to its environmental efforts. They make sure every process, whether it’s constructing a chair or marketing their products, reduces or eliminates the impact on the environment. They incorporate renewable and recyclable materials in as many products as possible, and are always evaluating new materials. And finally, they manufacture with longevity in mind, by engineering and designing product components that make their products easy to repair, disassemble, and recycle at the end of their life cycle.

Kohl’s Department Store – Milwaukee
In 2014 Kohl’s had over 400 merchandise vendors complete Sustainability Assessments. This is the fifth year Kohl’s has engaged its supply chain in driving positive environmental improvements.  Not only will they work on our own operations, but will also collaborate with all business partners to drive efficiency and sustainability.

Lands’ End – Dodgeville
Having begun its sustainability journey in 2009, Lands’ End is now a proud Green Master for the 5th year in a row! As a new member of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, Lands’ End is working with other leading retailers to manufacture products in a more sustainable manor. Additionally, the company is piloting a waste reduction program on its Dodgeville campus where employees further separate their workstation waste into compostable and recyclable materials in order to continue their work towards becoming a Zero Landfill Company.

Laser Pros International – Rhinelander
One particular area that has received a great deal of attention this year has been waste management opportunities. When purchasing product, LPI follows a specific evaluation process to work with vendors on reduced packaging. In addition, they’ve implemented internal efforts to reduce & reuse include complete recycling of cardboard, plastics, glass, metal, and paper products. Through their efforts, they have diverted over 80% of waste material away from the landfill and to proper recycling programs.

Lauterbach Group Inc. – Sussex
Lauterbach group has moved towards providing, creating, and enhancing digital workflows, whether that be in their flexo cells or their inkjet based cells. They want to use technology to deliver information, checked through repeatable statistical evaluations. Their digital workflow eliminates human labor by performing these repeatable tasks, while human labor is geared towards providing expertise, interactive art pre-flights, and offering client’s solutions. Leveraging skills, technologies, and service to their clients allows them to turn top quality labels within 24 hours.

Madison Gas and Electric – Madison
Madison Gas and Electric works to continually improve its sustainability within its own walls. Their ongoing energy efficiency projects have reduced energy consumption at two of their main buildings by 44% since 2006. For example, they have switched to LED lighting and made HVAC upgrades. MGE also reaches out to the community, such as creating a special sustainability program called the New Green Challenge. Some of their African-American and Latino customers participate in a six-month challenge to live more sustainable lives while learning through regular classes and sharing their success on social media.

Menasha Corporation – Neenah
For the second time in a two-year period, Menasha Corporation engaged employees in a Cool Choices® sustainability challenge during the fall of 2014. Employees across North America formed 92 teams and competed to make the most environmentally sustainable choices over a six-week time frame. Employees made a total of 20,118 sustainable actions that they had never done before, resulting in electric, natural gas, water, and carbon dioxide emission reductions at home and at work.

Mercury Marine – Fond du Lac
In 2014 Mercury Marine introduced its Enertia ECO propeller, which was uniquely designed to increase fuel efficiency without forfeiting performance or reliability. ECO Prop increases hull lift, ultimately making the boat 10% more efficient at cruising speed by reducing overall drag. ECO Prop also provides lower planing speeds, without any compromise in top end speed or hole shot, and was awarded Boating Industry’s Top Product Award in 2014.

Phillips-Medisize – Eau Claire
Phillips-Medisize embraces environmental stewardship and believes it is a functional element to help drive performance. They believe that when an organization cares for its people, its environment, and its communities, all win. Since sustainability reaches into one’s society and economy, their organization’s footprint can create a lasting legacy.

Rockwell Automation – Milwaukee
After several rounds of common energy reduction projects, such as lighting retrofits and installing automatic sensors, Rockwell Automation’s Ladysmith facility looked at the process-line equipment for opportunities to conserve energy. After finding that existing injection molding machines were some of the highest energy consuming pieces of equipment, they replaced the aging equipment with modern units. A significant direct energy consumption savings were realized, along with reduced loading on the plant air conditioning system.

Serigraph Inc. – West Bend
This past year, Serigraph replaced fifteen parking lot lamp fixtures at Specialty Division with LED fixtures, going from 480W to 130W LED equivalent, saving 57,234 kWh, and over $10,000 per year.

SPX Transformer Solutions, Inc. – Waukesha
SPX Transformer Solutions has 4 cooling towers at its Waukesha facility. To minimize water usage and chemical costs for their cooling tower operation, SPX implemented soft-water to its make-up water system. Annual estimated chemical savings for the implementation of soft-water is approximated at $50,000 annually and will reduce the usage by 1,040 gallons of chemicals and 4.45 million gallons of water. This project reduced SPX’s total plant water consumption by 23%, and the cooling towers by 44%.

The North Central Group – Middleton
The North Central Group developed and adopted a self-created Green scorecard, which tracks the sustainability efforts for each of the hotels within the North Central Group portfolio. Each year in April they re-energize their sustainability focus as a team, calling this educational journey, “Earth Month.” Every hotel is given dollars in their budget designed to fund and test the viability of sustainable projects. A few recent successes include LED lighting upgrades, an in-room recycling program, and a partnership with our chemical provider to use a more eco-friendly laundry and cleaning process.

ThedaCare – Appleton
ThedaCare has seven hospitals and 30 clinics and other facilities. They started green teams at five of the hospitals to engage staff, patients, and the communities served in actively participating in driving their sustainability initiatives. They also implemented over $1M in energy projects that saved $597k with $296k of incentive, and won the EPA’s LEAP award for innovative use of LED lighting in their Appleton Medical Center Parking Ramp.

Trek Bicycles Corporation – Waterloo
The Green Team at Trek has identified two exciting projects for 2014. For the first project, they are working with their café and an outside consultant to increase their locally sourced/sustainable food choices. For the second project, they were recently awarded a grant by Use Reusables and the EPA to replace single-use plastic bags with reusable bags for use in their internal product purchases and transfers.

Uniek Inc. – Waunakee
Uniek recently converted their manufacturing plant from using paper towels at hand washing stations to high efficiency air-dryers. This has reduced the use of about 1.9 million paper towels annually, and has a payback time frame of 3 to 5 months. In addition, they are beginning to convert both office lighting and all exterior parking lot lighting to LED technology.

Union Cab Cooperative of Madison, LLC – Madison
Last year, Union Cab was accepted into the DNR Green Tier program. This year, they successfully completed their first-ever Environmental Management Plan (EMP), a first step toward actively involving all levels of the cooperative (not just the Green Team). This past year, Union Cab was accepted into the Wisconsin Clean Cities Smart Fleet Program, and attained a 3 star rating. The program grades companies on their work to reduce harmful emissions, increase energy security, and contributions towards a growing economy in Wisconsin.

Verso Corporation – Stevens Point Mill – Stevens Point
New product development of EcoPoint™ beverage label and UniTherm® thermal transfer label papers resulted in a 7% and 14% reduction in product weight, allowing more product to ship to customers with less trucks, without compromising label performance. Energy conservation projects result in a 5.8% year-over-year reduction in energy usage, Water conservation projects result in a 6.3% year-over-year reduction in water usage, and Waste reduction projects result in a 7.5% year-over-year waste volume reduction.

Webcrafters Inc. – Madison 
Currently they are changing out the office lighting at their Fordem location to LED troffers.  Because of the increase light output from the new LED fixtures, they are able to reduce the number of fixtures, adding to the already great energy savings they will be seeing.