Congratulations to our 2016 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.
ABB Inc. – New Berlin
ABB is a leader in power and automation technologies that enables customers to improve performance while lowering environmental impact. They aspire to create value for their stakeholders by meeting the needs of their customers, employees and the communities where they do business. Their core business offers energy-efficient systems, products and services, which enables their customers to lower their use of energy and natural resources. They are proud to have two LEED certified buildings in Wisconsin, LEED Gold in Wauwatosa and Silver in New Berlin.
Alliant Energy Corporation – Madison
Alliant Energy has been moving toward clean energy for over a decade and recently established a new target for reducing CO2 emissions 40 percent by 2030 from 2005 levels. Another effort is recent support of mobile food pantries in Southern Wisconsin. Green Masters supports Alliant Energy’s efforts to better connect with customers and communities, learn best practices and accomplish more by collaborating to find common sustainability goals.
American Family Insurance – Madison
Through their Corporate Responsibility strategy, American Family Insurance has made a commitment to their community, people, and the environment. They are working toward creating a zero waste future, promoting employee well-being, and improving access to learning in our communities.
Appleton Coated LLC – Combined Locks
Appleton Coated is a privately-held, mid-sized manufacturer of printing papers . In 2016, they were honored to be recognized by the World Wildlife Fund in the categories of ‘Striving for Continual Improvement’ and ‘Transparency’. Employee involvement is a key driver at Appleton Coated. The have an employee-driven Environmental Improvement Team – comprised of both union and salaried workers – who are leading environmental involvement across the company with efforts such as our Adopt-A-Highway trash cleanups, company-wide recycling of cans, bottles, batteries, and toner cartridges, as well an annual E-Waste recycling event for employees and their families.
Appvion Inc. – Appleton
We believe sustainability requires a long-term view supported by a commitment to continuously improve how Appvion operations impact people, our planet and company profits. Our processes for optimizing our water and energy usage, reducing our carbon footprint and wasteload, and responsibly sourcing supplies have long been the foundation for our sustainability efforts. Yet being recognized as a Green Master for the seventh consecutive year provides independent proof that we continue to deliver strong performance across all nine sustainability categories.
Bounce Milwaukee – Milwaukee
Bounce Milwaukee is proud to have recently extended its commitment to sustainability, installing electric vehicle charging stations, available free to the public, employees, and for its own electric vehicles. Every pizza is now be baked in an electric oven and delivered in a 100% electric vehicle, eliminating the need for delivery drivers to own and maintain their own cars. In 2017, Bounce has committed to powering both their building and vehicles with on-site solar energy.
CNH Industrial – Burr Ridge
CNH Industrial is a six-time industry leader in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI) World and Europe. In November, the company hosted 30 organizations at its tractor plant in Racine, Wisconsin, for the kick-off meeting of the Racine Sustainable Business Network.
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.
Evolution Marketing – Oconomowoc
Evolution Marketing (Oconomowoc, WI) is Wisconsin’s first triple bottom line managed communications firm that offers environmental marketing, communication, creative design and sustainability consulting services. Over the last nine years, Evolution Marketing has “lead by example,” in a number of sustainability areas. They were the first Wisconsin business to purchased the all-electric zero emission Leaf in 2012. Evolution Marketing has also been a leader in the adoption of “social sustainability” efforts taking placing in the Oconomowoc Area.
Fairmount Santrol – Menomonie
Fairmount Santrol sets specific and measurable sustainable development goals in 13 areas of sustainability for each of its facilities. This year, Fairmount Santrol’s Wisconsin location reached 110% completion of these goals. Fairmount was the first mining company in the state of Wisconsin to receive Green Tier status for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.
Frito-Lay, Inc. – Beloit
Frito Lay has a long-standing heritage of environmental sustainability. Their operation has consistently demonstrated double-digit reduction in natural gas, water and electricity consumption per pound production, by leveraging both high levels of employee engagement as well as innovative conservation tactics across all facets of their operation. Frito-Lay has and continues to be a key growth contributor to the local economy in south central Wisconsin.
Green Bay Packaging, Inc. – Green Bay
Green Bay Packaging Inc. implements operational excellence to advance sustainability programs while synergizing with quality and innovative products. Over the last year, facilities have focused on key performance indicators for continuous improvement opportunities and collaborating on defining best management practices across product lines.
Homburg Contractors, Inc. – Monona
2 of the most recent significant sustainability efforts that Homburg has been involved in are inlet protection and permeable pavement. They worked with the Dane County Green Tier Clear Water Initiative for about 3 years testing better methods of controlling sediment runoff with inlet filters. The final findings directly resulted in a modification to the state technical standard for inlet protection. Homburg also helped write the current state technical standard for permeable pavement as a water quality bmp and have significant ongoing involvement in the permeable pavement test plot in Madison that is being evaluated by the USGS, as well as our states technical committee. Both of these initiatives will have a substantial effect on water quality.
Hudson Hospital and Clinics – Hudson
Hudson Hospital is a community hospital committed to caring for the places where we live and work so we can provide a healthier and cleaner community for our employees, patients and future generations. We live this commitment through multiple initiatives including providing a community garden, maximizing local food purchasing, promoting energy and resource savings and maximizing our recycling and composting programs.
Hurtado Zimmerman SC – Wauwatosa
2016 Green Master
Inpro Corporation – Muskego
Inpro approaches sustainability from a holistic and effective perspective of community, environmental and economic performance; an approach that reinforces long-term success of the business as well as other stakeholders. Sustainability to Inpro means responsible business innovation and improvement. They have dedicated a full-time management position to oversee and implement these initiatives; have integrated criteria into new product development that decreases the impact of products while maximizing customer benefits; remain a strong corporate citizen in their community and have a corporate culture that nurtures continuous improvement.
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
Kohl’s champions social responsibility throughout operational sustainability leadership while upholding their purpose of inspiring and empowering families to lead fulfilled lives.
Lands’ End – Dodgeville
For over 50 years, sustainability has always been a focus for Lands’ End. The Company supports both national and local causes, including the National Forest Foundation, the United States Lighthouse Society and the Clean Lakes Alliance. This year Lands’ End launched a new sustainable initiative, called Breathe New Life, with some of the largest corporate clients in the Lands’ End Business Outfitters division. Instead of disposing unusable materials and apparel, we now work with Martex Fiber to recycle those textiles into post-consumer fiber, material for insulation, bedding, acoustics, home furnishings and more.
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.
Madison Gas and Electric – Madison
MGE is advancing its comprehensive Energy 2030 framework, which builds upon the company’s long-standing commitment to cleaner energy. Under Energy 2030, MGE set the goal of reducing carbon emissions by 40% from 2005 levels by 2030. MGE also set the goal of increased renewable energy sources with the goal of 30% renewables by 2030. Its new community solar project, called Shared Solar, is expected to be online by the end of 2016.
Masters Gallery Foods, Inc. – Plymouth
We are proud of our entire MGF family for their continual efforts to sustain our business, our community, and our world. In 2015 alone, Masters diverted 1,278,681 pounds (580 tons) from landfills through continuous improvements in our recycling sources – up 34.6% from 2014 total. In the last year, we recycled total corrugated materials by… 970 tons or 2,138,484 pounds or 16,490 trees or 66 acres of forest. Each year, Masters Gallery coordinates many sustainability events and activities to include Earth Day clean up, recycled shoe/holiday lights/electronics drives, company paper shred, as well as active participation in the Ronald McDonald Tab Toss program and Habitat for Humanity’s “Blue Jeans Go Green” program.
Menasha Corporation – Neenah
As a six-time Green Master Award winner, Menasha Corporation has been a long-time proponent of sustainable business practices at its 101 facilities in North America. With targeted reductions in energy, water and waste, the company also employs an Environmental Management System and recycling program, and has achieved numerous sustainability certifications.
Mercury Marine – Fond du Lac
Mercury Marine reviews waste disposal and recycling activities for continuous improvements and sustainable opportunities. These improvements include beneficial reuse and recycling of industrial and general wastes. They also use best of class technology, equipment, and design are prime examples of Mercury’s Sustainability program and our commitment to responsible water and energy use. Examples include: Aluminum die-casting and the latest generation of Mercury motors delivers best-in- class emissions, keeping our waterways and surrounding atmosphere clean.
Oshkosh Corporation – Oshkosh
At Oshkosh Corporation, we build the best specialty vehicles on the planet while showing respect for the planet. Our two business segments headquartered in Wisconsin, Defense and Fire & Emergency, reduced their normalized waste to landfill by over 15% and their normalized energy use by over 10% in Fiscal Year 2016. In addition, the Defense Segment captured the Wisconsin Focus on Energy’s Energy Efficiency Award and was recognized for their participation in the Focus on Energy Strategic Energy Management (SEM) Leaders Program.
Outpost Natural Foods Coop – Milwaukee
Outpost Natural Foods Coop exists so their owners have a healthy, diverse and sustainable community. With a strong commitment to renewable energy, they offset their energy at 100% and last year installed solar panels on their newest store location, a 56kW system which was the largest solar array for any natural foods coop in the nation. Outpost has been on the EPAs Top Retailer list for Green Power Partners since 2014, landing this year at number 26. In 2016 all Outpost locations became host sites for fast charging electric car stations! This year Outpost is releasing their 5 sustainability report which will culminate in a highlighted version of progress made over the last 5 years!
Phillips-Medisize – Eau Claire
Phillips-Medisize graciously accepts the designation under the Green Master’s Program on our journey towards environmental excellence. Phillips-Medisize continues to be a leader in the development and manufacturing of medical/surgical devices along with specialty markets. Our organization strongly encourages environmental sustainability through collaborative efforts between our people, environmental partners, communities and interested parties to ensure continued environmental improvement. We appreciate that the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council recognizes those organizations that truly embrace environmental stewardship.
Rockwell Automation – Milwaukee
The company mission is to improve the quality of life by making the world more productive and sustainable. Rockwell Automation has manufacturing locations in Ladysmith, Mequon and Richland Center, Wisconsin which certified to ISO 14001 and Green Tier participants. In 2015 a solar array was installed at their Mequon campus.
SCA Tissue – Neenah
SCA is a United Nations Global Compact Signatory since 2008 and recently awarded a position on the CDP A-list * SCA also recently joined the Ellen MacArthur Foundation Circular Economy 100 (CE100) group.
ThedaCare – Appleton
ThedaCare’s goal is to create a healthier community while reducing and eliminating their energy, waste and water footprint. With seven hospitals and 30 clinics, ThedaCare is on track to recoup $1.9 million in energy efficiency investments this year. They are working to ensure sustainability is embedded in every aspect of ThedaCare, from operations and employee engagement, all the way to patient care.
Transwestern Sustainability Services – Milwaukee
2016 Green Master
Trek Bicycles Corporation – Waterloo
Trek strives to demonstrate that the bicycle truly is a very simple solution to a wide variety of complex problems. The latest improvement to Trek’s “green campus” is an onsite bike-share program powered by B-Cycle and used by Trek employees to visit various buildings, exercise, or just enjoy a beautiful day to ride a bike
UW Health – Middleton
UW Health’s Sustainability Program supports UW Health’s mission of advancing health without compromise, principally through social responsibility. This charges UW Health with doing what is best for the communities we serve through policy advocacy, health care delivery, community and population health, and environmentally responsible business practices. Specific areas of focus for the Sustainability Program include joining the US Department of Energy’s Better Building Partnership with a goal of reducing energy use intensity 20% by 2023, encouraging sustainable operating rooms, implementing green standards, reducing waste, increasing recycling, purchasing sustainable local foods, and reaching out to partners and the community-at-large.
Waste Management of Wisconsin, Inc. – Germantown
2016 Green Master
Wisconsin Energy Conservation Corporation – Madison
WECC’s sustainability philosophy is to achieve the greatest impact through continuous improvement, employee engagement, and embedding sustainability ownership and action directly into business functions. WECC is happy to celebrate several sustainability successes from last year, with some of their favorites including: earning Green Masters recognition, developing and implementing a net zero carbon footprint policy, making their inaugural disclosure through CDP, spreading employee enthusiasm for sustainability by giving the Green Team room and dedicated resources to perform its important work. Motivated by their philosophy and successes, WECC will keep setting goals, taking action, and sharing their work.