Why should we recognize leading businesses in the state

 

On June 23rd, the WI Sustainable Business Council will highlight to others best practice and key strategies that have propelled Wisconsin businesses to the forefront of sustainable businesses. Our awards ceremony, now in their 4th year, is widely recognized as the leading awards ceremony that benchmarks and rewards those businesses that are creating a more sustainable business. The awards will offer the prestige of being recognized by the Wisconsin business community, as well as a platform to share best practice techniques.

The Sustainable Business Awards celebrate recipients for challenging conventional business practices, and rewards them for being innovators in their industry and community. Offered for the first time in 2014, these awards honor businesses for their leadership in developing innovative products, processes, and business models while demonstrating that economic performance and environmental and social performance go hand-in-hand.

By recognizing WI companies with a demonstrated commitment to sustainability, the Sustainable Business Awards strengthen relationships with customers, employees, prospective employees and investors. Though environmental or sustainability managers may be the point person for these awards, marketing and public relations professionals will be great advocates for any company that chooses to apply.

 

What are we looking for

We are looking to hear your story. Follow the links below to see the guidelines for each award. A company may apply for one, two, or all three of the awards. In addition, there will be small business and not small business recipients of each award, so that small businesses will only be competing against other small businesses. For additional information, please watch the educational video for instructions.

How will we evaluate applicants

Applications will be divided by award, and scored by members of the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council’s Board of Advisors. Only one award winner will be selected for each award category.

This year our judges are looking for stand-out projects that demonstrate impact, scalability and innovation. There will be particular emphasis on metrics that can showcase a truly innovative and leading approach to mainstreaming sustainability. More detailed applications, with data to demonstrate the improvements in sustainability performance, have traditionally scored higher.

Nomination requirements

Self-nominations are encouraged, and are in fact, the norm.  The deadline for nominations (May 1st) is absolutely the deadline, and we will close the application process at midnight.  Applications should include a description of the sustainable product, process or leader, and, if possible, a quantification of direct and indirect benefits of the innovation.  You will be applying on an electronic form that does not accept attachments.  If you wish to provide attachments, they can be sent to tom@wisconsinsustainability.com

 

Important Dates

March 15- May 1
Applications Open

May 22
Winners will be notified

June 23
Awards Ceremony Hosted at Inpro Corporation


The 2017 Sustainable Business Awards will be held on June 23. You can check out our 2017 Sustainable Business Awards  Celebration page right here! 


2016 Winners:

Small Business
Sustainable Leadership
Mike Brandt, Evergreen Credit Union

Small Business
Sustainable Product
Eco Latch Systems

Small Business
Sustainable Process
Matchback Systems

Not small business
Sustainable Leadership
Beth Churchill, American Family Insurance
Al Skodowski, Transwestern

Sustainable Product
ITU AbsorbTech

Sustainable Process
Empire Screen Printing

2015 Winners:

Small Business
Sustainable Leadership
Will Allen, Growing Power

Small Business
Sustainable Product
Spring Green Timber Growers

Small Business
Sustainable Process
New Glarus Brewing

Not small business
Sustainable Leadership
Matt Levatich, Harley-Davidson

Sustainable Product
Appleton Coated

Sustainable Process
BRP Evinrude