2019 Award Recipients
The 2019 Sustainable Business Awards are designed to recognize Wisconsin businesses for their efforts in developing sustainable products and processes and to recognize some of the amazing business leaders in the state. Each award recognizes both a large and small organization that has stood out in their specific category.
On December 11th, 2019 the WI Sustainable Business Council presented the fifth annual Sustainable Business Awards. 2019's recognition event was held at the Global Water Center in Milwaukee.
Many businesses play crucial roles in responding to social and environmental challenges, and WI businesses are no exception. We received fabulous and well-written applications this year, making the judges job much more difficult.
If you would like to view past winners, click here.
The 2019 winners are as follows:
N1 Critical Technologies
N1 Critical Technologies’ new line of lithium-ion uninterruptible power supply (UPS) systems saves energy and significantly reduces raw materials used to support backup power needs. Most traditional UPS systems use lead acid batteries, which include two toxic materials to provide stored energy — lead and sulfuric acid. They also typically need to be replaced every two to three years, sending tons of heavy metals, plastics and chemicals to landfills and recycling centers. The lithium-ion batteries found in N1 Critical Technologies’ UPS systems have a 15-year design life and are lighter and easier to transport. The lithium-ion systems have been shown to use significantly fewer watts/amps when operating normally.
Dr. Peggy Murphy
Murphy is an original sustainability person at Kimberly-Clark. She began by writing the company’s first sustainability report in 2004 and has had increasing responsibility in the sustainability space and now serves as sustainability strategy leader across Kimberly-Clark’s operations in North America. Murphy is regarded as a sustainability expert and is often asked to help mentor many new employees who have expressed an interest in sustainability.
Fon du Lac
Mercury Marine's process for using aluminum in the making of its award-winning engine blocks realizes considerable energy savings in multiple ways. The process uses 100% recycled aluminum for the die-casting and manufacturing of the engine blocks. The energy required to melt and purify aluminum scrap is approximately only five percent of the energy required to create primary aluminum from bauxite ore. Heat exhaust generated by the furnace that melts scrap aluminum is redirected through a stack heating device to preheat solid aluminum scrap that is waiting to be melted in the furnace. This preheating process saves Mercury 20 percent of the natural gas it would otherwise use to melt scrap aluminum. Mercury Marine also employs highly sophisticated and world-renowned techniques in aluminum die-casting to create outboard engines using less raw material. Consequently, Mercury's newest generation of outboard engines are the lightest in their class and the most fuel-efficient, without sacrificing performance and durability.
Outpost Natural Foods Cooperative
Sustainability is a framework through which all decisions are made at the co-op. Mehnert created a full-time Sustainability Manager position seven years ago which shows how central sustainability is to her personal core values and those of the business. Outpost produces an annual Sustainability Report, an in-depth look at 12 core metrics, including: organic and l and use practices; sourcing; distribution; energy use; climate change and air emissions; water use and Quality; and solid waste reduction.