Sustainable Leadership Awards

The 2019 Sustainable Leadership Awards have two categories:

  • Executive Leader 

  • Sustainability Champion

These awards are designed to recognize individuals within businesses that see beyond short-term, market-driven actions and position their business, or sector, for success over the long term. Sustainability reflects both a mindset and a value set, and we look to recognize leaders that embrace a triple bottom line approach. These individuals often move with a sense of urgency in their conviction and dedication to their work.

These awards honor individuals who see a better way for business to serve all their stakeholders, from shareholders to employees and from customers to community members. These individuals show an outstanding commitment to sustainable business practices and are models for others.

The exemplary 2019 Executive Leader Award will be given to an individual who:

  • Serves as a visionary leader with a broad lens, taking a strong stance on moving an organization and culture towards financial strength, social equity and environmental stewardship. 

  • Aligns and integrates internal culture around sustainability 

  • Empowers sustainable decision-making throughout all levels of the organization

  • Exemplifies social and/or environmental impact for customers and communities 

  • Builds opportunities for innovation and leadership

  • Has a strong and succinct message around the positive impact of sustainability 

  • Champions their teams, recognizing and celebrating successes 

  • Connects to sustainability on a personal level 

  • Understands the importance of educating customers and suppliers 

  • Goes above and beyond on a consistent basis and gives back to their community in impactful ways

  • Champions the organization to align with local or global movements. For example, the Sustainable Development Goals, Green Masters Program, B Corporation, We’re Still In, etc..



The exemplary 2019 Sustainability Champion award will be given to an individual who:


  • Aligns sustainability with corporate culture

  • Incorporates sustainability into business processes and operations

  • Generates buy-in from other senior managers and the board, as well as employees 

  • Creates opportunities for employee innovation and leadership

  • Engages stakeholders on sustainability through multiple channels of communication

  • Puts in place systems to measure and track performance and accomplishments

  • Serves as an advocate within the business on sustainability issues

  • Recognizes and celebrates successes

  • Gives back to their community through developing partnerships between the business and the community

  • Makes sustainability personal

  • Goes above and beyond, whether sustainability is their job title or not

A sustainability leader can be anyone that embraces the possibilities of change and integrates principles of sustainability into day-to-day business operations. The Sustainability Champion Award is designed to recognize the vision and commitment of individuals that often go unrecognized.


Applications should include an identification, and, if possible, a quantification of direct and indirect impacts of the individual.


The 2019 Sustainable Business Awards are now open! The application will close on October 16thYou can see example winners below or click here to view 2018 winner details.

Amanda Goetsch, InPro Corporation



Amanda is one of the young sustainable business-focused professionals who graduated with a science degree from the University of Wisconsin. Fresh out of graduate school she met with the CEO of Inpro, a mid-size product manufacturing firm in Waukesha County. Amanda was able to communicate how expanding the Inpro sustainability program would be multi-beneficial; a win to the business, to the environment and to the community within which they operate. So began her professional career as a sustainability leader in the private sector.
Amanda has been an enthusiastic leader within the organization for more than four years. With a passion for blending strategically smart business practices with the tools needed for a more sustainable future, she continues to develop a robust sustainability program. She successfully led colleagues to expand their definition of sustainability beyond “being green” to the point where they understand the relationship between business, the environment, and our communities.
She helped her colleagues throughout the company expand their understanding of sustainability both at work and at home. For example, she secured a contract with  Cool Choices for an eight-week game around making more sustainable choices. 51% of her colleagues played. They saved energy, water, and money all while improving physical and mental health.

Neil Fleischhacker, Precision Plus



Neil Fleischhacker has been the leading advocate for Sustainability at Precision. His focus has been on finding revenue, generating savings and reducing the company’s carbon footprint. Neil has mentored several companies looking at Sustainable processes that will generate revenue or save money every day Neil has brought his “if it’s going out the door we better be getting paid for it” approach to the items that can no longer be recycled in-house.
Every 6 months Neil presents a Sustainability report at the company wide meeting. Neil has created a culture where people ask Neil about projects that might be beneficial in their work area (or even at home). He spends off hours’ visiting other companies that have implemented sustainability processes that Precision Plus can learn from.