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Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council: Wisconsin companies honored with Green Masters recognition at WI Sustainable Business Council conference
12/7/2010


Miron Construction receives Green Master Award

Contact: Tom Eggert, (608) 267-2761, teggert@bus.wisc.edu or

Theresa Lehman, (920) 969-7314, theresa.lehman@miron-construction.com

December 7, 2010 – Miron Construction Co., Inc. will be among the first Wisconsin firms to receive the Green Master Award during the Third Annual Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council Conference, to be hosted at Miron’s headquarters in Neenah on December 8, 2010.

“Miron Construction is truly a leader in sustainability, both in practices and bringing sustainable building solutions to its clients” said Tom Eggert, executive director of the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council. “We’re thrilled to present the Green Master Award to Miron Construction at this year’s conference.”

Tim Kippenhan, co-owner and COO of Miron Construction, stated "Miron is humbly honored to receive the Green Master Award and to be recognized as a sustainable leader. The Green Masters Program is a great platform for organizations to benchmark their current environmental efforts, create sustainable goals, implement strategies, and measure progress. Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council is a catalyst for organizational leaders to share best practices and resources. The sharing of multilateral perspectives across industries has inspired us to further integrate sustainability into our organization, allowing us to gain an even greater appreciation for the benefits of the triple bottom line. More importantly, making sustainability an integral part of our corporate culture has positively affected employee behaviors. More and more our employees are recognizing the benefits of sustainability on a personal level.”

The Green Masters designation is the highest honor in the Green Masters Program, established by the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council. Candidates are judged on a comprehensive range of sustainability issues, from energy and natural resource use to education outreach and purchasing. Fourteen Wisconsin companies have earned the Green Masters designation. For more information, or a complete list of Green Masters Program participants, please visit: http://www.greenmastersprogram.com.

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Theresa Lehman, director of sustainable services for Miron Construction is available for interviews. She can be reached at (920) 969-7314 or theresa.lehman@miron-construction.com.


JBS Green Bay earns Green Masters award

Contact: Tom Eggert

Tel. (608) 267-2761

Email: teggert@bus.wisc.edu

December 7, 2010 – JBS Green Bay (Formerly Packerland Packing) will be one of several Wisconsin firms to receive the first Green Master awards during the Third Annual Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council conference in Neenah on December 8, 2010.

“We’re excited to recognize JBS Green Bay as one of the first Green Masters award recipients,” remarked Tom Eggert, Executive Director of the WI Sustainability Council, “Food processing and manufacturing is a key area for future growth in sustainability.”

JBS Green Bay is ISO 14001 certified and a long-timer participant in Wisconsin’s Focus on Energy program. Among the sustainability initiatives highlighted in the JBS application for the Green Masters award is a company-wide water conservation program that meticulously tracks daily water use, and an initiative to source local food for the company cafeteria.

The Green Masters designation is the highest honor in the Green Masters Program established by the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council. Candidates are judged on a comprehensive range of sustainability issues from energy and natural resource use to education outreach and purchasing. Fourteen Wisconsin companies earned the Green Masters designation. For more information, or a complete list of Green Masters Program participants, go to: http://www.greenmastersprogram.com.

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Frito-Lay Beloit receives Green Master award

Contact: Tom Eggert

Tel. (608) 267-2761

Email: teggert@bus.wisc.edu

Beloit-Based Manufacturer Among First Wisconsin Firms to Earn Honor

Dec. 7, 2010 – Frito-Lay Beloit will be among the first Wisconsin firms to receive the Green Master award during the Third Annual Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council conference in Neenah on Dec. 8, 2010.

“Frito-Lay Beloit has consistently committed itself to sustainable initiatives,” according to Tom Eggert, Executive Director of the WI Sustainable Business Council. “From retro-fitting the existing Beloit facility for LEED Gold certification, to reducing solid waste by 99 percent, they are a good example of how a firm can implement sustainable business practices that support both environmental and production goals.”

Frito-Lay Beloit has earned a number of environmental and sustainability awards over the past three years and is a recognized leader in the food manufacturing industry. The facility employs more than 500 people on its Beloit-based campus.

The Green Masters designation is the highest honor in the Green Masters Program established by the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council. Candidates are judged on a comprehensive range of sustainability issues from energy and natural resource use to education outreach and purchasing. Fourteen Wisconsin companies earned the Green Masters designation. For more information, or a complete list of Green Masters Program participants, go to: http://www.greenmastersprogram.com.

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Stoughton Trailers receives Green Master award

Contact: Tom Eggert

Tel. (608) 267-2761

Email: teggert@bus.wisc.edu

Stoughton-based firm among First in Wisconsin to Earn Honor

December 7, 2010 – Stoughton Trailers will be among the first Wisconsin firms to receive the Green Master award during the Third Annual Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council conference in Neenah on December 8, 2010.

This award identifies Stoughton Trailers as a model for global corporate citizenship. “It is exciting for a company that has been committed to quality and safety for almost 50 years to extend these efforts to achieve sustainability excellence,” says Tom Eggert, Executive Director of the WI Sustainable Business Council.

This achievement is a reflection of their commitment to the company trademark ‘…The Difference is Quality.’ Stoughton Trailers applies this concept throughout each step of the production process, where they are always looking for ways to improve and upgrade. As a result of these business savvy actions to improve quality, benefits were also achieved in sustainable areas including reduced climate change, water, and waste management.

The Green Masters designation is the highest honor in the Green Masters Program established by the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council. Candidates are judged on a comprehensive range of sustainability issues from energy and natural resource use to education outreach and purchasing. Fourteen Wisconsin companies earned the Green Masters designation. For more information, or a complete list of Green Masters Program participants, go to: http://www.greenmastersprogram.com.

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MillerCoors receives Green Master award

Milwaukee Company among First in Wisconsin to Earn Honor

Contact: Tom Eggert or Karina Diehl

Tel. (608) 267-2761 312-496-2973

Email: teggert@bus.wisc.edu Karina.diehl@millercoors.com

December 7, 2010 – MillerCoors will be among the first Wisconsin businesses to receive the Green Master award during the Third Annual Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council conference in Neenah on December 8, 2010.

“It’s exciting to see MillerCoors rewarded for its involvement in sustainability,” according to Tom Eggert, Executive Director of the WI Sustainable Business Council, “They are among the only companies that have included water, energy and carbon, packaging, and the implementation of a zero waste policy. They have been a model for businesses throughout the state by demonstrating how sustainability can be incorporated into company operations, building design and attracting employees.”

MillerCoors has 10 locations nation-wide, employing nearly 8,700. They have locations in Milwaukee and Chippewa Falls, with histories going back to 1855. According to a MillerCoors representative, “We recognize that we have a great responsibility for the way we brew our beers and we are always looking for ways to operate in the most efficient way possible. We strive to make more beer while using less water and more than 99 percent of all brewery waste is reused or recycled. Our environmental sustainability commitments span across every aspect of our business – from the grain that is a vital ingredient in our beers to the glass that holds the finished product for our consumers.”

The Green Masters designation is the highest honor in the Green Masters Program established by the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council. Candidates are judged on a comprehensive range of sustainability issues from energy and natural resource use to education outreach and purchasing. Fourteen Wisconsin companies earned the Green Masters designation. For more information, or a complete list of Green Masters Program participants, go to: http://www.greenmastersprogram.com.

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Hunzinger Construction receives Green Master award

Contact: Tom Eggert

Tel. (608) 267-2761

Email: teggert@bus.wisc.edu

Brookfield-based Hunzinger among First Group of Wisconsin Firms to Earn Honor

December 7, 2010 – Hunzinger Construction will be among the first Wisconsin firms to be designated a “Green Master” under the Green Masters Program during the Third Annual Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council conference in Neenah on December 8, 2010.

“It’s exciting to see Hunzinger Construction rewarded for its involvement in sustainability,” said Tom Eggert, Executive Director of the WI Sustainable Business Council. “As a construction firm, Hunzinger is in a unique position to be able to work with clients on developing sustainable projects while practicing their own commitment to sustainability. To be among the first 14 Wisconsin firms to receive the Green Masters designation truly is a great honor for them.”

“In our 103rd year, both tradition and innovation are themes that permeate the cultural motto ‘Do the Right Thing’ at our family owned professional construction services firm,” said Phil Vetterkind of Hunzinger Construction. “The decisions we make today will have a lasting impression for many years to come.”

Hunzinger Construction currently has more than 100 employees at its two Milwaukee based facilities. Hunzinger construction clients include Miller Park, the Frontier Airlines Center, Bayshore Mall, Johnson Controls World Headquarters and the Henry Maier Festival Park home of Summerfest.

The Green Masters designation is the highest honor in the Green Masters Program established by the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council. Candidates are judged on a comprehensive range of sustainability issues from energy and natural resource use to education outreach and purchasing. Fourteen Wisconsin companies earned the Green Masters designation. For more information, or a complete list of Green Masters Program participants, go to: http://www.greenmastersprogram.com.

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If you would like an interview with Jim Hunzinger, Executive Vice President of Hunzinger Construction call (262) 780-9114.


Fox Valley Technical College earns Green Masters award

Contact: Tom Eggert or Joanne Gorski

Tel. (608) 267-2761 Tel. (920) 831-4325

Email: teggert@bus.wisc.edu gorski@fvtc.edu

FVTC One of First Wisconsin Firms to be Awarded Honor

December 7, 2010 – Fox Valley Technical College, will be one of several Wisconsin firms to receive the first Green Masters award during the Third Annual Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council conference in Neenah on December 8, 2010.

"Fox Valley Technical College is the first educational institution to earn the Green Masters award,” according to Tom Eggert, Executive Director of the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council. “We’re happy to see an educational organization lead by example through incorporating innovative sustainability practices into its daily routine."

Fox Valley Technical College has undertaken a number of sustainability projects both inside and outside the classroom. The school organized an energy committee dedicated to reducing overall energy consumption, introduced water quality courses in its curriculum and started a green bike program which makes bicycles available for use by students and faculty.

“Fox Valley Technical College is thrilled to receive the Green Masters Award from the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council”, according to Joanne Gorski, sustainability instructor at Fox Valley Technical College. “The award recognizes the efforts of our students, staff, and community partners who have always tried to use our resources as efficiently as possible. This opportunity will help us set the bar even higher for future sustainability efforts.”

The Green Masters designation is the highest honor in the Green Masters Program established by the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council. Candidates are judged on a comprehensive range of sustainability issues from energy and natural resource use to education outreach and purchasing. Fourteen Wisconsin companies earned the Green Masters designation. For more information, or a complete list of Green Masters Program participants, go to: http://www.greenmastersprogram.com.

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If you would like an interview with Joanne Gorski, Applied Engineering / Sustainability Instructor, Fox Valley Technical College, at (920) 831-4325 or via email at gorski@fvtc.edu.


Diversey, Inc receives Green Masters recognition

Contact: Tom Eggert

Tel. (608) 267-2761

Email: teggert@bus.wisc.edu

December 7, 2010 – Diversey, Inc is one of the first Wisconsin firms to receive a Green Master award during the Third Annual Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council conference in Neenah on December 8, 2010.

“Diversey, Inc has been a leader in the state from the time that they piloted the LEED for Existing Buildings protocol on their corporate headquarters in Sturtevant,” said Tom Eggert, Executive Director of the WI Sustainable Business Council. “I am delighted that they have chosen to help develop and participate in the Green Masters Program.”

“The Green Masters designation is another important achievement toward Diversey’s commitment to integrate sustainability throughout our operations,” said John Matthews, Diversey’s senior vice president for corporate affairs and chief sustainability officer. “Our facilities throughout Wisconsin are living examples of how sustainable business practices can enhance a company’s value. Our environmental achievements have made our facilities more profitable and, in turn, helped us enhance the solutions we offer our customers.”

The Green Masters designation is the highest honor in the Green Masters Program established by the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council. Candidates are judged on a comprehensive range of sustainability issues from energy and natural resource use to education outreach and purchasing. Fourteen Wisconsin companies earned the Green Masters designation. For more information, or a complete list of Green Masters Program participants, go to: http://www.greenmastersprogram.com.

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Serigraph receives Green Master award

West Bend Based Serigraph one of the First Wisconsin Firms to be Awarded Honor

Contact: Tom Eggert

Tel. (608) 267-2761

Email: teggert@bus.wisc.edu

December 7, 2010 - Serigraph, will be one of several Wisconsin firms to receive the first Green Masters award during the Third Annual Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council conference in Neenah on December 8, 2010.

"Serigraph was one of the first printers to participate in the WI Department of Natural Resources Green Tier program,” according to Tom Eggert, Executive Director of the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council. “We are excited that they have also chosen to join the Green Masters Program, and achieving the Masters designation is a significant achievement. We’re excited to recognize their sustainability leadership in an industry that can have a critical impact on environmental quality."

Serigraph has undertaken a number of sustainability projects including reducing water usage by 65 percent, using innovative heat exchangers to conserve 450,000 kilowatts per year and inventing the first large-scale biofilter for the printing industry as part of efforts to remove petro-chemicals from ink. Several of Serigraph’s executives and managers volunteer in leadership positions with Wisconsin Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, the Ozaukee Washington Land Trust, Partners for Clean Air, and 1000 Friends of Wisconsin.

The Green Masters designation is the highest honor in the Green Masters Program established by the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council. Candidates are judged on a comprehensive range of sustainability issues from energy and natural resource use to education outreach and purchasing. Fourteen Wisconsin companies earned the Green Masters designation. For more information, or a complete list of Green Masters Program participants, go to: http://www.greenmastersprogram.com.

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Lands’ End recieves Green Masters award

Among First Wisconsin Firms to Earn Honor

Contact: Tom Eggert Lands’ End Contact:

Tel. (608) 267-2761 Michele Casper, (608) 935-4633

Email: teggert@bus.wisc.edu michele.casper@landsend.com

December 7, 2010 – Lands’ End will be among the first Wisconsin firms to receive the Green Master award during the Third Annual Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council conference in Neenah on December 8, 2010.

“Lands’ End is leading the way for retailers in sustainability,” said Tom Eggert, Executive Director of the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council. “They have done a remarkable job improving energy efficiency and diversifying energy sources by using renewable resources in their operations.”

Lands’ End employs over 8,000 people in their corporate facilities around the world and has introduced many new employee programs and initiatives to reduce waste and save energy. “In 2009, we established a corporate-wide initiative to address our current status and to build upon our efforts in the journey towards sustainability,” said Nick Coe, president of Lands’ End. “This goal recognizes that sustainability is not a final destination, but a continual change in the way we do business to protect our environment. We are developing and supporting a lifestyle model that can endure for generations.”

The Green Masters designation is the highest honor in the Green Masters Program established by the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council. Candidates are judged on a comprehensive range of sustainability issues from energy and natural resource use to education outreach and purchasing. Fourteen Wisconsin companies earned the Green Masters designation. For more information, or a complete list of Green Masters Program participants, go to: http://www.greenmastersprogram.com.

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Green Bay Packaging receives Green Masters recognition

Contact: Tom Eggert

Tel. (608) 267-2761

Email: teggert@bus.wisc.edu

December 7, 2010 – Green Bay Packaging is one of the first Wisconsin firms to receive a Green Master award during the Third Annual Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council conference in Neenah on December 8, 2010.

“Green Bay Packaging continues to demonstrate sustainability leadership within the pulp and paper sector, and has singled itself out among all businesses in the state through their accomplishments,” according to Tom Eggert, Executive Director of the WI Sustainable Business Council. “They have identified the key sustainability issues facing the industry and have set aggressive targets, leading to accomplishments that set them apart.”

“Green Bay Packaging takes pride in sustainability, including the focus on quality and spirited innovations. Committed to long-term viability of sustainable operations, GBP’s innovations include a closed-process-water-loop system, one of the first in the world, at its 100% post-consumer recycling linerboard mill, in Green Bay,” according to Lisa Bauer Lotto, Director for Environmental and Sustainability Programs. “GBP looks for continuous improvements and innovations in waste management, diverting materials from the landfill to recycling, waste-to-energy, byproducts and beneficial uses. Green Bay Packaging is honored to be one of the first selected as a Green Masters company.”

The Green Masters designation is the highest honor in the Green Masters Program established by the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council. Candidates are judged on a comprehensive range of sustainability issues from energy and natural resource use to education outreach and purchasing. Fourteen Wisconsin companies earned the Green Masters designation. For more information, or a complete list of Green Masters Program participants, go to: http://www.greenmastersprogram.com.

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Environmental Systems Inc Receives Green Masters recognition

Contact: Tom Eggert

Tel. (608) 267-2761

Email: teggert@bus.wisc.edu

December 7, 2010 – Environmental Systems, Inc is one of the first Wisconsin firms to receive a Green Masters award during the Third Annual Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council conference in Neenah on December 8, 2010.

“ESI has become a sustainability leader in the state with the construction of their corporate headquarters in Brookfield”, according to Tom Eggert, Executive Director of the WI Sustainable Business Council. “With their state of the art building, they can demonstrate the economic benefits of energy efficiency and the use of alternative energy technologies. The Green Masters designation is well deserved, and will help ESI to continue to set an example for other businesses on achieving positive results from sustainable practices.”

“We are honored to be recognized for this award and we believe the Green Masters program sets a standard by which organizations can benchmark their efforts in sustainable business practices. Considering the current state of the economy and the business impact of efficiency and sustainability efforts, we believe this program, coupled with working examples of it such as our new facility, will help businesses understand how improved building performance reduces operating costs, improves productivity and generates a measurable return on investment,” ESI President Paul Oswald says.

The Green Masters designation is the highest honor in the Green Masters Program established by the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council. Candidates are judged on a comprehensive range of sustainability issues from energy and natural resource use to education outreach and purchasing. Fourteen Wisconsin companies earned the Green Masters designation. For more information, or a complete list of Green Masters Program participants, go to: http://www.greenmastersprogram.com.

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Appleton Papers receives Green Masters recognition

Contact: Tom Eggert

Tel. (608) 267-2761

Email: teggert@bus.wisc.edu

December 7, 2010 – Appleton Papers is one of the first Wisconsin firms to receive a Green Masters award during the Third Annual Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council conference in Neenah on December 8, 2010.

“Appleton’s employees are the engine driving its sustainability progress, and environmental stewardship is a priority ingrained in Appleton’s culture,” said Pam Barker, executive director of environmental health and product safety for Appleton Papers. Appleton Papers employs 2,000 people and is 100 percent employee owned. Appleton was founded in 1907 and now has manufacturing operations in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Ohio. “Since 2008, Appleton, one of the first paper companies to measure its carbon footprint, has decreased that footprint by 3.5 percent,” Barker noted.

“Leading sustainability initiatives in Wisconsin’s key industries, like pulp and paper, is part of our long-term strategy,” according to Tom Eggert, Executive Director of the WI Sustainable Business Council. “It’s significant when we have an industry leader, like Appleton Papers, integrate sustainable practices into its business model.”

The Green Masters designation is the highest honor in the Green Masters Program established by the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council. Candidates are judged on a comprehensive range of sustainability issues from energy and natural resource use to education outreach and purchasing. Fourteen Wisconsin companies earned the Green Masters designation. For more information, or a complete list of Green Masters Program participants, go to: http://www.greenmastersprogram.com.

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If you would like to schedule an interview with Tom Eggert, executive director of the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council, or gain more information on the Green Masters award, please contact Tom at (608) 267-2761 or teggert@bus.wisc.edu.
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