The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) celebrates the environmental leadership of Green Tier participants and Legacy Communities with another regional Green Tier Connections event geared at highlighting partners and their participation in the program.
On Oct. 24, representatives from Green Tier businesses, local governments and partners joined DNR staff to celebrate the achievements of those in the program. It was also another opportunity to take steps in transforming traditional regulatory relationships into collaborative partnerships that achieve better environmental results than the individual participants could alone.
Green Tier is a voluntary program for businesses, local governments and organizations who are already on the path to sustainability and want support achieving even more. Participants get help assessing their environmental performance, assistance tracking their progress, recognition for their efforts, and the opportunity to learn from other organizations what works and what doesn’t.
This regional gathering spotlighted businesses and local governments that are working to reduce the amount of waste they produce. From reusing materials to finding innovative ways to recycle and compost Green Tier participants are giving new life to used materials and keeping them out of landfills.
ITADlogic, a Green Tier participant since 2013, helps other businesses manage their electronic waste responsibly. As a certified R2 electronics recycler, they meticulously track all the materials they take in to ensure data security and minimize environmental impact.
“We truly see waste as a resource,” said Joe Terrien, President of ITADlogic. “Our commitment to zero landfill waste means we re-use as much as possible and recycle the rest.”
Eau Claire County has been a Legacy Community since 2015. The county embraces the power of public/private partnerships to help offer options for materials that are difficult to recycle like mattresses and electronics.
“Working with with community businesses and organizations helps us make non-traditional recycling more accessible and affordable,” said Regan Watts, Recycling and Sustainability Coordinator for Eau Claire County.
The event also served as an opportunity to highlight the area participants celebrating milestone anniversaries with the program.
Area participants celebrating 15+ year anniversaries in the program:
Phillips-Medisize – New Richmond
Rockwell Automation – Ladysmith
Phillips-Medisize – Menomonie
Phillips-Medisize – Metal Injection Molding, Menomonie
Area participants celebrating 10+ year anniversaries in the program:
Phillips-Medisize – Medford
Phillips-Medisize – Custom I
Phillips-Medisize – Custom II
Cortec Spray Technologies
Cortec Coated Products
City of Bayfield
Village of Weston
City of Eau Claire
Syntegon Packaging Technologies
Phillips-Medisize – Eau Claire
City of La Crosse
City of Ashland
Empire Screen Printing, Inc.
Phillips-Medisize, Design Development Center – Hudson
Area participants celebrating 5+ year anniversaries in the program:
Smart Sand – Oakdale Plant
Eau Claire County
La Crosse County
Chart Energy & Chemicals, Inc.
Learn more about Green Tier on the DNR’s website. Those interested in learning more about the Green Tier program and what it takes to become a member can email DNRGreenTier@wisconsin.gov.