Madison – Today, the WMC Foundation recognized Eden Stone Company, Inc. as one of nine recipients of this year’s Business Friend of the Environment Awards (BFOE).
In preparing their Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan as part of their state storm water permit, Eden Stone realized a need to prevent heavy rainfalls from reaching processes that have potential to contribute to pollution in their surrounding community. From this concern about water quality in their community, Eden Stone partnered with the Village of Valders to create a sustainable solution.
“An analysis was conducted and found the project would involve realigning a tributary to the Manitowoc River, creation of a storm water detention wetland, stream bank grading and culvert installation,” said Lucas Vebber, WMC Director of Environmental & Energy Policy. This project now prevents flooding both in the facility and also in the surrounding area and acts as a sink for pollutants, preventing them from reaching the Manitowoc River.
For the 27th year in a row, the WMC Foundation is recognizing companies with the 2016 Wisconsin Business Friend of the Environment Award. This year, a total of nine winners have been chosen for programs that demonstrate an innovative approach to environmental protection, or a level of effort beyond that which is required by regulatory compliance. These success stories reflect the continued commitment of Wisconsin industry to environmental protection.
This year’s award winners represent companies – both large and small – that have made significant improvements in the areas of sustainability, environmental stewardship and environmental innovation. Offering specific examples of successful programs, these winners demonstrate that sound environmental practices are good for Wisconsin’s environment and its economy. They serve as important examples for industry.
The 2016 Wisconsin Business Friend of the Environment award winners were selected from a pool of 32 nominees by an independent judging panel that includes an environmental attorney, as well as representatives from industry, the Department of Natural Resources, and the University of Wisconsin.
Lucas Vebber, 608-661-6910