Madison – Today, the WMC Foundation recognized Fox River Fiber as one of nine recipients of this year’s Business Friend of the Environment Awards (BFOE).
Fox River Fiber strives to be a leader in pursuing environmentally sustainable practices and is constantly looking for ways to lessen its impact on the surrounding community and the environment. “Their focus on energy use reduction is evident in their conversion of all pumping applications that used control valves to variable speed drives which has significantly reduced their electricity use” said Lucas Vebber, WMC Director of Environmental & Energy Policy.
Fox River Fiber’s ongoing sustainability initiatives include reducing the amount of byproduct generations and reusing the byproducts where possible. Sixty-percent of their short fiber sludge is being used as an animal bedding product and additionally as a lawn patch product. A $7 million state-of-the-art wastewater treatment plant was also constructed to treat 1.2 million gallons of water a day.
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