Madison – Today, the WMC Foundation recognized Menard, Inc. as one of nine recipients of this year’s Business Friend of the Environment Awards (BFOE).
Menards has long understood that efficient handling, reuse and recycling of materials not only benefits the community and environment, but reduces costs and increases efficiency. Guided by this philosophy, Menard, Inc. has a long-term record of innovation and being a leader in their commitment to the recycling of all materials. In 2015, Menard, Inc. made a significant investment to improve their ability to recycle wood waste.
“Menard, Inc. set key objectives to eliminate wasted energy, increase recycling rates and improve efficiency,” said Lucas Vebber, WMC Director of Environmental & Energy Policy. “With the results from these upgrades, Menard, Inc. has improved their capacity and now recycles wood waste from outside sources such as waste haulers and other manufacturers.”
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.