Applications Closed

The Business Friend of the Environment award highlights what Wisconsin companies are doing in the areas of sustainability, innovative technology and environmental stewardship. The goal of this awards program is to demonstrate to state policymakers, businesses and the public that sound environmental practices are good for Wisconsin and its business environment.


Awards Information

Applications for the 28th Annual Awards are now closed. 

The awards are available to private industry companies headquartered or with significant operations in Wisconsin. The awards are given annually to companies that demonstrate environmental leadership. Companies are encouraged to self-nominate. While government entities are not eligible for the awards, they are encouraged to nominate businesses and groups.

The awards will focus on the following three areas:

  • Sustainability
  • Use of Innovative Technology
  • Environmental Stewardship

Three winners will be selected in each of these three categories. In each category, an award will be given to a company with less than 100 employees, a company with 100 to 500 employees to a company with over 500 employees.

These awards will be publicized statewide and locally this summer.

The award criteria listed here are meant to be broad in scope, and the judges will determine category:

bfoe house Sustainability
Demonstrate practices, processes and projects that reduce or minimize pollution and/or contribute to the long term economic, social, and environmental well-being of your business and community.
innovation Environmental Innovation
Demonstrate the creative use of technology or process to improve the environment.
Envoronmental stewardship Environmental Stewardship
Demonstrate a level of effort that goes beyond that which is required by regulation and which indicates a cooperative approach toward improving the environment. Include any community or education outreach programs in which your company is involved.

Winners will be selected by an independent panel of judges representing industry, the Department of Natural Resources, the University of Wisconsin and environmental groups.

Projects must have been completed and/or operational in the 2016 calendar year. (Projects need not have been operational for the entire year but must have been completed and/or have shown results during 2016.)

Application Details

The nomination form MUST include a 1-2 page narrative of the applicant’s project description in Microsoft Word format. Along with the narrative, a logo and 2-3 project photos are also required (full color, high resolution of 300 dpi or better, formats: .eps, .tif, .psd, .gif, .jpg). E-mail the electronic files to

Winners are selected by an independent panel of judges representing industry, the Department of Natural Resources, the University of Wisconsin and environmental groups.

The Business Friend of the Environment Awards will be presented this summer.

Contact Karen Mahlkuch with any questions.


Awards Program Information

Contact WMC’s Karen Mahlkuch for information on applying for the Business Friend of the Environment Award, 608.661.6938.

27th Annual Award Winners

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Felss Rotaform LLC, New Berlin
InPro, Muskego
Menard, Inc., Eau Claire

Environmental Stewardship
Precision Machine Inc., Algoma
Eden Stone Company, Inc., Eden
UW HealthMadison

Environmental Innovation
Empire Screen Printing, Inc., Onalaska
Fox River Fiber, De Pere
Harley-Davidson Motor Company, Menomonee Falls

Previous Winners

2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012