Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce is pleased to announce the 32 nominees for the 27th annual Business Friend of the Environment awards. These awards highlight 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.

The Business Friend of the Environment Awards will be presented at the WMC Policy Conference on May 31, 2016 at Monona Terrace Community & Convention Center.

Contact Karen Mahlkuch with any questions.



Awards Information

Applications for 2016 are closed. Contact Karen Mahlkuch with any questions.

Download a printable version of the awards information here.

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. In addition, winners will be announced and honored at the inaugural WMC Policy Conference on Tuesday, May 31, 2016, at the Monona Terrace Community & Convention Center in Madison.

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 2015 calendar year. (Projects need not have been operational for the entire year but must have been completed and/or have shown results during 2015.)


Application Details

Applications for 2016 are closed. Contact Karen Mahlkuch with any questions.

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 kmahlkuch@wmc.org.

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 at the WMC Policy Conference on May 31, 2016 at Monona Terrace Community & Convention Center.



Awards Program Information

Contact WMC’s Karen Mahlkuch for information on applying for the Business Friend of the Environment Award, 608.258.3400.


Previous Winners

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