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.


27th Annual Award Winners

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Sustainability
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


27th Annual Award Nominees

American Family Insurance, Madison
American Transmission Company, Madison
Balestrieri Environmental and Development, Inc., Elkhorn
The Boldt Company, Appleton
Eden Stone Company, Inc., Eden
EDL Packaging Engineers, Inc., Green Bay
Empire Screen Printing, Inc., Onalaska
Felss Rotaform LLC, New Berlin
Fox River Fiber, De Pere
Georgia-Pacific – Green Bay Operations, Green Bay
Goodwill Industries of North Central WI, Inc., Menasha
Graymont Western Lime, Eden
Harley-Davidson Motor Company, Menomonee Falls
Hormel Foods Corporation, Beloit
InPro, Muskego
ITU AbsorbTech, Inc., New Berlin
Jennie-O Turkey Store, Inc., Barron
Masters Gallery Foods, Inc., Plymouth
Menard, Inc., Eau Claire
Michels Corporation, Brownsville
Midland Commercial Development Corp., Waukesha
MillerCoors, Milwaukee
Phillips-Medisize Eau Claire, Eau Claire
Phillips-Medisize Operation Center, Eau Claire
PPG Industries – Oak Creek, Oak Creek
Precision Machine Inc., Algoma
Rockwell Automation – Mequon, Mequon
Silgan Containers Mfg Corp., Oconomowoc
Spectrum Brands, Middleton
UW Health, Madison
Wangard Partners, Inc., Milwaukee
Waupaca Foundry Inc., Waupaca



Awards Information

Applications for the 28th Annual Awards will be available in 2017. 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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