Now Accepting Nominations!

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.

Button_ApplyToday

Nomination Deadline: June 15, 2018


Awards Information

Applications for the 29th Annual Awards are now being accepted. 

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.

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 small, medium and large business.

These awards will be publicized statewide and locally.

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, an environmental non-profit, an environmental attorney and an environmental consultant.

Projects must have been completed and/or operational in the 2017 calendar year. (Projects need not have been operational for the entire year but must have been completed and/or have shown results during 2017.)


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 Lucas Vebber at lvebber@wmc.org.

Click here to download a nomination form. Nomination Deadline: June 15, 2018.

Winners are selected by an independent panel of judges representing industry, the Department of Natural Resources, an environmental non-profit, an environmental attorney and an environmental consultant.

The Business Friend of the Environment Awards will be presented at WMC Policy Day 2018 on August 6 at the Monona Terrace Community & Convention Center in Madison.

Contact Lucas Vebber, WMC General Counsel / Director of Environmental & Energy Policy, with any questions.

Button_ApplyToday

Awards Program Information

Contact Lucas Vebber, General Counsel / Director of Environmental & Energy Policy, for information on applying for the Business Friend of the Environment Award, 608.258.3400.


28th Annual Award Winners

Nine Wisconsin Companies Win Business Friend of the Environment Awards (press release)

SustainabilityWMC-BFOE-Profiles_2017-cover
Orion Energy Systems, Inc., Manitowoc
Masters Gallery Foods, Inc., Plymouth
UPS, Elm Grove

Environmental Stewardship
T. Wall Enterprises, Middleton
American Transmission Company, Waukesha
Alliant Energy, Madison

Environmental Innovation
Nelson and Pade, Inc., Montello
Frito-Lay, Beloit
Regal Beloit Corporation, Beloit



Previous Winners

2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012