Celebrating Earth Day: Workshop & Recognition

Helping Your Employees Afford Residential Energy Efficiency Projects
& Earth Day Business Sustainability Awards Celebration Event

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Thanks to all who attended!

The WI Sustainable Business Council, working with the Green Tier Program at the WI Department of Natural Resources and Cool Choices successfully presented the first Spring/Earth Day workshop and recognition event. The event was held at the Potawatomi Casino on April 9th, 2014. Videos from each of the sessions are available as links from the Event Schedule below.

The workshop showcased an innovative approach to engaging employees that was developed by the Clinton Climate Initiative and piloted in Wisconsin by the WI Energy Conservation Corporation (WECC).  The Home Energy Affordability Loan Program (HEAL) is an employee benefits program designed to improve energy performance in people’s homes. By enlisting employers to offer the HEAL Program to qualifying employees, the program is able to make a large-scale and rapid impact in energy usage, GHG emissions and employment opportunities.

Johnson Controls was the first Wisconsin Company to pilot HEAL for their employees. Clay Nesler, Johnson Controls’ VP of Global Energy and Sustainability, talked about the results of the pilot, and Brian Driscoll from WECC talked about how other companies can get involved.

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Earth Day Business Sustainability Award 2014 Recipients

After lunch the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council presented its first round of Earth Day Business Sustainability Award recipients. View the list of winners:[two_fifth]

Sustainability Process of the Year:
Case IH plant

Sustainability Process of the Year- Small Business:
Marshall Auto Body Shop

Sustainability Product of the Year:
Johnson Controls

Sustainability Product of the Year- Small Business:
Nelson & Pade

Sustainability Leader of the Year:
Paul Linzmeyer, Thedacare

Sustainability Leader of the Year- Small Business:
Lisa Geason-Bauer, Evolution Marketing




Event Schedule

Videos of each of the sessions are available by clicking on the hot link for that session.

7:30 – Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 – Opening Remarks: Tom Eggert, WI Sustainable Business Council & Green Tier Program

8:45 – Welcome and Overview of Sustainability at the Potawatomi Casino, David Brien, Facilities Director, Potawatami Bingo Casino

9:15 – Morning Keynote:  HEAL: What it Is, Why it Was Created: Martha Jane Murray, Clinton Climate Initiative, Program Manager

9:45 – Break*

10:00 – Panel Discussion:

Developing a National Model:
Keith Canfield- Clinton Climate Initiative, Deputy Program Manager

Piloting HEAL at Johnson Controls:
Clay Nesler- Johnson Controls, VP of Global Energy and Sustainability

Implementing HEAL at Your Business:
Brian Driscoll- WECC, Client Services Manager

11:45 – Lunch*

12:15 – Keynote: The Benefits of Employee Engagement; Kathy Kuntz, Cool Choices

12:45 – Earth Day Business Sustainability Award Presentations

1:00 – Closing Remarks: Tom Eggert, WI Sustainable Business Council & Green Tier Program


*Special thanks to Johnson Controls & WECC, 
for sponsoring the lunch and morning break.

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