Tips and Resources
Wondering what steps you can take to become a more sustainable business? Take a look at some of these links for ideas.
Calculating Baseline Performance, UW-Extension
Green Lodging Calculator for estimating the financial & environmental benefits of sustainable practices, Northeast Waste Management Official Association. Online tool to help estimate economic and environmental benefits of sustainable practices. Please note: this is not a comprehensive tool as some savings are not included, such as other energy practices; and viewers should review the defaults and change as appropriate for Wisconsin rates.
Small Business Program from Focus on Energy, Recieve a free, onsite energy assessment & recommendations for improving energy efficiency. Qualified businesses can recieve free energy efficient lighting and other products.
Building Green Guide, Sustainable Product Choices, EW-Extension
Providing safe drinking water for your festival, WI Department of Natural Resources publication.
Recycling and Waste Reduction for the Lodging Industry, WI Department of Natural Resources publication.
Recycling and Waste Reduction in the Restaurant Industry, WI Department of Natural Resources publication.
Recycling and Waste Reduction at Your Special Event, WI Department of Natural Resources publication.
Recycling Poster, WI Department of Natural Resources publication.
Educational Flyer on Recycling While Vacationing, WI Department of Natural Resources publication.
E-Cycle Flier, WI Department of Natural Resources publication.
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources E-Cycle program. Electronic recycling information, including how to and where to recycle certain electronics. Also includes an explanation of the electronics recyling law.
U.S. Travel Association Travel Green Find out how America's travel community is going green. Find out why sustainability is good business and how business and leisure travelers are seeking eco-freindly travel options. Site provides tools, case studies, consumer based travel tips, and many other sustainable travel information.
Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA) Home of the world’s largest renewable energy and sustainable living fair held every June in Custer, Wisconsin (near Stevens Point). Features workshops, displays, and resources to green up your business and home. Network with companies who have expertise in renewable energy systems. MREA also coordinates the National Solar Tour for Wisconsin the first week in October, offering on-site visits to businesses and residences that feature energy conservation or renewable energy systems.
Wisconsin Focus on Engery Works with eligible Wisconsin residents and businesses to install cost effective energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. Focus on information, resources and financial incentives help to implement projects that otherwise would not be completed. Its efforts help Wisconsin residents and businesses manage rising energy costs, promote in-state economic development, protect our environment and control the state's growing demand for electricity and natural gas.
US Green Building Council The USGBC opens the door for you to promote sustainable building, advocate for greener policies, and build networks of allies where it matters most – in your local community. Chapter members are essential to raising awareness of LEED and green building through education, outreach and advocacy.
US Department of Energy: Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, online documents and resources for energy efficiency and renewable energy. Includes calculators, maps, software and other tools.
Wisconsin's Farm Fresh Atlas Regional food guides that provide lists and maps for local farms, farmers' markets, restaurants, stores and other businesses that sell local food and use sustainable production and business practices. Check here before ordering from far-away locations.
For summer fairs, recycling success starts with winter planning
Recycling toolkit helps festival and event planners MADISON -- While the fairgrounds and midways of summer may seem a long way off, many summer festival organizers are already planning and laying the groundwork for event recycling success. An online toolkit from the Department of Natural Resources is helping event planners start new recycling efforts and build on last year's momentum. - Read Full Article
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