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5/9/2016

For Earth Day, Executive Director John Imes gave an Education Session for about 85 Badger Volunteers at the Morgridge Center for Public Service located at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The talk focused on ways we can restore Wisconsin's tradition of environmental stewardship -- Click here for some highlights!

WEI 2015 Recap:

  • The Greening of Monroe Street was a great success, leading to a "green street" resolution passed unanimously by the Madison City Council. WEI will continue to play an active role in the collaborative "green street" planning process moving forward. Here's a link to some photosGreen Passport and media advisory for the Greening of Monroe Street event.
  • The Zero Waste Stations were also a hit at Wingra Park and Brittingham Park and a good extension of our Main Street Green activities and work with the UW Badger Volunteers.
  • We continue to serve as an advisor to the Wisconsin Academy's: "Climate Forward: A New Road Map for Wisconsin's Climate and Energy Future" initiative and participated in several energy related conferences, including a National Energy & Climate Change event in Washington, DC; Renew Wisconsin Policy Conference, and a WisPolitics Forum in Milwaukee. Our energy-related guest column appeared in the Wausau Daily Herald, Milwaukee Business Times, Waukesha Freeman, The Capital Times and WisPolitics/WisBusiness news sources.
  • Main Street Green: We released the Monroe Street Green YouTube video available here: and plan to release a new video periodically that highlights a new group of businesses. We also plan to work with volunteers to expand the Main Street Green program to other local shopping and business districts.
  • Green Built Home:WHEDA announced 25 Low Income Housing Tax Credit projects statewide totaling 1,293 units that will be certified to WEI's Green Built Home standards.
  • Garver Feed Mill redevelopment: We're working as part of the development team to restore the Garver Feed Mill as an artisan food production facility and high-profile destination that will feature education programs and functions that showcase sustainable technologies and conservation practices in both the restoration and preservation of the building and adjacent land.
  • Take alook back at WEI with our 2014 Annual Report:
  • In 2016, we will focus on our first 20 years, highlighting issues, the good work we've done and why it still matters today... leading to a 20th anniversary celebratory event! If you would like to contribute to WEI and help further our cause, please visit this link.

5/6/2014

Resilient Wisconsin Day was held on May 6th, 2014. Executive Director, John Imes, attended the panel and wrote a column about the event that was featured in WisBusiness and The Cap Times. Read it here.

5/1/2014

NewsLeaf Friends of the Arboretum Newsletter featured an article on the Arbor House Inn, the first Clean Clear Waters certified home, and the native plant sale. Find it here!

3/19/2014

The Dudgeon-Monroe Neighborhood Association featured WEI's Monroe Street Green program in the spring 2014 edition of The Hornblower.

3/7/2014

WEI Green Built Home standards are a requirement for WHEDA affordable housing projects statewide. Currently WHEDA has 26 projects statewide totaling 1,006 low income housing units built or remodeled to WEI Green Built Home standards. Find out more here.

2/10/2014

While in Washington DC, Executive Director, John Imes, attended the National Blue-Green Alliance Green Jobs Conference, a White House event, and meetings with Congressman Mark Pocan, Senator Tammy Baldwin's Chief of Staff, and other colleagues. 

2/5/2014

WEI Executive Director, John Imes, gave a presentation on Clean Clear Waters at the 11th Annual "Advancements in Stormwater and Erosion Control" conference hosted by Naseca Wisconsin. View his presentation: Clean Clear Waters' Designation for Advanced Erosion Control.

1/10/2014

Executive Director, John Imes, attended the 3rd annual Energy Policy Summit with Renew Wisconsin. The event discussed the potential of renewable energy to help Wisconsin's economy, environment, and businesses. Check out this summary!

2013

Read the 2013 WEI Annual Report!

12/11/2013

The Capital Times recently published an opinion article written by WEI Executive Director, John Imes. Imes discusses the sustainable practices of businesses on Monroe Street and their Monroe Street Green certification. Read more here.

11/6/2013

New Shorewood Hills home seen as showcase for advanced erosion control practices. The Wisconsin State Journal covered the launch of the Clean Clear Waters Challenge. The event was held at the first certified home and showcased the significance of advanced erosion control practices for the quality of Madison lakes.

11/5/2013

Press Release for the launch of Clean Clear Waters.

12/21/2012

Here is the Green Tier 2012 Biennial Report. WEI Director John Imes serves as a Green Tier Adviser.  

6/11/2012

The Kansas City Star references the Green Built Home program as a model for Kansas City as the city moves towards implementing credible green home certification.

4/24/2012

WEI Executive Director, John Imes, will serve as a program adviser for Edgewood College's Sustainability Leadership Graduate Certificate Program. John, who is well known in the field as a leader in business sustainability, will share his experiences in sustainable leadership and business development. 


4/17/2012

WEI Executive Director, John Imes, attended Wisconsin-Bhutan: The Sustainable Future honoring His Excellency Lyonpo Yeshey Zimba. The event, hosted by Organic Valley, celebrated sustainable efforts and future partnerships between Wisconsin and Bhutan. 
4/13/2012

WEI Executive Director, John Imes, joined former Minnesota Environmental Initiative Executive Director, Ciaran Mannion in Toronto for the Green Living Show. This show brought together seasoned experts in diverse fields to discuss how to make the world a greener place.
4/11/2012

WEI Executive Director, John Imes, served as a Green Tier Adviser for the South Central Regional Green Tier meeting. Representatives for several local businesses, including Didion Milling, Inc., Colony Brands, Inc., Madison Environmental Group, LLC, Webcrafters Inc., Lands' End, Nestle Purina, Environmental Compliance Systems, Inc., BIOFerm Energy Systems, Perfect Environmental Performance, LLC, and Edgewood College came together to share sustainable practices and lessons learned in the development and delivery of superior environmental performance.


3/27/2012

The Nelson Institute invited WEI Executive Director, John Imes, to a discussion with Van Jones about his views on environmental policy and his new book, Rebuild the Dream.

2/20/2012

Atlanta-based architect, Carol Richards, discusses using WEI's Green Built Home program in Buildipedia.com's feature, Green Home of the Month.

News from WEI

4/22/2012 

Happy Earth Day from WEI
WEI remembers Gaylord Nelson's legacy on the 32nd anniversary of Earth Day. 


3/20/2012 

New Changes at WEI: Wisconsin Environmental Initiative
In 1995, the Wisconsin Environmental Initiative formed to bring together businesses, government and citizen groups in a neutral forum to address the state's key environmental issues. Seventeen years later, our founding mission remains intact. Today, we work with stakeholders to craft workable policies and develop the tools to give Wisconsin businesses and communities credible market distinction AND preserve the state's resources and environment.

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