UW Health Named 'Business Friend of the Environment'

Madison, Wisconsin - UW Health recently was honored by the Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce Foundation with the 2016 Wisconsin Business Friend of the Environment Award.


This is the 27th year the WMC has recognized select companies for programs that demonstrate an innovative approach to environmental protection, or a level of effort beyond that which is required by regulatory compliance. These success stories reflect the continued commitment of Wisconsin industry to environmental protection.


"This year's award winners represent companies, both large and small, that have made significant improvements in the areas of sustainability, environmental stewardship and environmental innovation," said Lucas Vebber, the WMC Director of Environmental and Energy Policy.


 "Offering specific examples of successful programs, such as the Green Team Program at UW Health, demonstrate that sound environmental practices are good for Wisconsin's environment and its economy. UW Health and the other eight award recipients serve as important examples for industry."


The 2016 Wisconsin Business Friend of the Environment award winners were honored May 31 and selected from a pool of 32 nominees by an independent judging panel that included an environmental attorney as well as representatives from industry, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and the University of Wisconsin.


Ralph Turner (left), UW Health vice president, facilities and support services, with Lucas Vebber, WMC.

UW Health received the award for "Environmental Stewardship," designed to reward environmental practices and those companies that go above and beyond, and its innovative work through the Green Team Program, which started in 2011.


"We take environmental sustainability very seriously considering that it is part of UW Health's mission within social responsibility," said Ralph Turner, UW Health vice president, facilities and support services. "Seeing our staff and faculty walking the walk and getting more engaged through our Green Team Program demonstrates how we continuously work together to provide a healthy environment for patients and families."


Vebber echoed Turner's sentiment.


"Immense progress has been made due primarily to the employees' desire to create a healthier and environmentally sound UW Health community," Vebber said. "The UW Health Green Team Program serves as a role model and we encourage every company to do what UW Health is doing. The great part is that it can be adapted to any industry or workplace."


Date Published: 06/29/2016

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