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