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What your business needs to know about sustainability!
Wednesday, October 29th
from 11 - 3:30 (lunch will be provided)
Miron Construction,
1471 McMahon Dr. in Neenah.

Join Tom Eggert (founder, WI Sustainable Business Council) and Mark McDermid (sustainability specialist, WMEP) as the WI Sustainable Business Council presents two sessions on what your business needs to know about  sustainability.

The first session will dive into credentialing in the sustainability area, examining the Green Masters Program. 

Wednesday, October 29th from 11 - 1:30
Miron Construction, 1471 McMahon Dr. in Neenah.

There is a $25 charge for this session.  Please register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/green-masters-program-assessing-sustainability-to-improve-your-bottom-line-tickets-71001394081

The second session will expand sustainability thinking to the finance, investment and employee benefit areas.  In this workshop you will learn about:
  • Accounting and the rise of Sustainable Accounting Standards Board (SASB) standards
  • Banking options and choices
  • Investment decisions
  • Employee benefit packages
  • Updating financial and investment policies
This session will immediately follow the above, meeting on Wednesday, October 29th from 2:00 - 3:30 at Miron.

There is no charge for this session.
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SCS Engineers
SCS - At the forefront of sustainable environmental solutions for over 40 years

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Dairyland Power Cooperative

Our commitment to preserving the quality of our environment is not just a program at Dairyland. It reflects a deeply held view that good environmental practices reflect sound operations and contribute to the overall economic and social health of the communities we serve.

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McMahon Group
McMAHON provides full-service engineering and architectural services to public and private-sector clients. We are driven by a service-oriented philosophy to achieve client satisfaction on every project.
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Wisconsin affiliate of the U.S. Green Building Council


WGBA has combined forces with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and together we will pilot a new model for USGBC chapters and local market engagement...

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Miron Construction
Miron specializes in providing innovative pre-construction, construction management, design-build, general construction and industrial services.

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Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council

The WI Sustainable Business Council is a network of Wisconsin businesses and organizations that are interested in, or actively responding to, the challenge of sustainability.

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Wisconsin and National Links for GREEN Resources
We try to include links to help you consider your GREEN economic development options in Wisconsin. Businesses feel free to send us your information here.   ...more

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Ideas for Consideration - Please forward, share and discuss!

An agenda for the new administration...


An overriding principal - Restore Wisconsin to the bipartisan national environmental leadership it once enjoyed...


  • Building and Design

    • Work with developers, architects, communities, and business to ensure the highest and most cost effective Green building practices are used in new development.
    • Expedite projects who guarantee the best environmental practices and make sure the systems are in place to ensure this. Trust but Verify.
    • Avoid costly mandates and restrictions that will move businesses to other states or regions.
  • Mining

    • Explore the restoration of the sulfide mining moratorium or...
    • Work with counties to create and enforce new mining regulations, restrictions and enforcement.
    • Delay approval of any new mines until counties have their regulation policies in place.
    • Restore DNR environmental staff and expertise to levels that can review any requests in a timely manner.
    • Require a site reclamation fund be established from the onset of any approved project with a plan in place for complete site reclamation.
    • Allow municipalities to enact special utilities in lieu of or in addition to regular taxes for issues like impact on roads, utilities, infrastructure, and public safety.
  • Renewable Energy and Fuels

    • Work with the utilities, business and communities to encourage the use of renewables, reduced carbon output, and better reporting and measurement.
    • Establish a PSC willing to work with business and power companies while progressing to a lower carbon renewable future.
    • Do not impose legislative mandates on renewables but rather incentivize use of new technologies while maintaining an open dialogue among all parties involved.
  • Our Watersheds and the Great Lakes

    • Become a strong partner in Great Lakes–St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Compact.
    • If water is removed from the watershed, require that it be returned cleaner that it was taken. Again make sure DNR has the resources to monitor and ensure this policy.
  • Land Use and Transmission / Pipe Lines

    • Require the need and or profit for new systems to Wisconsin citizens. If a system like tar sand or electricity is for other states or regions, require that the land uses benefits all citizens in our state in lower utility costs, additions public facilities and reduced air and water pollution.
    • Require that any new system create an environmental offset equal to or greater than the land they take. This can be done in two ways: One additional Parks, Public Lands, Trails, Access to Waterways, Etc. OR Two reduced carbon emissions through the elimination or older less efficient production facilities or the conversion to renewable or exponentially lower emission fuels.
  • CAFO`s and Agricultural Issues

    • Address and regulate CAFO`s like the "cities" that they are.
    • Develop regulations and controls to address the scale of effluent that these facilities produce.
    • Consider using CAFO`s as a model for new waste treatment like digestion and pasteurization.
    • Preserve the small farm in Wisconsin by encouraging sound environmental practices in a cost effective way.
    • Work with all farms, businesses, and communities to improve watersheds, runoff and source point pollution focusing on results rather that penalties or mandates.
  • Transit and Mass Transit

    • Improve our transit and shipping corridors like rail and interstate access to encourage Wisconsin to become an efficient  distribution hub for the Midwest.
    • Encourage communities to adopt new and more efficient mass transit systems.
    • Encourage the use of more efficient buses, trucks and vehicles in the state.
  • ECO Tourism

    • Explore ECO Tourism as an option to preserve our vast agricultural heritage and natural waterways and woodlands.
    • Allow ECO TIF financing to pair tourism development with land and watershed preservation.
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Ken Notes: Just a few ideas, please feel free to pick and choose then share with those on both sides of the isle that will be making decisions.

We now have an opportunity to grab the pendulum in the middle and make a real long term difference in how we manage our resources and what kind of Wisconsin we leave to our grandchildren!

These are personal viewpoints shaped by your feedback. They are not the positions of my sponsors or partners.

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We may now need to build a coalition that is willing to lobby from a "greener" yet pro business perspective. Lots of HUGE issues: Sand Mining, CNG, LEED Alternatives, Focus On Energy, LED Lighting R&D, Cleaner Power Generation, Recycling, Power Lines, Electric Cars, Wind, Solar, Bio Fuels, Digestors, Green AG, Business Incentives...And of course the Greenest and Happiest of Holidays to you!

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Our resource guide at the bottom of this publication will continue to grow, and you may add links, suggest articles, include your press releases, or comment by eMailing Me. As always thanks for reading, and if you would like to sponsor or get involved call 608.334.2174...   ...more

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Development Matters with Ken Harwood
Links for my recent radio shows...

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Join host Ken Harwood as he discusses economic issues and updates you on the latest developments in Development. Hour 2 Calling in live from the 53rd World Dairy Expo in Wisconsin are Mark Comfort, Sherry Bunting of Ag Moos, and Chuck Worden, past president of...

Development Matters 10-05-2019 Hour 1

Join host Ken Harwood as he discusses economic issues and updates you on the latest developments in Development. Hour 2 Calling in live from the 53rd World Dairy Expo in Wisconsin are Mark Comfort, Sherry Bunting of agmoos.com , and Chuck Worden, past president of...

Development Matters 9-28-2019 Hour 2

Ken’s guest today is Robin Pharo of Treysta Group. Development Matters with host Ken Harwood airs live on Saturdays from 10 AM to Noon on WRRD and WTTN. Call in at 844 967 2789...

Development Matters 9-28-2019 Hour 1

Ken’s guest today is Robin Pharo of Treysta Group. Development Matters with host Ken Harwood airs live on Saturdays from 10 AM to Noon on WRRD and WTTN. Call in at 844 967 2789...

Development Matters 9-21-2019 Hour 2

The inaugural episode of Development Matters with host Ken Harwood. of wisconsindevelopment.com first guest is Micheal Crute of Devil’s Advocates Radio Show followed by an interview with Madison developer, George Austin....

Development Matters 9-21-2019 Hour 1

The inaugural episode of Development Matters with host Ken Harwood. of wisconsindevelopment.com first guest is Micheal Crute of Devil’s Advocates Radio Show followed by an interview with Madison developer, George Austin....
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