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Join Us! MPower Champions Public Showcase - January 31, 2014

Posted: 5:10PM January 21st, 2014 | Comments

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Danielle Russell, Sustain Dane Director of Communications & Development, (608) 819 - 0689

January 21, 2014, Madison, Wis. – As part of Sustain Dane’s MPower Business Champions Program, 17 area businesses have spent the past year working to reduce their environmental impact. These businesses (listed below) have successfully conserved energy, lowered waste, increased alternative transportation, and gone green in their business processes and workplace environments.

Next week, the 2013 MPower Business Champions will highlight their sustainability work and results during the annual MPower Champions Public Showcase. This free, public event welcomes area business, neighborhood, and civic leaders to learn about the champions’ sustainability projects, as well as the opportunities and challenges of becoming a more sustainable business within our region.

Sustain Dane’s MPower Champions Public Showcase will be held on Friday, January 31, 2014 at 7:30AM to 9:30AM at the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center in Downtown Madison. The Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center sponsors the event, which includes coffee and breakfast. It is free and open to the public. Seating is limited, RSVP at http://www.2013mpowershowcase.eventbrite.com

Please attend this event to discover how:

  • The Plaza Tavern became Madison’s original “eco-dive” with LED signage, local food, and more.
  • Madison Environmental group mobilized a recycling movement for Monroe Street businesses.
  • Filament Games rallied its developer teams to create sustainability-themed games.
  • UW-Extension built a stronger work community around pedestrian-friendly, onsite food carts.
  • CUNA Mutual Group employees dug in with employee gardens and school garden volunteering.

About the MPower Champions Program

Sustain Dane’s MPower Champions Program is a one year, fully-customizable program that empowers businesses and organizations in the Greater Madison Region to reduce their environmental impact while saving costs and creating a healthier and more engaging workplace and community. The program is a proven and nationally recognized model for achieving sustainability success from within an organization and was recently lauded by EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. To date, nearly 70 MPower Champions have collectively reduced 21,500 tons of CO2 emissions and have saved $916,000 in annual costs.

Sustain Dane facilitates the MPower Champions Program, now in its fifth year, working directly with organizations to design, implement, and measure an employee-led sustainability strategy. The program is made possible with funding and support by the Environmental Protection Agency’s Climate Showcase Communities Grant, Madison Gas & Electric, and the City of Madison.

Applications are now open for the 2014 program. Learn more and apply >

The MPower Business Champions represent Madison’s diverse and vibrant local business community, ranging in size, industry, and type. The 2013 MPower Business Champions are:

Community Pharmacy, Madison, WI
CUNA Mutual Group, Madison, WI
Filament Games, Madison, WI
Costa Rica Café, Madison, WI
Madison Environmental Group, Madison, WI
Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District, Madison, WI
McKay Nursery, Madison, WI
Tutto Pasta State Street, Madison, WI
The Plaza Tavern, Madison, WI
Redamté Coffee House, Madison, WI
Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin, Madison, WI
Summit Credit Union, Madison, WI
Sustain Dane, Madison, WI
UW-Extension Continuing Education, Outreach and E-Learning, Madison, WI
UW Health East Clinic, Madison, WI
UW Health, West Clinic, Madison, WI
UW School of Nursing, Madison, WI

About Sustain Dane

Sustain Dane believes that the Greater Madison Region can become national model for sustainability and sustainability innovation. Sustain Dane works towards this vision by fostering and supporting a rich and diverse community of sustainability champions across many sectors of society. To learn more about our current programs and initiatives, please visit http://www.sustaindane.org. Sustain Dane is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

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