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Green Tier participants, charters and applicants

The DNR's Green Tier program continues to grow and expand. Currently there are 52 participants in Tier 1, which includes a total of 169 facilities. There are also six Tier 2 contracts and six Charters.

Click on the names below to learn more about the Green Tier participants and their environmental endeavors. You can also use the tabs to search for only Tier 1, Tier 2 or Charter participants, review the list based on region, view current applicants or learn about the Environmental Cooperation Pilot Program, the precursor to Green Tier.

By name

This is a list of all of the current Charter, Tier 1 and Tier 2 participants, alphabetical by participant name.

By location

This is a list of all of the current Charter, Tier 1 and Tier 2 participants by location.

Statewide

Northeast

Map of counties in the northeast region of Wisconsin

Counties: Brown, Calumet, Door, Fond du Lac, Green Lake, Kewaunee, Manitowoc, Marinette, Marquette, Menominee, Oconto, Outagamie, Shawano, Waupaca, Waushara, Winnebago.

Northern

Map of counties in the northern region of Wisconsin

Counties: Ashland, Barron, Bayfield, Burnett, Douglas, Florence, Forest, Iron, Langlade, Lincoln, Oneida, Polk, Price, Rusk, Sawyer, Taylor, Vilas, Washburn.

South Central

Map of counties in the south central region of Wisconsin

Counties: Columbia, Dane, Dodge, Grant, Green, Iowa, Jefferson, Lafayette, Richland, Rock, Sauk.

Southeast

Map of counties in the southeast region of Wisconsin

Counties: Kenosha, Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Sheboygan, Walworth, Washington, Waukesha.

West Central

Map of counties in the west central region of Wisconsin

Counties: Adams, Buffalo, Chippewa, Clark, Crawford, Dunn, Eau Claire, Jackson, Juneau, La Crosse, Marathon, Monroe, Pepin, Pierce, Portage, St. Croix, Trempealeau, Vernon, Wood.

By industry

This is a list of all of the current Charter, Tier 1 and Tier 2 participants, by industry.

Abrasives
Aerosols, Cleaning Products Chemicals
Agriculture
Architectural Products
Automotive
Construction
Electronics
Electronics recycling
Energy
Food Processing
Foundry
Government
Industrial equipment
Metal Finishing
Outdoor equipment
Paper
Packaging
Plastic
Printing
Services
Textiles
Warehousing
Waste and recycling
Wood Products

Charters

Looking to work collaboratively with the Department and other stakeholders to address environmental issues and opportunities? A Green Tier Charter may be the fit for you!

A charter is a contract entered into by the DNR and an association committed to helping its members participate in Green Tier. An association may consist of private entities, public entities, or a combination. In a charter, the association must describe its goals, the responsibilities of its members, and the methods its members will use to accomplish their goals. The term of a charter can be between three and 10 years, with opportunity for renewal. Charters help business sectors, regions, supply chains, or other creative groupings of organizations establish and meet environmental objectives.

Don't see a Charter that resonates with you? Perhaps you may want to develop your own! If you think creating a Charter will help advance your organization’s mission, improve collaboration amongst your industry, and are looking to formalize a partnership with the Department, please send an email to GreenTier@wisconsin.gov. We are always looking to hear from industry innovators!

Tier 1

Tier 1 is the most common participation level in the Green Tier program. It is designed to allow companies committed to enhanced environmental protection to distinguish themselves from others. Tier 1 companies are generally environmental innovators with proactive management teams. The DNR is committed to supporting these companies with incentives, including use of the Green Tier logo, that are not available to other companies.

Tier 2

Tier 2 is designed for superior environmental companies. These companies can demonstrate a history of superior environmental performance, and have an effective Environmental Management System (EMS). Tier 2 participants represent the truly exceptional companies that are not only committed to going above and beyond, but are also committed to bringing about change in their industry, region, or within their supply chain.

Applicants

If you wish to apply, please check out the Apply to become a Green Tier participant web page.

Pilot participants

The Environmental Cooperation Pilot Program evaluated innovative environmental regulatory methods. It was introduced by Gov. Tommy G. Thompson and passed by the State Legislature as part of the 1997-1999 Biennial Budget. The program provided DNR with the authority to enter into up to ten cooperative environmental agreements. The six participating companies helped DNR learn about innovative environmental initiatives and helped formulate the Green Tier program. These two companies are still active: