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Beyond Compliance Resources

Last updated 4/26/2022

Green Tier participants - Here you will find new ideas to help ensure your environmental management system brings continual environmental improvement. We’ve pulled together an assortment of articles, case studies, best management practices and tools from leading organizations to help you go beyond compliance.

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Additions: Additional topic areas will be added over time. Please help keep this list up to date by sending us links to your innovative resources.

Environmental components of a healthy sustainability program

Air Emissions

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Carbon Reductions
Articles and Websites
Tools
  • EPA's Simplified GHG Emissions Calculator: A simplified calculation tool to help small businesses and low emitters estimate their annual GHG emissions. Source: EPA
  • GHG Calculation Tools: A listing of all tools available from GHG Protocol. These tools allow companies to develop comprehensive and reliable inventories of their GHG emissions. Source: GHG Protocols
Fuel Burning
General Information and Data
Articles and Websites
Case Studies
Best Management Practices
Tools
  • Propane Fueling Station Locations: Find liquefied petroleum gas (propane) fueling stations in the United States and Canada. Source: Alternative Fuels Data Center
  • Woody Biomass Harvest Guidelines: Sustainable harvest of woody biomass from forested areas within the context of generally accepted forestry practices. Source: DNR
  • Woody Biomass Resources: DNR's Forest Product Services Team page on how they can help businesses with biomass. Source: DNR
Hazardous Air Pollutants
General Information and Data
Tools
Health Impacts
General Information and Data
Articles and Websites
Tools
Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS)
Articles and Websites
Particulate Matter (PM)
General Information and Data
  • Particulate Matter Basics: A summary of definitions, how it gets in the air and the harmful effects of particulate matter. Source: EPA
Articles and Websites
Refrigerants
General Information
Articles and Websites
Certification
  • LEED Standard for Refrigerants: Certification standard to eliminate ozone depletion from refrigerant use in new construction. Source: US Green Building Council
Tools
Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)
General Information
  • *Basic's of Green Chemistry: Overview of Green Chemistry: chemical products and processes that reduce or eliminate the use or generation of hazardous substances. Source: EPA
  • Solvents and Green Chemistry: Information on techniques and applications for solvent replacement and/or removal in various process conditions, as well as methods to assess the sustainability of solvents. Source: American Chemical Society
Articles and Websites
Case Studies
Tools
  • HCPA Consumer Product Ingredients Dictionary: The Ingredients Dictionary is a unified source for ingredient names that are now required by the state of California and accepted by Walmart, Target, and the EPA Safer Choice program. Source: Household and Commercial Products Association
  • Wisconsin's Emission Reduction Credit (ERC) Registry: Information on the WI ERC to assist facilities looking for emissions offsets to meet Nonattainment New Source Review permitting requirements. Source: DNR

Energy

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Energy Efficiency and Conservation
Articles and Websites
Tools
  • Emission Calculation Tools: Emissions calculator to help you develop emission inventories and track progress toward climate goals. Source: GHG Protocol
  • Energy Improvement Actions Register: Template register to help you organize and track your energy performance improvement actions that supports ISO 50001 Certification. Source: DOE
  • Energy Management Tools: Guidance, Data Collection, and Analysis tools to help with your organization's energy management strategy. Source: DOE
  • Energy Performance Indicator Tool: Regression analysis-based tool for tracking your energy improvement progress by calculating emission avoidance and cost savings. Source: DOE
  • Energy Team Toolkit: This FREE toolkit provides you with the resources you need to get started. Source: WI PSC
  • Portfolio Manager: ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool lets you measure and track your properties’ energy, water, waste, and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in a secure online environment. Source: EPA
Net Zero and Carbon Neutral
Articles and Websites
Case Studies
Tools
  • How to Achieve Net-Zero: Build a personalized plan to kick-start your business' net-zero plan. Source: The Economist
Videos
Renewable Energy
Articles and Websites
Tools
  • Guide to Purchasing Green Power: This guide is a starting point for organizations interested in buying green power - including information on the procurement process, supply options, benefits, and more. Source: EPA
  • Power Profiler: EPA’s E-Grid Power Profiler helps you see how green the energy grids are across the country. Source: EPA
  • Renewable Energy Project Development Toolbox: This EPA toolbox examines six key issues that have important implications for developing on-site solar projects. Source: EPA
Videos

Waste reduction/Materials management

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Alternative or Beneficial Reuse
Articles and Websites
Case Studies
Circular Economy
Articles and Websites
Certification
Composting
Articles and Websites
E-Cycling
Articles and Websites
General Waste Reduction
Articles and Websites
Video
Hazardous Waste
Articles and Websites
Recycling
Articles and Websites
Tools
  • Paper Recycling - Recycled Paper Content Calculator: A free tool to calculate the impacts of the paper you use and compare to impacts of different papers with varying amounts of recycled content. Source: Environmental Paper Network
  • Recycling - WI Recycling Directory: WasteCap's Wisconsin Recycling Directory provides a single place to search for haulers, processors and drop-off sites for a large range of materials in Wisconsin, mapping their locations, providing business profiles and handling instructions. Source: WasteCap
  • Recycling - WI Recycling Markets Directory: Information about and connects users to outlets for recycling various materials. Source: UWGB
  • Waste Reduction - EPA Waste Reduction Model (WARM): EPA created the Waste Reduction Model (WARM) to help track and voluntarily report greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions, energy savings and economic impacts from several different waste management practices. Source: EPA
Universal Waste
Articles and Websites
Tools
Waste to Energy
Articles and Websites
Zero Waste to Landfill
Articles and Websites
Certification
Tools
  • Waste Reduction - Waste Audits: Waste audits identify waste streams, how it got there, possible diversions, and potential value streams. Source: WasteCap
Video