Crave Brothers Farmstead Cheese manager George Crave, right, explained components of the businesses’ new bedding dryer to John Umhoefer, executive director of the Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association, and Dave Buholzer of Klondike Cheese in Monroe at a June 13 Green Energy Showcase at Crave Brothers Farm.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Green Tier program launched a video series in November with its report to the Wisconsin Legislature, showcasing new tools for participants committed to improving their environmental footprint. In the videos, Green Tier participants tell how partnerships forged through the program helped them minimize their environmental impacts, maximize their bottom line, and share their experiences with others.

“It’s gratifying to hear how Green Tier has helped our customers become stronger, more productive organizations contributing to a healthy environment, workplace and economy,” said former DNR Secretary Dan Meyer.

Green Tier is a voluntary sustainability program that provides a framework for businesses and organizations who want to proactively improve their environmental performance. Participants use a system to guide and monitor their environmental initiatives. In exchange, the department provides recognition, a primary contact in the agency, and, in some cases, regulatory flexibility to Green Tier participants.

In addition to new options for participation, Meyer said the report also highlights DNR efforts to improve the Green Tier experience for customers. “We are taking a good idea and making it even better,” he said.

The Green Tier report and videos are available by searching the DNR website, dnr.wi.gov, for keywords “Green Tier” and clicking on the link for Green Tier 2018 Biennial Report. The videos feature the following Green Tier participants: Crave Brothers Farm, Empire Screen Printing, Wisconsin Urban Wood Green Tier Charter, and a partnership between La Crosse County, city of La Crosse, and La Crosse County Solid Waste Department.