The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) recognized Bosch’s commitment to superior environmental performance by awarding the New Richmond and Shell Lake, WI facilities with Green Tier 2 Status on August 14 and 15, respectively.
As one of only four companies to receive Tier 2 status, Bosch’s environmentally friendly projects and its new partnership with the Wisconsin DNR demonstrate a commitment to maintain and improve sustainability efforts within the company, making a significant impact on the environmental health of the company and the community. Bosch received this recognition due to its environmental record, willingness to exceed regulatory requirements, implementation of an Environmental Management System and ideas for improving performance that would benefit both the company and the environment.
Some of the key projects that have helped Bosch achieve the Green Tier status include:
- Significantly reducing the amount of industrial waste, energy storage and water usage
- Implementing recycling waste streams for manufacturing processes
- Continuous improvement projects to further eliminate paint related to hazardous waste
- Achieving significant reductions in CO2 emissions
To commemorate this recognition, Bosch will plant a Wisconsin state tree, the Sugar Maple, at the New Richmond and Shell Lake facilities. The tree itself is another step toward helping the environment, due to its ability to release water into upper, drier soil layers, helping itself and the plants around it. To Bosch, every small step to help the environment makes a big impact.
In addition to planting the trees, Bosch has selected three community organizations to receive cash awards toward environmental projects, including:
- Shell Lake School District – The district will receive $10,000 toward its Edible School Yard Project, a sustainable garden growing organic vegetables that will be incorporated into the school lunch program. The project will help teach students about farming and nutrition.
- New Richmond School District – The district will receive $15,000 toward The Weather Bug project, a weather station to help students learn about meteorology and the science of weather and data collection.
- City of New Richmond – The city will receive $10,000 toward the City Stock Purchase Program, which allows concerned citizens and business to invest in the city for special projects. The funds will be directed to an environmental or technology project.
About Green Tier
Green Tier provides an opportunity for Wisconsin to combine and achieve economic and environmental goals. Building on the leadership of business, environmental and government communities, the program supports the Department of Natural Resources’ mandate to protect and enhance the environment, while setting the stage for economic growth. Green Tier has two tiers, or participation levels. Tier 1 is designed to encourage innovation, collaboration and new environmental goal setting. Tier 2 involves more rigorous participation requirements, placing greater emphasis on superior environmental performance contracts as a means of giving customized regulatory flexibility proportional to environmental performance.
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