Public comment period begins on two applications to Wisconsin’s Green Tier Program
MADISON, Wis. — The public has an opportunity to comment on two applications for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Green Tier program.
Natural Resource Technology
Natural Resource Technology’s application is focused on its Milwaukee facility. The company’s environmental engineers and consulting professionals provide services to private and public clients in the energy, industrial, real estate, government and legal sectors. Natural Resources Technology has experts in environmental compliance, due diligence, property investigations and remediation, coal combustion product management, contaminated sediment management in both large and small waterway systems and site remediation technology selection.
As part of Green Tier, NRT will implement an Environmental Management System, which will be used to set goals, assess their progress and identify improvements. Goals include:
- replacing paper periodicals with equivalent electronic versions;
- sending “green” emails to all staff with tips;
- utilizing a cloud-based server;
- purchasing equipment that uses less electricity; and
- formalizing a paperless policy to include double-sided printing and black and white printing.
The DNR will accept public comments on NRT’s Green Tier application through June 3,2016. Comments may be directed to Tom Eggert, Wisconsin DNR, OB/7, PO BOX 7921, Madison, WI 53707, by email to Thomas.Eggert@Wisconsin.Gov or by calling (608) 267-2761.
Erin Meadows Farms, LLC
Erin Meadows Farms LLC is a horse and crop farm located in Erin Township in Washington County. Clare Lane Stable LLC is a horse boarding facility under the same ownership. The application covers their five properties in Washington County.
Erin Meadows Farms, LLC are applying for Tier 1 of the Green Tier program, which is designed to encourage, recognize and reward companies that are committed to superior environmental performance. To join Green Tier, applicants must have a good environmental record. Green Tier encourages businesses to voluntarily collaborate with the Department of Natural Resources, and requires participants to implement an Environmental Management System.
Located within the Little Oconomowoc River watershed and the Ashippun River watershed, Erin Meadows Farm and Clare Lane Stable operates a year-round horse and pony riding facility, summer day camp, indoor riding arena, and miles of outdoor trails. Its hay fields consist of mixed alfalfa and grasses which are made into hay for both private use and to sell. Erin Meadows employs two full time and approximately 40 part-time people. Erin Meadows Farms also raises three or four foals per year, provides boarding at Clare Lane Stable and leases several horses to clients.
Future goals for improvements include:
- Evaluating heat loss and cold air infiltration using an infrared camera, plan to seal air gaps in buildings and facilities;
- Installing water float shut off devices on all water tanks to conserve water and energy;
- Installing air bubblers in water tanks to enhance water quality and conserve water from fewer tank cleanings, also using fewer cleaning chemicals;
- Evaluating storm-water settling ponds to also be used for irrigation;
- Enhancing conservation buffer strips on wetlands and waterways, and improving ground water recharge, surface water quality and function of wetlands;
- Participating in the Lake Country Pride Farms Group for water shed protection and water quality improvement within the Oconomowoc river water shed.
The DNR will accept public comments on Erin Meadows Farm’s Green Tier application through June 3, 2016. Comments may be directed to Tom Nowakowski, Wisconsin DNR, OB/7, PO BOX 7921, Madison, WI 53703, by email to Thomas.Nowakowski@Wisconsin.Gov or by calling (608) 266-8226.
More details about Erin Meadows Farms can be found at www.erinmeadowsponies.com (exit DNR) and more information about Erin Meadows Farms’ Green Tier application is available on the Green Tier pages of the DNR website.