2016 Recognition Award Winners
General Mitchell International Airport (Milwaukee)
- Improving fleet efficiency with: Operation of compressed natural gas vehicles including 12 shuttles, a garbage truck, three cars, and four pick-up trucks, saving over 15 tons/year of NOx
- Partnership to install and utilize a public compressed natural gas station
- Installation of three electric vehicle charging stations capable of charging six vehicles (2 public and 1 for employees)
- Upgraded to LED lighting in main terminal
- Ongoing HVAC upgrades that, once completed, are expected to save $150,000/year
- Monitoring energy usage with meters to evaluate need for additional upgrades
- Renovated the baggage claim building to LEED standards (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) with many sustainable upgrades including:
- energy-saving features like natural daylighting and LED lighting, occupancy sensors, automatic lighting controls, efficient HVAC systems and baggage carousels;
- low-emission cleaning products;
- construction, interior and furnishing materials that were reused, made of recyclable materials and/or locally-sourced;
- water-saving features like low-flow toilets, touchless faucets and efficient landscaping;
- a 5,000 ft2 green roof installed with a grant through the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District, supporting the County's Green Print Initiative. The green roof: improves air quality with vegetation;
- improves water quality by decreasing polluted run-off and slowly releasing water into the storm water sewer system, reducing risk of sewer overflows;
- reduces energy demand from HVAC and related cost by insulating the building;
- protects roof from damaging UV rays, extending roof life, reducing waste and cost; and
- is used as an educational tool; and
- educational signage about the green roof and real-time energy monitors to raise awareness amongst visitors of the airport's efficiencies.
Marshall Auto Body (Waukesha)
- Dedicated to continuous improvement, they implemented a lean production system based on Toyota's model and teach others in the industry about lean principles through in-house training and traveling to other facilities
- Installation of a 10,000ft2 solar array on their roof supplements 65% of their energy
- Added a third electric vehicle charger, a rapid charger. All chargers are solar-powered.
- Replaced two low-mpg company vehicles with two all-electric solar-charged vehicles, reducing fuel consumption by 1,500 gallons/year
- Use of a gas powered catalytic drying robotic system dries paint with radiant heat through infrared energy, reducing energy consumption and paint dry time by 60% while doubling their vehicle output
- Changed to water-based paint finish, reducing VOCs by about 90% over conventional paint
- Reduction in paint use through other process improvements further reduced VOCs, waste and emissions from paint deliveries, which were cut by over 75%
- Installed two huge ceiling fans in shop area, reducing cooling and heating costs by over 30%
- Reduced overhead door operation by 60% cutting HVAC losses
- Installation of high efficiency rotary screw air compressor cut energy in production area air system by 20%
- Reduced fuel consumption, travel emissions and time spent by customers and vendors by improving processes such as electronic repair updates to customers, reduction in part returns, reduction in insurance re-inspections, and offering in-house services.
2016 Commuter Champion
Schlitz Park (Milwaukee)
- Schlitz Park is a 46-acre vibrant landmark business office community developed from a once shuttered brewery and now home to over 40 companies and 4,500 employees.
- Tenants include a wide range of organizations including non-profits, health care, technology and for-profit corporations.
- Although not an employer, Schlitz Park is committed to sustainable values and providing environmentally friendly amenities to its tenants.
- Its central location provides easy access to public transportation, bike routes with designated lanes and walkability along Milwaukee's RiverWalk.
- Successfully lobbied to secure Washington County Commuter Express and Ozaukee County Express on-site bus stops.
- Provides tenants an online interactive Commuter Transit Map to assist in planning transit commute routes along with the development of a Suburban Commuter Transportation Options resource guide.
- Provides free electrical vehicle charging facilities for tenants.
- Hosts a ZipCar carsharing pickup site.
- Provides ample bicycle parking spread out around the campus including weather protected areas, along with providing showering and changing facilities.
- Loans out free bikes to tenants and hosts a Bublr Bikes bikeshare station.
- Works with the Wisconsin Bike Fed to promote bicycle-friendly workplaces, offering guided bike tours and safety workshops including development of a bicycle commuting and route guide.
- Provides free monthly bike tune-ups from a local bike shop: DreamBikes.
- Recognized by the League of American Bicyclists as a Bicycle Friendly Business at the Gold Level.
- In addition to on-site coffee and dining services, Schlitz Park has partnered with the Fondy Food Center to open a weekly seasonal pop-up farmers' market to provide tenants with fresh, locally grown produce; and
- Other amenities include three fitness centers, laundry, alterations, shoe repair and other services.