CSWEA Industrial Environmental Achievement Award

    Award Description

    This award may be given to one industry per year in recognition of outstanding contributions in waste minimization, pollution prevention, environmental compliance and environmental stewardship. The award need not be given each year.


    Nomination Policy and Procedures

    1.     Primary consideration will be given to nominees with Association members.

    2.     Nominations and necessary documentation for the award shall be submitted to the State Section Industrial Wastes Committee Chair no later than November 15 of each year.

    3.     The State Section Industrial Wastes Committees shall submit the names of no more than one nominee from each State Section to the Association General Awards Committee Chair no later than December 1 of each year.

    4.     Documentation shall include supportive data as required to demonstrate compliance with the award criteria outlined in subsequent subsections together with background and informational data pertaining to the nominee as appropriate. Letters of recommendation and commendation shall be included if available. Submittals shall be limited to no more than six pages, with two supporting letters of reference, for a total of eight pages.

    5.     Award candidates shall satisfy one or more of the following criteria:

    a.     Has in place practices and procedures which have reduced the volume of raw water supply used in its manufacturing operations and/or the volume of wastewater discharged to the environment.

    b.     Has in place practices and procedures which have reduced the pollutant loadings discharged to the environment.

    c.     Has initiated improvements and programs to improve the characteristics of the waste discharge even though the facility was previously in full compliance with all of the requirements of its discharge permit.

    d.     Has demonstrated a “good corporate citizen” attitude through the existence of an outreach program designed to increase environmental awareness.

    e.     Has worked in a positive, constructive way with local governmental and regulatory agencies.

    f.     Has made available to other industries information pertaining to its successful use of alternative processes and procedures designed to enhance the environment.

    g.     Has implemented programs associated with environmental compliance that have generated positive economic benefits that greatly exceed their cost of implementation.

    6.     The General Awards Committee shall review the nominations from the State Section Industrial Wastes Committees and shall select the most deserving submittal.

    7.     The Association Industrial Environmental Achievement Award shall consist of a suitably inscribed plaque indicating the recipient’s name and year of award.


    For Information, Contact:

    Amy Haque
    Phone: 855-692-7932


    Past Recipients

    2017Johnsonville Sausage, Sheboygan Falls, WI
    2016Liberty Paper, Becker, MN
    2015Forest County Potawatomi Community, Crandon, WI
    2014JBS Green Bay, Green Bay, WI
    2013Grande Cheese Company Lomira, WI
    2012Rahr Malting Company, Shakopee, MN
    2011Malt-O-Meal, Northfield, MN
    2010Frito Lay, Inc.
    2009SunOpta Ingredients, Inc
    2008Armour-Eckrich Meats, St. James MN
    2007Schwan Food Company
    2006Patrick Cudahy, Inc
    2005Hutchinson Technologies, Hutchinson, MN
    2004Quest International, Rochester, MN
    2003Wisconsin Plating Works, Racine, WI
    2002John Roberts Co., Minneapolis, MN
    2001Not Awarded
    2000Schroeder Milk, St. Paul, MN
    1998Jennie-O Foods, Willmar, MN
    1997Champion Paper Co., Sartell, MN
    1996Kerry Ingredients, Jackson, WI
    1995Snap-On Tools, Kenosha, WI
    1994Gold 'n' Plump Poultry, Cold Springs, MN

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    To provide a Water Environment Federation (WEF) organization (Illinois, Minnesota, Wisconsin) offering multiple opportunities for the exchange of water quality knowledge and experiences among its members and the public and to foster a greater awareness of water quality achievements and challenges.

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