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Madison Gas & Electric
August 302013

MG&E, the utility that runs the Green Power Tomorrow program, is itself a sustainability program participant. As an enrollee in the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources’ Green Tier program, MG&E gets to work closely and proactively with the regulatory agency to achieve superior environmental performance.

MG&E made the decision years ago to keep its headquarters and base of operations in Downtown Madison rather than move farther out of the central city. This is one of the greenest choices a company can make because of the logistical and cultural advantages of being located in a diverse, vibrant city center.

MG&E is also a member of Sustain Dane’s Sustainable Business Network.

 

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The Wisconsin Bike Fed is the country’s largest, statewide bicycle organization. It works with people from all around the state to help make bicycling convenient, safe, accessible and fun. It is a member of the Sustainable Business Network.
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Wisconsin DNR’s innovative Green Tier program works with businesses to develop credible, creative ways for them to be a powerful, sustainable force for environmental good and enhance  productivity, cut costs and strengthen business culture and community.

Benefits for businesses that participate include:

  • Benefit your business, environment and community
  • Recognition for superior environmental performance
  • Deferred civil enforcement
  • Single point of contact at DNR
  • Improved agency relations
  • Use of the Green Tier logo
  • Opportunity to be a pioneer in regulatory reform
  • Potential for permit streamlining, modified monitoring requirements, alternative compliance methods, and more

Many Madison-area businesses participate in Green Tier, including some downtown. The Green Tier program is also a member of the Sustainable Business Network.

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UW-Extension’s SHWEC works to enhance Wisconsin’s environment and economy by providing quality education, information and technical assistance to promote the sustainable use of natural resources. This includes programming and education on topics such as composting, green building, recycling, and solid and hazardous waste disposal. SHWEC is a member of the Sustainable Business Network.

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UW Credit Union, which has branches across the Madison area, including downtown and campus, is a member of the Sustainable Business Network (alongside fellow credit union Summit).

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RENEW Wisconsin is a nonprofit organization based in Downtown Madison that advocates for clean, renewable energy in Wisconsin. It is a member of the Sustainable Business Network.

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GLG provides professional service to the international business community and individuals on all aspects of immigration law. It is a member of Sustain Dane’s Sustainable Business Network.

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Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Dane County provides a voice for abused and neglected children in Dane County. It is a member of the Sustainable Business Network.

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UW Hillel Center
June 112013

In step with UW-Hillel’s longtime commitment to social justice and environmental stewardship, Hillel meets Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) “Silver” certification standards for a “green” building. The board feels it is UW-Hillel’s duty, and its long-term financial advantage, to adhere to government measured standards of sustainable and responsible development. The Board envisioned the facility to be both an educational and social tool to increase the awareness of green and sustainable design practices on the University of Wisconsin campus and the greater Madison community. Construction commenced in January 2008, and the building opened to the public in August 2009.UW Hillel - LEED Silver

Image credit: Huffman Facility Development

 

 

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The University of Wisconsin-Madison is one of the largest purchasers of green power from MG&E through the Green Power Tomorrow program.

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This State Street restaurant is one of the 2013 participants in the yearly MPowering Madison Business ChaMpions program from Sustain Dane.

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Trek Travel, a cycling vacation travel agency, is located on the edge of downtown proximate to other green businesses. It purchases green energy through the Green Power Tomorrow program.

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This natural body care products shop buys its green energy from MG&E through the Green Power Tomorrow program.

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Image credit: The Soap Opera

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At its office in Madison’s historic First Settlement neighborhood on the east side of the capitol, The Progressive purchases its electricity through MG&E’s Green Power Tomorrow program.

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The State Environmental Leadership Program (SELP) is a national network of more than 45 state-level, nonprofit, public interest environmental advocacy organizations (Clean Wisconsin is the member group from Wisconsin). SELP promotes strong state environmental protection policies and works to make advocacy groups more successful.

“Buying green power was not something we had to think a lot about,” said Melissa Gavin, finance and business director. “We are an environmental organization and taking a step to support renewable energy is what we should do. We believe strongly and personally in this effort.”

“Our energy costs are a bit higher, but we are eliminating 10 tons of carbon dioxide and more than 6,000 pounds of coal each year,” Gavin said. “It is all about improving the quality of air, water, land and public health.”

SELP uses compact fluorescent lighting in its office and encourages alternative transportation that is more environmentally friendly than driving cars. The organization covers the cost of bus passes for employees who choose that option for getting to and from work.

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Sardine, which has been a Buy Fresh, Buy Local partner since 2007, specializes in fresh seafood and charcuterie with seasonal produce.

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Samba Brazilian Grill purchases green power through the Green Power Tomorrow program from MG&E.

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Redamte Coffee House, located just off State Street, is one of the 2013 MPowering Madison Business ChaMpions.

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Plaza Tavern is one of Sustain Dane’s 2013 MPowering Madison participants. Plaza and other participants do in-depth work with sustainability experts to establish baselines for their environmental performance and make significant and effective changes.

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Planet Propaganda, a design and advertising agency, purchases green power from MG&E’s Green Power Tomorrow program.

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This housing cooperative is located close to the Memorial Union and State Street in a spacious 1920s French chateau-style building and purchases green energy through the Madison Gas & Electric Green Power Tomorrow program.

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PEMBA is an outdoor industry brand representative organization for the upper Midwest and purchases green power through the Green Power Tomorrow program.

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Overture Center for the Arts, one of Madison’s most prestigious performance venues, is certified as a green destination by Travel Green Wisconsin. Its sustainable practices include:

  • Nontoxic, phosphate-free, biodegradable laundry detergents and cleaning products are used
  • Energy efficient measures are taken, including using: LED lights, ENERGY STAR appliances and windows, timing sensors, and proper insulation
    • See picture below: the Overture Center’s huge array of windows may present great opportunities to demonstrate the energy savings of timing sensors, shade blinds, and efficient materials
  • Information about environmental policy is included on website, in advertising materials, and is provided on facility tours and in staff meetings

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This consulting firm specializes in helping clients of Verona-based Epic Systems achieve higher performance. They support green energy development through the Green Power Tomorrow program from MG&E.

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Mimosa, a small book and gift shop on the State Street shopping corridor, buys green energy through the Green Power Tomorrow program.

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Madison Gas & Electric has sponsored the installation of several solar arrays downtown, including at the municipal building parking lot.
The installation’s features include:
  • Building integrated. This system demonstrates how unobtrusive solar power can be when designed into a structure.
  • Real-time system monitor. Many of the MG&E solar systems, including this system, feed real-time data to the MGE Web site. Students and others can use the data to learn more about the value of solar energy. Visit mge.com/solar for more information
  • 1,525-square-foot photovoltaic array consists of 66 amorphous silicon modules that are laminated to the entire standing seam metal roof
  • Rated at 8,500 watts
  • Average annual energy production is 9,300 kilowatt-hours (kWh) (an average MGE residential customer uses 7,000 kWh per year)
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The Wisconsin state capitol building, located at the heart of Downtown Madison, boasts 48 US-made solar photovoltaic panels that produce an average of over 11,000 kilowatt-hours per year of renewable energy.

Additionally, an educational solar kiosk located inside the capitol building is featured on a building tour that recorded 94,500 visitors in 2012.

If you visit the link below, you can track the power production of the capitol building’s solar panels in real time.

http://www.mge.com/Environment/Green/Solar/projects.htm#capitol

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Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center participates in several sustainability programs:

  • Earned a Silver Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED program
  • Travel Green Wisconsin destination
  • Purchases green energy through MG&E’s Green Power Tomorrow program
  • Local, organic, and fair trade food products are offered (though not a Buy Fresh, Buy Local partner)
  • High efficiency dish machine was installed, which saves 1.2 million gallons of hot water annually
  • Building designed to incorporate passive solar heating

Monona Terrace is also a member of the Sustainable Business Network.

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Merchant is a Buy Fresh, Buy Local participant because of its commitment to sourcing its ingredients from local farms.

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The Madison Club’s kitchen staff place a heavy emphasis on local, sustainable ingredients and work with over fifty local farms to supply the restaurant. The Club participates in REAP Food Group’s Buy Fresh, Buy Local program, which both encourages and celebrates this connection between restaurants and local farms.

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Marigold Kitchen is a member of REAP Food Group’s Buy Fresh, Buy Local program that celebrates and aids restaurants, grocery stores, and food service operations that strive to buy directly from local farmers.

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Located close to the UW-Madison campus, this inn is Travel Green Wisconsin-certified, with 63 points toward certification. It achieved this certification by the following practices:

  • Organic and local foods are purchased to support the local economy and environment.
  • The Inn provides training and educational opportunities to engage employees in the actions and plans of the Travel Green Wisconsin program.
  • Regular staff meetings are held to keep employees involved in the business’ environmental improvement progress.
  • Staff is encouraged to uphold sustainable practices by including an evaluation of these practices in performance appraisals.
  • Unoccupied rooms have thermostats set to 60 degrees in winter, 75 in summer
  • The Inn chooses suppliers that are environmentally and socially responsible; suppliers that provide and take back reusable packaging materials and shipping products.
  • Watering takes place in early morning or at night to avoid evaporation; soaker hoses or drip irrigation are also used.
  • An integrated pest management system is used to reduce the need for toxic insecticides and pesticides.
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The Madison Concourse Hotel, located one block off the capitol square, participates in several different sustainability-related programs. Like many downtown businesses, the hotel buys renewable energy from Madison Gas & Electric through the Green Power Tomorrow program. The hotel is also a member of the Sustainable Business Network. Other green efforts include:

  • Partnered with Habitat Restore and other companies during renovation project that resulted in reduced waste.
  • 2011 MPower Champion program participant with Sustain Dane’s yearly program and active member of Sustainability Business Network.
  • Uses local, organic food products from local sustainable agriculture farms; purchase meat, fish and vegetables from local farmers; local bakery and flower shops. The Dayton Street Grille is part of REAP Food Group’s Buy Fresh, Buy Local program.
  • A Travel Green Wisconsin location (earned 90 points in certification).

 

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This small State Street smoke shop buys renewable energy from MG&E through the utility’s Green Power Tomorrow program.

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This downtown hotel is certified as a green travel destination through the Wisconsin Department of Tourism’s Travel Green Wisconsin program. The Hilton is certified for its dining, sustainability innovations in which include:

  • Organic and local food products are purchased
  • Guests are given the option to re-use towels
  • Energy efficient measures are taken, such as: using ENERGY STAR qualified light fixtures and computers, insulating pipes and equipment, using a programmable set-back thermostat, and setting lights to timed/movement sensors
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This regional health care provider put its downtown location through Business Champions, the intensive sustainability improvement program from Sustain Dane, in 2011. GHC is also a member of Sustain Dane’s Sustainable Business Network.

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Fresco, a rooftop restaurant located on top of the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art and adjacent to the Overture Center for the Arts, features fresh, local ingredients and participates in REAP Food Group’s Buy Fresh, Buy Local program.

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The city’s largest and busiest fire station heats its water with 240 square feet of solar thermal installation, which was installed in 2008.

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The Depot, a mixed-use development constructed on the west side of Madison’s downtown in 2010, provides hot water to its apartments with 896 square feet of solar thermal collection on its rooftop.

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This downtown law firm purchases green energy from Madison Gas & Electric through Green Power Tomorrow and is a member of the Sustainable Business Network.

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The Cooper’s Tavern, located on the capitol square, is a participant in REAP Food Group’s Buy Fresh, Buy Local program, which helps connect chefs, restauranteurs, grocers, and food service providers with local farms to strengthen the local food system.

Below, a picture of the bar at Cooper’s Tavern, courtesy of Madison Dining.

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The City of Madison purchases renewable energy through Madison Gas & Electric’s Green Power Tomorrow program.

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This downtown apartment building added 320 square feet of solar thermal collector in 2009.

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Isthmus Publishing, which produces the free weekly Isthmus paper and associated community news and events website thedailypage.com, purchases renewable energy through Madison Gas & Electric’s Green Power Tomorrow program.

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Ancora Coffee Roasters, with multiple locations around Madison, buys renewable energy for its operations from Madison Gas & Electric’s Green Power Tomorrow program.

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Osteria Papavero is a member of REAP Food Group’s Buy Fresh, Buy Local program, which helps connect restaurants, grocery stores, and food service providers with local producers and helps them market their efforts to make more sustainable food system choices.

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The State of Wisconsin’s General Executive Facility II (GEF II), which houses the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, received LEED Gold certification in 2011 for Existing Building Operations and Maintenance.

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Summit Credit Union, which has a branch downtown, is one of the 2013 participants of Sustain Dane’s MPowering Madison program.

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The state of Wisconsin purchases renewable energy through Madison Gas & Electric’s Green Power Tomorrow program for its operations in MG&E’s service area.

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These sister restaurants are prominent participants in REAP Food Group’s Buy Fresh, Buy Local program that encourages the economic and environmental sustainability of the local food system by building connections between chefs and grocers and local farmers.

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Upon purchasing the iconic “Glass Bank” in 2008, Urban Land Interests embarked on a complete renovation culminating with the U.S. Bank Plaza earning LEED EB Gold certification.  As part of that complete renovation ULI’s team has cut energy usage by 38% and water usage by 85% from 32 million gallons of water used in 2007 to 3.9 million gallons used in 2011.

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Harvest Restaurant is one of REAP Food Group’s Buy Fresh, Buy Local partner restaurants.

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The Old Fashioned participates in REAP Food Group’s Buy Fresh, Buy Local program that celebrates and supports efforts by chefs, grocers, and other food service organizations to work with local farmers. It adheres to the local philosophy in ways you can’t even taste by supporting locally owned manufacturers, suppliers and distributors as well.

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Madison Children’s Museum, which moved into its current location in 2011, chose to rehabilitate an old department store rather than build new construction. Although it has not formally been LEED-certified, it has followed state-of-the-art construction and operation practices. In particular, the Children’s Museum’s green roof houses not only solar panels from Madison Gas & Electric, but also small-scale food production, a chicken coop, and native vegetation. The museum is also a Travel Green Wisconsin destination.

The following link provides live data on solar power production from the museum’s solar PV array.

https://www.mypvpower.com/dashboard/2021

Below, a picture of the museum’s green roof, which also serves as an educational space.

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The general dentistry practice of Kathleen Kelly, DDS purchases renewable electricity from Madison Gas & Electric through its Green Power Tomorrow program.

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The law firm of Miner Barnhill & Galland, which has offices in Chicago as well as in downtown Madison, purchases renewable energy from Madison Gas & Electric’s Green Power Tomorrow program.

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Main Street Justice is home to a number of independent lawyers and law firms and purchases renewable energy through the Green Power Tomorrow program.

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One of Wisconsin’s largest lobbying and policy advocacy organizations buys renewable energy through its foundation wing from the Green Power Tomorrow program.

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Downtown dentists Heitke & Vu use many green practices in their business. In addition to purchasing green energy through Madison Gas & Electric’s Green Power Tomorrow program, Heitke & Vu have a solar PV installation on their rooftop that produces around 3,600 kilowatt-hours of electricity per year, or about half what an average home uses over that time period.

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Community Pharmacy Cooperative, a full-service downtown pharmacy, is a Green Power Tomorrow partner. It also is participating in the 2013 round of MPowering Madison program from Sustain Dane.

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Ian’s Pizza, known for its late hours and fantastical pizza creations (like mac and cheese pizza), among other things, is also a sustainable business pioneer in Downtown Madison. It supports local farmers and a more sustainable local food system through the Buy Fresh, Buy Local program. It also buys renewable energy through Green Power Tomorrow and was a 2012 MPowering Madison Business ChaMpion.

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    Madison Gas & Electric

    Green Tier, Sustainable Business Network

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  • Wisconsin Bike Fed

    Wisconsin Bike Fed

    Sustainable Business Network

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  • Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Green Tier Program

    Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Green Tier Program

    Sustainable Business Network

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  • University of Wisconsin Extension – Solid Hazardous Waste Education Center

    University of Wisconsin Extension – Solid Hazardous Waste Education Center

    Sustainable Business Network

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  • UW Credit Union

    UW Credit Union

    Sustainable Business Network

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  • RENEW Wisconsin

    RENEW Wisconsin

    Sustainable Business Network

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  • Grzeca Law Group

    Grzeca Law Group

    Sustainable Business Network

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  • Dane County CASA

    Dane County CASA

    Sustainable Business Network

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  • UW Hillel Center

    UW Hillel Center

    LEED Certified

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  • University of Wisconsin

    University of Wisconsin

    Green Power Tomorrow

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  • Tutto Pasta Trattoria

    Tutto Pasta Trattoria

    Mpower Business Champion Program

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  • Trek Travel

    Trek Travel

    Green Power Tomorrow

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  • Soap Opera

    Soap Opera

    Green Power Tomorrow

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  • The Progressive Magazine

    The Progressive Magazine

    Green Power Tomorrow

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  • State Environmental Leadership Program

    State Environmental Leadership Program

    Green Power Tomorrow

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  • Sardine

    Sardine

    Buy Fresh, Buy Local

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  • Samba Brazilian Grill

    Samba Brazilian Grill

    Green Power Tomorrow

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  • Redamte Coffee House

    Redamte Coffee House

    Mpower Business Champion Program

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  • Plaza Tavern

    Plaza Tavern

    Mpower Business Champion Program

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  • Planet Propaganda

    Planet Propaganda

    Green Power Tomorrow

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  • Phoenix Cooperative

    Phoenix Cooperative

    Green Power Tomorrow

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  • PEMBA Serves, Inc.

    PEMBA Serves, Inc.

    Green Power Tomorrow

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  • Overture Center for the Arts

    Overture Center for the Arts

    Travel Green Wisconsin

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  • Nordic Consulting Partners, Inc.

    Nordic Consulting Partners, Inc.

    Green Power Tomorrow

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  • Mimosa Books and Gifts

    Mimosa Books and Gifts

    Green Power Tomorrow

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  • Madison Municipal Building Parking Lot Canopy

    Madison Municipal Building Parking Lot Canopy

    Solar Power

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  • Wisconsin State Capitol

    Wisconsin State Capitol

    Solar Power

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  • Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center

    Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center

    Green Power Tomorrow, LEED Certified, Sustainable Business Network, Travel Green Wisconsin

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  • Merchant

    Merchant

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  • The Madison Club

    The Madison Club

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  • Marigold Kitchen

    Marigold Kitchen

    Buy Fresh, Buy Local

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  • Dahlmann Campus Inn & Chancellor’s Club

    Dahlmann Campus Inn & Chancellor’s Club

    Travel Green Wisconsin

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  • Madison Concourse Hotel & Governor’s Club / Dayton Street Grille

    Madison Concourse Hotel & Governor’s Club / Dayton Street Grille

    Buy Fresh, Buy Local, Green Power Tomorrow, Mpower Business Champion Program, Sustainable Business Network, Travel Green Wisconsin

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  • Knuckleheads Tobacco & Gifts

    Knuckleheads Tobacco & Gifts

    Green Power Tomorrow

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  • Hilton Madison Monona Terrace

    Hilton Madison Monona Terrace

    Travel Green Wisconsin

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  • Group Health Cooperative, Capitol Clinic

    Group Health Cooperative, Capitol Clinic

    Mpower Business Champion Program, Sustainable Business Network

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  • Fresco

    Fresco

    Buy Fresh, Buy Local

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  • Madison Fire Station 01

    Madison Fire Station 01

    Solar Power

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  • Depot Apartments

    Depot Apartments

    Solar Power

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  • Cullen Weston Pines & Bach LLP

    Cullen Weston Pines & Bach LLP

    Green Power Tomorrow, Sustainable Business Network

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  • Cooper’s Tavern

    Cooper’s Tavern

    Buy Fresh, Buy Local

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  • City of Madison

    City of Madison

    Green Power Tomorrow, Sustainable Business Network

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  • Aberdeen Apartments

    Aberdeen Apartments

    Solar Power

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  • Isthmus Publishing

    Isthmus Publishing

    Green Power Tomorrow

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  • Ancora Coffee Roasters

    Ancora Coffee Roasters

    Green Power Tomorrow

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  • Osteria Papavero

    Osteria Papavero

    Buy Fresh, Buy Local

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  • GEF 2

    GEF 2

    LEED Certified

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  • Summit Credit Union

    Summit Credit Union

    Mpower Business Champion Program, Sustainable Business Network

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  • State of Wisconsin

    State of Wisconsin

    Green Power Tomorrow

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  • L’Etoile and Graze

    L’Etoile and Graze

    Buy Fresh, Buy Local

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  • U.S. Bank Plaza

    U.S. Bank Plaza

    LEED Certified

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  • Harvest

    Harvest

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  • The Old Fashioned

    The Old Fashioned

    Buy Fresh, Buy Local

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  • Madison Children’s Museum

    Madison Children’s Museum

    LEED Certified, Solar Power, Travel Green Wisconsin

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  • Kathleen A. Kelly, DDS

    Kathleen A. Kelly, DDS

    Green Power Tomorrow

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  • Miner Barnhill & Galland

    Miner Barnhill & Galland

    Green Power Tomorrow

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  • Main Street Justice

    Main Street Justice

    Green Power Tomorrow

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  • Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce

    Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce

    Green Power Tomorrow

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  • Heitke & Vu, DDS

    Heitke & Vu, DDS

    Green Power Tomorrow, Solar Power

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  • Community Pharmacy

    Community Pharmacy

    Green Power Tomorrow, Mpower Business Champion Program

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  • Ian’s Pizza

    Ian’s Pizza

    Buy Fresh, Buy Local, Green Power Tomorrow, Mpower Business Champion Program

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