Everyone wants a clean environment. But in the past, companies in Wisconsin have had little incentive to improve environmental performance beyond the minimum legal requirements. The state’s Green Tier program changes this.
Through a system of legally binding charters and contracts, Green Tier shifts the focus away from regulatory minimums and forges a link between superior environmental performance and economic gain—exactly what business seeks.
Green Tier has two tiers or participation levels, as well as an option for developing a charter.
Tier 1 is designed to encourage innovation, collaboration, and new environmental goal setting.
Tier 2 involves more rigorous participation requirements than Tier 1, places greater emphasis on superior environmental performance, and uses contracts as a means of giving customized regulatory flexibility proportional to environmental performance.
A charter is a contract entered into by DNR and an association committed to helping its members participate in Green Tier. An association may consist of private entities, public entities, or a combination. Charters help business sectors or regions establish and meet environmental objectives.
More information on the Green Tier program and growing your green bottom line is available at http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/GreenTier.