One-Year, Big Results: The Mpower Class of 2011

A delightful celebration of Sustain Dane’s Mpower Business ChaMpions Class of 2011 was held earlier this week in Madison, WI.

It was testament to the cumulative impact of a dedicated group of businesses, taking action to make a difference to their bottom lines and in our community.

There were 17 members of the class representing a wide range of participants, including a semi-pro baseball team (Madison Mallards), a 4,400-square-foot retail store (The North Face), a 283,500-square-foot insurance office building (American Family), and a 233,000-square-foot manufacturing plant (Uniek, Inc.).

Together they have completed (0r are completing) 81 projects that surfaced  in the year-long program, coming in under the headings of employee engagement, energy efficiency, community outreach and transportation.

Their total estimated annual savings: 878,774 kWh of electricity, 14,783 therms of natural gas, 516,000 gallons of water, 11,436 gallons of gasoline — accounting for some 2.4 million pounds of CO2 that won’t be pumped into the atmosphere on their behalf.

This was the third class of the Mpower program. The Class of 2012 — another 17 businesses — attended the celebration and got plenty of good ideas to shorten their learning curve in their journey in the year ahead.

You can learn more about the program at:

Congratulations to all. And thank you for your leadership!


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