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Unimin Corporation - Portage Facility recognized for participation in Green Tier

By Central Office June 16, 2016

Contact(s): Roberta Walls, 608-785-9272 or at roberta.walls@wisconsin.gov

PORTAGE, Wis. - Unimin Corporation - Portage Facility in Columbia County celebrated its entrance into Tier 1 of the Green Tier program last night, inviting neighboring residents, businesses and representatives of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to a neighborhood meeting, sharing environmental activities taking place at their Portage Facility and goals for future environmental endeavors.

From left to right - Dan Helsel, DNR single point of contact, Roberta Walls, DNR sand mining sector specialist, Giles Perkins, Unimin plant manager, John Budzinski, DNR acting secretaries director, Jamie Swenson, Unimin environmental affairs manager.
From left to right - Dan Helsel, DNR single point of contact, Roberta Walls, DNR sand mining sector specialist, Giles Perkins, Unimin plant manager, John Budzinski, DNR acting secretary's director, Jamie Swenson, Unimin environmental affairs manager.
Photo Credit: DNR

The DNR Green Tier program recognizes and rewards companies that demonstrate a commitment to superior environmental performance. In exchange for Unimin Corporation - Portage facilities' pledge to perform above and beyond state environmental standards, DNR offers a single point of contact with the department for easier communications and the use of the Green Tier logo in written marketing materials.

"The Unimin Corporation -- Portage Facility has developed a good working relationship with DNR staff over the years and we look forward to continued support toward superior environmental performance," said John Budzinski, Department of Natural Resources acting secretary's director for south central Wisconsin.

Recent environmental activities include:

"We are proud to have our efforts at Portage recognized through Green Tier as we continue to turn our sustainability vision into tangible results. I appreciate the contribution of our employees and their ongoing commitment to perform above and beyond", said Campbell Jones, CEO, Unimin Corporation.

The Portage Facility also protects local habitat through collaboration with conservation groups. Staff members work with the Wildlife Habitat Council on native prairie restoration and timber diversification projects, with Pheasants Forever and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on pheasant habitat restoration and the Wisconsin Audubon Society on bluebird monitoring and protection. The facility actively manages 50 acres, with an additional 325 acres of land available for wildlife. Through these collaborations, the Portage Facility has been able to return former cropland fields to native prairie grasslands, improve soil and wildlife habitat quality, construct bluebird nest boxes near reclaimed areas, and increase the number of trees found on the property by planting over 12,000 white pine, red pine, oak, black cherry and blue spruce since 1995.

More details about the Unimin Corporation - Portage Facility and Green Tier can be found on the DNR website.

Last Revised: Thursday, June 16, 2016

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