Contact(s): Jessica Lawent, (414) 263-8653
ELKHORN, Wis. - The public has an opportunity to comment on an application from Yunker Industries, Inc. for Wisconsin's Green Tier program. Yunker Industries is a graphics and decor manufacturer located in Walworth County. Yunker's Green Tier application covers both their Elkhorn headquarters and Lake Geneva facility.
Yunker Industries is applying for Tier 1 of the Green Tier Program, which is designed to encourage, recognize and reward companies that are committed to superior environmental performance. Green Tier encourages businesses to voluntarily collaborate with the Department of Natural Resources. Applicants must have a good environmental record and implement an Environmental Management System, which will in turn be used set goals, assess their progress and identify environmental improvements.
Yunker Industries is a member of the Sustainable Green Printing Partnership (SGP), which requires they have a functionally equivalent EMS in place. Yunker Industries has been actively managing and tracking their environmental performance for decades, maintaining an internal compliance recordkeeping program, which is reviewed by an outside environmental consultant on a quarterly basis. Since 2006, Yunker's has lowered their air emissions by over 80%.
Yunker Industries works with vendors and other companies to continuously improve streamlining manufacturing processes, reduce waste, non-recyclable materials, energy consumption, prevent pollution and improve the use of recyclable/reusable materials.
Future environmental performance goals include:
The DNR will accept public comments on Yunker Industries' Green Tier application through July 27, 2017. Comments may be directed to Jessica Lawent, Wisconsin DNR, 2300 N DR Martin Luther King Jr Dr., Milwaukee, WI 53212 or by email to Jessica.Lawent@Wisconsin.gov, or by calling (414) 263-8653.