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Green Tier overview

Why participate

  • 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

Who can participate in Green Tier

  • Businesses – small and large
  • Trade associations
  • Communities
  • Non-profit organizations
  • You!

Participants can be individual entities (e.g., a single business) or groups, such as related businesses or organizations with common goals.

Participant requirements

Levels of participation

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. For more information, check out the Frequently Asked Questions.
  • 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. For more information, check out the Frequently Asked Questions.
  • A charter is a contract entered into by the 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. For more information, check out the Frequently Asked Questions.
How to apply
Check out the Apply to become a Green Tier participant web page to learn how to apply.
Last revised: Monday December 02 2019