Jessy Servi Ortiz
MADISON — At the start
of the new year, the Wisconsin Sustainable Business
Council will partner with the Wisconsin Manufacturing
Extension Partnership to become an affiliate group.
According to an announcement this week, the council will
operate as an independent division of the WMEP.
An agreement, according to the announcement, was reached
to provided continuity of the council and its services
and activities following the planned retirement of
Thomas Eggert, the WSBC executive director.
Eggert founded the Wisconsin Sustainable Business
Council in 2008. The organization has operated from the
Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the
University of Wisconsin-Madison, where Eggert has been
a senior lecturer. Eggert will assist in the transition.
The council is a network of Wisconsin businesses and
organizations that are interested in, or actively
engaged in, the challenge of sustainability.
The council provides businesses with the tools they need
to understand their sustainability progress and help
them strive for continuous improvement.
“The WMEP is committed to assuring the legacy of the
Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council as it continues
to grow and thrive, and we are honored to have been
selected by the WSBC to carry this legacy forward,” WMEP
Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer Tim Wiora
said in a statement. “The WMEP has been a national
leader in developing profitable sustainability solutions
for manufacturers, and we look forward to the expansion
of the council and the sustainability ecosystem in
Eggert will be succeeded by Jessy Servi Ortiz, who will
be managing director of the council. Servi Ortiz was
most recently sustainability manager at Outpost Natural
Foods Cooperative. WSBC’s Advisory Committee, drawing
from top tier Wisconsin companies, will continue to
oversee the work of the WSBC.
“I’m extremely passionate about helping businesses be
more sustainable,” Servi Ortiz said in a statement. “My
vision is that all businesses in Wisconsin will have
some sort of positive impact on their communities. There
should be some level of sustainability woven into all
WMEP is a private, nonprofit organization committed to
the growth and success of Wisconsin manufacturers.