Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council becomes WMEP affiliate

By Freeman Staff

Dec. 7, 2018

Jessy Servi Ortiz
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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 Wisconsin.”

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 businesses.”

WMEP is a private, nonprofit organization committed to the growth and success of Wisconsin manufacturers.