Participating in the Clearn Air Awards ceremony were, from left to right, Eric Nitschke (DNR), Marti Gillespie and Lauren Evans (Fairmount Santrol), and Dona Wininsky (American Lung Association and WPCA chairperson).

Three Wisconsin businesses were honored recently by the Wisconsin Partners for Clean Air for their voluntary efforts to improve air quality, among them a sand mine located east of Menomonie.

The awards were presented May 21, during the 2015 Clean Air Extravaganza at Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce. The Clean Air Extravaganza is an annual event to celebrate the accomplishments of Wisconsin businesses and organizations that are improving air quality by voluntarily reducing emissions from their facilities and fleets, improving energy efficiency, providing employee commuter options and developing ways to educate the public about air quality issues.

This year’s event theme was Small Business: Big Strides, addressing air quality challenges faced by small businesses and resources to help with presentations by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Small Business Environmental Assistance Program, the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, the State Energy Office, Focus on Energy Small Business Program, Visual Impressions, and Molded Dimensions.

Eric Nitschke, Secretary Director, presented a Clean Air Recognition Award to both Fairmount Santrol (Bay City/Hager City, Maiden Rock, Menomonie) for their expansive community involvement and efforts to reduce fuel, energy and dust. Roundy’s Supermarkets Inc. (Milwaukee) was also honored for leadership in innovation and energy improvements in their facilities and fleet. The Commuter Champ Award was presented to the Urban Ecology Center (Milwaukee) for their support of employee and visitor use of alternative transportation (via resources and incentives).

For more detailed information about the activities taken by the award winners, and the Wisconsin Partners for Clean Air, see

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Barbara Lyon is the editor of The Dunn County News in Menomonie, WI.

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