Release Date: April 22, 2009

Boldt Is First General Contractor To Join DNR's Green Tier Program

Western Builder

Appleton builder recognized for eco-operation

The Boldt Company (Boldt) has become Wisconsin's first general contractor to join the Department of Natural Resources' (DNR) Green Tier program that links the environment to the economy.

Wisconsin's Green Tier is the first program of its kind in the nation.

Under Green Tier, qualified businesses and associations make binding commitments to superior environmental performance. In exchange, they receive incentives proportional to their commitments.

Calling Boldt one of Wisconsin's most successful contractors and a national leader in green projects, Wisconsin DNR Secretary Matt Frank congratulated Boldt for demonstrating that successful economic performance can go hand in hand with environmental protection.

Boldt has more than 20 Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) projects either certified or seeking certification.

One is the LEED Platinum-certified Aldo Leopold Legacy Center near Baraboo, one of the world's greenest buildings.

"Our company is 120 years old this year," said CEO Tom Boldt. "We think Wisconsin Green Tier will provide the proper context for Boldt to continue our environmental leadership."

As a Green Tier participant, Boldt has set environmental goals to:

Maintain extensive recycling and waste-minimization programs, Reduce water usage by switching to low-flow plumbing fixtures, Implement an environmental management system, Reduce energy use by retrofitting to more efficient lighting, Purchase efficient Energy Star-rated units when upgrading equipment, Recommission mechanical systems to ensure they are operating most efficiently, Implement an exterior hardscape-management plan to reduce water usage for landscaping and to prevent contaminated water runoff.

One of Boldt's benefits for being a Tier 1 participant in Green Tier is having a single point of contact with the DNR for easier communication and collaboration.

This benefits Boldt customers by enabling earlier communication about
sustainable and environmental innovations, issues or impacts.