Walker Expands DNR’s Green Tier Regulatory Flexibility ProgramMay 25, 2012
Gov. Walker has signed Executive Order 69, which directs the DNR to expand its existing Green Tier program to meet both environmental and economic development goals. Green Tier is a voluntary program that recognizes and rewards businesses for environmental performance that exceeds legal requirements by granting them some regulatory flexibility.
Since its inception in 2004, the Green Tier program has been providing real benefits to businesses by allowing the DNR the regulatory flexibility for companies to pursue creative ways to enhance productivity and profitability. Numerous businesses already participate in this program, and that number only continues to grow. However, due to the high degree of expertise needed in order to comply with the program’s requirements, not all businesses are able to take advantage of its unique offerings.
Following EO #69, DNR will increase access to the program by providing ready-to-use models for specific business sectors. Also, in conjunction with the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, the DNR will proactively reach out to Wisconsin’s businesses in order to effectively communicate the benefits of the program.
This post was authored by GLLF staff attorney Emily Kelchen.