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Mercury Marine receives environmental honor in Wisconsin

Mercury Marine earned the Green Master designation from the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council for the third consecutive year, placing the Fond du Lac manufacturer among the top 20 percent of the 170 participating companies.

The Green Masters Program measures companies on a broad range of sustainability issues, including energy and water conservation, waste management, community outreach and education. Mercury Marine scored well above the state average in nearly all of the nine sustainability categories. The company scored 442 of a possible 534 points. The program average was 259.

“We continue to strive to have sustainability at the core of our culture,” Mercury president Mark Schwabero said in a statement. “From our product designs and manufacturing facilities to employee wellness initiatives and community education and support, we remain committed to making Mercury the most sustainable company it can be.”

Since 2011, Mercury Marine has implemented measures that have saved 14 billion Btu in building heat, 27 billion Btu of natural gas and electric power and reduced water usage by 334 CCF. One CCF equals 748 gallons of water.

“We have historically made sustainable activities an integral part of our core business practices, and we began formulizing them under companywide policies in 2011 to ensure measurement and achievement,” Schwabero said. “We’re proud to receive recognition by the Green Masters program for a third consecutive year. The achievement reiterates that our efforts are making a difference.”

Helping to boost Mercury Marine’s overall score were employee initiatives such as accelerated college degree and internal education programs; individual health improvement projects, including preshift stretching exercises, health coaching and at-work weight-reduction support; and community involvement that raised funds for the United Way and Relay for Life campaigns, as well as local food drives and troop support activities.

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