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Sustainable Standards

Michels is committed to good corporate citizenship and environmental leadership for a healthy environment. This commitment drives our operations and provides our customers with safe, reliable, and responsive construction services conducted in an environmentally responsible manner. We hold ourselves accountable to the high standards that have guided Michels since 1959 and believe our strategic, thoughtful actions today allow us to positively impact tomorrow.

Environmental Policy

Michels firmly believes our commitment to the environment benefits our customers, shareholders and the communities we serve. Michels’ Environmental Policy is based on the following fundamental guidelines:

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Complying fully with the letter and spirit of environmental laws and regulations.

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Providing employees and subcontractors with tools to demonstrate our environmental commitment through education, training, community involvement, and stewardship.

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Protecting air, land, and water resources in an environmentally sensitive manner.

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Conserving by implementing economical, operationally feasible activities to protect the environment, including reducing energy use and air emissions, water and resource consumption, and waste generation.

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Being good corporate citizens and neighbors by promoting environmental compliance and sustainability.

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Assisting in finding solutions to environmental challenges.

Sustainability Initiatives

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Greenhouse Gas Reduction

On average, Michels replaces 5% of our construction vehicles and equipment with newer units powered by engines that meet or exceed EPA Tier 4 emissions standards.

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Green Masters

Michels participates in this voluntary program for improving environmental performance, earning green professional status for the construction industry. The Green Masters Program identifies nine key areas that define business sustainability: energy, carbon, water, waste management, transportation, supply chain, education and outreach, workforce and governance.

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Waste Reduction and Recycling

Michels continues to recycle tons of construction debris, such as concrete and asphalt, in our non-metallic mining operations. By repurposing used concrete and asphalt into usable aggregate, we help save space in landfills and preserve natural resources.

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Wisconsin Green Tier Program

Michels promotes continual environmental improvements at corporate support facilities across North America. In 2015, we were accepted into the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resource’s Green Tier Program, which recognizes superior environmental performance and sustainability initiatives that go above and beyond regulatory requirements. As part of the program, we use an Environmental Management System (EMS) at our corporate campus in Brownsville, WI, equivalent to ISO 140001, which manages our commitment to environmental compliance, pollution prevention and continual improvement.

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