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UW-Green Bay names alumnus Linzmeyer as Earth Caretaker Award winner

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Paul Linzmeyer

Paul Linzmeyer

University of Wisconsin-Green Bay alumnus Paul Linzmeyer ‘78 recently was named the fifth recipient of the University’s Earth Caretaker Award for his work on regional and international sustainability. He accepted the award Monday, April 21 during a joint Environmental Management and Business Institute (EMBI) and Alumni Association reception held in UW-Green Bay University Union.

Linzmeyer is the Sustainability Leader at ThedaCare, which has five hospitals and 25 clinics, making it the largest employer in Northeastern Wisconsin. He is well known as an international strategist and speaker on business innovation and sustainability principles, and has more than three decades of experience as a business activist and proponent of “triple bottom line” thinking — an approach that incorporates the importance of sustainability into business practices.

Linzmeyer has served as a U.S. delegate to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OCED)’s Sustainable Manufacturing and Eco-Innovation Committee. He is past chair of the Wisconsin Workforce Investment Council, the Bay Area Workforce Development Board and the Green Bay Area Chamber of Commerce.

Since its inception in 2010, the Alumni Earth Caretaker Award has recognized a UW-Green Bay graduate who has gone on to make contributions to the environment and in his or her field of study. Award-winners are alumni who are highly regarded for their accomplishments in sustainability, environmental management, environmental policy or other closely related areas. Award recipients must hold an undergraduate or graduate degree from UW-Green Bay and have at least 10 years of experience beyond the University.

Past recipients of the Alumni Earth Caretaker Award are Ryan Stockwell (2013), Agriculture Program Manager for the National Wildlife Federation, Madison; Victoria Harris (2012), Water Quality and Habitat Specialist, UW Sea Grant (retired), Green Bay; Paul Wozniak (2011), environmental historian and educator, Chicago; and Paul Tower (2010), President and CEO of Applied Filter Technology, Snohomish, Wash. More information about the award and about EMBI are available online.

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