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Sussex's Lauterbach Group Named a Sustainable Business 'Master'

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A Sussex printing company is among a select few being honored by the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council.

In 2008, a dozen Wisconsin-based business leaders came together with to create a resource for businesses interested in "sustainability". The initiative has morphed into the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council.

One of its first initiatives was to create the Green Masters Program. It recognizes the top 20 percent of companies scoring highest in a range of sustainability criteria – from energy to community engagement.

The Council’s annual conference – that is kicking off this morning in Madison – is punctuated by the announcement of this year’s "Masters". The roster of 27 companies includes the oft-recognized Johnson Controls and Kohl’s Department Store, as well as a small family-owned company tucked in an industrial park in Sussex.

WUWM Environmental Reporter Susan Bence paid a visit to Lauterbach Group to learn about the high-tech printing operation’s take on sustainability.

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Susan Bence entered broadcasting in an untraditional way. After years of avid public radio listening, Susan returned to school and earned a bachelor's degree in Journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She interned for WUWM News and worked with the Lake Effect team, before being hired full-time as a WUWM News reporter / producer.