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Registration for The Emerald Evening is now closed! If you would like to still attend the event, please email Alex at to be placed on the waiting list.



Best Place – 901 W. Juneau Ave. – Milwaukee, WI 53233


The event is free to attend! We will have to close registration as we a draw towards capacity, so make sure to register today!

Click here to register!


WasteCap's Emerald Evening

Fundraising Gala

Join WasteCap Resource Solutions for our second annual signature event, The Emerald Evening. Come have some fun by enjoying live reuse art entertainment, free beer, sustainable cuisine, specialty drinks, unique auction packages, raffle prizes and a wine pull that all help to support our mission and vision of transforming waste into resources!



The event will be held in the Best Place's newly renovated Great Hall here in Milwaukee that once were the administrative offices for Pabst Brewery.  You can see in the photo the picture of what it looked like way back then and what it’s currently being transformed into.


We are very excited for our guests to try the sample dishes of our participating restaurants!




Beans & Barley – Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Mexican Quinoa

Maxie's – North Carolina Pulled Pork, Vegetarian Jambalaya and Corn Bread

Blues Egg – Corned Beef Hash with Hollandaise

Braise – TBA

Olive Tapenade Spread – Ball and Biscuit

Veggie and Cheese Platters – Outpost Natural Foods


Live Reuse Performance Art by:


Live Reuse Artist Sponsor:




Beer Sponsors:





Raffle Sponsor:




Wine Pull Sponsor:

Learn more about the events sponsors here!



Thank you to our Emerald Evening supporters that have helped make this event happen!

Garrick Maine

Shelley Heilman

Ed Faherty - Faherty, Inc.

Angie Helfert – Mortenson Construction

David Pellitteri – Waste Systems

Steve Servais – Common Advantage

Michael Keleman – InSinkErator

Jennifer Kunde – Johnson Controls

Eric Zentner

Elisabeth Townsend Bridge –  Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek, S.C.

Jim Birmingham – Pioneer International, Inc.

Eamon Guerin – Guerin Law Office

Deana Turner - J.H. Findorff & Son Inc.

Jim Ryan – Robertson Ryan & Associates Inc

Spencer Frank – Ziegler Wealth Management

Tony Kearney – Northcott Neighborhood House

Joe Pieper - 




Some of the featured auction items:


Two Tickets to the Green Bay Packers VS the Atlanta Falcons Monday December 8th in Section 123 – Jim Birmingham

A 5 day/4 night stay in Cancun, Mexico - Sunset World

4 Park Hopper Passes to Disney World's Magic Kingdom® Park, Epcot®, Disney's Hollywood Studios®, and Disney's Animal Kingdom® – Disney World

Donald Driver Autographed Book "Driven" – Lammi Sports Management

2 sets of 4 tickets, preferred parking and club passes to the Brewers Vs. Cubs 9/26 and 9/28 - The Lawyers at Gimbel, Reilly, Guerin & Brown

$200 Gift Certificate to Trunk Club

Modern Metal Vibe Clock - Modern Abstract Decor

Two Hour Private Pong Party Room Featuring Private Bar Service, Lounge Seating and Two Handcrafted Walnut Table Tennis Courts – Evolution Gastro Pong

Hoan Bridge Bench – Wudeward Urban Forest Products

Assorted Organic Vegetable Basket – We Grow Green

Three Night Stay at the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa in Reno

Four Person Wine Tastings – Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurants 

Indoor Rock Climbing Passes – Adventure Rock

Tea Gift Basket- Rishi Tea

Assorted Cooking Spice Box – The Spice House

Tour and Tasting for Four – Capital Brewery

Green Kid Crafts Soap Making Kit – Green Kids 

Gift Certificates for Sticks and Stones: Alphabet Photography & Photo Art

Two Private Dance Lessons & Two Practice Parties – Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Milwaukee

Two Highlight Tour Passes of Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin – Taliesin Preservation Inc

Lifetime Membership to the Unstoppable Guitar System – YourGuitarSage

Cookie Bouquet – Wisconsin Cheese Mart

Shaklee Get Clean Product Baskets - Independent Distributor, Annette Dizinno

Two Tickets to the Milwaukee County Zoo

A Pound of Starbucks Coffee and Thermos

Family Membership and Two Individual Tickets to the Milwaukee Art Museum

$50 Gift Certificateto Neroli Salon & Spa

Two Tickets to the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago

Four Rounds of Golf Through 2015 – Morningstar Golfers Club

Reclaimed Wood Coffee Table – Uncommon Woodworks

Four Harley Davidson Museum Passes and Swag Bag- Harley Davidson Museum

Popular Pairing Sampler of Three Olive Oils and Three Balsamic Vinegars – Oro di Oliva

A Pound of Colectivo Coffee

$50 Gift Certificate to Nerloi Salon & Spa

Growler Jug, Free Growler Card and T-Shirt – Ale Asylum

Two Rounds of Mini Golf – Prairieville Park Adventure

Three Tickets to Comedy Sports

Marquette University Athletics Package

Two Tickets to an Upcoming Performance at the Waukesha Civic Theater

Coffee Basket from Broad Street Coffee

Professional Teeth Whitening Certificate – Stephanie Murphy DDS

One Year Family Membership to the Schlitz Audubon Nature Center

Perfect Choice Outdoor Rocking Chair – Birds Choice 

Bottle of Rehorst Vodka, GLD Glass and Four Person Tour – Great Lakes Distillery

Evolution Series Disposer – InSinkErator

Ten Tour Tickets to the Milwaukee Brewing Company

One Night Stay in a Studio Suite at The Brewhouse Inn & Suites

$50 Gift Certificate to Any Restaurant at Potawatomi Hotel & Casino

Two Night stay in a Two Bedroom, Two Bath Fully Furnished Suite at the Gaslight & Corcoran Lofts – Mandel Group, Inc.

$50 Gift Certificate to Jackson's Blue Ribbon Pub

Two Certificates to the Victory Garden Initiative's Gardening & Community Organizing Class

Fully Loaded Tool Tote with Two Bottles of Wine and Stemless Wine Glasses – J.H. Findorff & Son Inc.

Two daily kayak, canoe or SUP rental certificates and a MKC T-Shirt – Milwaukee Kayak Company

Three $50 Gift Certificates to Club Brady

Six Pack of Riverwest Stein, T-Shirt, Two Free Appetizers, Bottle Opener and Swag from Lakefront Brewery

Minnesota Timberwolves Donation Box

ProDJ100 Headphones and IL100 In-Ear Headphones – Koss Stereophones

Two Certificates for a Two Hour Private Wine Tasting for up to 16 People – Includes Eight Bottles of Wine and Wine Consultant – PRP Wine International

Junior Lake Autographed Photo – The Chicago Cubs

Minnesota Timberwolves Donation Box including a Timberwolves T-shirt, Mini Basketball and Bobblehead of the Timberwolves Mascot, Crunch

7.5 Gallon Stainless Steel Brew Kettle – Brew & Grow

Two 18-Hole Rounds of Golf – Songbird Hills Golf Club

Horse-Drawn Historic Carriage Tour of Mackinac Island for Two - Mackinac Island Carriage Tours

$100 Gift Card to Sears – Sears Auto Centers

Four Tickets to a 2015 Regular Season Home Game – Wisconsin Timber Rattlers

$25 Florist Gift Certificate to Belle Fiori

Beer Barrel Man T- Shirt and Autographed Photo of Donovan Hand  - The Milwaukee Brewers

$60 Cell Phone Case Gift Certificate and Free Shipping – Otter Box

Collector's Series Football with Transferred Signatures of the Team and Staff – Green Bay Packers

Two Tickets to a Home Game during the 2014-2015 NBA Season – Milwaukee Bucks

Tandem Skydive Certificate – Skydive Milwaukee / Sky Knights SPC

Two Tickets to Jeeves Takes a Bow during the 2014 – 2015 Season – Milwaukee Chamber Theater

"Ghost Man" Pop Art Painting by Dwellephant

Six Tour Passes and a Room Rental for the Blue Ribbon Hall for your Next Event – Best Place at the Historic Pabst Brewery

Custom Wooden Clock – Eric Zentne

Autographed Photo of Tony Oliva – Minnesota Twins


This event will attract 150 sustainable developers, architects, contractors, municipalities, green building specialists, recycling specialists, and corporate executives giving your organization the chance to be seen as an environmental leader!


 Benefits to donating to the event:

 · Receive a tax deductible donation letter for your item

· Social media promotion of your organization and donated item

· Listed as an in-kind donor on the WasteCap website

· Listed as an in-kind donor in WasteCap's monthly newsletters

· Listed on signage as and in-kind donor at the event


Dwayne Sperber with Wudeward Urban Forest Products donated a custom table at last years' Emerald Evening event!

Looks pretty great in the raffle winner's living room!

We are looking for awesome pieces like this to be donated for this years Emerald Evening!

To donate, create reuse art at the event or to share ideas, contact Alex at or call (414) 961.1100




                                                         November 13th, 2014

Where we live, learn, and labor matters. The Wisconsin Green Building Alliance and WasteCap Resource Solutions present the first annual Transformation awards reception. This celebratory gathering will honor the individuals, groups and organizations that are championing sustainable practices and driving market transformation within Wisconsin’s built environment.



Click here to learn more about submmiting your organization's nomination for a WGBA award

Tentative Agenda


5:00 – 6:00 Registration, Networking, Light Appetizers, Refreshments 
6:00 – 6:30  Welcome Remarks
6:30 – 7:30 Awards Presentation
7:30 – 8:30 Networking, Heavy Appetizers, Refreshments, Prize Drawing 


Click here for Sponsorship & Ad Opportunities 


Registration Coming Soon!



November 13, 2014
5:00 – 8:30 PM


Oconomowoc Community Center
220 W Wisconsin Ave
Oconomowoc, WI 53066

Hosting Sponsor:


Featured Farmers

We'll be featuring delicious, award-winning produce from local farmers during the reception
in all our appetizers prepared by Zilli Hospitality Group.
The farmers will also be on-hand providing samples.
Check out the fantastic sustainability efforts of our farmers!


Gitto Farm n Kitchen

Featured food at the reception: Organic Tortilla's and Grass Fed Beef

Our 3-business enterprise is exclusively family-run: managed by Greg (Dad) and Carol (Mom), with support teams made up of all the other family members, as demands dictate……oldest son Tom (plus his wife Shannon and their son Matthew); 2nd son Steve (plus his wife Aliisa, their daughter Lily and son Abraham); Tony, Joe, Laura, Katie, Tim, Rachel, Jim, and Ben. We started farming as a way to be with our children, working side-by- side, as they grew up. Our children are home-schooled, and are learning that it takes a lot of work to produce food, especially good food, free from chemicals, and leaving the land in a better condition than it started out. We consider our most important crop to be our children, but we also 1)grow a variety of certified-organic vegetables, 2) raise and milk organic Jersey cows, 3) feed and offer steers as “whole-cow”, grass-fed hamburger, and 4)make (all-organic-ingredient) flour tortillas. Each of these businesses is further explained on its own page.

As we raise up and influence some of the next generation, you can be assured that quality is of utmost importance to us. We grew organically, just for our family, before growing for marketability as a business. Then it seemed that the easiest way for the most people to know our standards, was to get certified-organic. We’re stopping short of actually certifying our kitchen processes though, unless it becomes apparent that we’d need to do that. Using all certified-organic ingredients seems to satisfy our current customers.

We regularly attend conferences, workshops, etc. that can help us be more knowledgeable and efficient with our resources. We are members of WI Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Growers Assoc. and Something Special from Wisconsin. Several of us also have Food Safety Manager credentials. Got questions? We’re happy to share what we know, or just get to know you!



Koepke Family Farms and LaBelle Cheese

Featured cheese at the reception: LaBelle fenugreek Gouda

With more than 135 of dairy farming heritage in Southeastern Wisconsin, the Koepke family introduces LaBelle, their farmhouse cheese crafted only with the premium milk from their Holstein dairy cows. LaBelle is made in small batches under the careful supervision of head cheesemaker Ron Henningfeld at Clock Shadow Creamery, Wisconsin’s first urban cheese factory in downtown Milwaukee which is only 40 miles away from the Koepke farm in rural Oconomowoc. Bob Wills, a Master Cheesemaker and owner of Clock Shadow Creamery, created this original Gouda-style recipe that transforms the fresh, wholesome milk from the award-winning Koepke herd into beautiful, semi-soft aged wheels of LaBelle. The 11 pound wheels are aged on the farm, becoming smooth, creamy and buttery after six months, then advancing to rich, earthy and tangy notes as the cheese matures past one year.

World Dairy Expo presented the family with the 2011 Dairymen of the Year award for excellence in dairy cattle husbandry. The Koepkes also received the distinguished Leopold Conservation Award in 2011 for their extraordinary voluntary land conservation efforts to protect and build healthy soils. It is only fitting that LaBelle is made in the Clock Shadow Building where its innovative, green design was honored by the Wisconsin Green Building Alliance with the 2013 Sustainability Energy Efficiency Award. From start to finish, LaBelle cheese is steeped in local stewardship with the highest regard for tradition, conservation, and continual innovation. Taste the LaBelle goodness in four flavors: original plain, fenugreek seed, green olives, and hickory smoked.




Williams Homestead Creamery and Bon Bree Cheese

Featured cheese at the reception: Traditional and Chive Bon Bree

The Williams Homestead Creamery proudly re-introduces the Bon Bree Cheese. This cheese was first made in Mapleton, WI many years ago and the cheese became very popular for its firm texture and creamy taste.

Lloyd Williams craved Bon-Bree Brick Cheese so much he spent three years developing cultures, refining recipes and crafting a network of local buyers to help bring the cheese back after almost 30 years. “We got ahold of the old cheesemaker and redeveloped mother cultures for our cheese,” Lloyd said. “After three years we have an identical product – except ours is all natural, so we do not dye it yellow like the early cheese was. People don’t miss that.”

100% Pure Natural Cheese

Bon Bree is a pure natural cheese with no preservatives, no food coloring, no artificial flavoring and is rBGH free. It is a 100% all natural milk cheese with only cheese cultures and salt as ingredients. Our cheese has only 3% Sodium, for those watching their salt intake.

And making quality cheese isn'tt easy. People remember our cheese from 30 years ago. When talking about the taste, they tell us that "nothing is comparable.” The cheese is made up of Lloyd’s pasture-fed cow’s milk, cultures and salt, which is added to the outside of the brick and subsequently absorbed in. It is made by hand, and even a small temperature fluctuation can change the taste of the cheese.


Thank you to everyone who was able to make it to the Sadoff Lunch and Tour, it was awesome!





Thank you to everyone who was able to

make it to one of our Outpost' Tours!


If you were unable to make it, make sure to stop in and

shop while being able to see the stores sustainable



  • Rain gardens to manage storm water onsite
  • Recycling center
  • Day lighting windows and skylights
  • Roof built for future solar panels 
  • Edible and native landscaping that include fruit and nut trees
  • Electric charging station
  • Reclaimed décor including lannon stone from the building on site on exterior and interior of building
  • RO waste water reclaimed to flush public toilets


7590 W Mequon Road

Mequon, WI 53092





Thank you to those who were able to join our:


Free Three Part Deconstruction

Webinar Series 

Lead by Ted Reiff of the ReUse People of America


Missed out?

You can view the recordings of the webinar's with the following links!


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