"We are truly honored and humbled. This award could have gone to any of the amazing applicants,” said Travis Blomberg, Executive Director of WasteCap. “Winning this award represents a collaborative effort from our employees, members, Board of Directors, customers, and past leadership. I want to extend a huge thank you to John and Tashia Morgridge, Marquette University, WARF, American Family Insurance, Promega, Campus Compact, Ashoka, StartingBlock Madison, 707 Hub and all of the volunteers that made this event possible."
The Force for Positive Change awards honors those who are working at making a difference right here in Wisconsin to deliver ideas, answers and changes to social challenges affecting people who the planet. The inaugural funders of the award were John and Tashia Morgridge.
The eligibility rules included:
Over the last 20 years, WasteCap has provided lasting, measurable change across the state of Wisconsin. Since 1996, WasteCap has diverted 1,246,220,380 lbs. of material from the landfill. More recently, WasteCap has spurred deconstruction efforts across the Greater Milwaukee Area. Similar to WasteCap’s past operations, it will continue to collaborate with contractors to save materials from entering the landfill.
When asked about WasteCap's model, Blomberg responded, "The WasteCap model is unique because it is a hybrid between a waste reduction consulting firm and reuse warehouse store. This model is innovative and better suited to solve social/environmental issues because WasteCap identifies the root cause of the issues and collaborates directly with the businesses to ensure best management practices are completed. Most nonprofits try to solve these immense challenges on their own, instead of leveraging existing strategic partnerships to solve the same goals."
WasteCap has high hopes to grow its operation. WasteCap will continue to expand its training and consulting efforts to provide financial stability to the organization. Additionally, its retail operation will continue to stock high quality reclaimed building materials for the local community.
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