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The Sustainability Institute is proud to bring a PROVEN, NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED PROGRAM to the 7 Rivers Region! Please join us as we introduce the MPower Business Champions program to the area in an effort to help launch sustainability within organizations of every type!

MPower is a one-year, fully customizable program for businesses and organizations in the 7 Rivers Region that want to reduce their environmental impact while SAVING COSTS and creating a HEALTHIER and more ENGAGING WORKPLACE AND COMMUNITY.

Since 2009, over 70 Madison-area businesses and organizations have excelled as MPower Business Champions, creating positive change in areas of waste reduction, energy efficiency, transportation, supply chain efficiency, employee health and wellness, employee and community engagement and more. Now is the time to bring this program to our region and we invite you to learn more about it!


Casey Meehan, PhD, is proud to serve as the 2017 MPower Program Coordinator. As the Sustainability Coordinator at Western Technical College, Casey is responsible for promoting Western’s commitment to sustainability and resilience as well as coordinating internal and external efforts towards these ends. An experienced educator, Casey has taught in K-12 settings and in public and private higher education institutions.  Before coming to Western as the Teaching and Learning Coordinator in 2014, he was a faculty member at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine where he created and taught environmental and place-based education courses. He still maintains his state of Wisconsin secondary-level teaching license. He plays an active role in the region's sustainability and resilience efforts. Casey serves on the Western Environmental and Sustainability Team (WEST), co-led the Western's 2016-2017 MPower Team,  has written environmentally-focused opinion pieces for the La Crosse Tribune, and participates in the Citizen's Climate Lobby.

Tom Thompson is the MPower Chair for the MPower Business Champion Program. He also serves on the Sustainability Institute Executive Board since inception. Tom joined Gundersen Health System in 2008 as the Sustainability Coordinator to help lead the organization’s ongoing Green Initiative. He also serves on the Board of Directors for Fifth Season Cooperative and the Sustainable La Crosse Commission. Before joining Gundersen’s environmental stewardship team, Tom was the supervisor and deputy director of The Colorado House and Resource Center in Colorado Springs, CO. Formerly he served as the facilities manager and research assistant at The Catamount Institute/Catamount Biological Field Station in Woodland Park, CO, leading environmental education programs and providing research assistance in forest ecology data collection. Tom also was the head keeper for the Herpetarium and Discovery Center at the Henry Vilas Zoo in Madison, WI

Andrea Schnick is an Economic Development Planner for the City of La Crosse and MPower liaison.