John Imes

John Imes

John Imes is Co-founder and Director of the Wisconsin Environmental Initiative (WEI) since 1998. Previously, John was the Environmental Manager for Quad/Graphics, a company long known for its environmental stewardship and social responsibility, garnering a long list of local, state, and national honors. In April 2023, John was elected Village President of Shorewood Hills after serving six terms as Village Trustee and has served as an adviser on many national, state, and local initiatives over the years. John, an MATC and Carroll College graduate, is also a former co-owner of Arbor House, an award-winning small business and model for sustainable tourism located in Madison, Wisconsin.

A child sits with a sign at Milwaukee's climate march 2019.

Political obstruction is climate destruction

By: - October 27, 2023

In my years as a business owner, nonprofit leader and local elected official in Wisconsin, I’ve been asked to solve a lot of tricky problems by my employees, customers and constituents. I don’t always have the perfect answer, but the one thing I cannot do is stick my head into the sand.  Wisconsin, like every […]

Biden walks by a Wisconsin flag to tout American Jobs Plan

What the one-year anniversary of the Inflation Reduction Act means for Wisconsin

By: and - August 15, 2023

President Joe Biden is coming to Wisconsin this week to mark the one-year anniversary of the signing of the landmark Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) on Aug. 16, 2022. Through the IRA, investments in climate, justice, regenerative agriculture and clean energy will help mitigate climate pollution in the U.S. by an estimated 40% by the end […]

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Green jobs and the new Wisconsin economy

By: - October 12, 2022

Addressing climate change will drive new economic opportunities and create jobs as traditional industries are reshaped. Green jobs are the kind of family-supporting jobs that once anchored the American middle class, but in industries like energy efficiency, renewable energy, alternative transportation, advanced manufacturing, water use, food and agriculture. The Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) is a […]

A beat up, battered US flag hanging on a baseball backstop

Thriving economy, improved environment need well-functioning democracy

By: - May 2, 2022

Democracy in Wisconsin is under attack by autocratic forces. Their victory will spell doom for a more sustainable economy and environment. The threat comes from the continued onslaught of hyper-partisan redistricting, plus restrictions on voting, conspiracy-laden legal actions, and baseless claims of election fraud. If successful, these efforts will lead to one-party rule that ignores […]