John Imes

Photo: John Imes

Executive Director
Wisconsin Environmental Initiative


Carroll College
B.S., Environmental Science

Professional Interests:

Sustainable business practices, green building, environmental management, collaboration


John Imes, a former Chairman of the Board and co-founder of WEI, joined as Executive Director in July 1998. Previously, Mr. Imes was Environmental Manager for Quad/Graphics, the nation's largest privately held printer. John has over 18 years experience managing award-winning programs and is recognized as a leader and spokesperson on business and the environment issues. He has also been involved in many public-private partnerships with government agencies, environmental groups and business affiliations.

His recent engagements include work with the Governor's Global Warming Task Force and Governor's Consortium on Biobased Industries, Green Tier Advisors, DNR Innovation Stakeholders, Wisconsin Agricultural Stewardship Initiative, Sustainable Tourism Ad Hoc Committee and the Wisconsin Public Utility Institute. John also recently completed the Civitas 10-part series of forums focused on government finance, public education services and finances, and an analysis of government services.

Mr. Imes is also co-owner of Arbor House, an award-winning inn and model for sustainable tourism located in Madison, Wisconsin.

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