Artisan Dental among winners of 2019 Force for Positive Change

Marquette University and the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation have announced the winners of the 2019 Force for Positive Change awards. This year’s awards were the third time this statewide competition recognized social entrepreneurship as a model for solving social or environmental challenges in a way that is sustainable, just and generates impactful change in Wisconsin.

This year’s seven winners are:

In addition, there was a new category of honorable mentions:

The winners were selected from more than 115 initial applications that were then narrowed to 20 finalists by an expert panel of judges from industry, academia and the nonprofit sector.

For more information visit warf.org/PositiveChange

Blue Daisi Consulting specializes in offering sustainability consulting services to small business owners and wants to create the sustainable world that we all want to live in. A world where we are intentional about the way we operate and conscious of the effects our decisions have on our communities. On their website, Moji, the founder shares “Blue Daisi Consulting is the result of me thinking it would be cool if more small businesses embraced sustainable and inclusive practices. I thought… “someone should help them make that happen” and then I thought… “that someone should be me”.

To read the post about Artisan Dental, please visit https://bluedaisi.com/artisan-dental/?fbclid=IwAR32Ba7yqbAgsvYiI9kC8pb334f2FFoXC7FTK9G1fT0b96lF7g–EElT_M4

As a B Corporation, we are grateful that we are in a position to help others that are less fortunate or are struggling in the moment. We’re pleased to be among the many supporters of Women for Women International.

They just hit an impressive milestone of helping 500,000 women survivors of war find their inherent strength, resilience and dignity in the face of destruction and violence! 

Women for Women International started in one town with a class of 30 women, providing them education, tools, and life-changing skills.  Today, over 500,000 women in more than eight conflict affected regions know how to move from crisis and poverty to stability and economic self-sufficiency. 

That’s not all: Through $100 million in direct aid and micro credit loans, the women they serve have financial tools that help more than 1.7 million family members – reshaping entire communities. This investment in women helps them uplift their families, their community, their region, their country—and yes, the world. 

500,000 women now have the support, tools, and training to reclaim their dignity and rebuild their lives. 

Artisan Dental is proud to have participated in the 2018 MPower Champions Program along with Covenant Presbyterian Church, Dean Health Plan and Therma-Stor LLC. This is a one-year commitment facilitated by Sustain Dane to learn, and to inspire projects that make an impact on our community, environmental footprint, and bottom line.

To learn more: http://sustaindane.org/blog/post/introducing-the-2018-mpower-graduateshttp://sustaindane.org/blog/post/introducing-the-2018-mpower-graduates

Dr Nicole Andersen has been named on Three Best Rated as one of the Top 3 Dentists in Madison!

Their 50-Point Inspection includes everything from checking reviews, ratings, reputation, history, complaints, satisfaction, trust and cost to general excellence.

Congratulations Dr Andersen!

We are excited to share with you two articles that were recently published by the Journal of the American College of Dentists.

The first article is focused on sustainable dentistry and the five stages of business sustainability. On page 13 Artisan Dental is classified as a stage 5 sustainable business by highlighting our Certified B Corp status and commitment to our mission and values.

The second article focuses on the transition to becoming a solo practice and presents a case study on Artisan Dental. Starting on page 31 the Co-founder & Director of Stakeholder Stewardship at Artisan Dental, Scott Andersen, discusses how the vision to use business as a force for good became a reality.

Artisan Dental as a stage 5 sustainable business starting on page 12: http://ow.ly/4YNT50n1wzg

Artisan Dental case study starting on page 31: http://ow.ly/u4Lv30o0X9I

Motor vehicles produce a number of different harmful pollutants. According to the EPA 75% of carbon monoxide emissions come from motor vehicles and in urban areas those emissions are responsible for anywhere between 50-90 percent of air pollution. Try to go a little more green in 2019 by using one of these alternative forms of transportation to get to your next appointment at Artisan Dental;

Walking – If you live nearby walking is always a great choice for you and the environment. Whether you need sandals, rain boots or snowshoes we will be looking forward to seeing you!

Biking – Artisan Dental is located near many bike trails and B Cycle stations. Follow this link to plan your route; https://www.cityofmadison.com/bikeMadison/planTrip/map.cfm

Carpooling – Make it a family dental day! Schedule together, ride together, enjoy cleaner air together.

Public Transportation – There are several bus stops that provide easy access to Artisan Dental. Follow this link to find the bus stop nearest to you; http://www.cityofmadison.com/metro/schedules/

Madison Green Cab – Madison’s only all hybrid rideshare service dedicated to reducing the carbon footprint of both the company and their users. Follow this link to schedule your next ride; https://greencabmadison.com/

Have you ever looked at what the de-icer you use on your driveways and sidewalks is made of?  Most products include sodium, chloride, and other chemicals that are harmful to the environment.  Those chemicals are melting the ice, and melting into our water wells causing contamination. According to Madison Water Utility, Well 14 on University Ave near Springs Harbor Park pumps more than 750 million gallons of water a year that is distributed city wide.  In the last 16 years water tests from Well 14 have shown that the chloride count has doubled, and the sodium levels have increased significantly. Tom Heikkinen, the general manager of utility said “As a region, we are on an unsustainable path with respect to wintertime salt use, and we need to figure out how to solve this problem now, for the sake of future generations.” The city is working to use more sustainable options such as sand, and rebuilding part of Well 14.  But as a community we need to do our part too by making sure the deicing products we’re using are safe.  You can go to https://www.epa.gov/saferchoice/products to find a safer choice product to use on your driveway and sidewalks!

At Artisan Dental we vote every day by doing business with other Certified B Corporations locally and nationally.  By supporting Certified B Corporations we are voting to use business as a force for good.  Most recently we have partnered with the Certified B Corporation Vantreo located in northern California. They have made a commitment to “Protect you. Protect Them” by sharing their profits with kids in need as it relates to literacy, health, safety, and gang prevention – a cause we are happy to support!

Check out these images of the mobile charitable children’s dental bus they are sponsoring!

 

The MPower Business Champion program is a one year, fully-customizable program for businesses and organizations that want to reduce their environmental impact while saving costs and creating a healthier and more engaging workplace and community. MPower is a proven and nationally recognized model for achieving sustainability success from within an organization. Topics include: Energy Efficiency, Green IT, Alternative Transportation, Waste Reduction, Water Management, Sustainable Food Choices and more!

Green Team members Emily and Rochelle biking to Sustainability sessions