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Gail Ambrosius Chocolatier
One whiff, one taste and it's obvious Gail Ambrosius knows a thing or two about fine chocolate. But it may come as a surprise that this dedicated chocolatier is just as passionate about the environment.

"Growing up on a farm and working with the Department of Natural Resources (her previous professional incarnation), helped me to understand the importance of being socially and environmentally conscious," said Ambrosius, owner of the eponymous store. "Having my own shop gives me an excellent way to put my beliefs into practice."

The most recent way she's doing that is by taking part in the Green Power Tomorrow program. Ambrosius participates at the program's "Leader" level and purchases the equivalent of 100 percent of her energy use in wind and solar power.

The cost of the program is surprisingly affordable, even in these budget-conscious times. "If people look into this they'll see that it costs very little—for us it's about $40 more a month," said Ambrosius.

Other environmentally conscious practices at the shop on Madison's east side include using water wisely, recycling ingredient packaging as much as possible and using a programmable thermostat to control the HVAC system. In addition, the shop is located within walking distance for many employees and is convenient to a local bike path.

Ambrosius also tries to minimize the impact of having a product created from materials that can only be grown near the equator. "I have my chocolate processed in the U.S. or South or Central America, rather than Europe, and participate in the Big Tree Climate Fund (a program that offsets her company's carbon usage by planting cacao trees in Brazil)."

As for her participation in Green Power Tomorrow, "I think it's critical for business owners to be a good example for their communities," said Ambrosius. "We all want to pass along a healthy environment to the next generation, and buying renewable energy from Green Power Tomorrow is an easy way to help do our part."

Green Power Tomorrow Profile: Gail Ambrosius Chocolatier [PDF - 235 KB]
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