Greensboro, North Carolina-based Environmental Solutions Group is a finalist in the Wells Fargo / Wachovia Green Plus Small Business of the Year category, and is also eligible to win the Green Plus People’s Choice Award.
In Their Own Words
“ESG Energy has been promoting sustainable practices for ourselves, our clients and community for many years. While we have focused on certifying sustainable buildings for a variety of government and industry programs, our services have grown to include certifying the operations and people who comprise every successful organization.
We strive to lead by example in our operations and practices, while recognizing that sustainability is a complex goal that requires a collaborative effort. We appreciate challenges and see them as opportunities to improve. A few of the ways in which we have managed our own sustainability are highlighted below.
- In 2009, we decided to solicit a third party to evaluate our own company practices. We opted to complete the Green Plus Certification evaluation, which is a triple bottom line certification program for green and sustainable businesses offered by the Institute for Sustainable Development. The Institute is located 50 miles away in Durham NC, therefore, site visits did not involve air travel for their staff.
- Despite the downturn in new home construction, ESG Energy has continued to be a leading provider of Performance Building services to include HERS ratings for the EPA’s ENERGY STAR Home program in North Carolina. In 2010, we qualified over 170 ENERGY STAR Homes, which is the equivalent of saving nearly 500,000 lbs of coal, planting nearly 140 acres of trees, and offsetting the emissions from more than 81 vehicles. The EPA honored ESG in April 2010 with its prestigious LEADERSHIP IN HOUSING award. We are also a leading provider of green build verifications for the National Association of Homebuilders.
- In addition to helping others offset their own carbon use, ESG Energy purchases carbon offsets to help neutralize our own carbon emissions.
- Our financial sustainability has been honored through recognition as a North Carolina Top 100 Small Business in 2009 and 2010 by Business Leader Media and being named a ‘Top 25 Environmental & Ecological Consulting Firm in the Triad’ in 2006, 2007, 2008 & 2009.”
The Institute for Sustainable Development