Compassion. Conviction. Concern with things beyond their front door. All these words describe Michigan’s greenest companies.
An impressive 41 firms received accolades in the 101 Best and Brightest Sustainable Companies awards program, highlighting those businesses that are focused on being more sustainable, improving the lives of their employees and are committed to the local and global environments.
One thing can be said for all of this year’s honorees – they are as diverse as the many ways they serve and protect the environment. There are century-old companies such as Webasto and youngsters that just opened their doors. There are soap makers, clothing retailers, injection-molders and even for the first time a green salon.
Their ideas for saving water, paper, electricity and other resources are innovative and even revolutionary in some cases. There are companies like Steelcase, Herman Miller and Haworth that have taken sustainability to new levels in 2012, even going international in their efforts to improve the planet. All in all, there are many smart and relevant ideas for considering here within the state’s emerging sustainability economy.
The companies were honored at an awards ceremony April 18 at Davenport University in Grand Rapids. Among the companies were GreeningDetroit.com, Clean Energy Coalition, GreenFundraiserStore.com, IPAX Cleanogel, Inc., Meadowlark Buildiners and Schupan Recycling, just to name a few.
Below find a list of all of your Best and Brightest:
Acoustics By Design
Advanced Battery Concepts
Beaumont Health System
Clean Energy Coalition
Central Michigan University Research Corporation
Go Green Salon
Grand Traverse Resort & Spa
Green Fundraiser Store.com
Holiday Inn Grand Rapids Downtown
Hyatt Place Grand Rapids South
Information Systems Resources
IPAX Cleanogel Inc.
JW Marriott Grand Rapids
Key Green Solutions
Lowry Computer Products
Luurtsema Sales Inc.
Pepsi Bottling Group
Sunblossom Solar Gifts LLC
Sustainable Computing at University of Michigan
Sustainable Energy Financing LLC
Thomas J. Newhouse-Design
Turner Construction Co.
Webasto Roof Systems Inc.
West Michigan Shared Hospital Laundry
Source: Corp!Magazine, By Karen Dybis