For the fourth year in a row the Detroit Free Press recognized businesses, organizations and individuals working to make Michigan a greener, more environmentally sustainable state. This year’s Detroit Free Press Green Leader honorees demonstrated exceptional efforts towards sustainability.
An independent panel of judges considered the nominations and gave preference to nominations that demonstrated a body of sustainable work that goes beyond one project or product. Categories include business (small, medium and large), nonprofits, public sector (such as government bodies, universities or school districts), individual, green building practices, automotive innovation and young leader age 25 or younger. EverLast® Lighting was named in the “Green Building Practice” category as a 2013 Green Leader.
“The building is a huge statement because it practices the energy efficiency that the brand preaches by having so many “green” features,” commented Michael Nevins, CEO of EverLast® Lighting. Several of the building’s “green” features include: geothermal heating and cooling; solar/wind powered hybrid parking lot lighting; recycled energy-efficient window glass; bamboo walls; pervious concrete that absorbs rainwater and filters it back through the watershed; daylighting controls; and solar tracking skylights that track the sun throughout the day to capture more of the suns usable light by reflecting light that would be otherwise lost when the sun is low in the horizon. The 72,000 sq. ft. building completed in April of 2010 allowed EverLast® to begin manufacturing a variety of energy-efficient induction light fixtures.
In addition, the building was built on a Brownfield Redevelopment site which is unique and also rare because Brownfield sites are abandoned or underused industrial and commercial facilities available for re-use. As a result, Michael Nevins received a business growth loan from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation in support of the construction of the building.
The previous EverLast® manufacturing facility was converted to a fabrication plant to manufacture fixture components.
The Detroit Free Press 2013 Michigan Green Leaders special print section about the winners will be published June 9, and the winners will be honored at an awards breakfast June 10 with retiring U.S. Sen. Carl Levin delivering the keynote address. U.S. Rep. John Dingell of Dearborn, who will become the longest-serving congressman in history on June 7, plans to attend the event hosted by the Detroit Economic Club at the Motor City Casino Hotel.
This year’s Detroit Free Press Michigan Green Leaders honorees include Gage Products, DTE Energy, ACI Plastics, Morgan Composting, Detroit Riverfront Conservancy, Western Michigan University, and Roberta Urbani.
About EverLast® Lighting: EverLast® Lighting, Inc. is a sister company of Full Spectrum Solutions, Inc. and has quickly grown into the leading manufacturer of energy-efficient lighting solutions for roadway, parking structure, facility and area lighting applications. For additional product information, visit www.everlastlight.com, call 888-383-7578 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Source: Full Spectrum Solution