An Innovative Strategic Alliance
ELM launched the ELM Corporate Council to build a bridge between the environmental community and leading Massachusetts companies that have demonstrated innovative environmental policies or practices.
The objective of the ELM Corporate Council is to create a working alliance between the corporate sector and environmental advocates in order to improve environmental policy and business practice in the Commonwealth. The Council represents a counter-intuitive, pro-business and pro-environment association that educates and advocates for sound environmental and business regulatory policy.
Key elements are:
- To develop a business-environmental public policy agenda and alliance to lobby state and local government jointly on behalf of environmentally-sensitive business practices and environmental regulations generally.
- To showcase corporate environmental innovations as teachable models for others to adopt.
Corporate Council members share a set of common principles including:
- Affordable clean energy drives economic competitiveness, grid reliability, and air quality. Importantly, it improves the health of our employees and their families.
- Well-resourced environmental agencies can permit at the speed of business. They also steward the public natural areas that are treasured amenities to our employees and customers.
- Massachusetts has the potential to be a global leader in the design and export of climate solutions and technologies. A strong clean tech sector burnishes our brand as an innovation hotspot, attracts world-class talent to our economy, and grows tax revenues to re-invest across the state.
- World-class mobility and transit infrastructure are essential to our economic growth, social mobility, and environmental goals.
Invitations to participate in the Corporate Council are guided by the following principles:
- ELM will not associate with any corporate entity that is actively and consistently supporting environmental practices or policies opposed by ELM, regardless of other corporate initiatives that may be beneficial to the environment.
- In determining Council membership, ELM will consider
compliance history, environmental performance relative to others in their sector, business model, and corporate reputation.
- ELM will not endorse a corporate entity generally, but will focus on a particular environmental innovation or extraordinary commitment to specific environmental safeguards.
Corporate Council Members
Aggregate Industries, Holcim
U.S. and U.K. producers of high-quality construction materials that conform to international environmental standards.
ELM applauds Aggregate Industries‘ parent company, Holcim, for being listed on the the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for the past 8 years and for being the industry leader for 4 consecutive years from 2005 to 2008.
ELM commends Aggregate Industries for being a leading voice on sustainable construction issues. Aggregate Industries is fully ISO 14001 certified and is a member of the EPA Climate Leaders program and the US Green Building Council. Aggregate Industries is committed to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions. It recently launched an Environmental Management System that is being implemented throughout its national facilities in compliance with the ISO 14001 standard.
Aggregate’s sister company, Holcim US, made a voluntary commitment to reduce their CO2 intensity production by 20% by 2010. They achieved that goal – effectively reducing net emissions from 1990 levels by 21% in 2010 (excluding on-site power generation). Holcim is still actively dedicated to reducing its environmental impact and strives to encourage more sustainable practices throughout the business sector.
Anbaric is a Boston-based company that specializes in early stage development of large-scale electric transmission systems, the transformation of the electric and heating/cooling systems on campuses and storage solutions surrounding microgrid projects. Their goal is to initiate the projects and develop the new products that enable energy to be used more efficiently and sustainably.
AVANGRID is a leading, sustainable energy company that has two primary lines of business: Avangrid Networks and Avangrid Renewables. Avangrid Networks owns eight electric and natural gas utilities, serving 3.2 million customers in New York and New England. Avangrid Renewables owns and operates 7.1 gigawatts of electricity capacity, primarily through wind power, with a presence in 22 states across the United States. AVANGRID supports the U.N.’s Sustainability Development Goals, received a Climate Development Project climate score of “A-,” the top score received in the utilities sector, and has been recognized for two consecutive years by Ethical Boardroom as the North American utility with the “best corporate governance practices.”
Bank of America
For more than 200 years, Bank of America has been focused on serving the financial needs of its customers and clients. A global company with a local focus, it also has a focus on environmental stewardship and the transition to a low carbon economy. ELM commends the bank on its 10-year, $50B environmental business initiative, its aggressive operational goals, and its leadership in the area of corporate green bonds.
Bemis is a 100-year-old adhesives & specialty films company. Collaborating closely with designers and developers, they devise solutions to help make their products higher performance, lower profile and better fitting. They use environmentally thoughtful methods in their manufacturing and recycle whenever possible.
Biogen is committed to environmental sustainability. In 2015 Biogen was named the biotechnology industry leader on the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index for the second year in a row, after becoming the first U.S.-based biotech company to make the list in 2013. The company was also named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index North America for the sixth consecutive year, one of only three biotech companies included.
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts (BCBSMA) is a community-focused, tax-paying, not-for-profit health plan headquartered in Boston. BCBSMA is committed to working with others in a spirit of shared responsibility to make quality health care affordable, and is rated among the nation’s best health plans for member satisfaction and quality.
The airline was co-founded in 1988 by company pilots Craig Stewart and Dan Wolf, and investor Grant Wilson. Initially, Cape Air flew between Provincetown and Boston in Massachusetts, but new serves various locations in the Northeast, the Caribbean, Midwest, Eastern Montana and Micronesia.
Costa Fruit and Produce
Costa Fruit and Produce is a Boston “Green Business” award winner and supporter of local farms. Constantly pursuing initiatives such as energy conservation and waste reduction.
ELM commends Eastern Bank, which operates four LEED certified branches, more than any other bank in Massachusetts.
As a company concerned with the environment, Eastern Bank considers its impact in all aspects of doing business. It provides millions in financing to environmental organizations such as the Union of Concerned Scientists, GreenBridge Energy Consortium, and Ecological Development Fund.
Eastern Bank uses eco-friendly services such as eStatements, mobile banking, and remote deposit capture. In addition, all offices use Forest Stewardship Council certified paper. The bank also uses 100% renewable electricity at all its facilities.
Employees on the Eastern Bank Green Team promote sustainable business practices by sharing innovative methods, implementing policy recommendations, and encouraging all of us to adopt green practices. Initiatives include hosting energy fairs, used office supply swaps, and eco-friendly new car demonstrations.
Encore Boston Harbor
Encore Boston Harbor is working to clean a contaminated site, reclaim a contaminated river, create new public open space and build a LEED certified project.
Energy Management Inc.
Headquartered in Boston, Energy Management Inc. develops independent power projects and has successfully developed six natural gas fired electric generation projects. Over the past 28 years, Energy Management has earned a reputation of completing environmentally superior facilities with ultra-high plant availability.
John Hancock is an insurance, investment, and retirement company that strives to make meaningful impacts by operating our business responsibly, and by investing in organizations that empower people on their journey to overall well-being.
Legal Sea Foods
ELM recognizes Legal Sea Foods‘ efforts to protect and improve the environment. Their drive to be precedent-setting in their responsibility to the seafood industry, the environment, and the communities in which they do business is incorporated in their core values.
The Environmental League of Massachusetts applauds Millipore Sigma commitment in 2008 to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by 20%, which has been followed by actions and results. The company has saved 3 million kilowatt-hours per year of electricity equivalent to 275 homes through efficiency programs in manufacturing and logistics. Millipore is now incorporating 50% hybrid vehicles in its fleet, purchasing renewable energy equivalent to 10% of its worldwide usage, and dramatically cutting its water usage by millions of gallons each year.
MIT Sloan School of Management
MIT Sloan School of Management has been leading the way in sustainability for decades. The Sloan Sustainability Initiative connects faculty and students with leaders from business, NGOs, government, and hybrid organizations to spur innovation. They help partners develop and evaluate new products and services, new management practices, new business models, and new market infrastructures to drive more effective and sustainable use of natural and human resources, creating value for business and society. MIT Sloan is based in Cambridge, MA.
Novartis is a global heath care company that provides solutions to address the evolving needs of patients worldwide. Their new Environmental Sustainability Strategy sets time-bound, science-based goals to become carbon-neutral, plastic-neutral and water-sustainable. Novartis’s US headquarters are in Cambridge, MA.
Partners Healthcare is Partners HealthCare is committed to working with community residents and organizations to make measurable, sustainable improvements in the health status of underserved populations. Through initiatives that include access to health care, prevention, and workforce development, Partners and its hospitals are making a difference in the communities in which we live and work.
Saunders Hotel Group
The Environmental League of Massachusetts applauds the Saunders Hotel Group
for being recognized for pioneering luxury, urban ecotourism internationally, with countless innovative and comprehensive measures since 1989.
At the flagship Lenox Hotel and Comfort Inn & Suites Boston-Airport properties, they have dramatically reduced the hotels’ environmental footprint, and continue to set the standard for the world’s largest industry — travel and tourism. Saunders Hotel Group and its cutting edge achievements have created ripples of change throughout the hospitality sector and helped bring ecotourism out of the jungle and into the urban mainstream where it can have maximum positive impact.
Stop & Shop Supermarket Company
A supermarket company with over 355 locations throughout New England.
In 2009 ELM presented Stop & Shop Supermarket Company its prestigious Green Star award, recognizing their industry leadership in protecting the environment.
Stop & Shop leads the way with 50 LEED-certified stores and another 36 scheduled to be built (see details on the new Chelmsford store in the Making Sustainability Work blog). In addition, Stop & Shop has been an innovator in recycling and waste reduction including alternatives to plastic bags and many tons of recycled plastics and packaging.
Suffolk University promotes a university commitment to the environment, both in the classroom and in the community.
Trillium Asset Management
Trillium Asset Management is the oldest independent investment advisor devoted exclusively to sustainable and responsible investing. Trillium believes that environmental, social, and governance factors play an integral role in the investment process, which can lower portfolio risk and help identify the best-managed companies.
Since 1982, Trillium has been engaging companies on issues including sustainability reporting, climate change, toxic chemicals and emissions, water scarcity, environmental justice, and reducing the impacts of unconventional oil and gas extraction (e.g., hydraulic fracturing, oil sands). Trillium has also worked to support and advance public policies to promote more sustainable and socially responsible corporate behavior.
As an employee-owned firm, Trillium strives to achieve the same level of transparency and environmental sustainability that they ask of companies with which it interacts.
America’s fastest growing environmental services firm specializing in hazardous waste management.
ELM applauds Triumvirate Environmental for their environmental efforts in hazardous waste reduction as well as their efforts to reduce their carbon footprint.
Triumvirate has helped hospitals, universities, life science companies, and manufacturers reduce the quantity and toxicity of their hazardous waste by encouraging solvent recycling, acid neutralization, and many other environmentally-friendly practices. Triumvirate has also taken steps to increase the efficiency of their truck fleet and the energy efficiency within the corporation.
University of Massachusetts Lowell
UMass Lowell is committed to climate neutrality as an institution and is a leader in sustainable education, research and innovation. Sustainability is a core commitment in the University’s comprehensive strategy to manage growth and respond to societal needs. They run the nationally recognized Center for Wind Energy with unique expertise and capabilities to conduct research in the advancement of wind turbine science and systems. Additionally, they operate the WindSTAR Center, one of 81 Industry / University Cooperative Research Centers funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the only one devoted to wind energy.
WinnCompanies is a fast-growing, award-winning national housing development and property management company. As they develop and operate properties to maximize their use and promote healthy communities, they also ensure the efficient use of natural resources, a critical goal for the environment and for their business.