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.

Objectives

Members of the ELM Corporate Council met with Boston’s Chief of Energy and Environment

The objective of the ELM Corporate Council is to create a working alliance between the corporate sector and environmental advocates 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. 

Guidelines

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.

Ameresco

Ameresco helps organizations meet energy saving and energy management challenges with an integrated comprehensive approach to energy efficiency and renewable energy.

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.

Biogen

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.

Boston Scientific

A leading innovator of medical solutions, Boston Scientific develops products and technologies that are used to diagnose or treat a wide range of medical conditions, including heart, digestive, pulmonary, vascular, urological, women’s health, and chronic pain conditions.

ELM applauds Boston Scientific for its corporate leadership and environmental stewardship. From 2009 to 2013, Boston Scientific reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by 21%, reduced its water use by 20%, increased its recycling rate from 11% to 76%, and increased its landfill avoidance rate from 16% to 92%.

Boston Scientific has seven LEED certified buildings and uses LEED green building standards as a framework for new construction, including its Marlborough, MA headquarters completed in 2014.

In addition, Boston Scientific uses ISO-14001 standards to drive its environmental results, and has certified all 14 of its major manufacturing and distribution sites to this standard. In 2012 the company completed a 1.2 MW renewable energy solar project at its Quincy, MA facility.

As of 2014, Boston Scientific is working to install a 1.5 MW solar project at its Marlborough campus. The company continually demonstrates its commitment to integrating sustainability into its business practices.

Cape Air

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.

Carpenter and Company

is committed to sustainable development and building LEED certified projects in Greater Boston and beyond.

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.

Eastern Bank

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.

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.

EnerNoc

EnerNoc provides innovative and successful tactics to manage energy better for businesses and utilities through energy efficiency, demand response, and their one-of-a-kind Energy Intelligence Software.

Grossman Marketing Group

As green business dedicated to project management and marketing expertise, ELM applauds Grossman Marketing Group

for its pioneering decision to convert all of its envelope and commercial printing facilities to 100% wind power.

This initiative, which was the first of its kind in their industry, dramatically reduces Grossman Marketing’s carbon footprint and can have a profound impact on marketing communications.

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.

Lyft

Lyft hosts a ride-sharing app, cutting CO2 emissions by reducing the number of cars on the road while encouraging people to use public transit rather than purchasing private vehicles

Massachusetts General Hospital

You may know Massachusetts General Hospital as a world leader in health care and medical research, but MGH has been a leader on environmental issues for years. “We see a clear connection between the health of our patients and a clean environment,” says MGH Director of Environmental Services Bill Banchiere. In 2010, Partners HealthCare (MGH’s parent company) embarked on a system-wide Strategic Energy Master Plan (SEMP), with the goal of reducing its energy use by 25% in 5 years. MGH exceeded that goal and has now reduced consumption by 30%. “We are continually looking for opportunities for deeper reductions,” remarks Banchiere.  In fact, MGH is currently installing a 640 kilowatt solar panel system on one of its parking garages.

Millipore Sigma

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.

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

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.

 

Triumvirate Environmental

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.

 

WasteZero

WasteZero works with municipalities to engineer programs that will increase recycling and reduce waste. Evolving over the last 20 years, WasteZero pioneered the “Pay-As-You-Throw” method of trash removal and has been finding innovative ways to efficiently meet trash disposal needs in a way that works best for municipalities, residents, and the environment.

Wynn-Everett Resorts

Wynn-Everett Resorts is working to clean a contaminated site, reclaim a contaminated river, create new public open space and build a LEED certified project.