Lancaster, PA — High Construction Company and Greenfield Architects Ltd. have achieved the Institute for Sustainable Development's highest level of recognition, Green Plus™ certification. The Green Plus program recognizes dedication to triple-bottom-line sustainability by measuring business, environmental, and community practices.
“We are proud to be working with smaller enterprises nationwide that are dedicated to triple-bottom-line sustainability,” said Chris Carmody, Executive Director of the Institute for Sustainable Development. “These organizations are pushing the boundaries of small business sustainability in their respective communities and are realizing positive economic and employee change through their efforts,” Carmody concluded. To date, just 36 organizations have earned Green Plus certification.
“During the last several years, we've formalized, expanded, and championed our approach to sustainability," said Matthew Twomey, President and COO of High Construction and COO of Greenfield Architects. “As our teams at High Construction and Greenfield Architects went through the Green Plus Certification™ process, we found it informative and inspiring,” said Twomey.
“Since the High® companies' inception nearly 80 years ago, our organization has embraced a number of the guiding business principles related to sustainability including fostering a positive work environment for our employees and partners, being responsible stewards of the environment, and investing profits responsibly to secure our future in ways that are also good for our community,” said Twomey.
“As we continue to chart our course towards incorporating more sustainable products, processes and services, we look forward to continuing to help our customers accomplish their own similar goals through the green-related facilities, services, and expertise we provide,” said Twomey.
High Construction has implemented energy-use-reduction efforts and invested in water conservation devices and practices. These efforts have included lighting and occupancy timers, CFLs, low-power modes of electronics, and reduced flow fixtures. Not only is the company making physical changes to their workspace, but they are also promoting employee education of sustainability issues. High Construction regularly disseminates information about a wide variety of sustainability topics and is planning an energy conservation week in January 2011 to further promote behavior changes.
About the Institute for Sustainable Development
The Institute for Sustainable Development is a North Carolina Research Triangle non-profit initiative of universities and chambers of commerce to help small businesses and their communities benefit from sustainable practices and to foster a new generation of sustainability leaders. The Institute's North Carolina university partners include Duke University's Nicholas School of the Environment, Durham Technical Community College, Elon University's Martha and Spencer Love School of Business, North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
The Institute partners with the American Chamber of Commerce Executives, a 1,400 chamber of commerce network with 1.3 million business members, to offer Green Plus™ nationwide, and with seventeen regional chambers of commerce to provide sustainable business education in twelve states. It also runs a national Green Plus™ Sustainability Fellows program, training students from graduate schools around the country to help smaller enterprises understand and benefit from the triple bottom line. For more information, visit www.gogreenplus.org.
About Greenfield Architects Ltd.
Greenfield Architects Ltd., provides architecture, planning, interior design, and adaptive reuse services for the educational, health care, commercial, manufacturing, processing, distribution, hospitality, retail, and multi-family residential markets throughout the eastern United States. Headquartered in Lancaster, Pa., the firm is an affiliate of High Real Estate Group LLC, which also includes High Construction Company, High Associates Ltd., High Investors Ltd., and High Hotels Ltd. For more information about Greenfield Architects, call (717) 293-4475 or visitwww.GreenfieldArchitects.net.
About High Construction Company
Recognized as the 2007, 2008, and 2009 General Contractor of the Year by the American Subcontractor's Association of Central Pennsylvania, High Construction Company provides design-build, general contracting, construction management, and energy solutions services throughout the mid-Atlantic region of the United States. High Construction specializes in the educational, health care, commercial, manufacturing, processing, distribution, hospitality, retail, and multi-family residential markets. The family-owned business is headquartered in Lancaster, Pa., and employs 50 professionals. High Construction is an affiliate of High Real Estate Group LLC, which also includes Greenfield Architects Ltd., High Associates Ltd., High Investors Ltd., and High Hotels Ltd. For more information about High Construction, call (717) 291-2276 or visitwww.HighConstruction.com.