Greenest Companies To Work For In Charlotte
In the Charlotte area, many companies are now incorporating sustainability into their work culture and company practices. The following companies embrace the best green business mentalities in terms of profit, employee awareness and client and community lifestyles.
Turner Construction Company
With offices nationwide as well as globally, Turner Construction Company has a dedication to not only provide green buildings and features for its clients but also has a work culture that emphasizes sustainable practices. Turner has trained and accredited 1,400 LEED professionals with 16 offices being LEED certified, including the LEED Gold-certified Charlotte office. To further promote sustainable ideology, the company has created office sustainability plans that focus on indoor air quality, construction waste management and pollution and greenhouse gas emission reductions. As a leader in the green building sector, Turner Construction Company has internalized its construction practices to provide a green office lifestyle. At the 2013 Green Gala Awards in Charlotte, NC, held by the U.S. Green Building Council, Turner Construction Co. was recognized for its green leadership.
The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte
Housed within a Gold LEED-certified building, The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte pioneers green hotels for the Charlotte area as well as The Ritz-Carlton, Hotel Company, L.L.C. The hotel features many green features and amenities all while embracing sustainable practices, including a green roof that supplies the eateries with produce and honey from the beehives. Emphasizing alternative forms of transportation, the hotel has a bike valet, electric vehicle charging stations and complimentary parking for hybrid and electric vehicles. The Ritz-Carlton is also located in close proximity to a Charlotte B-cycle station, a ride-sharing system in Uptown Charlotte. For hotel guests, the hotel features a spa and wellness center that uses only organic and natural products for its clients.
Advocating for moveable walls to create multi-use space for offices, Environamics, Inc. approaches office and building design and retrofits from a sustainable perspective. Partnered with Envision Charlotte, a nonprofit dedicated to promoting green and efficient practices in Uptown Charlotte, Environamics, Inc. emphasizes environmental stewardship by reducing construction waste, eliminating the use of VOC materials and addressing indoor air quality for its headquarters here in Charlotte and at its on-site construction. Environamics, Inc. holistically approaches environmental leadership by advocating its employees, clients, suppliers, competitors and other community institutions to think and implement sustainability into daily operations.
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Isabel Sepkowitz is a freelance writer. She is an environmentalist who values sustainability, education, and innovation for the emerging green economy. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.