The solar leader is among the top 5% B Corps of its size globally for environmental impact
Vermont Business Magazine For the seventh time in the last decade, SunCommon, an iSun company, was named “Best for the World: Environment” by B Lab, a nonprofit organization that certifies B corporations to meet high standards of social performance and environmental, accountability and transparency.
The award is based on SunCommon’s positive impact on the environment both through the product they sell, solar panels, and their innovative business practices that seek to reduce their own impact. For example, SunCommon is in the process of changing its fleet of all-electric vehicles and will power them with solar energy. And the two SunCommon buildings at the time of the assessment were zero-powered clean solar-powered facilities, reducing their 1 and 2 range emissions to almost zero.
Since the assessment, the SunCommon warehouse in New York has moved to a new facility in Kingston, New York, which currently operates fossil fuel-fired heating and cooling systems. With more electric vehicles charging, their additional energy needs have also grown. Recognizing the enormous responsibility and influence that companies have to have an impact on the climate crisis, SunCommon hopes to meet the challenge of being zero net again.
“It is critical to the habitability of our planet that more business leaders take on the challenge of reducing their carbon impact. We are proud to help other companies share information about our own journey, influencing our supply chain and installation. Solar energy for our local businesses “. says President James Moore.
“SunCommon was founded to deliver the highest level of work while prioritizing good business practices that treat people and the planet fairly,” said JoAnn Swapp, SunCommon’s vice president of operations. “We are committed to using every business decision as an opportunity to promote our values and recognize our obligation to minimize the harm we create while maximizing the good we can do.”
Since its founding in 2012, SunCommon has achieved the following:
69,202 metric tons of CO2 offset by solar energy
More than 100 megawatts of net solar energy added to the local grid
9,544 solarized family homes
321 companies running local clean energy
More than 200 clean energy workers employed in Vermont and New York
B Lab Award and Recertification
B Lab evaluated SunCommon in four categories: government, workers, community, and environment. A company with a minimum score of 80 is certified as corporation B. The SunCommon score was 104. See the breakdown of the SunCommon score.
In particular, SunCommon earned high scores in the worker category due to commitments such as its Net Zero building in Waterbury, Vermont, and electric transportation options for employees. The company also saw an increase in points awarded in the customer category, due to its work to install community solar panels in New York State, such as the Pointe of Praise solar panel, which provides affordable electricity to members of the low- and moderate-income community.
“We are continuously assessing how we can break down social and economic barriers to solar energy,” Swapp said. “Our ‘Customer Impact Model’ challenges us to participate in the development of innovative programs to move the needle in accessibility and affordability.”
B Lab requires a company to complete its B impact assessment every three years. SunCommon has set clear goals to further improve its impact before completing the assessment again in 2024.
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SunCommon, an iSun company, is a certified B Corp that believes everyone has the right to a healthier environment and a brighter future, and renewable energy is where it starts. We have a mission to make clean and renewable energy simple and affordable. We offer home solar storage, community solar, commercial solar and battery storage options. It’s easy to take the first step toward a better future with SunCommon. Visit www.suncommon.com and follow the company on Instagram (@suncommon) and Facebook (@suncommon).
19/7/2022. Waterbury, Vt. – SunCommon