The following businesses have successfully completed the application process and are members of the GoGreenET Green Business recognition program!
Applications for the program are currently being accepted for 2015. Use the GoGreen Business Recognition Survey to share your organization's sustainability efforts and best practices.
Alcoa Tennessee Operations -- At Alcoa Inc., employees celebrate Earth Day, along with Arbor Day and World Environment Day, for two months in a program the company calls GreenWorks. Externally, the company would like to see the U.S. recycle 75% of aluminum -- recycling a can into a new one takes just 5 percent of the energy needed to start from scratch. See how they're working on these projects in Alcoa exec coordinates sustainability strategy.
ALSCO -- The company has made $6 million in investments to modernize its Western Avenue laundry since 2006, including many that help the environment. At least 20,000 gallons of water daily and 10 Mcf of national gas daily are now saved, and many projects will pay for themselves. Read "Upgrades a wash out with savings on utilities" for info on all the changes.
Armstrong Relocation/United Van Lines
Asset Planning Corp. -- The four-person office of Asset Planning Corp. may be small, but they are big believers in giving back to their community. We recognized their efforts in 2012 in "Size no barrier to earth-friendly volunteering"
Cemex -- At the CEMEX cement plant in Knoxville, what became a robust sustainability initiative and trend-setting conservation program began simply as an effort to be of service. The company developed a process to use old tires from the community for power, keeping them out of landfills and contributing to a 9 percent reduction in the plant's fossil fuel use since 2010. Residue from the process is also used in manufacturing. Read the Cemex story: Cement plant grows greener to be of service.
Cherokee Health Systems
City of Knoxville -- Knoxville received our 2011 Green Business Renewable Energy Award in recognition of the solar projects put forward by the city and also its efforts to build awareness of solar technology and industry in Tennessee. Read about the recent model solar project demonstrating third-party financing in the April Business Journal article, "Initiative seeks to reduce solar's startup costs." In 2012, we spoke with new Mayor Madeline Rogero about her administration's sustainability efforts and future plans in, "Tight budget, new mandates refine mayor's agenda."
Cope Associates Architecture
Corporate Services & Events Inc.
DeRoyal -- By working with a recycling vendor to process its foam remnants, DeRoyal eliminated more than 300 tons of waste that made up almost 80 percent of the waste at one of its facilities. The process is detailed in "Turning its trash into others' treasures" by Kay Brookshire.
DTR Tennessee - Tazewell - What started as a small recycling program now results in 92 percent of landfill bound waste at the plant being kept out of landfills, earning the manufacturer our 2011 Green Business Recycling/Waste Reduction award. Read the April Business Journal feature, "Landfill trips rare for auto-parts maker," for more information on the program.
Gerdau - Knoxville Mill - Gerdau recycles an average of 1 billion pounds of metal each year. See how in "Steel rebar manufacturer aims for zero landfill waste"
Goodwill Industries-Knoxville -- Goodwill Industries has lead the way in enabling East Tennesseans to recycle their trash and electronics, while providing jobs for 350 people, some of whom face barriers to obtaining employment. The effort began as a partnership with Knoxville and Knox County that has since expanded to Clinton and Gatlinburg. Read about the growing program responsible for recycling more than 47 million pounds just last year in Recycling efforts expanded to serve clients, communities
Hart Graphics -- Local printer Hart Graphics was featured as a case study on types of green certifications. An independent third party audits the company annually to certify its paper products come from sustainably managed forests. Learn about the process in Printer pursues green stamps of approval
Holiday Inn World's Fair Park -- The hotel will finish a five-phase renovation in August 2010 and expects to reduce carbon emissions by 1.4 million pounds and save more than 1 million kilowatt hours through the upgrades. It received our 2011 Energy Efficiency award in the Green Business Recognition Program. See what steps developers took in the April Business Journal feature, "Hotels' green features save money, attract guests."
Kelsan -- Kelsan installed new lighting in its offices and its 80,000-square-foot warehouse in February; electrical consumtion savings are estimated to 52 percent and the cost will be recouped in less than a year. Full savings info is detailed in "New warehouse lighting illuminates energy savings"
Knoxville Locomotive Works - The next generation of energy efficient locomotives are being made in Knoxville. Learn about the company's growth in "Startup manufacturer's locomotive powers efforts to cut emissions" by Larisa Brass
Knoxville TVA Employees Credit Union -- Vicki Swartz detailed several worthy projects underway by the credit union's Green Council, earning it the Community Outreach award in our Green Business Recognition Program in 2011. A feature article, "Credit union extends green benefits to community," appeared in the April Business Journal.
Knoxville Zoo - Lisa New, director of the Knoxville Zoo, wants the organization to be as sustainable as possible in line with its mission to save wild animals and wild places. See how the zoo is reducing its energy use and footprint in "Walking the Talk"
Maryville College and on-campus nonprofit Mountain Challenge -- Maryville nonprofit Mountain Challenge was featured as a case study on types of green certifications. The outdoor experience organization sought certification as a B Corp because its assessment measures social and environmental practices. Learn about their process in Social, environmental benefits measure up
Oak Ridge Associated Universities - ORAU recycles about 72 percent of what it uses, but also offers opportunities for its employees to bring in their unwanted materials. Take a look in "Two-day event collects 10,000 pounds of trash"
Random Acts of Flowers -- Random Acts of Flowers recycles flowers and kindness for delivery to those in health-care facilities. The charity doesn't just repurpose special event flowers, it reuses, recycles and composts nearly every part of the arrangements it collects. Read more in Charity recycles 'goodwill and good things'
Texas Greensand & Minerals