June 2, 2018
Creative Energies Recognized 2018 Top Solar Contractor
By CREATIVE ENERGIES HONORED AS BEST FOR ENVIRONMENT 2018
Today, Creative Energies was recognized for being among companies creating the most positive environmental impact based on an independent, comprehensive assessment administered by the nonprofit B Lab. Honorees are featured on B the Change, the digital Medium publication produced by B Lab, at bthechange.com/bestfortheworld.
Creative Energies is honored in the Best For Environment list, which includes businesses that earned an Environment score in the top 10 percent of more than 2,400 Certified B Corporations on the B Impact Assessment. The full assessment measures a company’s impact on its workers, community, customers and the environment. To certify as B Corporations, companies like Creative Energies must complete the full assessment and have their answers verified by B Lab.
The Environment portion of the B Impact Assessment evaluates a company’s environmental performance through its facilities, materials, emissions, and resource and energy use. Companies answer questions about their transportation/distribution channels and the environmental impact of their supply chain. The assessment also measures whether a company’s products or services are designed to solve an environmental issue, including products that aid in the provision of renewable energy, conserve resources, reduce waste, promote land/wildlife conservation, prevent toxic/hazardous substance or pollution, or educate, measure or consult to solve environmental problems. Honorees scoring in the top 10 percent set a gold standard for the high impact that business as a force for good can make on nature around the world. Creative Energies made the list thanks to exceptional practices like operating our of net zero offices, fanatical recycling, and community education.
The 228 Best For Environment companies come from 72 different industries and 25 countries. B Lab simultaneously released separate lists recognizing B Corporations as Best For The World Overall, Best For Community, Best For Customers, Best For Governance and Best For Workers, which can be found at bthechange.com/bestfortheworld. In the fall, B Lab will release the Best For The World: Changemakers and the Best For The World Funds lists.
When asked for his reaction to this accomplishment, Scott Kane, founder and one of the owners of Creative Energies remarked, “It feels great that our hard work is recognized. It is exciting to see more and more companies taking seriously the societal and environmental impact of their operations. We still have a lot to learn about how to practice business responsibly and look forward to sharing ideas with other businesses that aspire to conduct their enterprise in ways that support healthy communities and a clean environment.
Creative Energies began in 2001 when founders, Andy Tyson and Scott Kane noticed a problem. Climate change and regional air quality were becoming worse and our country was hooked on foreign oil. As former environmental educators with the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS), Scott and Andy knew it was time to change our nations’ energy production methods.
At the end of the 20th century, great advancements had been achieved in renewable technologies. Solar, wind power, hydro power, and geothermal achieved incredible leaps in efficiency, cost and reliability. Although these technologies were on the rise, competent renewable energy providers were scarce. Scott and Andy, with the addition of Toby Schmidt, a fellow NOLS instructor, received the training and gained the experience to install renewable energies.
Among renewable energy technologies, a clear winner arose. Grid connected solar electric (photovoltaic) systems became more reliable and more cost effective than any of the other options. They narrowed our focus to specialize in solar energy. Today they focus on residential, commercial, public facilities as well as off grid solar power.
“With the rise of anger at a system that feels rigged, people are hungry for companies like Creative Energies, who are changing the system by building businesses that seek to create the greatest positive impact,” says Jay Coen Gilbert, co-founder of B Lab. “Best For The World is the only list of businesses that uses comprehensive, comparable, third-party-validated data about a company’s social and environmental performance. As consumers, talent and investors increasingly demand transparent, values-aligned businesses to buy from, work at and invest in, companies will need to not just the best in the world but the best for the world, and not just to be nice but to be the most successful.”
Nearly 1,000 Certified B Corporations were named 2018 Best for the World Honorees, including: Patagonia; King Arthur Flour Company; Green Mountain Power; and the United Kingdom’s Charity Bank. Fifty-two countries are represented, including Denmark, India, South Africa and Taiwan. The selection criteria for Best for the World honorees are available at https://bit.ly/2IgAzF5.
Today there are more than 2,400 Certified B Corporations across more than 150 industries and 50 countries, unified by one common goal: to redefine success in business. Any company can measure and manage social and environmental performance at http://bimpactassessment.net.
Creative Energies is a community of adventurous solar craftsmen who care deeply about their customers and the environment. They are engaged in our communities, live healthy outdoor lifestyles, and try to balance the needs of work and family. They practice what we preach by operating out of Net Zero Energy offices that utilize energy efficient and passive designs, and photovoltaic systems. Creative Energies is devoted to the mountain towns we work, live, and play in. We have come together at Creative Energies to do our part in sustaining this amazing world we share.
B Lab is a nonprofit organization that serves a global movement of people using business as a force for good. Its vision is that one day all companies compete not only to be the best in the world, but the best for the world and society will enjoy prosperity for all for the long term.
B Lab drives this systemic change by: 1) building a community of Certified B Corporations to make it easier for all of us to tell the difference between “good companies” and good marketing; 2) passing benefit corporation legislation to give business leaders the freedom to create value for society as well as shareholders; 3) helping businesses measure, compare and improve their social and environmental performance with the free B Impact Assessment; 4) driving capital to impact investments through use of its B Analytics and GIIRS Ratings platform.
For more information, visit http://www.bcorporation.net.
B the Change is a Medium publication, produced by B Lab in collaboration with the community of Certified B Corps and the movement of people using business as a force for good.
B the Change exists to inform and inspire people who have a passion for using business as a force for good in the world. Because we believe that storytelling is an essential element in the transformation of business and society, we commit ourselves to telling the most compelling stories possible to the largest audiences possible to propel the movement of business toward its destiny as a powerful force for good. We want to dramatically broaden and deepen engagement with entrepreneurs, managers, employees, investors and citizens in one of the most important discussions of our time.
Read all B the Change stories at http://www.bthechange.com.