PA Sustainable Small Business Award
Winner of the 3rd Annual Sustainable Small Business Award: EvolveEA
Photo: Marc Mondor (evolveEA--L), Dr. Jim Phillips (Duquesne University--C), Richard Piacentini (Phipps--R)
EvolveEA is a nimble, multidisciplinary practice situated at the intersection of sustainability and the built environment that helps individuals, communities and organizations take strategic action. Since 2004, the company has provided design and consulting services to 50 LEED projects aimed at saving an average of 30% in annual energy costs for clients. EvolveEA was also named a LEED Proven Provider by the U.S. Green Building Certification Institute in 2014.
In addition to the sustainable services the company offers, many in-house steps have been taken to positively affect the environment and community as well. EvolveEA became a Certified B Corporation in 2013, won Sustainable Pittsburgh's Green Workplace Challenge in the small business category in 2012, and adopted a carbon neutrality policy in 2011. The company is also actively involved with the Pittsburgh City Planning Commission, Pittsburgh 2030 Districts and has provided no-cost consulting to several community projects as well.
The Center for Green Industries would like to thank all of the applicants for the Sustainable Small Business Award. Honorable mentions for this year's award are: Bella Sera, a banquet hall and caterer in Canonsburg; Comfy House Conservation Services, a residential energy services provider in Bellevue; and Al Kollinger Auto Body, an auto collision repair and paint shop in Wexford.
The Center would also like to thank Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens for their application for the Center's Sustainable Champion award, which is awarded to a non-profit organization that is committed to sustainability and community involvement.