SunCommon Named “Best for the World” 2022
Solar energy leader ranks in the top 5% of B Corps of its size worldwide in environmental impact
Vermont Business Magazine For the seventh time in the past decade, SunCommon, an iSun company, has been named “Best for the World—Environment” by B Lab, a nonprofit organization that certifies B Corporations for meeting high environmental standards. social and environmental performance, responsibility and transparency.
The award is based on SunCommon’s positive impact on the environment through both the product they sell, the solar panels, as well as their innovative business practices that seek to reduce their own impact. For example, SunCommon is converting its fleet of vehicles to all-electric and will power them with solar energy. And both SunCommon buildings at the time of the assessment were solar-powered net-zero facilities, reducing their scope 1 and 2 emissions to nearly zero.
Since the appraisal, SunCommon’s New York warehouse has moved to a new facility in Kingston, NY, which currently operates on fossil fuel-powered heating and cooling systems. With more and more electric vehicles being charged, their additional power needs have also increased. Recognizing the enormous responsibility and influence of corporations to impact the climate crisis, SunCommon looks forward to the challenge of getting back to net zero.
“It is essential for the habitability of our planet that more business leaders take up the challenge of reducing their carbon impact. We are proud to help other businesses by sharing information about our own journey, influencing our supply chain and installing solar power for our local businesses. said the chairman, James Moore.
“SunCommon was founded to provide a high standard of work while prioritizing good business practices that treat people and the planet fairly,” said JoAnn Swapp, vice president of operations at SunCommon. “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 inception in 2012, SunCommon has accomplished the following:
69,202 tons of CO2 offset by solar energy
More than 100 megawatts of clean solar energy added to the local grid
9,544 solarized family houses
321 businesses running on 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: governance, workers, community and environment. A company with a minimum score of 80 is certified as a B company. SunCommon’s score was 104. See SunCommon’s score breakdown.
Notably, 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 installing community solar panels in New York State, such as the Pointe of Praise Solar Panel, which provides electricity affordable to low and middle income community members.
“We are continually evaluating how we can remove social and economic barriers to solar power,” Swapp said. “Our ‘Customer Business Impact Model’ challenges us to engage in the development of innovative programs to advance accessibility and affordability.”
B Lab requires a company to complete its B Impact assessment every three years. SunCommon has established clear goals to continue improving its impact before completing the assessment again in 2024.
View SunCommon’s 2021 Benefits Report.
SunCommon, an iSun company, is a certified B Corp company that believes everyone has a right to a healthy environment and a brighter future – and renewable energy is where it all begins. We’re on a mission to make clean, renewable energy simple and affordable. We offer options through home solar, community solar, commercial solar, and battery storage. It’s easy to take the first step towards a brighter future with SunCommon. Visit www.suncommon.com and follow the company on Instagram (@suncommon) and Facebook (@suncommon).
19.07.2022. Waterbury, Vermont – SunCommon