The Bold Steps award, re-launched in 2014, recognizes Eugene-based businesses operating with a triple bottom line, balancing the needs of people and the planet with prosperity. The award represents a partnership between the City of Eugene, Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy, and BRING’s RE:think program.
Some of Essex General Construction’s triple bottom line efforts include:
In 2002, the company created a scholarship to assist employees in meeting the cost of post-secondary education for themselves and their children. Employees are also encouraged to become Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design (LEED)-accredited.
The company headquarters is in the process of fulfilling the requirements to be certified as a Trout Friendly Landscape. It will include native plants and edibles such as blueberries and filberts.
Excess construction materials are donated to BRING Recycling and Habitat for Humanity throughout the year.
In addition, Essex commits significant resources toward strategic planning. This allows them to develop plans to ensure long-range stability and growth.
Essex gets to take the Bold Steps trophy back to their place of business to display for one year. For the City of Eugene, sustainability means considering and balancing all three aspects of the triple bottom line – people, planet and prosperity – to address the community’s present needs without compromising future generations. The Bold Steps award recognizes businesses that embody this vision and are taking bold steps in each area of the triple bottom line.
To qualify for consideration for the Bold Steps award, businesses must be certified through the RE:think program, offered through BRING Recycling. Through RE:think, businesses receive free, on-site consultation to reduce waste and save money. Apply for the Bold Steps Award using this online application. To download a hard copy of the application, please click on this link.