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The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay Recognizes Neighborhood Sun as a Businesses for the Bay Gold Member
(Annapolis, MD – May 7th, 2018) – The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay recognizes Neighborhood Sun as a Businesses for the Bay Gold Member. Neighborhood Sun joins a growing partnership of large and small businesses in the Chesapeake Bay watershed that are undertaking voluntary actions to improve the health of our watershed, rivers, and streams.
The Businesses for the Bay Membership Association provides a network for its Members to share strategies and successes with other businesses and governmental and non-profit Networking Partners, as well as opportunities to engage employees in environmental efforts, and receive recognition for the valuable role each Member is taking to help improve the environment. As a Gold Member, the Alliance recognizes Neighborhood Sun for its commitment to Chesapeake Bay protection and restoration.
Neighborhood Sun is a clean energy social enterprise with a mission to empower neighborhoods to choose community solar. Community, or shared solar, allows electricity consumers to purchase solar from a local project, with no need to install any equipment. Neighborhood Sun is the only community solar company that puts its members first above all other partners. By standing up for their members, they aim to be the most trusted, transparent solar brand in the market. As a B Corp, they are independently certified to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency.
Neighborhood Sun is the 50th business to join the Alliance as a B4B Member! As part of their B Corp certification, the company has a policy that allows each employee to participate in 50 paid volunteer hours per year. Employees plan to volunteer throughout Maryland (including the Eastern Shore and in Annapolis) at native planting events and trash clean-ups through the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay’s Project Clean Stream — the largest cleanup event in the Chesapeake Bay region!
The team has strong environmental education goals. They participate in local county Green Festivals and plan to create and post educational signs on community boards throughout Maryland, in different languages, as a way to increase awareness about local environmental issues and initiatives. When community members sign-up for solar through Neighborhood Sun, they become a member of a group that helps bring solar access to all, and that strengthens our communities in a variety of ways. One of the many member benefits is access to special members-only environmental education meetings and events.
The team’s office in Silver Spring offsets 100% of their power usage with renewable energy credits (RECs). All employees are encouraged to drive hybrids or electric vehicles as well as telecommute at least once a week, to help save on travel time and gasoline.
Gary Skulnik, Neighborhood Sun Founder and CEO, noted, “As a company with deep Maryland roots, we understand the importance of the Chesapeake Bay. Through local community solar – as well as our day-to-day business practices – we’re working to reduce the many negative impacts of climate change on the Bay and our Bay community. We’re proud to join the Alliance as a B4B Member.”
Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay Business Partnerships Manager, Corinne Stephens, stated, “Through the Alliance’s Businesses for the Bay Membership Association, we help businesses to have a positive impact on our local environment, expand their sustainability programs, engage employees, and be recognized for their environmental successes.”
For more information about this Businesses for the Bay Gold Member, please visit our Member Directory or https://businesses.allianceforthebay.org/member/neighborhood-sun.
About The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay
Founded in 1971, the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, with headquarters in Annapolis, Maryland and offices in Richmond, Virginia, and Lancaster, Pennsylvania, works throughout the Bay watershed to lead, support and inspire local action and build partnerships with individuals, communities, governments, businesses and other groups to restore the Bay watershed and its forests, rivers and streams. For more information about the Alliance, visit: allianceforthebay.org
For more information about the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay’s Businesses for the Bay Membership Association, please visit: businesses.allianceforthebay.org or click here to read the 2016 Businesses for the Bay Annual Report.Click here to download the Neighborhood Sun May 2018 Gold B4B Member Press Release