MOBILE, ALA. – Partners for Environmental Progress (PEP) recognized the contributions of area businesses and organizations at the Annual Membership Meeting and 14thAnnual Environmental Stewardship Awards Presentation April 17 at the Five Rivers Delta Center.
Since 2000, PEP has united more than 225 member companies and non-profit organizations in advancing environmental solutions and best practices throughout Mobile and Baldwin communities.
PEP’s board of directors began presenting Environmental Stewardship Awards in 2005 to recognize members whose work has made a significant and positive contribution to the Gulf Coast region in three crucial areas: economic growth, environmental health and social responsibility.
“The awards celebrate members’ innovative and unique approaches to solve environmental problems or reduce environmental impacts,” said Jennifer Denson, executive director of PEP. “We aim to inspire more businesses to follow the example of these leaders in taking steps to be more environmentally conscious and responsible.”
PEP Awards recognize businesses small and large, as well as non-profit organizations and municipalities. Winning projects represent a diversity of initiatives, from the restoration of Mon Louis Island by Thompson Engineering to innovative waste water treatment by McFadden Engineering and Rich’s Car Wash.
“We have a stake in helping to make our cities, towns and counties be better places to live, work and play now and into the future,” said Mike Finley, district operations manager with Waste Management of Mobile/Theodore, another award recipient.
From volunteerism to urban revitalization, these projects are leaving a mark in their communities. In downtown Mobile, Hargrove Engineers and Constructors partnered with the City of Mobile, the Downtown Mobile Alliance, and other officials to renovate and restore a blighted building.
Other winning projects targeted air and water quality. FMC – Mobile Manufacturing Center is recognized for reducing hazardous waste and greenhouse gas emissions, while Prism Systems is empowering clients to more effectively monitor and manage emissions.
Individuals are also making an impact. Employees at Alabama Power, Plant Barry have taken environmental stewardship into their own hands through creation of the Barry Environmental Stewardship Team.
“It’s inspiring to see how willing members are to sacrifice their time to get engaged,” said Paige Aplin, the program’s chairperson. “Every volunteer has a steward’s and servant’s heart.”
In addition to member awards, PEP will present a Community Partner Award to the Alabama Oyster Shell Recycling Program, a project of the Alabama Coastal Foundation. In partnership with over 30 area restaurants, the program has collected over 5.5 million oyster shells for restoration of 14.4 acres of oyster reefs.
For its members, PEP offers a platform for communication between companies with similar goals for sustainability.
“Membership in PEP provides a forum for FMC to stay connected to local industries and agencies,” said Rubayet Haider, environmental, health and safety leader for FMC- Mobile Site. FMC’s participation in PEP “provides awareness of community needs, information on advancements in the local area, and diverse technical forums.”
Many businesses agree PEP provides a critical role in promoting partnerships and community connectedness.
“PEP helps us stay informed and engaged with the environmental issues and concerns affecting the communities we serve, and our commercial and industrial customers and peers,” said Trae Rushing, ERS Project Manager at Prism Systems, Inc.
All awards were presented at PEP’s Annual Membership Meeting and Environmental Awards Presentation at the 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center in Spanish Fort on April 17.
2018 Award Winners
- Alabama Power, Plant Barry: Fostering Employee Engagement in Environmental Stewardship
- FMC Corporation – Mobile Manufacturing Center: Process Optimization to Reduce Emissions and Hazardous Waste
- Hargrove Engineers + Constructors: Restoring and Reinvigorating Downtown Mobile
- McFadden Engineering: Innovative Waste Water Treatment
- Prism Systems: Advanced Emissions Monitoring
- Thompson Engineering: Restoration of Mon Louis Island
- Waste Management: Converting to Natural Gas Fleet
2018 Community Partner Award:
- Alabama Oyster Shell Recycling Program, Alabama Coastal Foundation