Get to Know our 2019 CABA Award Winners
At CABA, we pride ourselves in highlighting and showcasing the impactful work of each of our members, but it’s not every day that we can gather to celebrate and award them for it. Our annual All-Member Reception and CABA Awards, which took place earlier this summer, is a space that allows us to recognize businesses leading in their industry, generating innovation at every level, and having a positive impact in their communities.
At last month’s event, we nominated nine of our member businesses for awards in Innovation, Community, and Achievement. Representatives from each business set up tables and presented their mission and work to attendees, who then voted to elect the winners. Let’s get to know the winning businesses!
Enevo: CABA Award for Innovation
A technology-driven waste management company, Enevo creates electronic sensors that measure the amount of waste inside a receptacle around the clock, providing insights for businesses to optimize their waste generation and collection process. With over 40,000 Enevo sensors active on six continents, Enevo’s clients include Panera, McDonald’s, and Peet’s Coffee.
With the Innovation award, Enevo was recognized for their role in advancing innovative and sustainable solutions through their product and analytic software. This software helps clients determine how often they need waste collections, and avoid unnecessary garbage pickups that generate carbon emissions. With Enevo’s help, one client diverted ten tons of food waste and donated it to local after school programs. Another client restaurant saved 12 percent on waste collection costs after adopting Enevo sensors. Enevo’s technology allows clients to boost the bottom line—all while reducing their footprint and protecting the environment.
“We’re proud of our tech — it makes our waste services possible,” says VP of Waste & Recycling Solutions Geoff Aardsma. “But we’re most proud of the impact it creates for our customer and on the environment we share: fewer collections, lower costs, decreased carbon emissions, higher recycling rates, and more transparency in their waste services. We’re excited to be an advanced, sustainable solution for real businesses.”
Willie’s Superbrew: CABA Award for Community
Willie’s Superbrew, founded on Cape Cod in 2015, is a revolutionary mix between hard cider and spiked seltzer. The company’s mission is simple: know what’s in your can. They emphasize real, simple, ingredients, and nutrition information is displayed on every product. Their drinks, which come in flavors like Ginger & Lemon, Pomegranate & Acai, and Mango & Passion Fruit, are sold at major and independent retailers across Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
For the Community Award, we highlighted the company’s annual initiative that donates 3 percent of its profits to a different environmental cause every year. In the past, recipients have included the Better Future Project. Through this pledge, along with their emphasis on customers’ wellbeing, Willie’s Superbrew shows dedication to their community that’s worthy of celebration!
Sunwealth: CABA Award for Achievement
Sunwealth is a clean energy investment company helping people and businesses put their money to work building a renewable energy economy that benefits everyone. They partner with local solar developers and installers to build high performing solar projects that bring energy savings to businesses, nonprofits, schools, houses of worship, cities and towns, and individuals – strengthening organizations’ bottom lines while reducing our collective carbon footprint. Since 2014, Sunwealth has financed close to 100 solar panel installations across the Northeast and in California, creating over $8 million in lifetime energy savings for its customers and nearly $12 million in revenues for local solar installers.
With the Achievement award, we highlight Sunwealth’s involvement with a diverse variety of communities all deserving of clean energy opportunities. Their market-based approach to decarbonization and environmental justice has produced great results, and many more are certain to come.
“We envision a climate future where all of us benefit from accessible, affordable renewable energy,” said Jon Abe, CEO of Sunwealth. “Getting there is going to take people and organizations pushing for policies and practices focused on environmental, social and economic returns. We’re proud to be part of the CABA community, where we find shared values, new ideas and more opportunity to help build a stronger and more resilient local economy.”
A little more on our other nominees:
City Compost: City Compost provides composting services for clients throughout Massachusetts, from homes to businesses and food pantries.
Trillium Asset Management: Trillium Asset Management is an employee-owned investment management firm. A leader in shareholder advocacy and public policy work, Trillium leverages the power of stock ownership to promote social and environmental change while providing both impact and performance to our investors.
Ekotrope: Ekotrope is a software company leveraging NASA-developed technology to measure the energy performance of new and used homes.
ILC Dover: ILC Dover is a world leader in the design and production of engineered products employing high-performance flexible materials. Since 1947, ILC has provided engineered solutions to complex customer problems.
Green City Growers: Green City Growers is a mission-driven company transforming underutilized spaces into biodiverse food production landscapes, providing clients with immediate access to hyper-local food while inspiring self-sufficiency.
Tech Networks of Boston: Tech Networks of Boston is a professional services company focused on serving the technology needs of the greater Boston nonprofit community.
Congratulations to all of our nominees and winners! These businesses, along with all of our other members, help to demonstrate that climate action and positive business performance can go hand-in-hand. We’re so proud of the examples they set, and can’t wait to see who will raise the bar even higher soon!