Each year, the Loudoun County Green Business Challenge encourages businesses located within Loudoun County, Virginia to adopt environmentally sound business practices, and each year since its inception four years ago, REHAU's North American headquarters, located in Leesburg, Virginia, has participated.
The effort is lead by a volunteer committee of employees known as the Green Team. The points-based competition concluded in early fall and winners and participating businesses were honored at an awards ceremony held October 30. Points are awarded based on the number of action items achieved on a scorecard with categories including energy, transportation, waste and recycling, water, and education and outreach. Awards are based on the total number of points earned in all categories.
REHAU's Leesburg campus has implemented a number of programs to shrink its overall carbon footprint, including efforts to reduce utility and water usage, increase recycling and reuse, help ensure a cleaner and more sustainable natural environment and create a healthier work environment for employees.
Education and outreach are important components of REHAU's overall effort as well. The company hosts public lectures with notable speakers including scientists, professors and environmental thought leaders, awards local high school students cash prizes for science projects offering promising ideas for environmental sustainabilty and recently published a comprehensive report on its own initiatives toward sustainability.
More than 70 businesses representing a broad range of the Loudoun business community participated in the 2013 challenge. In addition to placing in the Platinum tier for the third year in a row, REHAU was also the overall winner in the commercial business category for the second year in a row.
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Pictured left to right above: Christian Fabian, CEO; Monika Irchenhauser, director, human resources; Ken Sullivan, National Conference Center; and Jane Taylor, corporate communications specialist and leader of the REHAU Green Team.