EAU CLAIRE, Wis., and EAGAN, Minn. — Huebsch Services, a uniform and facility services company based here, reports that it has been honored by Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce with the Business Friend of the Environment Award for its efforts in sustainability in the small business category.
Huebsch was nominated by one of its customers alongside 25 other businesses for the award, which was presented in November.
The 131-year-old, family-owned, independent business says it has always supported the communities that it serves in many ways outside of its business, and pursuing environmental excellence is an integral part of this commitment.
As a member of the Laundry Environmental Stewardship program, Huebsch focuses on reductions in chemical usage as well as water and energy conservation to protect the environment.
The business of renting uniforms and floor mats itself is sustainable, as it re-uses, repairs and maintains uniforms time and time again, with many of these products having a lifespan of several years.
Huebsch says it also focuses on using energy-efficient vehicles as much as possible, reducing its energy consumption. The company even installed a l00kw solar energy system on the roof of its Eau Claire production facility, which provides one-third of the energy needs for the entire building.
Another major project that was completed recently was the installation of a stormwater retention system that holds and treats stormwater runoff to reduce sediments and other pollutants into the ground below the parking lot of their Eau Claire facility.
The stormwater retention system consists of 11 underground chambers that store water after a rain or storm event and then slowly removes contaminants and drain the water back into the earth.
Huebsch says it is proud to be recognized for its impacts made on the environment and is dedicated to continuing to maintain, evaluate and continue its sustainable practices into the future.
The Business Friend of the Environment Award highlights what companies are doing in the areas of sustainability, innovative technology and environmental stewardship.
The goal of the program is to demonstrate to state policymakers, businesses and the public that sound environmental practices are good for the state and its business environment.
The awards are given annually to companies that demonstrate environmental leadership. The awards focus on the following three areas: Sustainability, Use of Innovative Technology and Environmental Stewardship.
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