Industry: Green Manufacturing | Close Date: September 2018
Project: Manufacturer of eco-friendly textiles
Vidalia Mills (VM) is a startup denim manufacturer producing high-quality fabrics using sustainable and eco-friendly processes. VM is located in a Persistent Poverty County in a rural, low-income community with high unemployment. VM procures its cotton from local farmers who are compliant with the E3 Sustainable Cotton program. VM’s highly-efficient equipment will make VM cleaner and more efficient than virtually all existing U.S. textile mills.
Industry: Community Facilities | Close Date: August 2018
Project: Renovation and expansion of a non-profit community facility
The Norfolk Family YMCA (YMCA) is renovating and expanding its existing community facility, more than doubling its square footage, increasing membership and services offered. With more than 8,100 members, the YMCA is the centerpiece of rural Norfolk and the only indoor-recreational facility within an eight-county region of rural northeast Nebraska. The YMCA serves all age groups and abilities and is particularly committed to supporting individuals with mental and/or physical challenges or struggling with substance abuse. The YMCA does not turn anyone away for an inability to pay.
Industry: Clean Energy | Close Date: May 2018
Project: Manufacturer of biodiesel from soybean and waste poultry oils
Express Biodiesel (EGB) built a new plant to produce up to 15 million gallons per year of biodiesel from locally sourced soybean oil and waste poultry processing oils. EGB is family owned and operated in Leflore County, a Persistent Poverty County in the MS Delta, a region that has suffered from extreme poverty and high unemployment for generations. When used as vehicle fuel, biodiesel produces significantly lower emissions than petroleum diesel.
Industry: Green Manufacturing | Close Date: December 2017
Project: Manufacturer of unique plant-based natural dyes
Stony Creek Colors (SCC) is an innovative, early-stage manufacturer of plant-based indigo dyes for the denim industry. Traditional petroleum-based fabric dyes are a major cause of textile industry water pollution. SCC’s all-natural dyes are made from renewable plant resources, not toxic chemicals, and SCC’s natural indigo dye will offset approximately 145 railcars of hazardous chemicals per year. About 20 regional tobacco farmers grow indigo for SCC, providing a necessary diversification crop. Located in a dormant tobacco factory, SCC is leading the revitalization of a once-prominent, but now largely vacant, industrial corridor.
Industry: Community Facilities | Close Date: December 2017
Project: Construction of a new K-12 LEED platinum public school
The Jones County School District (JCSD) is constructing a new K-12 public school located in rural Trenton, NC. The JCSD serves approximately 720 students, 79% of whom received free or reduced lunch and 57% of whom are minorities. The JCSD struggled to maintain and operate their aging education facilities, resulting in a financial drain on already limited resources for this rural community and forcing students to attend schools in poor physical condition. The new K-12 public school is designed to exceed LEED platinum standards, will be one of the “greenest” school buildings in the U.S., and will save the JCSD thousands per year in operating costs.
Industry: Recycling | Close Date: July 2017
Project: Expansion of a carbon fiber recycling facility
Carbon Conversions (CCI) is the only commercially viable recycler of carbon fiber in the U.S. CCI creates vital jobs for Lake City, SC, a region which faced 20.7% employment. Due to its strength and light weight, carbon fiber is increasingly replacing metals in the aircraft and automotive industries. There are currently few options for recycling carbon scrap, so it frequently piles up in storage facilities or landfills. Recycling carbon fiber uses 95% less energy and generates 95% less greenhouse gas emissions compared to manufacturing virgin carbon fiber from petrochemicals.
Industry: Green Manufacturing | Close Date: July 2017
Project: Manufacturer of innovative wastewater treatment product
PeroxyChem’s flagship large scale facility will produce an innovative peracetic-acid based wastewater treatment product, VigorOx WWT II, for the city of Memphis and surrounding communities. VigorOX replaces chlorine gas, a common wastewater treatment chemical which is highly toxic to both humans and aquatic life. This cost-effective solution can help cash-strapped cities across the nation that are struggling with the need to replace chlorination systems.
Industry: Green Manufacturing | Close Date: June 2017
Project: Startup manufacturer of a renewable substitute for carbon black
EnviraPAC constructed their first commercial scale manufacturing plant in a rural community with high unemployment and poverty rates. EnviraPAC developed a biomass-based, renewable substitute for carbon black, a petroleum-based carbon filler used by the rubber and plastics industries. EnviraPAC’s biomass-based alternative will offset approximately five tons of carbon dioxide for every ton of carbon powder it supplies to the market.
Industry: Efficiency Improvements | Close Date: May 2017
Project: Manufacturing facility modernization and solar panel installation
Husqvarna Group expanded and modernized its plastics components manufacturing facility located in a rural low income community in Nashville, Arkansas. This included a solar power generation plant of 1.3 MW that significantly reduced the CO2 footprint of the facility.
Industry: Efficiency Improvements | Close Date: April 2017
Project: Re-opening and modernizing a manufacturer of fuel-efficient auto parts
Nemak is a manufacturer of lightweight fuel-efficient auto parts. Nemak’s older plant used obsolete technology and was forced to close a year earlier. Nemak wanted to reopen and modernize the plant as well as reduce air emissions. Nemak is the second largest employer in a rural community that has experienced thousands of job losses in the textile industry and suffered from high unemployment. 95% of the aluminum raw material used by Nemak is recycled and the company is expanding its production of electric vehicle components.
Industry: Green Manufacturing | Close Date: Mar 2017
Project: Manufacturer of steel laminations for high-efficiency motors
Euro USA manufactures steel laminations for high-efficiency motors used in a variety of products, including electric vehicles. Expansion of the facility increased the number of high-quality manufacturing jobs in a severely distressed rural community which had high poverty, low incomes and high unemployment.
Industry: Community Facilities | Close Date: Aug 2016
Project: New community facility serving low-income people
The Salvation Army of Birmingham (SA) constructed a new Center of Hope to expand their service offerings, including emergency and transitional housing, workforce development, education services, life skills training career center including GEDs, meal services, and an administration building. Over 13,000 people benefit from SA’s services annually and 100% of these are low‐income individuals. SA’s operations divert thousands of tons of waste per year from landfills, including recycling about 2.8mm pieces per year of various consumer goods. The Center also incorporated numerous LEED efficiency features.
Industry: Green Manufacturing | Close Date: December 2015
Project: Insulation manufacturer using recycled glass
Knauf, a manufacturer of insulation to increase energy efficiency, expanded their existing manufacturing facility to meet increased demand. Lanett is a rural community which suffered from high unemployment and thousands of job losses due to the decline of the U.S. textile industry. Knauf’s fiberglass insulation is manufactured with about 50% recycled glass content and their unique biomass-based ECOSE technology eliminates the use of formaldehyde and phenol, significantly improving indoor air quality (benefiting consumers) while also reducing manufacturing plant emissions (benefiting employees and the local community).
Industry: Clean Energy | Close Date: Nov 15
Project: Biomass power plant using poultry litter and wood waste
NC Renewable Power (NCRP) retrofit a dormant coal-fired power plant to a 25MW renewable energy power plant utilizing locally sourced poultry litter and wood waste. The NCRP plant is located in rural Robeson County, one of NC’s poorest areas and a region dominated by large scale poultry production. Water runoff from poultry litter pollutes local waterways. NCRP’s use of poultry litter helps local farmers and removes a significant amount of poultry litter from the community. NCRP is only the second utility scale power plant in the U.S. utilizing a high percentage of poultry litter.
Industry: Green Manufacturing | Close Date: Nov 2015
Project: Agricultural processing plant expanding into soybeans and biodiesel
Express Grain Terminals (EGT) is a family owned and operated agricultural product processor and storage terminal located in Leflore County. Leflore is a Persistent Poverty County and has suffered from extreme poverty and high unemployment for generations. Founded in 2007 by local entrepreneurs, EGT improves the logistics for agricultural grain production in the Mississippi Delta, benefiting local farmers. EGT has expanded and purchased a closed cottonseed mill, rehiring about 50 workers.
Industry: Community Facilities | Close Date: June 2015
Project: Public transportation headquarters and service center
Lextran, an affiliate of the public transit authority of the Lexington area, consolidated its operational and administration services into one location to include a new LEED silver certified corporate headquarters. The new facility consolidated all operations into one location, increased bus maintenance bays, and provided a compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station. The Project provides more efficient public transportation services to almost 5 million riders per year, approximately 68% of whom have yearly household income below $20,000. Additionally, the new facility hastened the conversion of Lextran’s bus fleet from diesel to natural gas, reducing harmful emissions.
Industry: Community Facilities | Close Date: Jan 2015
Project: New campus for non-profit community center
Goodwill Industries of Southern Piedmont (GISP) constructed a new LEED Silver certified non-profit community center, the Goodwill Opportunity Campus (Campus). The new Campus enabled GISP to expand their services by over 65%, including job training. GISP provides services to over 15,000 individuals per year, with over 1,800 being connected with new jobs annually. GISP recycles and diverts millions of pounds of consumer goods and electronics from local landfills annually.
Industry: Green Manufacturing | Close Date: Dec 2014
Project: Biomass advanced manufacturing facility
American Process (API) is a biomass research, development and demonstration facility located in an economically-depressed rural community with high unemployment. API provides high quality skilled jobs to the predominantly blue-collar local workforce. API’s proprietary process cost-effectively breaks down biomass into cellulosic sugar for the production of bio-fuels and bio-chemicals and nanocellulose. Nanocellulose is an incredibly versatile material that could replace a variety of petroleum-derived plastics with biomass, including those used in paints, cosmetics, construction materials and auto/aircraft parts.
Project: Manufacturer of food ingredients from citrus waste
Fiberstar utilizes citrus waste to manufacture natural, healthy food ingredients using their proprietary, patented-process. The facility is located in Hendry County, a rural area that consistently has one of the highest unemployment rates in FL. Fiberstar’s products are utilized in food production to improve health, quality and cost savings. The products are produced from citrus-based waste generated during orange juice manufacturing. Fiberstar’s purchase of the waste provides a valuable additional revenue stream for the local citrus industry, a major employer in the region, that has suffered due to a bacterial disease affecting Florida’s citrus trees.
Industry: Recycling | Close Date: Dec 2014
Project: Recycling center and cellulosic ethanol production
Synergy reopened and modernized an shuttered recycling facility to provide 1) municipal waste recycling, and 2) ethanol produced from expired sugar-based beverages, such as soft drinks and alcohol. Synergy is located in a rural low-income community with very high unemployment, and the closure of several major employers.
Industry: | Close Date: Sep 2014
Project: Sustainable timberlands and protected wetlands
Lyme purchased thousands of acres of timberland in rural Dixie County, Florida and added environmentally-beneficial working forest conservation easements (WFCEs). The WFCEs permanently protect the land from development and ensure that it continues to be a productive, working forest supporting local jobs, and providing vital product to local mills. Lyme’s socially responsible approach includes certified sustainable forestry practices and fair logger contracts. The project’s location preserves a continuous conservation corridor of 196,000 acres, protecting regional ecosystems.
Industry: Recycling | Close Date: Dec 2013
Project: Advanced appliance recycling
Recleim developed the U.S.’s first state-of-the-art appliance recycling facility. Recleim is located in the small town of Graniteville, SC, which was devastated by a 2005 train derailment. The derailment resulted in 9 fatalities, 60 serious injuries, and bankruptcy of the town’s primary employer, leading to a loss of 1,500 local jobs. Graniteville was still trying to recover and Recleim, as the first major employer to occupy the accident site since the derailment, provided a symbol of hope and recovery. The facility recycles tens of thousands of tons of appliances annually, with a particular focus on refrigerators.
Industry: Green Manufacturing | Close Date: Jun 2013
Project: Manufacturer of proprietary biomass fuel pellets
Zilkha manufactures a patented, next generation “wood pellet for baseload renewable energy generation. Zilkha purchased an abandoned traditional wood pellet facility out of bankruptcy in a rural economically depressed community. Zilkha renovated the existing plant and created skilled jobs in a county with high unemployment. Zilkha’s wood pellets replace coal in power plants without requiring expensive retrofits, providing a cleaner, renewable alternative to coal while reducing air and water pollution.
Industry: Clean Energy | Close Date: Jun 2013
Project: Renewable fuel train transload terminal
Blendstar constructed a new biofuel transload terminal in a low-income community in Birmingham, AL. The terminal provides efficient and cost-effective distribution of alternative fuels and is vital for the industry, providing a lower cost structure, promoting more domestic production, and reducing the potential for foreign biofuels to enter the market.
Industry: Sustainable Forestry | Close Date: Oct 2012
Project: Sustainable timberland and forestry products
Beasley is an innovative sustainable forestry company whose operations include sawmills, wood pellets (for renewable energy), timberland and environmental remediation products. Beasley is the 2nd largest private employer in a rural county which suffered from high unemployment. Beasley owns thousands of acres of timberland and is committed to good environmental stewardship by participating in the Sustainable Forest Initiative program.
Industry: Community Facilities | Close Date: Oct 2012
Project: Non-profit education facility for children
Thinkery is a non-profit LEED Silver educational museum for children. ACM offers “Open Door Access” providing free admission to anyone regardless of their ability to pay. The Thinkery includes numerous education programs addressing environmental sustainability, such as water and energy conservation. The facility includes exhibit galleries on green values, recycling, use of repurposed materials and locally grown / sourced food.
Industry: Green Manufacturing | Close Date: Jul 2012
Project: Manufacturer of biomass-based plastics
Danimer is an innovative manufacturer of sustainable, renewable plastic products, primarily for the consumer food packaging industry. Danimer provides skilled jobs in a rural, economically depressed community. Traditional plastic products are derived from petroleum. Danimer’s renewable and sustainable bioplastics are biodegradable and/or compostable, reducing landfill waste and pollution, particularly for low value, single use plastic items such as drinking straws and snack chip bags. Danimer products are also safer, healthier non-toxic alternatives for coatings on beverage and edible products containers.
Industry: Sustainable Forestry | Close Date: Dec 2011
Project: Family-owned sustainable timberland
Jordan Lumber is a family-owned and operated sustainable forest products company with timberland, sawmills and chip mills. Founded in 1939, Jordan is the fifth largest employer in a rural county suffering from high unemployment. Jordan manages its timberland in accordance with Sustainable Forestry Initiative (“SFI”) standards, which address reforestation, water quality protection, wildlife conservation, visual quality, biological diversity, and efficient use of forest resources. Jordan’s best practices include continually growing more trees than are harvested each year.
Industry: Recycling | Close Date: Sep 2011
Project: Innovative seafood waste processing facility
Gulf Coast Agricultural and Seafood Co-Op (GCASC), is a non-profit first-of-its-kind facility turning seafood processing waste into fertilizer. The innovative LEED Gold plant is powered by self-generated methane biogas and solar energy. The Co-Op was formed by 23 local shrimp and crab companies having difficulty disposing of their seafood processing waste after their previous facility was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. As a result, Co-Op members were forced to pay high fees to haul waste 50 miles, burdening the Co-Op members, many of whom were also struggling due to the 2010 Gulf Oil Spill. The new facility provided Co-Op members with a cost effective and eco-friendly solution.
Industry: Green Manufacturing | Close Date: Jul 2011
Project: Repair and manufacturer of gears and wind towers
Broadwind Energy’s Abilene facility manufactures and repairs various energy industry components and equipment, primarily gearboxes and towers for the wind industry. Broadwind is a US-based energy and infrastructure-focused company with hundreds of employees that supports the need for domestic renewable energy. The Abilene facility provides a valuable additional revenue stream for the company, strengthening their product and service offerings. The project helped to support local economic development goals of establishing Abilene as a hub for the wind industry.
Industry: Sustainable Forestry | Close Date: Oct 2010
Project: State-of-the-art highly efficient lumber mill
Rex Lumber is a family owned and operated lumber company which purchased and renovated a closed lumber mill. The mill closure had a significant impact on this small, rural community, including the loss of 150 jobs. The new, majority women owners modernized the mill, introduced sustainable forestry practices to their supply chain, implemented efficiency improvements that reduced harmful air emissions by 40%, and increased yield-per-tree to industry-leading levels.