Firespring is once again raising the bar for corporate social responsibility in the Midwest, joining the United Nations Global Compact—the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative—and powering its headquarters sustainably through renewable energy credits (RECs).
The program, administered by local public power utility Lincoln Electric System, allows customers to purchase clean energy without having to buy and install their own renewable power generators, like solar panels or wind turbines. Instead, the purchase of RECs supports clean power production, reduces customers’ carbon footprint and effectively powers homes and businesses entirely through renewable energy.
The main location for Firespring, Nebraska’s first Certified B Corporation©, at 1201 Infinity Ct. in Lincoln, Nebraska, houses over 160 employees and is one of the region’s largest print operations—now powered 100 percent by clean energy.
“At Firespring, we’ve always believed in finding a better way and lifting our community, and we can apply both of those obligations to this pivotal movement for our environment,” said Firespring founder and CEO Jay Wilkinson. “Committing to the UN Global Compact and working through Lincoln Electric System has enabled us to reduce our carbon footprint and support the production of more clean energy for our community.”
Wilkinson is one of more than 1,200 signatories from 100 different countries to add his name to the UN’s Statement from Business Leaders for Renewed Global Cooperation. The document underscores the need for international cooperation to fight issues affecting the environment, equity and inclusion.