SunCommon® is a proud Certified BCorp (B Corporation) in Vermont and New York State, having passed a rigorous assessment of responsible business practices. We are also proud to be a Vermont Benefit Corporation, organized that way from the very beginning. That means it was our choice to be legally bound to put our employees, our communities and the habitat that sustains us all on equal footing with making a profit.
We feel a huge responsibility to succeed – in order to honor our triple bottom line commitments to people (our co-owners/employees and their families, our customers and residents of the communities where we do business), planet (our proud roots and local stomping grounds in both Vermont and Rochester, and the broader globe, given climate change) and profit (providing capital to grow, revenue to empower and share among our employees and a reasonable return to our investors).
Commitment to People
Each of our team members has chosen the renewable energy industry because we recognize the work as meaningful – to our communities, our local economies, and our planet. We start from that shared purpose. Our staff works hard to help anyone in Vermont and Rochester, Central and Western New York go solar. In order to support them in this endeavor, we offer a generous benefit package, which includes a competitive wage, fully-paid health insurance for staff and their families, training and professional development, substantial vacation and health/wellness opportunities, and a culture that nourishes an energized and engaged workplace. Our employees voted us among the Best Places to Work in Vermont. We’ve been honored on the Rochester Top 100 list regularly.
Commitment to Planet and Communities
Supporting our communities
Our employees are active in our community, and the communities in which they live. We love to participate in local Vermont and Rochester events such as the Corporate Cup 5K, Green Up Day, Rochester Pride Fest, Rochester People’s Climate Coalition, Rochester’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade, LungForce, Magic Hat’s Mardi Gras Parade and the WayToGo! Commuter Challenge, to name a few.
Investing in those with shared values
At SunCommon, we believe everyone has the right to a healthy environment and brighter future – and renewable energy is the place to start. We’ve divested our employee retirements from dangerous and financially insecure fossil fuel investments. We also work hard to ensure our vendors and suppliers share many of our values-driven business practices and sentiment.
Keeping dollars local
We have an enormous capacity to use our business as a force for good, not just with programs around the edges, but even more so by directing the dollars that drive the core of our business toward businesses that share our values and help our communities thrive. Whether at our offices in Vermont or in Rochester, we support other local businesses as much as possible.
It matters where you come to work each day. In Vermont, we’re proud of our new headquarters, Vermont’s largest net-POSITIVE office building. Here, we produce more energy than we use. The extra is shared out with local homes and businesses through our Community Solar program.
Equally a point of pride, our Rochester office space, located in the Wayne Industrial Sustainability Park (WISP), is one of very few functioning microgrids in New York State and surely the only one powered by two wind turbines. In addition, WISP hosts the first two Community Solar Arrays in our region. As a microgrid, we have the ability to disconnect from the grid and run under our own wind and solar power.
A bunch of our SunCommon employees work in the field. They drive hybrid gas-electric Toyota Priuses (although we prefer the plural Prii). And we scored four electric Chevy Volts, powered by each location’s solar and wind systems, to show Vermonters and New Yorkers how to fuel cars off clean energy and say goodbye to gasoline.
The newest addition to our Vermont fleet is our Solar Express commuter van. Departing from Burlington every day, the Solar Express allows our workers to ditch their cars and hitch a ride to work in a much more affordable, and environmentally friendly, mode of transportation.
We think that our business and staff shine pretty brightly, and we’re excited to have received the following recognition for the work that we do and our positive impact on Vermont and Rochester, Central and Western New York: