2019 Success Stories

Here we spotlight some of the sustainability innovations and energy actions Challenge participants took in an effort to elevate climate action in Charlottesville. Thank you for the hard work you have done and will continue to do!

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Industry Leader: Indoor Biotechnologies

Indoor Biotechnologies is an immunodiagnostics and biotechnology company based in both Charlottesville, VA and Cardiff, UK. Indoor Biotech specializes in manufacturing biologics for allergy and asthma. Their research into allergen structure, function, and immune recognition has received internationally recognition and made them world leaders in assessments of environmental exposures to indoor allergens. 

Indoor Biotechnologies at the 2019 Better Business Challenge Awards Night

Indoor Biotechnologies at the 2019 Better Business Challenge Awards Night

We seek to inspire others to make the effort to reduce waste & create more sustainable business practices in an industry where that can be difficult to achieve.
— Taylor Cope, Operations Manager

Action: Converted to 100% Biodegradable and Recycled Content Packaging



Better Business Champion: Peabody School

The Peabody School is an independent PreK-8th grade school focused on meeting the needs of gifted and academically-advanced students in the Charlottesville area. Founded in 1994, Peabody School is now home to over 200 students.

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Our mission is to have every member of our Peabody school community consciously making decisions that reflect consideration of the Earth’s well-being...
— Peabody Green Team, Spring 2019

Action: Increased Energy Efficiency, Adopted Renewables and Empowered Students to Lead.

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Green Team Success: Hantzmon Wiebel

Hantzmon Wiebel is the largest public accounting firm in Central Virginia. Their company is focus on providing professional services to support the accounting and business advisory needs of local, regional, and even international clients. 

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Hantzmon Wiebel is proud to be a part of an initiative that focuses on sustainability and helping our community and planet.
— Patricia Perkins, Firm Administrator

Action: Energy Awareness and Savings Inside and Out



Going Solar and More: Design Electric

Design Electric is a general contractor serving Central and Western Virginia since 1982. Design Electric offers electrical construction and maintenance services to commercial, institutional and/or industrial clients.

Our company values are proactivity, responsiveness, integrity, and diligence. We looked at the Challenge as an opportunity to put those values into action not only in the business, but in our community.
— Jessica Calderon, Business Development Manager

Action: Landscaped with Native Plants, Eliminated Plastics in the Kitchen, and Installed Solar Energy and LEDs.

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