In the five years that they have been in business, E3M Solutions has built a wide base of customers. Offering services such as support in mechanical and electrical engineering practices, energy audits and practical applications for energy efficiency, this company believes that engineering and energy are interrelated. As a company, E3M Solutions is passionate about environmentally sustainable engineering practices. Energy, according to E3M Solutions’ President and Energy Management Engineer Eric DeVries, is too often an afterthought in engineering. Through their work and services, E3M works to correct this and educate others on how to do the same.
The volunteer work that E3M has provided over the past year has been invaluable to USGBC-WM. Since 2018, E3M Solutions has donated time and resources to mentor students and educate others on energy and building codes. Over the past two years, E3M Solutions alongside Fishbeck & Steelcase have also been working with both Grand Rapids Community College and Grand Rapids Public Schools to support their educational efforts.
DeVries said that we are “far better off together than we are apart.'' In this way, DeVries captured the essence of volunteer work: the world benefits from the combined efforts of many individuals.
Grand Rapids-based Catalyst Partners offers services such as energy and certification auditing, indoor air quality testing, healthy building consultations and more. Their work spans every scale, from assisting local businesses to Fortune 100 companies.
Sustainability is a core value of Catalyst Partners, and they work to show what is possible in the field of sustainable innovation. Many of the sustainable features of 502 Second Street, such as the natural carbon reserves and natural daylight, lend themselves well to the LEED EBOM certification. Not only does the natural and built environment benefit from this certification, but the employees at Catalyst Partners do as well. Due to the EBOM certification, Catalyst added several innovations to improve the quality of life for building residents. Technologies such as variable speed fans and solar panels tailor the experience of usage to the consumer.
Catalyst Partners is also dedicated to creating a quality and healthy work environment. As a bike-friendly company, Catalyst works to create incentives for employees to use their bike-friendly resources. In return, Catalyst Partners sees economic and environmental payoffs.
In their Strategic Plan, Catalyst Partners resolved to carry out only positive net energy projects by 2030. Along their way, they have milestones to track their progress. This approach makes it possible to work on several projects at once, all with the same goal of energy efficiency. Catalyst Partners is putting forth efforts to achieve this goal, striving to show how their technology can be applied elsewhere.