When the Capital Area Transportation Authority held their inaugural Clean Commute Options Business Challenge Week,
Kuntzsch Business Services
wasn’t just up to the challenge – they were virtually already meeting it. By the end of the September initiative, KBS was the 2011 Greenest Business in Lansing award for their efforts in creating and maintaining a green workplace.
“When we got the award my reaction was that sustainability is not just what we do, it’s who we are,” says KBS President Rachel Kuntzch. “All of our work is focused in the space of sustainability and Michigan’s prosperity.”
Since 2004, the Grand Ledge
-based KBS has served area nonprofit organizations and businesses by driving support for their initiatives with a focus on sustainability and community development. KBS has leveraged more than $40 million in funding toward sustainable programs across Michigan.
And that’s not even how they received the award. The seven KBS employees participate in group recycling, energy saving techniques, carpooling and more. Kuntzsch, who purchased a building close enough to her home and children’s school to walk or bike to each location, provides her employees with a company car, so they may carpool to the office and still have a means for making appointments during the day.
“We can always be doing more,” Kuntzsch says. KBS is now undergoing an energy use evaluation to determine how they can be even greener in the office. Once completed, they plan to offer this service to others to complement their menu of sustainability-focused programs.