Cavicchio Greenhouses Wins Inaugural Sustainability Award

Cavicchio GreenhousesThe Associated Industries of Massachusetts (AIM) recently named Cavicchio Greenhouses, Inc., of Sudbury, MA, as one of the six winners of its inaugural Associated Industries of Massachusetts Sustainability Award. The award recognizes excellence in managing environmental stewardship, social well-being, and economic prosperity.

Six companies, ranging from a ski resort in the Berkshires to the largest grocery chain in New England, each received AIM’s sustainability award: Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort of Hancock; PeoplesBank of Holyoke; W.D. Cowls of North Amherst; Cavicchio Greenhouses, Inc. of Sudbury; Gorton’s Seafood of Gloucester; and Stop & Shop New England, Division of Ahold USA, were selected from among 33 nominations. Cavicchio Greenhouses will be honored October 17 at a regional celebration at Hanover Theatre in Worcester, MA.

“These companies set the standard for using sustainability to manage their financial, social, and environmental risks in a manner that ensures responsible long-term success, says Richard C. Lord, President and Chief Executive Officer of AIM. “Sustainability guarantees that the success of employers benefits our communities, our commonwealth, and our fellow citizens. We congratulate our honorees and all the worthy companies that were nominated.”

Cavicchio Greenhouses Honored For Its Dedication To Environmental Stewardship

Established in 1910, Cavicchio Greenhouses, Inc., located in Sudbury, MA, is a company that works and lives off the land, so it’s no surprise that the company spends a lot of time understanding and mitigating its impact on the environment.

The operation is a comprehensive wholesale horticultural grower and distributor, cultivating and sustaining more than 250 acres of annuals, perennials, and nursery stock, complemented by a premium selection of loam, mulch, stone, and landscape supplies.

Cavicchio Greenhouses, Inc., operates 10 acres of state-of-the-art greenhouse space that is powered by computerized environmental control systems. Its ongoing sustainable water use has been improved through installation of flood floor systems to recycle water and by grading its 160 acres of fields, so irrigation water circulates back to irrigation ponds.

The company uses wood-fueled heating and cooling systems in its greenhouses year-round. The wood chips that fuel these boilers are chipped on site from logs and cut trees brought in by landscape contractors. The process provides a convenient way for customers to recycle debris and has eliminated the need to use fuel oil.

Cavicchio Greenhouses, Inc., communicates, both internally and externally, the importance of not misusing the land it occupies, and has engaged customers by implementing free plastic pot and tray recycling programs that process more than 300 tons of plastic annually. The operation has dedicated 10 acres to composting and recycling grass, leaves, soil, brush, asphalt, concrete, and cement. Other environmental efficiency improvements include incorporating electric carts and replacing diesel-powered tractors.

Sustainability Goes Hand-In-Hand With Business

AIM’s six honorees were selected by a committee that included the co-chairs of AIM’s Sustainability Roundtable: Johanna Jobin, Director of Global EHS and Sustainability at Biogen; and James McCabe, Sustainability Manager, Global Operations Group, Waters Corporation.

Once limited to a group of niche companies, sustainability has gained widespread acceptance as global corporations such as Wal-Mart, General Electric, and IBM make it part of their business and financial models.

AIM initiated the Sustainability Roundtable in 2011 to provide employers the opportunity to exchange sustainability best practices and hear from experts in the field. That opportunity has attracted dozens of participants from companies such as Bose, Siemens, Coca-Cola, Boston Beer, MilliporeSigma, Ocean Spray, Analogic and Cisco.

Read the full article about each of the six honorees on the AIM website.

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