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AIM's statewide sustainability community is made up of members from leading companies across Massachusetts. We hold quarterly round tables, periodic workshops, and information sessions.
As participants in AIM's Sustainability Community, our members are able to share and learn from sustainability-related successes, challenges, and lessons-learned with industry experts and their peers.
Representative of employers from every sector of the Massachusetts economy, this group includes C-Level members from family-owned businesses, global medical device companies, software startups, multi-billion dollar corporate giants, high-profile construction firms and women- and minority-owned enterprises.
Each year in the fall, we present awards to AIM member companies that are implementing interesting, innovative, and/or timely programs in the effort to be exemplary corporate citizens. 
Congratulations to this year's winners: Lyft Inc., with Massachusetts headquarters in Medford; Holland Company of Adams; American Saw of East Longmeadow; Ocean Spray Cranberries of Lakeville/Middleboro; FLEXcon Company of Spencer; and Signify of Burlington.
We are pleased to be able to say that our programs are attended by industry experts and business leaders from throughout the commonwealth.
To learn more, please contact Wendy Dalwin: or 617-262-1180.
  • 2019 Sustainability Awards
  • Sustainability Award Criteria

Six companies ranging from a global ride-sharing powerhouse to a Berkshire County company making key chemicals used for water purification have been named winners of the fourth annual Associated Industries of Massachusetts (AIM) Sustainability Award. The award recognizes excellence in environmental stewardship, promotion of social well-being and contributions to economic prosperity.


Ocean SprayLyft Inc., with Massachusetts headquarters in Medford; Holland Company of Adams; American Saw of East Longmeadow; Ocean Spray Cranberries of Lakeville/Middleboro; FLEXcon Company of Spencer; and Signify of Burlington were selected from among several dozen nominations.


The six companies will be honored at a series of regional celebrations throughout Massachusetts during September and October.


Learn more about this year's winners.


Register and learn more about our regional celebrations.

The AIM Sustainability Award is given annually to private, public companies and or Non-profit organizations that implement leading sustainable techniques or technologies that have significantly improved the sustainable performance of their organization, or enhanced communities. Exemplary programs related to raw material and solvent substitution, preventive maintenance programs, beneficial reuse of by-products, waste reduction and recycling, employee engagement efforts, and comprehensive environmental management systems or governing policies have all been considered in the past.

2019 Nominations: CLOSED

The nominated company must be a current AIM Member. Activities to be described must have been completed or have shown considerable progress by December 31 of the previous year. Only one application will be accepted per facility or campus. Each application will be judged on its own merit and organizations are not limited to the number of times that they are permitted to apply for and receive the Sustainability Award. 


A committee of evaluators from AIM’s Sustainability community reviews applications with nominees identified in early August. Applicants are evaluated primarily on their implementation of sustainability activities (see below). The results should be significant when evaluated against the organization's size and available resources.


Applications must address one of the three areas of sustainability; economic, social and/or environmental. Here are some of the qualifications we look for:

•      Description and significance of sustainability activities, targeting multiple impacts

•      Significance of activities to your organization's primary function/product

•      Waste volume or emissions reduction, use of green materials, natural resource conservation, etc.

•      Reductions in water, energy, solvent, and toxic chemical usage

•      Waste reduction or beneficial reuse of discarded materials

•      Economic benefits, including cost reductions or jobs created or retained

•      Employee/member involvement

•      Benefits to employees, community, and environment

•      Materiality of initiatives to your industry


Activities for award consideration may include, but are not limited to:

  • Technology changes (e.g. layout changes, improved equipment, new process)
  • Input material changes (e.g. material purification, substitution of less toxic materials)
  • Product changes (e.g. redesign for less environmental impact, increased product life)
  • Energy conservation
  • Supply Chain sustainability
  • Governance and employee engagement


Sustainability Community
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Participate in Sustainability workshops, round tables and networking events. Check our calendar for more details.
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