Although it’s been restated a hundred different ways, it was the Greek philosopher Epictetus who first said, “The key is to keep company only with people who uplift you, whose presence calls forth your best.”
In celebration of Earth Day, we want to honor the business and non-profit partners who help the companies of Holman Enterprises become our best versions through collaboration and teamwork that uplift the sustainability of our world.
Here’s to the great thinkers of these organizations who have dedicated themselves to continual improvement. As Epictetus also said, “First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do.”
These first three paths represent the partnerships that help the Holman companies support our customers to reach their sustainability goals.
- Lordstown Motors
This American automaker is building an electric pickup truck, the Endurance, to be a strong work truck model for the commercial fleet market. Auto Truck Group and ARI have service agreements with Lordstown. Also, the integrated vehicle supply chain teams of ARI and Auto Truck will help fleets easily adopt the Endurance into their fleets.
- ChargePoint, Enel X
When ARI’s customers are preparing to add electric vehicles to their fleets, we partner with these companies to help them plan and implement their EV infrastructure. ChargePoint’s charging stations are ENERGY STAR® certified, and Enel X helps customers develop a turnkey smart charging program.
- Duke Energy*, NRG*, Black & Veatch*
For large commercial fleets with class 4 – 8 EV charging requirements, such as terminals or truck depots, the installation of infrastructure is far more complicated. To help fleets meet these demands, ARI partners with these companies to provide cost effective and well-engineered EV solutions.
- Environmental Defense Fund (EDF)
Holman shares real fleet operational data with the EDF to evaluate the charging infrastructure needs of medium and heavy-duty electric trucks. The EDF uses the findings to ensure its fleet electrification policy advocacy is reflective of the actual needs of on-the-ground fleets.
As ARI’s primary telematics partner, Geotab is helping fleets reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. For traditional fleets ready to begin the change to EVs, Geotab will assess their fuel usage and make recommendations for compatible EV models. In addition, Geotab devices monitor electric vehicles for energy usage, battery life, and range. Geotab’s devices are eco-friendly and recyclable.
- Clean Cities Coalition Network and New Jersey Economic Development Agency (NJ EDA)
The Holman companies are active partners with these non-profit organizations to connect with companies and organizations across the U.S. looking to implement alternative and renewable fuels, idle-reduction measures, fuel economy improvements, and emerging transportation technologies.
Conversely, the partners on these next three paths help our Holman companies reach our own sustainability goals:
- HP and Office Depot*, and KDI
The Holman companies partner with HP and Office Depot to source paper and supplies. These companies are dedicated to the use of recycled plastics and products made with reduced environmental impact. Also, they have strong reputations for their prioritization of plastic, ink and toner recycling, as well as decreasing their own carbon and water footprints.
- Tab Group and Waste Management
These companies are dedicated to keeping as much waste out of landfills as possible and to helping everyone as individuals to become stewards for the environment. Holman agrees. Our companies partner with them for single stream recycling, paper and hard drive shredding, as well as recycling of specialty items like print cartridges, batteries, and computers, monitors and other electronic equipment.
- Compass Group North America
Compass Group operates the food service facilities at Holman’s corporate locations and provides catering services for the company at on- and off-site locations. Compass prioritizes healthy nutrition and lifestyles, responsible treatment of food waste and single-use plastics, and sourcing that enriches local communities.
- Big Shine Energy
Big Shine Energy envisions a sustainable future where everything we use is powered with renewable energy. The centralized Holman property management team oversees more than 100 facilities in four countries. Big Shine Energy is helping us reduce our energy consumption by converting our lighting sources to more energy-efficient options, such as LED.
- Renewvia Energy
Renewvia installs rooftop, canopy, and ground-mounted solar systems that provide clean, reliable, and cost-effective power for companies and communities. In 2020, they completed a project for Holman’s Kuni Honda that is providing much of the energy required to operate the dealership on an annual basis.
- Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB)
A non-profit organization, SASB has developed sustainability accounting standards that ARI has used as a critical guide in designing the new tailpipe emissions reporting we provide to our customers.
Goby’s goal is to help companies be valued not simply for their financial performance, but also their environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) impact. Holman Enterprises is working with Goby to advance responsible business operations through energy and water management strategies.
One last quote from our muse Epictetus. He once said: “Don’t live by your own rules, but in harmony with nature.”
On this Earth Day, remember that when we try to dominate the planet as if it owes us something, we all but ruin it, but when we respect nature and live by rules that allow all life to prosper, we can maintain harmony and balance as it was intended.