Each year, the chamber recognizes a chamber member whose efforts toward environmental stewardship serve as a model for business and industry. The HBA has led the way in the Springfield community for green residential building through its adoption of the National Association of Home Builders Green Building Guidelines.Such guidelines include lot preparation and design, resource efficiency, energy efficiency, water efficiency and conservation, occupancy comfort and indoor environmental quality, and operation maintenance and homeowner education. In addition, HBA has set an example by building its new office space according to these residential green building guidelines.
Other applicants for the chamber’s Choose Environmental Excellence Business Award included J. Howard Fisk Limousine Inc., Missouri State University, Ozarks Technical Community College, Watershed Committee of the Ozarks Inc. and Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield. Choose Environmental Excellence is a voluntary, nonregulatory education program that encourages increased awareness of our impact on our natural environment, presenting viable alternatives and recognizing accomplishments that foster environmentally responsible decisions.