Raleigh, NC (June 1, 2011)– Hughes Pittman & Gupton, LLP (www.hpg.com), one of the largest CPA firms headquartered and staffed in the Research Triangle Park region of North Carolina, continued its support of companies in the clean technology sector as a sponsor of the May 24 CleanLinks Forum at the Stockroom at 230 (www.thestockroomat230.com) in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina.
CleanLinks is a partnership between SFJ Institute (www.sjfinstitute.org) and CED (www.cednc.rg) that offers education and practical business advice to cleantech entrepreneurs through moderated discussions, expert panels and first-person stories.
Titled “Raising Your Smart Grid IQ,” the forum featured a guest panel discussion on what it takes to make the smart grid market a viable industry. Industry leaders discussed challenges, necessities and opportunities of implementation.
Kevin Hodge, from the North Carolina Utilities Commission, moderated the panel. Featured guest speakers included:
“Our team has diligently developed a culture of sustainability within the HPG office environment,” says Tim Naylor, HPG partner. “This has naturally progressed into the formation of the firm’s clean technology practice group to support our clients. We proudly stand next to organizations like CED and the SJF Institute as they search for sustainable practices that can improve energy efficiency and create alternative energy solutions.”
In 2010, HPG became the first accounting firm to be certified Green Plus by the Institute of Sustainable Development (www.grogreenplus.org), a nonprofit organization that strives to educate, motivate and recognize smaller enterprises for their efforts toward greater sustainability.
The firm has launched multiple initiatives to integrate sustainability into its culture, including staff-led recycling programs, Earth Day awareness events, green initiative boards, monthly green emails and green awards for staff members. In addition, HPG is using its green certification to mentor other companies on green initiatives. HPG has mentored several companies in 2011 and plans to expand its cleantech practice group and sustainability efforts throughout the year.
“Whether it’s a client or an organization we’ve just met, we are using our sustainability success to help open the door to a discussion on ways other companies can lessen their impact on the environment,” adds Naylor.
About Hughes Pittman & Gupton, LLP (HPG):
HPG is one of the largest CPA firms headquartered and staffed in the Research Triangle Park region of North Carolina, as ranked by the Triangle Business Journal. More than just an accounting firm, HPG assists clients in looking beyond the bottom line by being the right people, right value and right firm to achieve each client’s definition of success. HPG is a member of CPAmerica International and affiliated with the Crowe Horwath International alliances of firms, with offices worldwide. The firm leverages this to provide national and global accounting technology and life science organizations, healthcare services, real estate development, manufacturing and distribution businesses, as well as providing ERISA audits, family wealthcare services and Sarbanes-Oxley internal audit services.
HPG has remained committed to advancing a thriving Triangle community since its founding in 1983. In recognition, the firm is the recipient of two Pinnacle Business Awards by the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce: the 2009 Large Entrepreneurial Business Award and the 2010 Integrity in Business Award. Additionally, HPG has been certified Green Plus by the Institute for Sustainable Development for integrating environmental sustainability efforts into company culture, and has been named one of the top 100 Best Accounting Firms to Work For in the country by Accounting Today. Visit www.hpg.com or follow HPG on Twitter at http://twitter.com/HPGcpas.
CED is a private, nonprofit organization that provides the entrepreneurial community in the Research Triangle Park region with the necessary tools, connections and resources to start something new – from an idea, to a company or even a relationship. CED’s extensive range of initiatives from personal consultations and mentoring to educational programs and conferences empower entrepreneurs to transform ideas into businesses and to take existing businesses to the next level. Visit www.cednc.org for more information.
About SJF Institute:
SJF Institute connects, inspires and accelerates sustainable entrepreneurs and the fields that support them. The Institute empowers companies that provide green solutions and build workplaces where employees can grow and thrive. For more more information, please visit www.sjfinstitute.org.