7group, LLC

Sustainability Consulting

Sinking Spring, Pennsylvania

United States

www.sevengroup.com

About 7group

7group provides innovative consulting services related to green building, integrative design and regenerative development, and is a collective of five individual companies that complement and integrate with each other, thereby synergizing their breadth of expertise to provide a unique variety of services. Having worked together for over 19 years, 7group’s partners have created some of the most successful green projects in the U.S., Europe, and the Middle East; accordingly, they helped define internationally, the financial and environmental benefits of green buildings, integrative design and regenerative development.

The key to cost-effective green design is the practice of integrative design, a multi-disciplinary approach that mandates all design team members participate early in the design process and focus on ways to downsize or eliminate building systems. 7group’s efforts on over 100 past projects have resulted in integrated solutions that have reduced both first cost and operating costs, and led to 7group’s book on the subject, The Integrative Design Guide to Green Building: Redefining the Practice of Sustainability, published by John Wiley & Sons in 2009.

To do their work, 7group utilizes many tools (computer-generated energy modeling, daylighting simulations, building commissioning, life-cycle analysis, project development software, charrette facilitation, and communication media, to name just a few), but it is not the tools themselves that make a project successful; rather, it is how these tools are used. 7group’s partners synergize their decades of experience across numerous disciplines to finely craft projects with skillful application of these tools developing practical, usable solutions that save money and reduce environmental impacts.

We passionately believe that health of place is a right, not a sound bite, and we advocate the construction and operation of buildings and communities in a way that contributes to the health of place, not takes from it. This focus does not necessarily align with maximizing profits, and becoming a certified B Corp provides third party validation that we walk our talk!

The Change We Seek®

Sustainability is ultimately about sustaining all life. In order to truly achieve sustainability for ourselves and other species, 7group feels the need to redevelop a conscious connection with an understanding of the whole system of life-enhancing processes that shape the habitats within which they live. 7group must reintegrate their building—and their communities—with life on Earth.

Humans must understand that we cannot separate themselves from the environment.  Rather, we are but members of the same system that contributes to, is subject to, and forms the whole Earth system. Only then, can we begin to discover patterns that will help us contribute to healing of the whole – “wholing.” Surprisingly, this is not as hard as it may seem; but such an approach represents a real change in the way we think, build, and live on this planet. With a focus on this broad goal, 7group is devoted to changing people’s hearts and minds – one project, and one conversation, at a time.

What makes us a better company?

B Impact Report

Certified since: 

December 2014
Summary:

Company Score

Median Score*

Environment

Environment

The Environment section of the Assessment evaluates a company's environmental performance through its facilities; materials, resource, and energy use; and emissions. Where applicable, it also considers a company's transportation/distribution channels and environmental impact of its supply chain. This section also measures whether a company's products or services are designed to solve an environmental issue, including products that aid in the provision of renewable energy, conserve resources, reduce waste, promote land/wildlife conservation, prevent toxic/hazardous substance or pollution, or educate, measure, or consult to solve environmental problems.

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7
Workers

Workers

The Worker section of the survey assesses the company's relationship with its workforce. This section measures how the company treats its workers through compensation, benefits, training, and ownership opportunities provided to workers. It also focuses on the overall work environment within the company through management/worker communication, job flexibility and corporate culture, and worker health and safety practices.

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Customers

Customers

The Customers section of the Assessment measures the impact a company has on its customers. The section focuses on whether a company sells products or services that promote public benefit, and if those products/services are targeted towards serving underserved populations. Questions in this section will measure whether a company's product or service is designed to solve a social or environmental issue (e.g. improves health, preserves environment or creates economic opportunity to individuals or communities, promotes the arts/sciences, or increases the flow of capital to purpose-driven enterprises).

N/A
N/A
Community

Community

The Community section of the survey assesses a company's impact on its community. The Community section evaluates a company's supplier relations, diversity, and involvement in the local community. The section also measures the company's practices and policies around community service and charitable giving. In addition, this section includes if a company's product or service is designed to solve a social issue, including access to basic services, health, education, economic opportunity, arts, and increasing the flow of capital to purpose-driven enterprises.

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Governance

Governance

The Governance section of the Assessment evaluates a company's accountability and transparency. The section focuses on the company's mission, stakeholder engagement, and overall transparency of the company's practices and policies.

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Overall B Score
91
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80 out of 200 is eligible for certification

*Of all businesses that have completed the B Impact Assessment

*Median scores will not add up to overall

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