5 Lakes Energy

Clean Energy and Sustainability Consulting

Lansing, Michigan

United States


About 5 Lakes Energy

5 Lakes Energy advances policies and programs that promote clean energy, sustainability and the environment. 5 Lakes Energy is committed to supporting and developing the clean energy industry in Michigan and across the U.S.

The 5 Lakes Energy team has a proven track record in the clean energy space. Collectively and individually they are recognized experts in clean energy, sustainability and environmental regulations, particularly as they relate to making clean energy more available and affordable.

Working with foundations, think-tanks, industry associations, non-profits, and private businesses in the clean energy industry, 5 Lakes Energy offers services in business organization, legislative and regulatory affairs, expert testimony, modelling and analysis of energy policy, and community engagement.

We began the process of becoming a B Corp to rigorously evaluate the social and environmental impact of our business activity and services. Becoming a Certified B Corp demonstrates our commitment to improving how our business model creates value and gives back to the communities we work for and in. As a B Corp, we are excited to join a community of business leaders who are redefining success through regenerative business models and progressive action.

The Change We Seek®

As a company, 5 Lakes Energy has always promoted clean energy and sustainability through their services. But they also strive to increase their focus on the triple bottom line -- serving their clients, their community, their environment, and their employees. As they progress as a B Corp, 5 Lakes Energy seeks to improve their impact measurement, and as clean energy leaders, to measure, reduce, and offset the primary sources of greenhouse gas emissions from our business-related travel.

Although they work with clients across the country, Michigan is their home, and they are proud of their efforts to help Michigan grow the clean energy industry. They are committed to policy advocacy, as well as support and analysis for Michigan’s clean energy businesses and leaders. They seek to strengthen Michigan’s position as a clean energy leader, and to advance the transition to a low-carbon energy future.

Beyond supporting the clean energy industry, through their own actions and their engagement with other businesses, 5 Lakes Energy aspires to transform business strategy to align sustainability with companies’ mission, purpose, and impact. They seek to inform and assist other businesses to join their fellow Michigan B Corps, and the global B Corp community.

What makes us a better company?

B Impact Report

Certified since: 

January 2017

Company Score

Median Score*



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.



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.



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).



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.



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.

Overall B Score

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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