Marstel-Day, LLC was chosen to receive three Environmental Business Journal (EBJ) awards for 2012: one for business achievement for a small firm, one for social contributions, and one for project merit. This marks the ninth consecutive year that Marstel-Day has won one or more EBJ awards.
EBJ awarded Marstel-Day a silver medal for business achievement for small firms (of size less than $20 million in assets) for achieving a nearly 50% increase in revenue over 2011 and more than a 125% increase in revenue since 2008. During this same period, Marstel-Day employee numbers have grown from 34 employees in November 2008 to more than 100 employees today, nearly tripling its size in five years and achieving a 20% increase in employees in 2012. This is not the first time that Marstel-Day has been recognized by the EBJ for its dynamism and growth: Marstel-Day has previously won gold, silver, and bronze medals for business achievement.
Marstel-Day also won a Social Contribution award for its relationship-building efforts with its Fredericksburg, VA community. Marstel-Day was recognized for: 1) its educational partnership with the University of Mary Washington through which the company continues to recruit student interns and has launched a joint Climate, Environment and Readiness (CLEAR) Plan for the region; 2) its economic partnership with the City of Fredericksburg through its HUBZone status; and 3) its environmental partnership as demonstrated by Marstel-Day’s ten years of community tree-planting on Earth Day.
Finally, the EBJ also awarded Marstel-Day a Project Merit Award in the “Planning and Strategy” category for the completion of an Army Water Security Study for the Army Environmental Policy Institute (AEPI), in response to a need to transform Army water programs from narrowly defined functional processes into a comprehensive water strategy. Marstel-Day established a conceptual framework for a water planning process by identifying six critical water security factors: sources, supplies, sustainable practices, survivability, sponsorship, and stakeholders. This framework can be adapted by other agencies to help plan for and achieve water security goals. Marstel-Day’s work illustrated the many factors that must be considered in developing comprehensive plans to create sustainable water source protection and supply programs, including: pollution risks to water sources; growing demand for limited water supplies; water rights disputes; climate change impacts; deteriorated water systems; limitations on water withdrawals to protect ecosystems; and potential water supply disruptions caused by system failures or natural disasters.
The 2012 EBJ awards will be presented at a special ceremony at the Environmental Industry Summit XI, an annual three-day event hosted by EBI Inc., in Coronado, CA on March 6-8, 2013.