HPG Earns National Sustainability Award

RALEIGH, N.C. (March 3, 2011) — Hughes Pittman & Gupton, LLP (www.hpg.com), the largest CPA firm headquartered and staffed in the Research Triangle Park region of North Carolina, has been named a 2011 Biggest Green Plus Mover of the Year by the  Institute for Sustainable Development for its efforts to promote  environmentally friendly practices internally and throughout the  community. The firm received the award during the 2011 Green Plus North  American Sustainable Enterprise Awards held on February 25, 2011.

“This recognition is a testament to  the entire HPG team’s efforts to incorporate sustainability into our  company culture,” said Tim Naylor, HPG partner. “We are especially  grateful to Lauren Joyce, audit manager and leader of our Clean-Tech  Client Team, for her dedication to implementing our ‘Green’  initiatives.”

HPG’s recognition builds upon continued efforts to create a culture  of sustainability among team members. During the past several years, the   firm has launched multiple environmentally friendly initiatives,  including:

  • A staff-led recycling program
  • Sustainability-topic lunch      and learns
  • An Earth Day awareness event
  • Green Initiative boards
  • Monthly green e-mails
  • Green Monster awards for      staff members

HPG has implemented a “paperless” methodology for completing its key CPA accounting activities, which minimizes the use of paper and need to   print documents. The firm has also measured, monitored and reduced  resource use, including energy and water. Changes include adding  energy-efficient appliances, switching to reusable kitchenware and  eliminating unnecessary lighting.

In 2010, the firm was certified Green Plus by the Institute for Sustainable Development (www.gogreenplus.org), the first accounting firm to earn this recognition. Through the Green Plus program, businesses and nonprofit organizations throughout the United  States learn best practices in the areas of triple bottom line  sustainability: people, planet and performance. The program gives  employers affordable, practical support in succeeding financially, while being good to their environment, employees and community.

About Hughes Pittman & Gupton, LLP (HPG): HPG is the largest CPA firm 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 linesm 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 resources to  its clients. HPG offers a wide array of business accounting, auditing, corporate tax and management advisory services. Specialties  include serving owner-managed, investor-backed 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.

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