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Team Harper Participates in 10th Annual Wheels for Meals Charity Ride

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Team Harper’s cycling team participated in the 10th Annual Wheels for Meals Charity Ride event on April 30th.  This is the tenth year in a row that the ‘Harper Family’ joined in this event to raise support for Meals on Wheels of Greenville County.

This is a major fundraising effort for this excellent organization.  Meals on Wheels serves approximately 3,800 clients every year.  The 10th Annual Wheels for Meals Charity Ride raised over $129,500 to benefit their home-bound neighbors here in Greenville County.  The Harper Corporation had nineteen cyclists participate in this important event, along with three rest stop volunteers.  Five of these riders were Harper employees, including our Chairman, Doug Harper.  It is a tribute to the strong relationships we have built over the years that the other fourteen riders were not employees, but were friends whom we work with and work for!

Team Harper raised $10,964 in the 2016 event.  In the past ten years in this event, Team Harper has raised $111,319 for Meals on Wheels!
In other words, the dedication and hard work of the many participants will allow Meals on Wheels of Greenville to deliver over 28,000 hot meals and personal visits to our community!

Many thanks to those who cycled, donated to support those riders, and volunteered to feed and water cyclists at the rest stops, for your hard work and generosity.

Harper Employee Riders: Doug Harper, Charlie Anderson, Andy Hall, George Fulton, and Frank Tucker

Harper Friends: Louis Redmond, John Algary, Joni Algary, Denise Hudson, Jeff Hudson, JN Strausbaugh, David Wright, Jim Hearn, Rip Major, Tim Halbert, Russ Davis, Alex Masoti, Brian Young, and Ron Petrie

Volunteers: Rick Richardson, Carol Burger, and Tom Fuduric

 

 

 

 

 

Practicing Sustainability: Envision

The Harper Corporation is dedicated to sustainability. Our main office in downtown Greenville, SC, features solar panels and an electric car charging station. We also have 7 LEED AP’s on staff and have contributed to the LEED Certification of more than $165 million worth of construction.

In March, we added our first Envision Certified Professional to our team when Anne-Marie Moehring, a member of our Environmental Systems Division (ESD), earned her credentials to become one of the first Envision Certified Professionals (ENV SP) in South Carolina through the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI).

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As an ENV SP, Anne-Marie is able to partner with our design teams and owners to determine if their project is eligible for Envision certification. Evaluation starts at design and includes a holistic assessment of the project’s impact on its local community and global footprint. Anne-Marie will lead project teams through initial analysis based on the Envision guidelines below. If the team decides to move forward with certification, she will facilitate documentation through design and final submission of the project to ISI.

Envision is an important addition to project assessment because it provides a framework for considering community impact, collaborating with stakeholders, and including provisions in design and construction to address future environmental factors and long term upkeep. Project teams can choose to use Envision as a best practices assessment and not pursue the certification. However, achieving certification allows the community economic growth opportunities. The EPA is also reviewing Envision certification as a factor in determining interest rates for State Revolving Fund loans. If approved, certification would make a project eligible for a reduced interest rate, saving the community money over the life of the project.

Harper Helps: Trekking the Foothills Trail for Make-A-Wish Foundation

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On May 7th, our ESD HR Director, Nick Corley, participated in the Trailblaze Challenge benefiting the Make-A-Wish Foundation in South Carolina.  He trekked across 28.3 miles of the Foothills Trail and raise $2,500. He completed the 28.3 miles in 8 hours and 45 minutes!

When we asked Nick why he wanted to participate in this challenge, he said:

“I decided to take on the challenge to raise awareness as well as money for Make-A-Wish South Carolina. I took on this endeavor in order to be a part of something bigger than myself. Over the past 15 years I’ve trekked over some of the most extreme terrain in the world, but not for such a great cause.”  

For this one event, the collective participants raised over $200,000 for Make-A-Wish South Carolina. Thank you to all the participants for making a difference in the lives of our community!

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