Progressive Building Solutions, an energy-efficiency contractor participating in Seattle, Washington's Community Power Works program, has an intriguing model to help its employees feel connected to the company's success—employees are part owners. The company's creator, Suraj Lobo, built Progressive Energy Solutions around three pillars: employee ownership; development of energy efficiency best practices; and superior energy upgrade work.

"We all have a real opportunity to create something," Lobo said. "If the company succeeds, we all succeed."

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Suraj Lobo

The company is also grateful that the popularity of Community Power Works offerings has helped it reach more homeowners.

"[Community Power Works]'s long-term success means that we all succeed—my business, my employees, my customers, and the planet," said Lobo. Read more about this dynamic company model.

This story original appeared on Community Power Works' blog.