Gault Energy Marketing Director Megan Smith is proud of her employer's dedication to environmental efforts. However, while she manages the branding and information flow for the Westport company, the idea to evolve into a more green-friendly business came from elsewhere.
"A little girl said to Sam [Gault], 'Did you know if you turn down the thermostat one degree, you can help save the polar bears?' " recalled Smith. He took that query to heart and set to work on a greener future for Gault Energy.
In the two years since, Gault Energy and Gault Stone has focused on making itself a green company. The energy division especially focuses on education to help reduce consumption and raise efficiency. The stone end of the business now takes materials only from quarries in the Northeast to minimize the impact of transportation.
Through a partnership with Polar Bears International, Gault is helping save the threatened arctic species in a far more direct manner than just turning down the heat. An essay contest rewards a high school student with the opportunity to travel north with scientists and filmmakers to observe first-hand the melting icecaps and the effect they have on the native wildlife.
"They serve as our ambassadors on the grass roots level," said Smith, explaining how the essay winners bring their experiences home to share with friends and younger students.
The environmental initiatives at Gault Energy are part of a long history of evolution and adaptation for the company, which began by providing supplies to area farmers. Now Gault Energy and Stone stands as a primary fuel provider for Westport and the surrounding towns and a premier stone and masonry supplier. One of its most recent projects, Saugatuck Center, delves into real estate and development. Located where the company once maintained storage tanks on the banks of the river, Saugatuck Center will provide both retail and residential space. "In essence, we are giving back part of the water front," said Smith.
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