GRI Content Index

Statement of UseEver-Green Energy has reported the information cited in this GRI content index for the period January 2023 to December 2023 with reference to the GRI Standards.
GRI 1 usedGRI 1: Foundation 2021
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GRI 2: General Disclosures 
2-1Name of OrganizationEver-Green Energy, Inc.
Nature of ownershipPrivately owned entity. Parent organization is District Energy St. Paul, Inc. a Minnesota based non-profit corporation
Location of headquartersSaint Paul, Minnesota 
Country of operations United States of America
2-2Entities included in the organization’s sustainability reporting Contracted to operate and/or manage the following utilities:

CoolCo, District Energy St. Paul, Duluth Energy Systems, Energy Park Utility Company, Environmental Wood Supply, Illinois Institute of Technology Central Utility Plant, Milwaukee Regional Medical Center Thermal, Milwaukee Regional Medical Center Water, Mission Rock Utilities, Oberlin College & Conservatory Central Utility Plant, St. Paul Cogeneration 
2-3Reporting period and frequency 1 January 2023 – 31 December 2023
Ever-Green Energy publishes its ESG report annually. 
Publication Date 12 June 2024
Contact point for questions regarding the reportAmy Stanton, Director of Environmental Health and Safety
2-4Restatements of info from previous reportingNone
2-5External assurance We currently do not seek external assurance as our report is provided voluntarily for information purposes only. 
Activities & Workers 
2-6Sectors servedUtilities
Value chain (activities, products, services, and markets served) About Ever-Green Energy
Other relevant business relationships None
 Significant changes from previous reporting periodNo significant changes in customers and beneficiaries since previous reporting period
2-7Total number of Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) employees, permanent and temporary157
Number of FTE, men132
Number of FTE, women25
2-8Total number of non-employee workers (NEW), permanent and temporary0
Number of NEW, men0
Number of NEW, women0
Details for Governance disclosures can be found under Governance Metrics, Policies, and Practices 
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2-9Board size9
Senior Leadership Team11
Governance structure of the organization, including committees of the highest governance bodyEver-Green Board of Directors convenes the following committee: Audit & Risk, Personnel and Compensation, Governance and Sociality Responsibility. 
Committees responsible for decision-making on economic, environmental, and social topics.All
2-10Nomination and selection processes for the highest governance body Board members are selected by our parent company, District Energy St. Paul’s board
2-11 Chair of highest governance bodyThe chair of the highest governance body is elected by the board. Currently, Bonnie Holub serves as the board chairperson, and is not a senior executive in the organization. 
2-12Role of the highest governance body in overseeing the management of impacts Reviewing, editing, and approving company’s purpose, values, strategy and reported information, and sustainability policy. The board also oversees the implementation of due diligence processes. Reviews are done annually.

2-13Delegation of responsibility for managing impacts All committees of board are responsible for economic, environmental, and social decision-making. The management of these topics are reported back via formal reports to the committees and the board. There are also opportunities to discuss the impacts informally whenever needed. 
2-14Role of the highest governance body in sustainability reporting The Governance and Social Responsibility Committee approved an ESG Impact Policy which guides the company’s ESG work. The report itself is developed by all departments and reviewed by senior executives. 
2-15Conflict of interestThe Board reviews and approved our conflicts of interest policy, and if needed, arbitrate any conflicts. Refer to conflict of interest page under Governance Metrics, Policies, and Practices. 
2-16Communication of critical concernsAll employees review company employee handbook and conflict of interest policy to learn about seeking advice on ethical and lawful behavior. Reporting is directed to the general counsel, Human Resources, the CEO or the Board.

2-17Collective knowledge of the highest governance body on sustainable developmentBoth the board and the company leadership consist of highly qualified individuals with expertise in energy and business management. Ever-Green conducts a comprehensive enterprise risk assessment every three to four years that identifies action items related to organizational risk, including economic, environmental, and social topics. The identified action items are then shared with and reviewed by the board and the relevant committees. The company leadership and the board also meet regularly. 
2-18Evaluation of the performance of the highest governance body Through self-evaluations and reviews by parent organization board. Financial audits are conducted independently. 
Strategy, Policies and Practices
2-22Statement on sustainable development strategySustainable Development Statement from Leadership 
2-23 Policy CommitmentsOur operations pursue the highest standards, prioritizing reliability, safety, conservation, and advancing energy solutions for the systems we own, operate, and manage. Please refer to Sustainability Policy under Environment Metrics, Policies, and Practices, our safety policies and DEI statement under Social Metrics, Policies, and Practices, Ethics under Governance Metrics, Policies, and Practices.
2-25Processes to remediate negative impacts The company’s employee handbook and conflict of interest policy guide our remediation processes. Read more about our processes under Governance Metrics, Policies, and Practices.
2-26Mechanisms for seeking advice and raising concernsReporting directed to the office of the General Counsel, Human Resources, the CEO, or the board.
2-27Compliance with laws and regulations In 2023, there were 0 significant instances of non-compliance. No fines or non-monetary sanctions were incurred. 
2-28Membership associations International District Energy Association
2-29Approach to stakeholder engagement Stakeholders range from customers, communities we serve, state and local government agencies, and other key partners. The approach is dependent on system owners, customers, and communities serve. This includes working closely with building owners and customers, responding to customer and community inquiries. Read more about our stakeholder engagement process under Governance Metrics, Policies, and Practices.
2-30Collective bargaining agreements In 2023, approximately 31.6% of our employee population were covered by a collective bargaining agreement.
GRI 3: Material Topics 2021
3-1Process to determine material topics A survey was administered where our stakeholders were asked to evaluate the importance of a variety of priorities relevant to Ever-Green’s operations using a scoring system. The material topics were determined by our core values, and the rankings were discussed and decided by company leadership.
3-2List of material topics The results from the materiality assessment underscored our stakeholder’s high prioritization of system reliability, safety of employees and customers, and providing quality services. Read more about our materiality assessment under Governance Metrics, Policies, and Practices.
3-3Management of material topics Management of each material topics is described in the full report under Environment, Social, and Governance sections. 
GRI 201: Economic Performance 2016
201-2Financial implications and other risks and opportunities due to climate changeEver-Green works closely with its property insurance carrier to identify and mitigate potential future climate risks. Measures include installing floor barriers and conducting structural integrity inspections of buildings. 
201-3Estimated value of benefit plan’s liabilities Varies per operating location/collective bargained agreement
Percentage of salary contributed by employee or employer towards benefit plans Varies per operating location/collective bargained agreement
Level of participation in retirement plansApproximately 91.53% of our employee population were participants in a company- sponsored 401(k) plan as of 12/31/2023.
Total monetary value of financial assistance received by the organization from any government during the reporting period0
GRI 302: Energy 2016
302-1Total fuel consumption, non-renewable 3,001,855 MMBtu HHV (3,167,437 GJ HHV)

Nonrenewable fuel types for thermal and electricity production, in order of MMBtu HHV include natural gas, fuel oil, and coal.  
Total fuel consumption, renewable2,311,709 MMBtu HHV (2,439,223 GJ HHV)

Renewable fuel types for thermal and electricity production, in order of MMBtu HHV include biomass and solar. 
Total Electricity Consumption66,419 MWh 
Total Electricity Sold 153,120 MWh
Total Heating Sold 640,868 MWh 
Total Cooling Sold274,311 MWh
GRI 303: Water and Effluents 2018
Details of this disclosure can be found under Water in Environment, Metrics, Policies, and Practices
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303-1Description of how the organization interacts with waterWater is withdrawn from city water supplies and groundwater wells for process use which is monitored for potential contamination in accordance with discharge permits. 
303-3Water withdrawal 1,421 megaliters
GRI 305: Emissions 2016
305-1Scope 1 (metric tons CO2 equivalent)165,038.5
305-2Scope 2 (metric tons CO2 equivalent)12,561.8
305-6Emissions of ozone-depleting substances (ODS)0
GRI 306: Waste 2020
Details of this disclosure can be found under Waste in Environment Metrics, Policies, and Practices.
306-1Waste generation and significant waste-related impactsWaste is generated from routine operations, maintenance tasks, construction and other support tasks. Waste such as scrap metal, electronics, paper, used oil, and batteries are sent to facilities where they can be processed and recycled.
306-3Waste generated16,485 metric tons. Excludes single stream recycling from office locations. 
306-4Waste diverted from disposalBeneficial reuse: 9,056 metric tons
Recycled: 49 metric tons (includes scrap metals, used oil, universal waste)
306-5Waste directed to disposal7,380 metric tons directed to landfill. 
GRI 401: Employment 2016
401-1Total number and rate of new employee hires22
New hires <30 years old5
New hires 30-50 years old11
New hires >50 years old6
New hires (women)5
New hires (men)17
Total number and rate of employee turnover21
Turnover <30 years old3
Turnover 30-50 years old9
Turnover >50 years9
Turnover (women)3
Turnover (men)18
401-2Benefits which are standard for full-time employees of the organization but are not provided to temporary or part-time employeesEver-Green offers a competitive benefits package to employees, including medical, dental, and vision insurance. The company offers voluntary benefits that promote mental, behavioral, and preventative health. A detailed list of benefits is provided under Social Metrics, Policies, and Practices.
401-3Total number of employees that were entitled to parental leave by gender177
Total number of employees that took parental leave by gender10
Total number of employees that returned to work after parental leave ended by gender10
Total number of employees that returned to work after parental leave ended that were still employed 12 months after their return to work by gender5


*This is based on 2022 numbers since those who took parental leave in 2023 would not hit the 12 months mark. Women did not take parental leave in 2022 therefore not counted in the 12 months period

Total number of employees due to return to work after taking parental leave 10
Return to work and retention rates of employees that took parental leave, men100%
Return to work and retention rates of employees that took parental leave, women0
GRI 403: Occupational Health & Safety
Details of this disclosure can be found under Safety & Health in Social Metrics, Policies, and Practices
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403-2Hazard identification, risk assessment, and incident investigation Employees are trained to identify and address risks, and inform their supervisors for incidents beyond their control. Company preference in resolving risk is always to eliminate it entirely, otherwise make a substitution which replaces the hazard with a safer alternative, utilize engineering controls to isolate people from the hazard, issue administrative controls to change the way people work, and as a last resort, utilize personal protective equipment to protect the employee. In the event of injuries, Ever-Green team members adhere to the company’s Incident and Injury Reporting Policy and Incident Investigation Policy. 
403-3Occupational health servicesEmployees in roles with increased potential for exposure to conditions that could adversely impact health are enrolled in health monitoring programs overseen and deployed by licensed health care professionals.
403-4Worker participation, consultation, and communication on occupational health and safety Ever-Green has established a joint labor-management health and safety committee for its Minnesota locations under the requirement of Minnesota Occupational Health & Safety Administration. Ever-Green team members meet monthly to review and discuss safety practices and training requirements. 
403-5Worker training on occupational health and safety Safety training is provided to all employees upon beginning work and periodically throughout the year. Training topics vary depending on job duties, risk, awareness needs, etc. 
403-6Promotion of worker healthIn addition to medical, dental, and vision insurance, Ever-Green offers voluntary benefits that promote mental, behavioral, and preventative health. 
403-7Prevention and mitigation of occupational health and safety impacts directly linked by business relationships Ever-Green has created A Workplace Accident and Injury Reduction (AWAIR) program to maintain a safe and healthy workplace.
403-9Total recordable injuries10
Total Recordable injury rate5.77
Lost time cases2
Lost time incident rate1.15
Occupational Disease rate0
Work-related fatalities0
403-10Number of fatalities as a result of work-related ill health0
Number of cases of recordable work-related ill health0
GRI 404: Training and Education 2016
404-1 Average training hours37
404-2Programs for upgrading employee skills and transition assistance programs Organizational Learning Opportunities educate employees in the foundational elements of Ever-Green Energy through staff-lead training, roundtables and tours. Leadership Training is practical leadership development offered specifically to hone the skills of Leadership and supervisors for their role in the organization. Individual Development Plan is created to identify learning and development objectives. For transition assistance, the company has an education assistance program and a Voluntary Employee Retirement Notice Program.
404-3Percentage employees who received a performance and career development review by employee category and gender100% of active, eligible non-union employees. 
GRI 406: Non-Discrimination 2016
406-1Total number of incidents of discrimination during the reporting period0
GRI 415: Public Policy 2016
415-1Total monetary value of financial and in-kind political contributions made directly and indirectly by the organization, by recipient0
GRI 416: Customer Health and Safety 2016
416-2Total number of non-compliance instances0
Breakdown of fined vs none0
Total value of fines for instances of noncompliance0
GRI 418: Customer Privacy 2016
418-1Total number of substantiated complaints concerning breaches of customer privacy0
418-1Complaints received from outside parties, substantiated by organization0
418-1Complaints from regulatory bodies0
418-1Total number of identified leaks, thefts, or losses of customer data0
GRI 419: Socioeconomic Compliance 2016
419-1Total monetary value of significant fines0
419-1Total number of non-monetary sanctions0
419-1Cases brought through dispute resolution mechanisms0