Who are the Partners for Environmental Progress?

Partners for Environmental Progress (PEP) is a coalition of business and education leaders who share the vision of applying science-based environmental best practices to business and community issues.

Our members are concerned businesses – large and small – who value our unique natural resources and our economy. We understand that the future of our area depends on ensuring a balance between business development and job creation, industrial growth and a healthy environment.

PEP promotes a balanced view of business and industry contributions to this area by providing factual information about safety and environmental performance. Through community involvement and this conciliatory approach, we strive to build a resilient Gulf Coast.

Guiding Principle

Partners for Environmental Progress was founded in 2000 to promote business growth while preserving and enhancing the environment and quality of life along the Gulf Coast.

Core Beliefs

Members of Partners for Environmental Progress share three core beliefs:

  • Clean air and water are paramount to the health and prosperity of the Mobile/Baldwin area
  • Information concerning environmental impact must be based on facts and on sound scientific principles
  • Business, industry, and the community must work together to continuously improve air and water quality in our area

Our Members

Our 200 plus members come from a broad spectrum of companies, non-profits and organizations with a common purpose of promoting economic prosperity and environmental sustainability in the area. Our members represent the diversity of business and industry along the Gulf Coast including manufacturing, shipbuilding, engineering, construction, health care, finance, personal services and much more.

Creating Innovative Programs

One of PEP’s most successful ventures is By-Product Synergy Central Gulf Coast (BPS). The program works to find matches between the by-products of area industrial plants and those companies that need that raw material.

Not only is this pairing of needs good for the environment, it is also good for the bottom line of a business. By sharing by-products, best practices and experience, BPS has saved participating companies millions of dollars a year. Plus, it has kept thousands of tons of material from landfills and other disposal sites, and significantly reduced carbon dioxide emissions into the atmosphere. These accomplishments have earned the innovative program a Gulf Guardian Award from the EPA.

PEP in the Community

We partner with numerous area organizations to create a sustainable community: socially, economically and environmentally.

  • Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Metropolitan Planning Organization – Citizens’ Advisory Committee
  • Mobile United – Natural Resources Committee
  • Mobile Bay National Estuary Program – Executive Committee
  • Transportation Coalition
  • Alabama Coastal Cleanup
  • Coastal Kids Quiz

PEP Events

PEP also hosts events that bring together members and other community leaders to share knowledge, resources and good times.

  • Membership Breakfasts: features outstanding speakers and networking opportunities
  • Annual Golf Tournament: brings corporate representatives together for contests, food and fun
  • Reverse Trade Show: draws decision-makers from a variety of industries
  • Annual Meeting: recognizes outstanding member achievements with a special dinner and environmental stewardship awards
  • Lunch & Learns: provides information on specific and technical topics related to compliance, BMP's and more
  • Communications Roundtable: gathers senior level public relations and communications folks from industry and related sectors to exchange ideas and challenges

By being connected to the community, we stay on top of issues that affect our area and impact Gulf Coast businesses.

Benefits of PEP Membership

As a member of PEP, you will be informed about timely issues affecting the environment and business in the region. You will have an opportunity to network at our regular meetings with plant managers, purchasing and engineering managers of industrial sites in our area. We will also provide you with updates on projects at local industrial sites and information about member companies. And you will receive exclusive advertising options to other members as well as significantly reduced admission costs for our annual Industrial Reverse Trade Show.