Envocore is a leading provider of lighting and water efficiency retrofit services for government, institutional and commercial buildings, generally as part of large building efficiency projects managed by energy services companies (ESCOs). Envocore has saved over 118 million kWh of energy and 7.3 billion gallons of water to date.
Rachio’s smart sprinkler controller brings the smart home outdoors and allows users to manage their sprinkler system from any smart mobile device. It can save users up to 50 percent off their monthly water bill and has helped save more than 3 billion gallons of water to date. According to the EPA, some experts estimate that as much as 50 percent of water used for irrigation is wasted due to evaporation, wind, or runoff caused by inefficient irrigation methods and older legacy systems. Driven by intelligent, cloud‐based software, Rachio analyzes recent and upcoming weather, humidity levels, as well as personal soil types and lawn conditions, to adapt to each individual yard.
Shenandoah Growers is the largest national organic herb grower in the US supplying fresh cut and living herbs. Its Harrisonburg, VA greenhouse is the first USDA certified organic greenhouse in the US and utilizes a patented and proprietary technology with best-in-class water efficiency, irrigation, fertilization, LED lighting and nutrient systems. SGI also utilizes vertical farming which uses less water and land resources and limits pollution and other negative impacts on the environment. This innovative growing method also uses less energy than conventional farming and does not use pesticides, herbicides, or preservatives in its farming process. Concurrent with our investment, SGI acquired Herbco International Corporation, a leading certified organic fresh herb producer.
TemperPack is a leading provider of sustainable packaging solutions that use advanced, recyclable thermal materials for one-time use, cold chain packaging applications. Founded in 2015, the Company is headquartered in Richmond, VA and currently has production facilities in Richmond and Las Vegas, NV. TemperPack’s three core target markets – meal kit companies, e-commerce food delivery and life science diagnostics and drugs – each require temperature controlled delivery solutions and increasingly value environmentally friendly alternatives to the incumbent plastic alternatives. The combined packaging spend for these three core markets represents well over $1 billion annually and is growing rapidly.
Vital Farms is the largest national supplier of pasture-raised eggs and grass fed butter. Its core mission is to bring ethically and sustainably produced food to the table. It currently coordinates with over 90 family farms that are committed to organic agricultural practices and humane treatment of farm animals. Pasture-raised eggs are simply the best eggs that you can find: Laid by hens that get to spend their days outside on fresh pastures – not cooped up in small cages or huddled by the thousands in cage-free barns. The eggs are simply better in every way. They taste better. They look better. They’re better for you. And the hens that lay them live happy, healthy lives as close to natural as is possible for domesticated animals. On Vital’s farms with 108 sq ft of pasture for each hen, they have plenty of space in which to do so.
Ovabrite is a subsidiary of Vital Farms whose TeraEgg technology is designed to end the culling of male chicks, a standard industry practice that accounts for the death of up to 7 billion chicks every year. By investing in the research and development of TeraEgg, Vital Farms is furthering its mission to put the well-being of animals first and foremost in their business practices.