Next Step Living™ Named to 2013 Inc. 500 List of Fastest Growing Companies; Energy Savings and Community Building Create Green Jobs and Rapid Growth in New England

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Next Step Living™ is proud to announce it has been ranked number 85 among the 2013 Inc. 500, America’s most prestigious ranking of fast-growing private companies. Headquartered in the Innovation District of Boston, Next Step Living is New England’s leading whole-home energy solutions company, serving nearly 50,000 households since 2008.

Next Step Living makes our world better.

This honor belongs to our entire team, including our partners, whose passion, commitment and innovative spirit are our greatest asset and to our customers, who repeatedly have welcomed us into their homes as a trusted advisor.

Next Step Living™ is proud to announce it has been ranked number 85 among the 2013 Inc. 500, America’s most prestigious ranking of fast-growing private companies. Headquartered in the Innovation District of Boston, Next Step Living is New England’s leading whole-home energy solutions company, serving nearly 50,000 households since 2008.

With this honor, Next Step Living takes its place among previous honorees whose innovation and early recognition on the Inc. 500 helped provide a springboard for their future growth and impact. Past honorees include Microsoft, Oracle, Intuit, Zappos, Clif Bar, Chobani, Zipcar, and Vizio.

“This is more than an accolade for us. It’s a major milestone for the Next Step Living team and another key indicator that environmentally focused enterprises can and are gaining momentum in the marketplace,” said Geoff Chapin, Next Step Living’s CEO and founder. “This honor belongs to our entire team, including our partners, whose passion, commitment and innovative spirit are our greatest asset and to our customers, who repeatedly have welcomed us into their homes as a trusted advisor.”

Next Step Living’s Triple Bottom Line: People, Planet and Potential

The rankings for the 2013 Inc. 500|5000 are based on percentage of revenue growth when comparing 2009 to 2012. However, it’s important to note that Inc. 500 companies also create a staggering number of jobs. The companies listed on the 2012 Inc. 500 created over 400,000 jobs during the period between 2009 and 2011 and aggregate revenues approaching $300 billion – and Next Step Living is doing the same.

As demand for its services continues to climb, the Next Step Living team has grown impressively from its four original employees in 2008 to almost 650 today. Recruitment for positions throughout the company continues, including customer care and outreach, energy and sales advisors, home systems specialists, and marketing.

“We continue to grow rapidly, recently opening an office in New Haven, Conn. to support our work across the state,” Chapin continued. “It’s gratifying for all of us to realize that our growth stems from helping homeowners cut their energy costs and reduce their carbon footprint, while generating all-important green collar careers. ”

The estimated impact of the almost 50,000 home energy assessments done by Next Step Living is an annual carbon dioxide reduction of over 18,000 metric tons. To put this figure in perspective, this is equivalent to taking 3,750 fossil fuel-burning cars off New England’s roadways.1

“With this achievement, Next Step Living joins a rarefied group,” said Eric Schurenberg, Inc. editor-in-chief. “The 2013 list has added some real powerhouses, placing them in some pretty impressive company – which is exactly where they belong.”

About Next Step Living, Inc.

One of the fastest growing companies in New England, Next Step Living™ is the leading provider of whole-home energy solutions. Headquartered in Boston’s Innovation District, Next Step Living makes it easy and affordable for people to live in homes with a low environmental impact. A one-stop service provider for informed advice, funding guidance and expert work done under fixed-fee contracts, Next Step Living partners with more than 350 municipalities, civic organizations and leading corporations to deliver energy-efficient and environmentally friendly solutions for better living. Since 2008, Next Step Living has helped New England homeowners achieve almost $10 million in energy savings, which is expected to grow to $55 million in the next five years. Next Step Living makes our world better. Visit NextStepLiving.com for more information.

About Inc. and the Inc. 500|5000
Founded in 1979 and acquired in 2005 by Mansueto Ventures, Inc., is the only major brand dedicated exclusively to owners and managers of growing private companies with the aim to deliver real solutions for today’s innovative company builders. Total monthly audience reach for the brand has grown significantly from 2,000,000 in 2010 to over 6,000,000 today. For more information, visit inc.com.

The Inc. 500|5000 is a list of the fastest-growing private companies in the nation. Started in 1982, this prestigious list of the nation’s most successful private companies has become the hallmark of entrepreneurial success. The Inc. 500|5000 Conference & Awards Ceremony is an annual event that celebrates their remarkable achievements. The event also offers informative workshops, celebrated keynote speakers, and evening functions.

1 “Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator,” United States Environmental Protection Agency, accessed August 8, 2013

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