stok Receives Top Honors from Acterra Business Environmental Awards

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Prestigious award recognizes stok for leadership in environmentally and socially responsible business practices.

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We’re proving that social and environmental responsibility doesn’t have to come at the expense of business—it’s in fact imperative to the financial success and long-term growth of an organization.

Acterra has announced that stok has been selected to receive a 2017 Acterra Business Environmental Award in the Acterra Award for Sustainability category, the program’s highest honor, which recognizes businesses whose programs achieve significant triple bottom line benefits and advance the state of sustainability across industry sectors.

stok is a real estate services firm that optimizes the financial and environmental performance of buildings, while improving the well-being of people and planet. The company counts six of Forbes’ top 15 most valuable brands as clients, and has contributed to the certification of dozens of net zero energy buildings, and hundreds of LEED projects globally.

stok was first recognized by Acterra in 2015, when the Zero Net Energy Center won in the Sustainable Built Environment category. In addition to providing services that optimize the built environment, stok also prioritizes environmental and social sustainability throughout its own operations. The company offers team members the first ever impact rated fossil-free, gun-free 401(k) plan, and champions an innovative “flat” management structure based on organizational biomimicry. As part of its commitment to an equitable workplace, stok published a JUST label from the International Living Future Institute and achieved B Corp Certification to publicly disclose its progress as a responsible organization. These efforts inspired stok to implement equitable compensation guidelines that remove bias and negotiation from salary conversations, family-friendly maternity and paternity leave policies, and flexible work schedules.

“stok clearly operates with environmental sustainability and intention at every level,” the judges said in their decision to award stok. “stok’s commitment to social sustainability is exemplary, shown by the creation and 100% participation rate in their fossil-free, gun-free 401(k), innovative management structure, and continued commitment to improving their JUST scorecard.”

“We’re proving that social and environmental responsibility doesn’t have to come at the expense of business—it’s in fact imperative to the financial success and long-term growth of an organization. We’re honored to be acknowledged by Acterra, and hope to inspire others to optimize triple bottom line impacts in every aspect of their work and operations,” said stok founder Matt Macko.

Acterra’s Business Environmental Awards is one of the San Francisco Bay Area’s oldest and most prestigious environmental recognition programs. Begun in 1990, it is considered a champion among awards programs due to its broad geographic scope and rigorous judging process.

stok will be honored at the 2017 Acterra Business Environmental Awards Ceremony & Reception on Wednesday, May 24th at Intuit Inc. in Mountain View. For complete information about the 2017 awardees and ceremony, visit

About stok
stok is a vertically integrated real estate services firm focused on creating a radically better built environment. stok balances the financial and performance goals of its projects with social and environmental needs, resulting in restorative buildings, exceptional workspaces, high performance systems, and lasting, trusted relationships with its partners. In all that stok does—from real estate strategy, to construction management, to building analysis and certifications—it takes a broad-thinking, partner-focused approach to solving complex problems. For more information, visit

About Acterra: Action for a Healthy Planet
Acterra is a San Francisco Bay Area 501(c)(3) nonprofit based in Palo Alto that brings people together to create local solutions for a healthy planet. Acterra focuses on what you can do locally to address current environmental problems. In the face of daunting environmental challenges, Acterra’s science-based approach instills hope while building community. For more information,visit

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