Hurst Mechanical of Belmont, Mich., and T.H. Eifert Mechanical Contractors of Lansing, Mich., are the latest contractors to be awarded the MSCA GreenStar designation.

The Mechanical Service Contractors of America announced that the companies earned the GreenStar distinction by successfully demonstrating a commitment to environmental stewardship throughout their entire organization and meeting numerous other requirements.

MSCA officials said that the GreenStar designation is evidence that the contracting companies possess the skills and expertise necessary to deliver energy-efficient, cost-effective indoor environmental solutions to meet customers’ needs and ensure tenant safety, health and comfort.

MSCA GreenStar has been recognized by the U.S. Green Building Council as the first contractor group to establish this type of program. USGBC president, CEO and founder Richard Fedrizzi has commended MSCA for the creation of GreenStar and for demonstrating leadership and stewardship within the HVAC industry.

“T.H. Eifert Plumbing and Heating, and Hurst Mechanical join W.E. Bowers as great examples of forward-thinking stewards of the environment,” said MSCA Executive Director Barbara Dolim. “We are so proud that our members are on the forefront of this green movement and understand the importance of environmental responsibility.”

Established in 1975 as T.H. Eifert Plumbing and Heating, T.H. Eifert Mechanical Contractors became an MSCA Star company in January 2005.

Hurst Mechanical became an MSCA Star in August 2004. MSCA board of managers Chairman Russ Borst is vice president of service at the company.

“Being a GreenStar is a natural progression for us,” Borst said. “We have been seeking ways to be leaders in sustainability from the beginning. GreenStar status is evidence to our customers that we are experts.”

To qualify for MSCA GreenStar, a contractor must first qualify as an MSCA Star contractor. MSCA Star recognizes contractors who meet or exceed operating and training standards set by MSCA. In addition, to become a GreenStar, an MSCA Star contractor must employ at least one Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design-accredited professional and be a member of the USGBC, either with a local chapter or the national organization.

The companies must also verify that at least 25 percent of employees have participated in a green training or education program. Contractors also need to demonstrate that they promote environmental responsibility by offering specific sustainable services and recommending green procedures and equipment, as well as establish an internal commitment to green by attaining LEED certification and participating in LEED projects.

GreenStar applications are reviewed and approved by a third-party independent company.