Leader in Sustainable Engineering Improves Internal Environmental Performance for Sixth Year
March 08, 2011
CH2M HILL, a global full-service consulting, design, construction, and operations firm, recognized as a global leader in sustainability has improved its internal environmental management systems for the sixth consecutive year.
Moving beyond North American offices and developing a system to quantify the reduced impacts of the firm’s sustainably designed, constructed and operated facilities were priorities for 2010. Building on the success of its six-year-old ISO-conformant North American Environmental Management System (EMS), CH2M HILL assisted two new geographies with EMS development: London, England, and the Middle East-North Africa Region (Australia certified its own EMS program in 2007).
Sustainability is woven into CH2M HILL projects; however, two notable programs were created in 2010 to further track the impact of the firm’s work on client projects. A green building database is providing a more robust tracking mechanism for sustainability success. Based on initial reports, CH2M HILL is helping clients save 8.3 million kilowatt hours of electricity, 310,000 therms of gas, and 36.3 million gallons of water annually. Implementation of a sustainability pilot program for municipal operations and maintenance clients has resulted in 5,634 tons of waste diversion, 2.1 billion gallons of effluent reuse and $1.2 million of documented savings.
“Doing the right thing for our clients and our planet is at the forefront of every CH2M HILL project, but for us that was not enough,” says Joseph Danko, CH2M HILL’s Global Director of Sustainable Solutions. “We are proud to be the first in our industry to apply the EMS framework to our own operations.”
CH2M HILL’s EMS goals focused on four primary areas: materials and equipment, facilities management, energy and greenhouse gases, and travel and transport. Key accomplishments in 2010 include:
- Offsetting 20 percent of North American facilities’ energy use and carbon footprint
- Leasing 23 percent of North American office space in Energy Star office buildings
- Providing recycled and materials reuse programs in all offices
- Reducing leased square footage by 6.5 percent through teleworking and mobile workforce development programs
- Increasing teleworkers by 29 percent, decreasing energy use and commuting impacts
- Increasing use of recycled paper to 85 percent of paper purchased
- Decreasing overall paper use by 49 metric tons from 2009 to 2010
In 2011, the team will work with staff to further reduce paper use and increase recycled paper purchasing, procure environmentally preferable products and services, increase the number of teleworkers and reduce the firm’s carbon footprint. A new focus for 2011 will be monitoring and reducing the firm’s water use, both in owned and managed facilities, and in collaboration with clients.
“For the first time, we will look at measuring how CH2M HILL contributes to solving the world’s water challenges,” says Brandy Wilson, CH2M HILL’s North American EMS manager. “I’m gratified to see how enthusiasm for our EMS program is spreading across the globe, and CH2M HILL is increasingly being recognized as a leader in sustainability.”
Headquartered near Denver, Colorado, USA, employee-owned CH2M HILL is a global leader in consulting, design, design-build, operations, and program management for government, civil, industrial and energy clients. The firm’s work is concentrated in the areas of water, transportation, environmental, energy, facilities and resources. With US$6.3 billion in revenue and 23,000 employees, CH2M HILL is an industry-leading program management, construction management and design firm, as ranked by
Engineering News-Record and named a leader in sustainable engineering by Verdantix. The firm has been named a FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For five times. Visit us at www.ch2mhill.com, twitter.com/ch2mhill and facebook.com/ch2mhill.