05/09/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 05/09/2021 19:09
By applying sustainable design strategies to our new offices and renovations and through our efforts to increase energy efficiency in our existing offices, we're taking incremental steps towards meeting our goal to achieve climate neutral business operations by 2030.
Our sustainable office fit-out policy guides our new office and renovation projects to achieve best practices for green and healthy design. Eleven of our office projects have received a green building certification or are registered for certification.
These offices include Chicago (two projects, the original space, and later an expansion), Denver (former location), Philadelphia, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., San Francisco, and Fort Lauderdale. Soon, we expect to earn our first Living Building Challenge (LBC) materials petal for our new Denver office location and the LEED certification of our new headquarters location in New York (see below).
Our 67 green champions work within their offices to meet energy efficiency and emissions reduction goals and to achieve other sustainability objectives, both environmental and social. These local corporate-responsibility advocates receive grants to support their work. In 2020, we provided $37,000 for twelve programs, including in-office composting, a corporate membership to a meditation and mindfulness app, and COVID-19 safety enhancements such as touchless faucets and air purifiers. Since the program's inception in 2013, the firm has awarded a total of $237,000 in grants.