Today is the anniversary of the Climate Declaration, a call by U.S. businesses for state and federal governments to seize the economic opportunity presented by addressing climate change. Ceres, a nonprofit advocate for sustainability leadership, launched this effort through BICEP, its Business for Innovative Climate Energy Policy project, to encourage businesses to play a bigger role in implementing more sustainable business practices and advocating for effective government policies that make it easier for companies to combat climate change.
Thornton Tomasetti is proud to be a signatory of the Climate Declaration and we continue to do our part to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through our core business practices.
We were the first primarily structural engineering firm to join the American Institute of Architects 2030 Commitment to support the vision of carbon-neutral buildings by 2030. As part of this commitment, the firm implemented a process to quantify, track and reduce the embodied energy and carbon in the structures we design. As a company, we must address the challenges of scarce resources and rising energy costs, and so we are dedicated to advancing a future in which buildings are dramatically greener and significantly more resilient.
In addition, Thornton Tomasetti has committed to achieve carbon neutrality in our own business operations by 2030 through a combination of energy use reductions and carbon offsets. En route to this goal, we established a requirement for all new offices and major renovations to be certified LEED Gold or higher. Of our 27 offices, Chicago and Philadelphia recently gained LEED Gold status, and we look forward to certifying at least three more offices in 2014.
As our Chairman and CEO Tom Scarangello said in a recent article, “The market already recognizes the benefits of [sustainable building] features; smart energy policies from lawmakers will only accelerate this trend.”
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