Thornton Tomasetti, the international engineering firm, recently signed the Climate Declaration sponsored by Business for Innovative Climate & Energy Policy (BICEP), a project of Ceres, a nonprofit advocate for sustainability leadership. The Climate Declaration is a call by U.S. businesses for the federal government to take action on climate change.
Thornton Tomasetti adds its voice to this advocacy effort because it is committed to sustainability not only in its project work but in its business operations as well. Federal investments in energy efficiency and climate policy are also good for business. More than 600 businesses, including major corporations like General Motors, IKEA and Starbucks, have signed the declaration.
The goal of BICEP is to work directly with key allies in the business community and with members of Congress to pass meaningful energy and climate change legislation that is consistent with core sustainability principles.
Thornton Tomasetti is taking action to reduce the impact of its business operations and practices on climate change:
• Thornton Tomasetti is committed to advancing a future in which buildings are dramatically greener and more resilient than those of today. The firm is already contributing to this transformation through its international sustainability consulting services and through efforts to reduce the environmental footprint of its building projects worldwide.
• Thornton Tomasetti was the first structural engineering firm to sign the AIA 2030 Commitment, which seeks to achieve carbon-neutral buildings by the year 2030. As a part of this commitment, the firm has implemented a process to quantify, track and ultimately reduce the energy and carbon embodied in the structures that it designs.
• Thornton Tomasetti conducts regular carbon footprint assessments of its offices to measure progress toward its goals for more sustainable business operations.
• Thornton Tomasetti requires its new offices to be LEED certified, with a goal of Gold or higher. The firm’s new Denver and Philadelphia locations are registered for LEED certification, and its LEED Gold Chicago office in 2012 received the highest level of achievement for the city’s Green Office Challenge. Its new San Francisco office and Chicago office expansion are targeting LEED Platinum certification.
• Thornton Tomasetti has a sustainable office operations policy with “Green Champions” working to implement it throughout the organization.
• Thornton Tomasetti employs three LEED Fellows and more than 180 LEED-accredited professionals, and offers courses worldwide on green building.
Amy Seif Hattan, Corporate Sustainability Officer, Thornton Tomasetti
“Signing the Climate Declaration is yet another step in our company’s ongoing efforts to promote sustainability in the projects we work on and in our daily business operations. Thornton Tomasetti is a leader among engineering firms in our commitment to sustainability, and has taken action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through shrinking our environmental footprint, limiting our consumption of energy and other resources, and reducing waste generation.”
About Thornton Tomasetti (www.ThorntonTomasetti.com)
Thornton Tomasetti provides engineering design, investigation and analysis services to clients worldwide on projects of every size and level of complexity. We fulfill the needs of our clients at every stage in the building life cycle through seven integrated practices in Structural Engineering, Façade Engineering, Forensics, Renewal, Construction Engineering, Property Loss Consulting and Sustainability. Founded in 1956, today Thornton Tomasetti is an 800-person organization of engineers, architects and other professionals collaborating from offices across the United States and in Asia-Pacific, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East.
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