Thornton Tomasetti’s goal to achieve carbon-neutral business operations by 2030 relies on a significant reduction in the energy that we use across the firm. While we make every effort to lower our electricity consumption by designing our new office spaces to high LEED standards, we cannot entirely forgo the use of electric power. We can, however, reach some of our goals by offsetting emissions.
In 2017, eight Thornton Tomasetti offices purchased a total of about one million kWh of green power directly from utility providers or through Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) to lessen or offset 30 percent of the firm’s electricity use. For the fourth consecutive year, we have exceeded the 10 percent minimum threshold set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which has earned us the title of EPA Green Power Partner.
To neutralize greenhouse gas emissions from our business-related air travel, over the past four years we have been purchasing carbon offsets and donated more than $43,000 to support renewable energy and energy efficiency projects. Last year, air travel represented 23 percent of our carbon footprint, and we offset 1,317 metric tons of CO2 (out of a total carbon footprint of 3,035 metric tons) from more than 3,000 business flights. Most recently, we offset all air travel for the first half of 2018, amounting to 646.73 metric tons of CO2 emissions.
To learn more about how we are tackling carbon emissions across the firm, read page 15 of our 2017 Sustainability Report.
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