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CH2M Hill Sustainability Report 2009

  1. 1. Dedication We dedicate this issue of the CH2M HILL Sustainability Report to a beloved luminary of CH2M HILL. The late Ralph Peterson, chief executive officer through 2008, passionately loved CH2M HILL and its clients, whom he viewed as a community of people engaged in meaningful and essential work. As an early and articulate champion of sustainability, he would have been more proud than anyone of the accomplishments described in the pages of this report. Ralph Peterson 1944 - 2009
  2. 2. Contents Message from Senior Leadership ..................................................................................................4 About This Report ...........................................................................................................................................6 Meet CH2M HILL ...............................................................................................................................................7 Improving Company Effects on Sustainability.............................................................................................7 Internal Operations .........................................................................................................................................7 Client Project Delivery .....................................................................................................................................8 Future Outlook .......................................................................................................................................................8 Environment ...........................................................................................................................................................9 Featured Projects Attention to Detail Leads to Sustainable Remediation at the Massachusetts Military Reservation .........10 New Water Reclamation Technology at Broad Run...................................................................................... 11 CH2M HILL Environmental Indicators and Forecasting Environmental Management ......................................................................................................................... 13 Materials and Resources................................................................................................................................ 14 Environmental Procurement .........................................................................................................................16 Art by Linda Gass Facilities Energy Use ......................................................................................................................................16 Throughout this report, we reflect on the interrelated Business Travel ............................................................................................................................................... 17 global issues of water, energy, climate, and land use Environmental Compliance ...........................................................................................................................18 that both our clients and our company face today. This fascinating theme guided our selection of “Sanitary?,” Society ........................................................................................................................................................................19 a stitched painting on silk created by California artist Featured Projects Linda Gass, to help illustrate this report. Solar Mapping Helps Citizens Adopt Sustainable Energy...........................................................................20 The art shows an aerial view of a landfill operating Restoring Bayou Lafourche Will Benefit Residents and Wetlands ..............................................................21 amidst saltwater marshes. While landfills and marshes CH2M HILL Social Indicators and Forecasting represent complex systems in themselves, their Workforce Distribution ..................................................................................................................................23 juxtaposition represents the interdependence of Workforce Diversity .......................................................................................................................................24 natural and human systems. The art also highlights the Employee Turnover ........................................................................................................................................25 challenge of simultaneously protecting water resources Incidents of Discrimination and Actions Taken ............................................................................................26 and meeting the needs of a populous metropolitan Training and Development ............................................................................................................................26 area. The rich colors and intricate details suggest the Safety..............................................................................................................................................................27 delicate balance required to sustain all life and provide Ethics ..............................................................................................................................................................28 a healthy and prosperous future for generations to come. Human Rights .................................................................................................................................................28 Community Partnerships and Outreach .......................................................................................................29 To learn more about the artist and her work, Economy....................................................................................................................................................................32 visit www.lindagass.com Featured Projects Stitched painting on silk entitled “Sanitary?” City of Damascus Values its Natural Resources............................................................................................33 by Linda Gass Australian Utility Identifies Ways to Increase Potable Water in Drought-stricken Region .........................34 Copyright ©2009 Linda Gass Dimensions: 30 in x 30 in (76.2 cm x 76.2 cm) CH2M HILL Economic Indicators and Forecasting Photo by Don Tuttle Economic Performance .................................................................................................................................36 Business Partnerships ....................................................................................................................................36 Taking Our Small Business Philosophy Overseas ........................................................................................37 Summary of CH2M HILL Sustainability Performance Indicators .............38CH2M HILL Sustainability Report 2009 3
  3. 3. Message from Senior LeadershipAround the world, a host of converging sustainability issues is changing the natural world, the builtenvironment, and the way we live on Earth, often in significant ways. At no other time has it been clearerthat energy, water, climate change, and land development are intertwined. One might even say thatthese issues have introduced an era of complex change, in which nothing stays the same and everythingis connected.While the risks associated with these issues pose challenges to our clients, they also create opportunitiesfor CH2M HILL to offer practical and innovative solutions. Nancy Tuor Lee McIntire Group President, Executive Chief Executive Officer Sponsor for Sustainability CH2M HILL CH2M HILLEnergy—Energy management and Water—The effects of climate change Climate change—With GHG regulations Land development and planning—renewable energy sources are experiencing are expected to exacerbate water supply, on legislative dockets throughout the Multiple trends are affecting landrobust growth, driven by factors such as stormwater management, and sanitation world and updated emission forecasts development: rising public interestvolatility in energy prices, increasing global issues on every continent. Our water showing accelerated impacts, climate in improving “green” practices anddemand, and economic uncertainty. The experts are working with clients to develop change is a top issue facing our industry. quality of life; cities competingrelationship among energy consumption, proactive climate adaptation strategies in While a high volume of business related to globally for business and talentedgreenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and these three areas. At the design level, we GHG management and climate adaptation citizens; land-use decisions affectingclimate change has focused investment in are integrating sustainability into water is not yet at hand, we expect a sea energy consumption and climate; andcarbon capture, storage, and sequestration and wastewater treatment facilities— change as more legislation is passed. In “ecosystem services” providing valuetechnologies. In response, we are investing applying green building approaches, preparation, we are keeping pace with to infrastructure systems and humanin further growth of our expertise in water reuse strategies, onsite stormwater the latest findings and have developed health. Our people are finding waysthese areas. management, and protocols for estimating specialized expertise to conduct GHG to quantify the value of ecosystem and monitoring GHG emissions. inventories, devise mitigation and services; creating tools for sustainable adaptation strategies, and prepare clients master planning; and designing for regulated carbon markets. sustainable transportation, storm water management systems, and green buildings.4 CH2M HILL Sustainability Report 2009
  4. 4. While the scope and complexity of these challenges can be daunting, there is “I’ve been watching a new debate tremendous—perhaps unprecedented—motivation for innovation and positive change. emerging, which asks whether the We are committed to providing the leadership and action to enhance the sustainability of our own organization and the clients and communities we serve. Accordingly, we continue environment is now driving the to support the United Nations Global Compact principles, the World Business Council for world’s economy. I don’t think it Sustainable Development, Water For People, Engineers Without Borders-USA, and many is—yet—but there are several major other organizations that are advancing sustainable solutions in diverse settings. environmental issues facing the Our planet and humanity are dealing with many issues. However, in our opinion, the planet and humanity. How do we most critical are the interconnected issues of water, energy, climate change, and land adapt to the new carbon economy? development. Our company’s strategy is to focus at the nexus of these. Around the world How should we design water and our customers are dealing with these issues and, together, we’re learning to think and work in new ways. energy systems, and develop land differently? It’s an exciting time to be creating new solutions, and we’re right in the middle of it.” — Lee McIntire Chief Executive Officer CH2M HILLCH2M HILL Sustainability Report 2009 5
  5. 5. About This ReportAs a leader in the industry and one of the first engineering and construction companies to publish asustainability report in 2005, CH2M HILL continues a tradition of excellence and transparency in reportingon internal operations related to sustainability. Our goal is to both manage the impacts of our ownoperations and apply our company’s portfolio of services to help our clients’ organizations become moresustainable —whether dealing in master planning, land use, program management, water, wastewater,environmental work, energy, transportation, industrial systems, ecosystems, or waste management. Scope Commitment to Conformance with the CH2M HILL is composed of multiple legal entities around the globe. This report covers the the United Nations Global Reporting Initiative business operations and activities of CH2M HILL Companies, Ltd. and its subsidiaries, minus Global Compact We continue to use the Global Reporting joint ventures, unless otherwise noted. The primary subsidiaries of CH2M HILL Companies, Ltd. Initiative (GRI) indicators because they As a signatory to the United Nations (UN) contributing to the content reported within the 2009 Sustainability Report are: constitute a familiar, globally accepted Global Compact, the firm has ensured CH2M HILL, INC. (INC) standard for reporting to our stakeholders. that our business policies incorporate and In some cases, we have adjusted our CH2M HILL Canada Limited (Canada LTD) support the ten Global Compact Principles, reporting approach to better reflect CH2M HILL Engineers, Inc. (Formerly IDC Architects) as shown in the summary at the back of CH2M HILL’s business model and the way this report. CH2M HILL’s board supports LG Constructors, Inc. (LG) we work. In all cases, we respond to the our actions to uphold sustainability goals Operations Management International, Inc. (OMI) spirit of the GRI indicators and provide a and endorses the plans described in this transparent view of both our achievements CH2M HILL Energy, Ltd. (formerly VECO and Trigon) report. This report also serves as our and our shortcomings. The indicators CH2M HILL Constructors, Inc. (CCI) 2009 Global Compact Communication included in this report were selected on Progress report. For more information because they apply to our business in a This 2009 Sustainability Report focuses on activities and performance from the about the UN Global Compact, visit meaningful way and represent areas where calendar years 2007 and 2008. Additional, historic data are included as appropriate www.unglobalcompact.org. we have an effect on the world. For a full and available to demonstrate trends. Forward-looking statements for 2009 and A summary of CH2M HILL sustainability explanation of the GRI guidelines, visit beyond are provided to indicate our goals in helping create a sustainable future. performance indicators is included at the www.globalreporting.org Unless otherwise noted, all monetary references are in U.S. dollars. Throughout the back of this report. report, “tonne” refers to metric tons.6 CH2M HILL Sustainability Report 2009
  6. 6. Meet CH2M HILLCH2M HILL is an employee-owned company delivering consulting, program management, design,construction, and operations solutions for private and public clients, locally and globally. Headquartered inDenver, Colorado, USA, at the end of 2008 CH2M HILL employed 22,866 personnel in nearly 200 officesaround the world and generated approximately US$5.6 billion in annual revenue.CH2M HILL is an industry leader in sustainability and project and program management, widely regardedfor delivering high-quality work using integrated, collaborative approaches. During 2007 and 2008, thefirm won 246 awards for design innovation, health and safety practices, diversity and small businesssupport, and other quality-related accomplishments. Improving Company CH2M HILL has established formal EMS sustainability is an integrated activity, programs in North America, Spain, and rather than a separate function. The Effects on Sustainability Australia. The North American EMS serves EMS team uses the ISO 14001 process Our company’s effects on the environment, as the focal point of this report, because it to set goals at the beginning of the people, and the economy result from encompasses our corporate headquarters year, document progress, and assess two distinctly separate spheres of in Denver, Colorado, USA, 135 offices, performance at regular intervals. One activity: the conduct of our internal and approximately 80 percent of our continuing challenge is to manage our operations (facilities, fleet, procurement, employees. The North American EMS environmental impacts within the context and other functions) and the delivery of team includes members from each major of leased office spaces, where direct client projects. administrative unit within the company and measurement is difficult and improvement reports to an executive sponsor. depends on the cooperation of property Internal Operations managers. Meeting these challenges in a The environmental effects of our internal Since 2007, we have significantly reduced collaborative way—within CH2M HILL, with operations are managed primarily through paper use and progressed on many our vendors, and in the communities where environmental management system other sustainability goals, as listed in the we work—fosters lively discussions and (EMS) programs based on International CH2M HILL Indicators and Forecasting helps create new agreements that further Organization for Standardization sections of this report. The process is the sustainability of our operations. (ISO) 14001 guidelines. Currently, collaborative, based on the premise thatCH2M HILL Sustainability Report 2009 7
  7. 7. Client Project Delivery Our people are energized by these Future Outlook opportunities to make the world aSince 1995, CH2M HILL has pursued the Looking into the future, our approach is to embrace the prominence of energy, water, better place. In the last decade, we havesustainable solutions market through climate change, and land development issues and how each area relates to the others. In attracted and trained talented peopleour corporate Sustainable Solutions anticipating these issues, our biggest challenges are to accurately predict sustainability who can offer expertise along the fullteam, whose mission is to facilitate the trends in a rapidly changing market, optimize our expertise and lessons learned from spectrum of sustainable solutions – fromintegration of sustainability into business current and past projects, hire new staff as needed to keep our competitive edge, and organizational sustainability strategy andstrategy and project solutions. The team invest appropriately in leading-edge technologies and tools. planning to natural water treatment, fromis drawn from a cross-section of business GHG management to climate adaptation, Three additional factors influence our evolving business approach:units and operates under the executive from lean manufacturing to solar energy,operations and governance councils of • First, sustainable solutions are system solutions that require highly integrated planning and from green buildings to socialthe company. and delivery across technical disciplines. impact analysis.While improving the sustainability of our • Second, information technology solutions are essential tools for monitoring and One of the primary challenges associated managing systems for sustainability impacts—in design, procurement, projectown operations expresses our values, with the rapidly evolving market of management, construction, and operations.improving the sustainability of the projects sustainability is staying at the forefrontwe deliver for clients offers the potential • And third, the entry-level workforce is aware of and motivated by sustainability issues. of technical developments. We thereforeto address global sustainability issues in a As this generation enters the ranks of decision makers within client organizations, we can invest in our people to attend courses,much more powerful way. In partnership expect them to change project requirements to increasingly apply sustainable solutions. present papers, and participate in technicalwith our clients, we can help reduce the forums and professional committees such The projects presented in this report illustrate the application of several emerging serviceenergy and fuel consumption of major as the U.S. Environmental Protection areas, as well as integrated approaches to problem solving.civil works and industrial facilities, curtail Agency’s Sustainable RemediationGHG emissions, optimize efficiency in Forum, and the U.S. Green Buildingmanufacturing and other processes to Council (which oversees Leadership inreduce material resource consumption, Energy and Environmental Design [LEED®]redesign processes to eliminate the use accreditation). In addition, we collaborateof toxic or hazardous substances, restore with our clients to work within challengingdamaged lands and ecosystems, find design constraints and develop specializedbeneficial uses for waste, and revitalize technical solutions.urban areas.In delivering these sustainable solutions,we also help generate positive financialmetrics for our clients, act in accordancewith the precautionary principle, andprovide social benefits for the long run.8 CH2M HILL Sustainability Report 2009
  8. 8. Environment With climate change, population growth, and water and energy supply issues, the environmental effects of unsustainable practices are now a part of the day-to-day global dialogue. Sustainability has become an integral part of many of our clients’ operations and decision-making processes. CH2M HILL is working with our clients to find simple, elegant solutions amidst complex issues. While water supply, energy needs, climate change, and land development are each leverage points in themselves, solutions that address all four aspects in tandem have the potential to create a multiplier effect, with greater sustainable returns over the long term. In addressing the environmental footprint of our own operations, we are working for continuous improvement in, for example, reducing energy use and air travel.CH2M HILL Sustainability Report 2009 9
  9. 9. How Clean is the Plume Discharge? Ask the CranberriesFeatured Project Cranberries are serious business—especially on Cape Cod, where the native wetland plant is partAttention to Detail Leads to Sustainable Remediation of a US$137 million industry in Massachusetts.1 Because some of the MMR plumes discharge intoat the Massachusetts Military Reservation waters that feed cranberry bogs, the CH2M HILL team tested local cranberries to ensure plume wastewater was not harming the crops. The health (and marketability) of the cranberries dependsU.S. Air Force Center for Engineering and the Environment on the cleanliness of the bog water.Cape Cod, Massachusetts, USA Cranberries were sampled from pre-harvest (dry) and harvest (wet) conditions and tested usingAt the Massachusetts Military Reservation (MMR), every aspect of the the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s selected ion monitoring method; no detectable concentrations of the target analytes were found. To ensure future cropsproject presented an opportunity to use less energy, generate less remain marketable, surface water and groundwater data will be used towaste, emit fewer greenhouse gas emissions, and protect more of the determine the viability of the bogs around MMR.local environment. MMR is one of the U.S. Department of Defense’s 1 United States Department of Agriculture National Agricultural Statistics Service. July 2009. Noncitrus Fruits and Nuts 2008 Summary. July. P. 43. http://www.nass.largest and most complex cleanup sites. usda.gov/Publications/Todays_Reports/reports/ncit0709.pdf Environmental sustainability is paramount management; and fuel required for Air Force quantify the life-cycle impacts of to MMR’s remediation program. Located sampling activities (fewer vehicles are continued groundwater pump-and-treat on Upper Cape Cod, the 8,900-hectare needed to transport equipment and no systems on energy use, GHG emissions, and (22,000-acre) site is situated over the generators are required). collateral risks to site workers compared to recharge area for the Sagamore Lens impacts from long-term monitoring with Using an Air Force-owned, direct-push drill aquifer, the primary source of drinking water land use controls. Based in part on the CS-10 rig significantly reduces data collection for the area’s residents. work, several leading organizations in the costs and environmental impacts compared remediation industry are collaborating on The CH2M HILL team examined the full to standard drilling techniques. how to integrate these types of results into spectrum of MMR’s remediation program An innovative, 111-square-meter future remediation projects. and streamlined everything from monitoring (1,200-square foot), zero-valent iron and analytical procedures, to pumping To date, the optimization and sustainability geochemical barrier is used to improve the strategies and alternative technologies. efforts at MMR have reduced the estimated ecological health of a nearby pond. The The unexpected benefit is that many of the remediation cost by almost US$200 million. barrier passively removes approximately cost-saving remedial process optimization Energy-saving initiatives range from 67 percent of the phosphorus from a strategies are also environmentally sound. eliminating winter heating by relying on warm wastewater plume that discharges into the water flowing through the treatment plants, Passive, no-purge techniques are used to pond. CH2M HILL monitors the health of to installing variable frequency drives, to collect over 90 percent of the long-term the pond and reports successes annually. enrolling in a demand response program. monitoring samples, which significantly CH2M HILL and AFCEE also completed The total reduction in carbon dioxide (CO2)In 2009, MMR’s environmental footprint will be further reduces sampling-related waste; thereduced with a 1.5 megawatt wind turbine (artist a detailed sustainability impact analysis emissions is estimated at 4,100 tonnesrendering above). The turbine is expected to reduce labor hours needed for sampling, at the CS-10 site. The analysis helped the (4,500 tons) per year. Visit www.mmr.org forthe facility’s annual energy use by 25 to 30 percent. decontaminations, and purge-water additional optimization details.10 CH2M HILL Sustainability Report 2009
  10. 10. Featured ProjectNew Water Reclamation Technology at Broad RunBroad Run Water Reclamation FacilityAshburn, Virginia, USAA new standard in water reclamation technology is radically changing conventional wastewater practices.After a 10-year partnership, Loudoun Water and CH2M HILL successfully implemented a new reclamationprocess that produces fewer solids in a smaller footprint with fewer unit processes, creates less of anenvironmental impact, and is cost effective.The US$190 million state-of-the-art The comprehensive, integrated approachBroad Run Water Reclamation Facility considers all environmental media:(WRF) combines complex treatment plant • Treatment processes are enclosedconstruction and automated operation in buildings for complete noise andto produce the highest quality reclaimed odor control.water: it meets the most stringent water • Odors are removed without chemicals;reuse standards in the world, while odorous air is collected in a buried high-providing a new model for future reuse density polyethylene pipe system andplants. conveyed to a central biofilter.The WRF’s membrane bioreactor, granular • Stormwater bioretention and rainactivated carbon, ultraviolet (MBR-GAC- gardens are used to further protect theUV) disinfection process represents the quality of adjacent water bodies.latest technology in treating wastewaterto meet reuse standards. In fact, the MBR • Loudoun Water plans to use itstechnology is capable of removing a wide reclaimed water for irrigation andrange of pathogens, and GAC removes cooling water on neighboringbiological and chemical nutrients to never- properties.before-achieved levels; this produces The Broad Run WRF project has exceededreclaimed water that protects receiving owner expectations for budget, schedule,waters from a damaging abundance of plant performance, and acceptance bynutrients that promotes algae growth and the community and was recognized bydepletes oxygen in shallow waters. the American Academy of EnvironmentalThe MBR-GAC-UV disinfection used at Engineers during the 2009 Excellence inthe Broad Run WRF is the first large-scale Engineering competition.application of this technology in the world.CH2M HILL Sustainability Report 2009 11
  11. 11. Being a Good—and Green—Neighbor in Africa John Mogge, Ph.D. Sierra Leone’s privately owned water pipeline is a true lifeline; not only does it Business Development and Planning supply water, but locals also build huts over it, sleep on it, and otherwise use Director, Environmental Services it to find respite from West Africa’s extreme heat. Unfortunately, this water Business Group is often rationed, which has threatened the functionality of the U.S. Embassy Based in Tampa, Florida, in Freetown. USA, John Mogge is a principal program To comply with U.S. federal conservation and sustainability requirements, manager and registered the embassy was looking to reduce dependence on the local water grid architect who has over and procure and treat its own potable water. CH2M HILL’s feasibility study 30 years of experience recommended a rainwater capture and water reuse system for the embassy, planning and designing which included updating the U.S. Department of State (DOS) Overseas transportation, Buildings Operations building code supplements and specifications to support environmental, and cleaning rainwater for use as potable water and treating wastewater for infrastructure systems. irrigation—a project that received DOS endorsement and is now in design. The He also served on the Urban Land DOS sees this project as an example for other embassies to reduce reliance on Water is a precious commodity in West Africa. During periods of rationing, local people capture surface water from any available source. By getting Institute’s Sustainability Council and has host nation resources and to be as responsible—and as green—as possible. off the grid, the U.S. Embassy frees up valuable water for use by the managed LEED-certifiable construction residents of Sierra Leone. and renovation projects at the Silver and Platinum levels. “Sustainability provides a powerfulWarm Storage Reduces Fuel Costs and Emissions at North Slope Operations framework for planning, developing, managing, remediating, and restoring In Alaska, USA, extreme winter conditions during 7 months of the year expose land assets for all types of landowners,” vehicles and equipment to unique stresses. At CH2M HILL’s North Slope said John. “Through the principles of operations in Prudhoe Bay, we provide fluid hauling, drilling services, and sustainability, we can define the big equipment maintenance for multiple oil and gas industry clients. With winter picture, ask the hard questions, and temperatures consistently between -23 and -28 degrees Celsius (-10 and -20 ultimately define solutions that last and degrees Fahrenheit), engines must run on constant high idle to remain functional. deliver significant life-cycle value for our This practice wastes fuel and money and elevates GHG emissions. clients. In terms of land management, this To reduce environmental impacts, we developed a plan in 2008 to eliminate the often means helping clients understand need for idling. In 2009, we invested US$4 million to build two 2,000-square- the implicit value of their assets, which is meter (21,000-square-foot) membrane buildings for the warm storage of vehicles derived from the ecosystem services that and equipment. Air-tight insulation keeps the buildings at 4 degrees Celsius the land provides, such as cleaning our (40 degrees Fahrenheit). This will save approximately 3.2 million liters (850,000 air, providing habitats, or providing the gallons) of ultra-low-sulfate diesel fuel per year, significantly reduce GHG capability to store water.” emissions by 8,600 tonnes (9,500 tons) of CO2 per year, and reduce maintenance costs by US$300,000, based on engine hour reductions. Employees also benefit from a safer work environment due to the added warmth.12 CH2M HILL Sustainability Report 2009
  12. 12. 2009 EMS Targets: CH2M HILL CH2M HILL Environmental Management North American Office Operations Environmental CH2M HILL’s environmental performance in North America, Australia, and Spain and is managed, monitored, and improved through our formal EMS programs. Throughout the MATERIALS AND EQUIPMENT Indicators and world, environmental stewardship is encouraged and championed by informal Green • Decrease paper use per person by 10% Forecasting Teams that address sustainability issues in their offices and communities. • Expand eWaste recycling program to 90% of North American offices North American EMS: Since 2005, the North American EMS team has worked toward • Establish environmental procurement continuous improvement throughout our operations. The North American office EMS criteria for 55% of all enterprise includes annual targets for performance, as well as procedures for day-to-day operations, agreements such as videoconferencing in lieu of travel and “greening” meetings by using durable • Increase recycled paper purchasing rate dinnerware and providing pitchers of water instead of bottled water. Most of the data in to 77% this Environmental Reporting and Forecasting section presents the company’s performance • Increase rating of sustainable finishes in against targets set for the ISO 14001 compliant North American EMS through 2008. new real estate projects or remodels of Our 2009 targets are presented to illustrate how we plan to manage our environmental existing spaces to 77%, using the Real Estate Sustainability rating sheet program in the future. To illustrate how we are • Increase rating of sustainability criteria for reducing CH2M HILL’s Australia EMS: The ISO 14001 compliant Australian EMS (certified September 2007) new CH2M HILL sites to 70%, using the implements policies to reduce and recycle paper and electronic waste, reduce energy use, Real Estate Sustainability rating sheet environmental footprint and identify and manage project environmental impacts. Within a year, recycled paper across our office operations, ENERGY content increased from minimal to 53 percent of all consumed. Australia also conducted this section presents progress a baseline study of GHG impacts of non-project operations in 2008 as a basis for future • Reduce total electricity use by 5% on the in the following areas: improvements. The main sources of GHG impacts were electricity (30 percent), rental cars headquarters campus (15 percent), and domestic flights (53 percent). • Environmental management • Purchase wind power equivalent to Spain EMS: The Madrid, Spain, office EMS, which has been certified as ISO 14001 10% of the total electricity consumption • Paper consumption on the headquarters campus compliant for the past 11 years, includes sound environmental practices at our facilities and • Recycling on our projects. At the facilities level, the EMS calls for paper use reductions and recycling, TRAVEL AND TRANSPORTATION • Environmental procurement use of rechargeable batteries, appropriate management and disposal of hazardous and • Facility energy use electronic wastes, and minimized consumption of energy and other resources. From 2007 • Reduce leased footprint by 5% based on to 2008, paper consumption dropped by 35 percent as a result of the EMS team’s efforts. square footage through teleworking and • Business travel Project managers and subcontractors must implement CH2M HILL Spain’s environmental mobile workforce development • Environmental compliance requirements on our projects, and compliance inspections are conducted regularly. • Increase full- and part-time teleworkers by 20% Building on the success of the Madrid office EMS, CH2M HILL is developing an overall • Reduce greenhouse gas impacts of sustainability strategy for our European region. The strategy will provide the tools and overhead travel by 50% encouragement to begin informal EMS programs and will result in a European EMS that can be adapted to individual offices, cultures, and circumstances. Development is now proceeding in Ireland and Italy.CH2M HILL Sustainability Report 2009 13
  13. 13. Materials and Resources Recycled Paper Purchased (North America) Negative Environmental ImpactsPaper Consumption Avoided through our SustainabilityAs a service-based business that depends Program in 2008on paper for countless communications, 37% 33% 27% 30% If we had not reduced per-person paper usagebusiness proposals, and client deliverables, 63% 67% 73% 70% by 21 percent in 2008, we would have used 740paper is a fitting symbol for CH2M HILL’s tonnes (816 tons) of paper instead of the actual 582 tonnes (642 tons). The difference inmaterials consumption. Paper consumption performance provided the following benefits:includes primarily white paper for use in 2005 2006 2007 2008copiers and printers, purchased through a Emitted 412 tonnes (454 tons) Without Recycled Contentnational master contract. These purchases less of CO2 equivalent Recycled Contentrepresent approximately 80 percent of = 82 cars per year o the roadthe total paper consumption in the North Used 6,357 GJ (6,025 millionAmerican offices. The remaining 20 percent British Thermal Units [BTUs]) lessis obtained from myriad regional and local total energy = 66 homes powered for a yearvendors and is not tracked systematically Recycled Fiber by Weight CH2M HILL Per Person Paper Use Trendfor reporting. (North America) (North America) Generated 11.3 million liters (3.0 million gallons) less wastewaterEven though CH2M HILL has added 700 Total Total 20 NATIONAL AVERAGE* = 5 Olympic-sized swimming pools 605 Totalthousands of staff members in the last 601 Total (667) 582 19.4 (662) 18.9 Notes:2 years, our overall paper use and per- 600 534 (642) 17.4 (588) – Environmental impact estimates were made using theperson paper consumption have decreased 13.6 Environmental Defense Fund Paper Calculator, which 500 10 is based on research done by the Paper Task Force, adramatically. In 2007, the EMS team set a peer-reviewed study of the lifecycle environmental Tonnes (Tons)target of a 5 percent per-person reduction impacts of paper production and disposal. For more 400 information visit http://www.papercalculator.org.(about one less ream of paper peremployee). By 2008, paper consumption 300 0had dropped by six reams per employee, 2005 2006 2007 2008 200 115representing a 21 percent per-person 100 109 81 (127) (120) Average reams per personreduction that far exceeded the EMS 100 (89) (110) Less Paper Used as CH2M HILL Grows Notes:target. – *EPA estimates average per-person paper usage for 2007 2008 0 an office setting is 20 reams per year (10,000 sheets). 2005 2006 2007 2008 http://epa.gov/osw/conserve/materials/paper/ 601 tonnes Virgin paper fiber faqs.htm#offices (September 30, 2008) (662 tons) 22,866 Recycled paper fiber Notes: Paper Used – 2005 to 2007 information includes CH2M HILL Inc., in the U.S., Canada LTD, CCI, and LG. OMI is not included because most paper purchases occur through direct client contracts – 2008 includes new Energy Business paper use (formerly VECO) 21,217 582 tonnes Employees (642 tons)14 CH2M HILL Sustainability Report 2009
  14. 14. Gurus of Green: Kevin Crader and Shani Wahl Kevin Crader and Shani Wahl manage our North American recycling programs. Kevin focuses on electronic waste, or “TechnoTrash,” while Shani keeps records on and promotes programs for everything else from aluminum, to batteries, to paper. Through our U.S.-wide TechnoTrash program, participating offices place bins in convenient locations where employees can dispose of small electronics and media, such as compact discs, cell phones, hardware, and other components. When the bins are full, our vendor GreenDisk collects and sorts the materials, destroys any information on media, prepares material for reuse if possible, and recycles the rest. “Leading the TechnoTrash program is really important to me,” said Kevin. “I feel I’m making a difference not just at CH2M HILL, but in the world, because GreenDisk and our other vendors care responsibly for the electronic waste so it doesn’t end up affecting people and ecosystems elsewhere.” Shani continuously works to make sure employees implement the office aspects of our facilities recycling programs, in Paper Use Drops Dramatically cooperation with property managers and other tenants. She feels that our recycling program gives staff the chance to in 2 Years: How did we do it? express environmental values at work Between 2006 and 2008, our paper “Seeing other people get excited about sustainability fires me up” said Shani. “I’m proud to do my part in reducing our consumption dropped by six reams per environmental footprint to make a healthier world for the next generation, including my baby!” person. Here’s how we made it happen: Recycling Education: With a combination of catchy EMS Communications Win Two National Awards posters, intranet news stories, facts, and Recycling is a key element of our corporate culture: 92 percent of our offices have formal recycling programs for general CH2M HILL’s North American EMS figures, we clearly communicated the need items such as paper, aluminum, and glass, and 97 percent have team won a Gold Award from the for reducing paper usage. League of American Communications materials reuse programs. Our offices and our employees are Duplexing: We aggressively pursued Professionals’ (LACP) 2008 Inspire all aware of our goal to expand our “Reduce, Recycle, and double-sided printing for internal Awards Competition for internal and Reuse” program wherever possible. Electronics waste recycling documents and client deliverables. employee communications. The team presents a large problem on a global level and a business also received an Award for Publications Personal printing: This feature enables concern from a security perspective. In 2007, we identified Excellence from the Business a printer to store documents until the GreenDisk as a vendor that could provide secure, documented, Communications Report. user requests the job from the printer’s trackable data destruction and appropriate recycling or control panel. Personal printing helps EMS manager Brandy Wilson explained disposal of computer components and accessories. For large reduce unclaimed print jobs, re-prints, and the team’s approach: “Our philosophy electronic components, Dell’s Asset Recovery Service provides is to create communications that are uncleared or unreported paper jams. secure and environmentally sensitive disposal, and pays us fun, not preachy, in an effort to build Print what you need: During spring a percentage of the residual market value. LaserCycle and awareness and promote environmental 2007, our firmwide reprographics team OfficeMax recycle our toner cartridges. responsibility. We recruited employees issued guidelines encouraging people to to be the models in our materials so they use less paper and only request the copies Total electronic waste recycled: were directly involved in the process.” that they need. • 2007: 30,464 kilograms (67,161 pounds) • 2008: 31,674 kilograms (69,830 pounds) Employee model Josh Butler, P.E., Boise officeCH2M HILL Sustainability Report 2009 15
  15. 15. Environmental Procurement increased this number to 48 percent, and Facilities Energy Use our dollars spent in green contracting Headquarters Campus, Denver, CO —Procurement provides a valuable Headquarters Campus—Energy exceeded those for standard contracts. Energy Use and Carbon Emissionsleverage point for CH2M HILL to lessen Use and Carbon Emissionsthe company’s environmental impact 2005 2006 2007 2008 In 2009, the corporate procurement group We operate the buildings at our LEED-and influence vendors, and it is an area adopted a policy to add environmental certified headquarters campus, and we Energy Usage 29,129 37,203 (10,334)of greater focus since the last reporting GJ (megawatt hour (8,901) criteria to all contracts from this point regularly assess our energy conservation 37,806 [MWH]) 30,689period. Our starting point, in a highly forward. Therefore, the 2009 target is to practices. All the campus buildings feature (8,525) (10,502)complex system comprising thousands of add environmental criteria to 55 percent water-efficient fixtures, motion sensors to 9,292vendor relationships, was the relatively of enterprise-wide agreements, beyond control lighting, comprehensive recycling Renewable (2,581) 2,074manageable number of national just the North American contracts — an options, and use of recycled and local Energy Purchase (576) GJ (MWH)agreements, primarily for office supplies incremental approach to improving building materials. 1,740 1,555and services in North America. In 2005, procurement performance that reflects the (432) (483) We view energy conservation as an18 percent of our national agreements number of contracts expected to come up 9,068 ongoing process. In November 2008, Total GHG (9,996)included environmental criteria in our list of for renewal in 2009. Emissions - 7,100 we took the following steps to improve CO2 Equivalents 9,215vendor requirements. By 2008, our efforts Tonnes (Tons) (7,826) (10,158) the headquarters campus, which houses 7,475 (8,240) approximately 7 percent of all CH2M HILL Notes: employees: – Headquarters campus had 36,211 square metersTotal North American Spend on National Procurement Agreements • Re-lamped all 4-foot light fixtures with (389,772 square feet) of building space through 2006 (south, west, and north buildings). The east 100 Total energy-efficient fluorescent lamps building was added in 2007, bringing the total to 46,617 square meters (501,781 square feet). $82.4 54 • Installed motion sensors and occupancy – Renewable Energy Purchase: Reflects ongoingU.S. Dollars (Millions) 80 $77.5 commitment to contribute 5 to 10 percent of the Total Total sensors in conference rooms campus energy use in an equivalent amount of wind $65.9 $56.4 Total 60 72 $50.2 power, depending upon availability of wind power 48 54 • Installed additional energy-efficiency from the local utility. Total renewable energy $58.3 $42.2 $20.3 equipment on rooftop heating, purchase for 2005 reflects a one-time purchase of 40 wind power for a newly constructed building as part 49 ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) of a 2-year commitment for the LEED certification $29.9 process. 20 units (completed in January 2009) 20 28 – Corresponding carbon emissions are calculated $4.9 12 $14.2 $7.6 Renewable energy continues to be part using the World Resources Institute/World Business 0 Council for Sustainable Development Greenhouse 2005 2006 2007 2008 of the campus sustainability strategy. Gas Protocol, www.ghgprotocol.orgTotal Company Expenditures $1.6 $2.2 $2.3 $2.6 For 2009, we purchased wind energy (Billions) equivalent to 10 percent of our campus Standard national procurement agreements energy usage through a contract with a Green national procurement agreements Number of procurement agreements local provider.Notes:– National agreements shown in the graph represent less than 10% of the firm’s total expeditures for products and services.– Data provided are only for U.S. contracts, and does not include intercompany expeditures.16 CH2M HILL Sustainability Report 2009

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