World climate experts and leaders in business, government, and the climate community are converging in New York City this week for the 14th annual Climate Week. Its mission resonates deeply with us at Perkins Eastman: “To drive climate action. Fast.” As a fitting nod to to this international event and the attention it brings to this urgent issue, Perkins Eastman is releasing its inaugural State of Sustainability report, which presents our progress to date, establishes ambitious goals to go further, and provides a road map for delivering transformative sustainable design across our firm.
A snapshot of our findings and pledges are highlighted below.
We’re making commitments to our clients, collaborators, colleagues, and communities: “We can no longer tolerate ‘greenwashing’—the practice of providing misinformation around environmental value—in any form, neither in our industry nor in the product and manufacturing industry, whether it’s intentional or not. Moving forward, we commit to putting an end to this behavior. We don’t greenwash. PERIOD.”
Reduce Annual Predicted Energy Use Intensity
As signatories of the AIA 2030 Commitment, in which we’ve pledged to design toward carbon neutral by the year 2030, we are currently reaching a 48% average predicted energy use intensity (pEUI) reduction across the firm. That’s not good enough, neither as an industry, nor as an organization striving to be a leader in sustainable design. This report outlines our plans toward improvement, with annual updates to report transparently on our progress.
Reach for High-Performance Design
Many of our projects completed in the past year have reached ambitious sustainability goals, including two public schools in Washington, DC, that are pursuing Net Zero Energy. We also have a growing portfolio of projects pursuing recognition for LEED Platinum, WELL, and Fitwel certifications, and Passive House designations.
We have instituted an internal awards program that recognizes performance and sustainability within all of our work.
Prioritize Healthy Materials
We established a Materials Action Plan in 2021 to set goals for sustainability in materials education and selection, aligning with the AIA Architecture & Design Materials Pledge.
Perkins Eastman Report Card
We’re publishing information about our own operations’ footprint, tracking information around our energy consumption, waste, traveling and commuting, and purchasing and supply habits.
Meeting our lofty goals requires that we stay educated about ever-evolving research and recommendations.
We’re sharing how our pursuit of the JUST label—a nutrition label for socially just and equitable organizations—is shaping the firm’s approach to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
We are inspired by Climate Week NYC’s ambition to push fast action at all levels to address climate change. As the world’s attention increasingly focuses on this critical issue, we’re proud to share our own State of Sustainability to demonstrate our pledge to work as quickly as we can within the building industry.
To read our State of Sustainability report, click here.