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The ACC and MSA's Commitment to Sustainability

Craig Fields | with 0 Comments

The ACC and MSA's Commitment to Sustainability

For many, the workday starts by hopping in the car and driving to the office. For those participating in MSA’s fifth annual Alternative Commuting Challenge (ACC), on the other hand, the start to the workday is a bit different.

Some don a bicycle helmet and log upwards of eight miles each day in trips to and from their offices or make the commute on foot. Others share the ride by hopping on public transportation or carpooling. No matter the method, the goal is the same: reducing our carbon footprint by finding more sustainable ways to get to work than the conventionally-fueled, single-occupant vehicle.

In 2013, as a firm, we offset more than 15,000 pounds of CO2 solely through our ACC.

We strive to make a difference in the communities in which we live, work and play, and that commitment extends beyond helping our clients design sustainable projects – and we are committed to doing our part as a firm. As an organization whose work directly impacts our clients’ futures, we recognize the importance of environmental responsibility. The ACC is just one facet of our overall initiative to function in a more sustainable manner.

In fact, our Sustainable Practices Task Force (SPTF) was created in 2007 exclusively to provide leadership and direction to MSA on the adoption and implementation of sustainable practices. Nearly all of our offices have representation in the SPTF, and offices are appointed a “local champion” who oversees all sustainable efforts for his or her office and acts as – you guessed it—the resident advocate for promotion of initiatives like the ACC.

These individuals have taken their ability to implement sustainable practices when completing projects and have translated that expertise to everyday operations at MSA. Through active participation by employees in our 15 offices across four states, we have been able to reduce the amount of paper used (pounds per 1,000 hours worked) by 11.1 percent over the past year. We’ve also decreased carbon use (per 1,000 hours worked) by 4.9 percent through decreased building energy and use and on the transportation side of things, we’ve decreased overhead miles by 11.5 percent.

Check out our section on Sustainability to learn more about how MSA’s active and ever-evolving commitment to sustainable practices!

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