Commitments & Partnerships
Architecture 2030 Challenge
In 2009 we committed to working toward the initiative's project targets that focus on the reduction of fossil fuel use and which were endorsed by the American Institute of Architects and the U.S. Green Building Council.
American Public Transportation Association (APTA)
We signed the APTA Sustainability Commitment at the gold level.
We champion the Labs21 program locally and globally by helping the U.S. EPA and DOE promote sustainable laboratories and raise awareness about the benefits of Labs21 throughout the industry.
Committees & Board Positions
U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)
HDR was the first architecture firm to join the USGBC in January 1994. Since that time, we have served as founding members of four USGBC chapters: the National Capital Region, Illinois, Nebraska, and Northern California. HDR currently has 659 professionals who are LEED accredited and many have been deeply involved in the ongoing development and support of the USGBC. Significant leadership roles include: one former and one current LEED Faculty Member; years of work on the National Core Committee that developed LEED for Healthcare; and the National Core Committee that developed LEED for Existing Buildings.
Significant board and committee positions formerly held include: Founding Chair, Chicago Chapter (now the Illinois Chapter); Board of Directors, Cascadia Chapter; Board of Directors and Executive Board, National Capital Region; Board of Directors, Nebraska Flatwater Chapter; Board of Directors and Secretary, Northern California Chapter; Programs Chairwoman, National Capital Region; Green Schools Subcommittee, National Capital Region; Education Committee Chair, National Capital Region; Education Committee Chair, Nebraska Flatwater Chapter; Juror for the USGBC's 2009 Natural Talent Competition; Project Based Learning Working Group that developed the LEED stories database; and writing exam questions for several LEED credential exams.
Major awards include: Two LEED Fellows selected in the inaugural class of 2011; a third LEED Fellow selected in 2012 (a LEED Fellow is the Green Building Certification Institute's most prestigious professional designation developed to honor and recognize distinguished LEED APs who have made a significant contribution to the field of green building and sustainability); "Chapter Leader Award" and "Award of Excellence in the Community", Northern California Chapter.
The USGBC is the nation's foremost coalition of leaders from across the building industry working to promote buildings that are environmentally responsible, profitable and healthy places to live and work.
American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)
As members of the technical committee, we assisted in the development of Standard 189.2: Design, Construction and Operation of High-Performance Green Health Care Facilities, which prescribes the procedures, methods and documentation requirements, related to high performance green health care facilities.
Green Committee with the Greater Washington Board of Trade
As a board member, we promote sustainable business practices by working with federal, state and local governments to raise awareness, promote green transportation and establish regional greenhouse gas reduction targets.
Municipal Waste Management Association (MWMA)
In this environmental affiliate of the United States Conference of Mayors, our MWMA members promote operational efficiencies, facilitate information, foster innovation and promote legislative advocacy around Superfund, brownfields redevelopment, clean air, clean water and waste-to-energy regulations.
American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
We hold a chair position in the Materials and Energy Recovery Division.
Waste-to-Energy Research and Technology Foundation (WTERT)
We are members of the Advisory Board, which works together with engineers, scientists and managers from universities and industries to identify and advance the best available waste-to-energy (WTE) technologies for the recovery of energy or fuels from municipal solid wastes and other industrial, agricultural, and forestry residues.
SWANA Applied Research Foundation
We are a member of the Advisory Board, which identifies and selects collectively-funded research on pressing solid waste issues.
Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturers Association (BIFMA)
We are a member of the BIFMA e3 Sustainable Furniture Standards joint committee.
American Contract Textiles (ACT)
We are a joint committee member for the development of the ACT Sustainable Textile Standards.