Commitments & Partnerships
American Contract Textiles (ACT)
We are a joint committee member for the development of the ACT Sustainable Textile Standards.
American Public Transportation Association (APTA)
We signed the APTA Sustainability Commitment at the gold level.
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.
American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
We hold a chair position in the Materials and Energy Recovery Division.
American Wind Energy Association (AWEA)
We have been a member of AWEA for 13 years and hold leadership positions on various committees at the local and national level.
Architecture 2030 Challenge
We signed the 2030 Challenge in 2009.
Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturers Association (BIFMA)
We participate as a Joint Committee Member for the development and ongoing updating of the BIFMA sustainable furniture standards, 'e3' and 'level' program.
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.
Electronics Products Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT)
In 2013, we became an official EPEAT Purchasing partner, after following EPEAT Bronze minimum standards for leased and purchased computers, laptops and monitors for over seven years. Participating in this program and incorporating the requirements into our leasing and purchasing helps us to ensure we are making environmentally responsible purchases, while providing our employees with the tools they need to get their jobs done.
Health Product Declaration (HPD) Collaborative
With positions as a board member and pilot committee member, work with the collaborative includes bringing a new standardized format for reporting product content and health-related information for building products. The HPD is meant to increase transparency and to provide the human health context for information in decision-making and specifications of products.
Healthy Hospital Initiative (HHI)
We are a supporting A/E business for this program, which helps healthcare entities focus efforts toward a healthier, more sustainable future.
Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI)
Our company is a Charter Member of ISI and an early adopter of the Envision™ Sustainable Infrastructure Rating System. We were the first company to register a project with ISI with the goal of an Envision Project Award. We currently have more than 65 Envision Credentialed Professionals, with the goal of 100 by the end of 2013. We are active in a number of Envision committees and are involved in updating the current version of Envision, and are involved in the development of future phases of the Envision system (Economic Modeling and Construction Phases).
International Living Futures Institute (ILFI)
We act as an ambassador and member of the LBC ambassador advisory panel, helping recruit and train future ambassadors for the advocacy of the Living Building Challenge.
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.
Maryland Clean Energy Council (MCEC)
We are an advisory board member for a group advocating at the state level for clean energy solutions through enlightened regulations.
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.
National Hydropower Association (NHA)
We are an active member of NHA with a number of professionals holding leadership positions on the Advisory Board, including the President of the Association.
Northwest Hydroelectric Association (NWHA)
We are members of the Advisory Board, which has successfully represented the needs of the region and its members within the hydropower industry since 1981.
We are members of Practice Greenhealth, a nonprofit organization founded on the principles of positive environmental stewardship and best practices in the healthcare community. Our commitment to healthy materials is especially aligned with Practice Greenhealth's goal to phase out hazardous substances and toxic chemicals to improve patient safety and care. We are also supporters and presenters at the organization's annual CleanMed conference.
Renewable Choice Energy
We have purchased renewable energy credits (RECs) since 2010. Since that time, we have: worked with them to complete our greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory using Mosaic™, Renewable Choice's greenhouse gas measurement platform; and offered Mosaic to our clients through the Mosaic Alliance Partnership, providing clients value by saving energy, reducing emissions, and controlling operational costs.
SWANA Applied Research Foundation
We are a member of the Advisory Board, which identifies and selects collectively-funded research on pressing solid waste issues.
U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)
We were the first architecture firm to join the USGBC in January 1994, and currently has more than 650 LEED APs. Our professionals have held significant leadership roles and noteworthy board and committee positions within the organization. Two LEED Fellows have been selected from HDR; one in the inaugural year class of 2011 and the second in 2012.
USGBC-NCR Green Schools Sub-Committee
This committee's efforts include an annual Green School Summit (co-sponsored by USGBC-MD chapter); hosting four Green Schools tour per year; and a pilot project adoption of Payne Elementary School in DC (working with school staff and students to prioritize projects, seek funding, raise awareness, implement green practices within the school, and improve the outdoor learning environment).
USGBC-Northern California Chapter
We are on the Healthy Communities Initiative, Advisory Working Group, as a committee member to assist the Chapter in developing and implementing plans and programs for their new Healthy Communities Initiative (HCI). This is a two-year, multi-faceted initiative to educate the public, policy makers, real estate industry, design and engineering professionals and the construction community about the critical role the built environment plays in human health.
Waste-to-Energy Research and Technology Council (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.