Commitments & Partnerships
We are involved with a diverse group of organizations, these are examples specifically related to sustainability.
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 and are represented on their Sustainability Committee.
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.
Center for Environmental Health (CEH)
In December 2014, we signed a pledge with Center for Environmental Health (CEH) giving preference for flame retardant-free furniture.
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.
We are a member of Greenroads, a non-profit corporation that advances sustainability education and initiatives for transportation infrastructure and the developer of the Greenroads Rating System.
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)
We are 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 Verification. We are active in several key Envision™ committees, including the Accreditation Committee and Technical Committee. We were also selected to chair the new Envision™ Review Board (ERB).
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.
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.
Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council (SPLC)
We are one of the early members of the council, which launched in July 2013; and the only A/E firm invited to the initial table. We are offering a unique perspective on the procurement and specification of sustainable materials, both as a major purchasing organization and as designers for the built environment. The Council is in partnership and coordination with existing initiatives and its main goal is to accelerate the market's adoption of sustainable purchasing best practices.
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 continue our strong support as a Platinum-Level Sponsor. 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.
U.S. Water Alliance
We are an annual member of the alliance, which is dedicated to working to forge a new vision for a sustainable water future. Alliance members support the exploration and analysis of critical clean water issues, providing meaningful information to citizens and policy-makers and recognizing organizations and individuals for outstanding innovation and achievements.
U.S. Zero Waste Business Council
We joined the U.S. Zero Waste Business Council as a Founding Member in 2013.
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).
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.