Turner is elevating what it means to be green.
At Turner, we are elevating what it means to be a “green” builder.
Peter J. Davoren, President and Chief Executive Officer says fifteen years ago, we made a formal commitment to becoming a green builder. Turner is now recognized as a leader with completion of more than 1,200 green building projects. Along the way, we diverted three million tons of construction waste from landfills, improved our work environment, and reduced our environmental impact through programs such as the annual Turner Green Zone survey.
However, these efforts alone are not enough. Extreme weather events, climate change and their impact on people and the built
environment have called on us to lead in new ways. That is why we have begun the next chapter in Turner’s sustainability story; we have elevated our approach towards environmental sustainability.
We believe in utilizing our technical expertise to create a healthy, prosperous and sustainable future for our people, clients and the environment. Three pillars support this achievement of our vision.
Environmental Efficiency / 2030 Commitment
We will be responsible in the use and protection of natural resources. Our 2030 Commitment is to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions and water consumption of our on-site construction operations by 50 percent by 2030.
By taking a deeper look into the aspects of construction that we can control – the building process itself – we have the opportunity to make a direct, measurable impact on the environment. The first step of the 2030 Commitment is establishing a baseline of our greenhouse gas emissions and water use on our projects. We have put in place a metering pilot program that is gathering data. We will set our company average baseline by late 2020, giving us ten years to realize our goal.
Resiliency speaks to the ability to recover from or to be resistant to the impact of natural and manmade disasters—as well as long-term changes resulting from climate change.
We will protect and promote personal health and safety during the construction process. We will increase our technical expertise in resiliency to support critical decision-making to provide for the long-term comfort, livability and sustainability of buildings and communities.
Mindful of the range of extreme weather conditions we face in our industry, we have a clear focus on providing for the safety and welfare of people during the construction process and we actively promote and protect their well-being.
Resiliency is also an expansion of the definition of the strength, sustainability and livability of buildings. Renewable energy sources, especially those that are on site, reduce reliance on distant power supply that may become unavailable during or after a storm. Additional considerations include building materials that withstand high winds, flooding, or extreme temperatures. We will discuss a range of critical considerations with designers, engineers and our clients during the design and construction process.
Our people will continue to learn and grow their knowledge and experience in innovative green technologies and processes. We will achieve the environmental goals of our projects.
Our people have certainly dedicated themselves to making us stronger partners for our clients seeking sustainable solutions for their projects—we have more LEED-accredited professionals than any other construction management firm and our $60 billion of green building project experience leads the industry.
We will enhance our culture of sustainability, invest in learning opportunities for our people, expand our green team network across the company, and continue to achieve the evolving green building goals of clients.
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