Understanding and reducing our footprint

Since our people are our company’s greatest resource, we recognize the importance of providing productive and healthy spaces allowing for creative and functional work. At the same time, since we serve our clients from approximately 30 office spaces throughout the U.S., we aim to minimize our environmental impact from these facilities.

Woodard & Curran's long-standing history of sustainability efforts at our offices include grassroots recycling initiatives, materials reductions, deployment of sophisticated technology to allow our employees to work remotely with colleagues and clients across the country, and reducing our carbon footprint from travel.  Our investments in technology and flexible work arrangements have also allowed us to maintain business continuity through unforeseen circumstances, enabling us to drive performance, advance technical initiatives, and support our staff. 

Since 2017, we’ve been more formally addressing our environmental footprint through data analysis and action plans to reduce our impact and offer employees the best spaces to work. The below summary and key metrics reflect an assessment of our current data and some 2019 initiatives taken to improve our performance.

  • We piloted an Office Sustainability Program as a framework of actions that our offices can undertake to improve upon their existing infrastructure.
  • We’ve continued to increase our Green Team impact by growing our committee from 41 to 46 members. This team helped develop an inventory of our standards on e-waste and battery disposal and drafted sustainable business travel guidelines.
  • Our offices logged some big changes in paper use, including a 38 percent reduction in per employee use and a jump from 5 to 29 percent in our overall percent of recycled content in paper used.
  • Travel remains our biggest GHG emissions contributor and we saw increases across all sources (our fleet vehicles, personal and rental vehicles, air travel and employee commuting). These increases are largely attributed to our growing Operations & Management (O&M) business, better reporting of rental car and personal vehicle fuel purchases (which were not accounted for in the 2016 baseline), more coast-to-coast travel to support our growing national footprint, and the addition of our O&M staff in our employee commuting survey (not included in our 2017 analysis). With that in mind, we’ve committed to purchasing a combination of carbon offsets and renewable energy credits (RECs) to fund and support high quality renewable energy and carbon reduction projects since we have limited ability to reduce emissions in our own operations. In 2020, we’ll be purchasing approximately 1,300 metric tons of offsets and RECs which will reduce our footprint 4 percent below our 2016 baseline, on a per employee basis. 2
  • Our office heating and electricity usage, per employee, decreased by 11 percent and 15 percent respectively since 2016. We’ve moved into more efficient spaces, brought our systems to the cloud to reduce our impact and our facilities team began conducting annual office condition reports, including questions regarding occupant comfort.

Access our full 2016-17 report here to see more information about our actions and plans.

2019 HIGHLIGHTS 

  • Employees in LEED or Energy Star certified offices

    32%
  • Green Team members


    46
  • Percent of office waste diverted by recycling or composting 

    74%
  • Percent of ‘green’ office supplies purchased through our national vendor

    32%
  • Total lbs. of paper used, per employee


    57
  • Percent of recycled content from all paper used

    29%

Our 2019 GHG Emissions in total Metric Tons CO2e 3

Direct

  • Office Heating

    493
  • Fleet Vehicles

    1,026

Indirect

  • Office Electricity 4

    1,026
  • Personal/Rental Vehicle Travel

    956
  • Air Travel

    2,897
  • Office Employee Commuting

    3,347

2019 average office waste, per employee per day 5

  • Trash

    0.20 lbs
  • Recycling/Compost

    0.58 lbs

1 Due to updated office electricity usage data, this was adjusted in 2019 to reflect the new 2016 baseline: i.e, 8.4MT, compared to the original 9.2MT estimate.

2 Based on our 2018 GHG emissions analysis,  which is our most complete, current set of data.

3 Our GHG emissions information includes 2019 data for transportation sources (fleet vehicles, personal/rental vehicle travel, air travel, and employee commuting) and 2018 data for our office utility sources (office heating, office electricity and office wastewater). We are currently in the process of conducting a 2019 office utility use assessment. In 2019 we removed our wastewater GHG emissions reporting metric due to the relatively minor impact and the limited amount of accurate data collected.

4 Our 2016 data was adjusted based on receiving more data from our landlords; thus, the total below reflects the change since the 2016 adjusted metric of 927 

The 2016 waste data shared in this section does not include the footprint of our California offices and other offices that came under our business operations in 2017 due to data availability. We are currently in the process of conducting a refreshed waste stream assessment. 

2020 Goals

  • Have a Green Team member in every office.

2025 Goals

  • Reduce our GHG emissions per employee by 20%, from 8.4 to 6.7MT CO2e. 1
  • Locate 15% of office employees in green buildings.
  • Increase our waste diversion rate to 80%.
  • Lower the daily, per person rate of trashed waste from .2 to .15 lbs.
  • Increase our recycled paper content to 30%.
  • Reduce our per-employee paper consumption by 30%.
  • Increase the amount of sustainable office supply purchases to 50%.