The Sustain Evanston program, a sustainability recognition initiative of the City of Evanston, IL, has affirmed Grumman/Butkus Associates as part of its inaugural group of recognized commercial businesses.
To achieve recognition, Evanston firms must submit documentation regarding their compliance in at least 10 of 20 available categories. The program was created as an aspect of the city’s effort to reach its goals in carbon neutrality, renewable electricity, and zero waste, as outlined in its Climate Action and Resilience Plan. Categories combine LEED-type themes (Energy, Water, Waste Management, Resources) with more community-oriented items.
In addition to the required recycling component (documentation of a 50% recycling diversion rate), G/BA provided documentation for the following action items:
- Purchase of renewable energy certificates / carbon offsets
- Installation of lighting controls, such as occupancy sensors
- Installation of low-flow faucet aerators on sinks
- Use of low-toxicity cleaning products
- Implementation of a composting program
- Policies to reduce use of office paper
- Purchase of paper products with at least 30% post-consumer recycled content
- Elimination of single-use bottles of water
- Employee commuting survey and support of bike commuting and mass transit
- Implementation of strategies to create an Age-Friendly Business
“Grumman/Butkus Associates is proud to be an original Sustain Evanston business,” says Illinois President Chad Luning. “Since 1973, we have been focused on sustainable engineering solutions for our clients and on minimizing our own environmental impact.”
For more information about G/BA’s sustainability efforts, refer to our Annual Sustainability Report.