About Sustainable Solutions
Parsons Brinckerhoff is committed to being a positive influence on the quality of life in the communities we serve around the world through the design, construction management, and operation and maintenance of infrastructure. Every day, Parsons Brinckerhoff planners, designers and construction managers are enthusiastically seeking new ways to develop infrastructure that is not only safe and reliable, but also conserves resources, protects and enhances the natural environment, and promotes social and economic vitality. We also strive to ensure that our own operations demonstrate leadership in sustainability.
On community development projects, Parsons Brinckerhoff integrates land use and mass transit to create vibrant, livable communities. On transportation projects, we incorporate energy-saving features in transit systems, develop context-sensitive designs so highways can co-exist with the human and natural environment, and apply construction techniques to salvage and re-use existing materials. We’re also involved in renewable energy projects, and in efforts to reduce the environmental impact of conventional power plants.
Parsons Brinckerhoff designed the first railway bridges in the world to be made of recycled plastic material, at Fort Eustis in Virginia, USA. In Kent, England, Parsons Brinckerhoff is developing renewable energy solutions to enable 10,000 homes and 6,458,346 square feet (600,000 square meters) of commercial space to be zero-carbon. In Tianjin, China, Parsons Brinckerhoff is working on the design for the 7,534,737-square-foot (700,000-square-meter) Eco-City Commercial Center, conceived as a working model of sustainable development. The Australian government has also engaged Parsons Brinckerhoff to provide advice on the risks and impacts of climate change on national infrastructure.
Globally, “green teams” in each region have been implementing programs to reduce the environmental impact of company operations, and engage in community activities. As a result, our carbon footprint is shrinking annually, and we are actively participating in an increasing number of social programs that directly support communities.