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Stantec Consulting

2010 Green Team, continued ...Published: June 01, 2010

Irvine (Western U.S. headquarters)
stantec.com
Founded: 1953 in Canada
Senior Vice President and Chief Green Officer: Eric Nielsen (O.C.)

Ask any one of the firm’s engineering or architectural consultants to explain just what this company specializes in, and he’ll likely quote its Web site: “In simple terms, the world of Stantec is the water we drink, the routes we travel, the buildings we visit, the industries in which we work and the neighborhoods we call home.” Perhaps it’s that 360-degree spectrum of interest that propels the company’s concern for environmental preservation. The Stantec team has worked on more than 105 LEED-certified projects, and 17 of those earned Platinum ratings. One project currently in the works is the LEED Platinum Ocean Science Education Building at UC Santa Barbara. Among the sustainable leading-edge features that Stantec engineers have designed: a system that will use ocean water to provide an environment for aquarium fish – and cool the building. Even more impressive: Stantec engineers are working for the Department of Energy to design North America’s largest net-zero-energy commercial building, meaning it will produce the same amount of energy it consumes. Situated on the National Renewable Energy Laboratory campus in Colorado, this building will serve as an international model in sustainable development. Back at home, the environmental awareness continues with various office programs, including an annual Bike-to-Work Challenge. Stantec’s 130 offices throughout North America compete each spring to determine who can log the most miles. Irvine employees placed first last year, cycling 1,407 miles during the three-week challenge and offsetting the release of about 1,500 pounds of greenhouse emissions. Stantec Senior Project Manager Paul Carey rode 568 miles, landing him in the No. 2 spot among pedaling employees companywide.

OC METRO'S 2010 GREEN TEAM