DENVER — CH2M HILL announced its participation in the establishment of the United States-Brazil Joint Initiative on Urban Sustainability (JIUS). Hosted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Brazilian Ministry of the Environment, JIUS was launched in Rio de Janeiro with the goal of mobilizing innovative financing for building green economies and smarter cities.

“Brazil is an important part of CH2M HILL’s international operations, and we are committed not only to expanding our services and resources, but also to fostering an exchange of ideas and talent between Brazil and the United States,” said Lee McIntire, CH2M HILL chairman and CEO and member of the U.S.-Brazil CEO Forum. “We are grateful to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson and Presidents Obama and Rousseff for providing opportunities such as this forum to foster a strong and collaborative relationship between the two largest economies of the Americas.”

The JIUS will serve as a platform for expanding the conversation on urban sustainability, promoting economic development, and implementing community-based solutions for creating new markets for green and smart infrastructure investments in both the U.S. and Brazil.

“CH2M HILL is honored to be invited to be part of this diverse and prestigious group of sustainability leaders from across government, academia, and the private sector,” said Mike Szomjassy, CH2M HILL’s Environmental Business Group president and JIUS advisory committee member. “We are optimistic about the opportunities in Brazil and in the U.S. to serve private industry and the public sector, and share sustainable solutions to deliver major infrastructure programs.”

A leader in sustainability and program management, CH2M HILL is currently managing some of the world’s most complex and significant programs, including the Panama Canal expansion, infrastructure and facilities for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and major water and sewerage programs in London and Abu Dhabi.