For the 50th anniversary of Earth Day this week, Buro Happold’s creative, multidisciplinary approach to sustainability will be on display in events and launches literally spanning the United States and the globe. A few highlights:
Santa Monica, Calif.:
Called the world’s first municipal building to meet the Living Building Challenge, the Santa Monica City Services Building will debut on Earth Day with a virtual tour and unveiling by city leaders. Buro Happold served as engineer and Living Building consultant, creating net-zero energy and water harvesting, radiant heating/cooling, and the first rainwater-to-potable system in the region.
New York City:
The Battery Park City Authority has indicated it will unveil a new Sustainability Plan, “which will guide the Authority’s sustainability efforts and initiatives for the next decade.” Buro Happold is lead consultant for the creation of the plan.
Buro Happold’s international teams are communicating the firm’s unparalleled commitment to be fully net-zero carbon for the 1,700-person firm’s business operations across 23 locations worldwide by the end of the financial year ending April 2021. The announcement, celebrated with regional recommitments on Earth Day, is included in the firm’s highly detailed, data-rich new Global Sustainability Report.
St. Louis, Mo.:
Buro Happold is active on the campus of WashU — Washington University in St. Louis — with 10-plus sustainable building projects and campus works. The firm recommends participating in the university’s online Earth Day Ecochallenge “to collectively celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day and take action for a better shared future,” as WashU announced.
With busy offices in San Francisco, Pittsburgh, New York, Los Angeles, Detroit, Chicago and Boston, Buro Happold has also targeted all new building projects to be net-zero carbon in operation by 2030, with all projects achieving the same by 2050.
“Buro Happold has always been a practice that has values that go beyond the basic requirements of our profession to encompass the broad environment that we sit within,” said Neil Squibbs, CEO of Buro Happold. “We value human wellbeing, we embrace mutual responsibility and we understand that a sustainable future is intrinsic to the economic and social impact of our work.”