DENVER — CH2M HILL, a global full-service consulting, design, construction, and operations firm, has been named a leader in sustainable engineering by Verdantix, an independent analyst firm focused on sustainable business issues.

“Among the 19 firms analyzed, just six combine the engineering capabilities and sustainability strategy to reach the Leaders Quadrant in the competitive analysis. CH2M HILL is the standout leader,” said Rodolphe d’Arjuzon, Verdantix director.

The Verdantix report states: “The leaders achieved high customer recognition for being associated with sustainability, with CH2M HILL the only supplier that was mentioned unprompted. CH2M HILL actively pursues market leadership in sustainable engineering by training staff to engage clients over sustainability issues.”

The Verdantix Green Quadrant research project was a four-month analysis of the largest U.S. engineering companies offering sustainable solutions. It applied 27 evaluation criteria to assess the 19 firms, each with annual revenue of at least $1 billion. These companies were evaluated on their capabilities, including climate change and sustainable engineering expertise, market momentum, thought leadership, internal commitment to environmental management, strategic investment in enterprise-wide sustainable solutions, and ability to connect and resolve multiple issues.

CH2M HILL offers services in every aspect of sustainable engineering and project and program delivery, from renewable energy to green buildings to water optimization. The firm’s portfolio of practice includes:
• Renewable energy (solar photovoltaic, concentrated solar power, wind, hydro, bioenergy, and smart grid)
• Water (total water management of surface water, groundwater, stormwater, wastewater, reclaimed water, and water supply)
• Green design (industry leader in LEED-certified projects)

Businesses and cities in the U.S. face a multitude of complex engineering issues related to aging infrastructure, sustainable energy, water supply and use, carbon management, and climate shift. The Verdantix research helps define the engineering firms that are leading the delivery long-term, cost effective and innovative solutions to address these challenges.

Verdantix will share the research results during a free webinar on Thursday, Sept. 16, 2010 at noon EST.