Environmental Resources Management (ERM) is a Founding Businesses for the Bay Member and a leading global provider of environmental, health, safety, risk, and social consulting services. Click here to read their 2015 Sustainability Report. In that report, ERM reports their greenhouse gas emissions (including business travel and emissions from energy use in their offices) and waste reduction (recycling).
ERM’s Businesses for the Bay program is focused on their offices in the Chesapeake Bay watershed (Annapolis, DC, and Richmond) and positive impacts to the Bay and local ecosystems. ERM has a goal to contribute 1% of the prior year’s profits to global sustainability initiatives and participate in at least 2 partnership activities with local non-profits or NGOs focused on environmental outreach. To accomplish these goals, ERM obtains grants for organizations through ERM’s Foundation and they partner with local non-profits or NGOs through pro bono work and education activities. For example, ERM has been involved in conducting environmental education workshops with Blue Sky Fund, a youth development non-profit in Richmond, VA that provides transformational experiences for urban youth through outdoor education. They have also partnered with various organizations to support elementary and middle school environmental education, including Living Classrooms, a Foundation in Baltimore, MD, that strengthens communities and inspires young people to achieve their potential through hands-on education and job training, using urban, natural, and maritime resources as “living classrooms.” In FY2016, the 3 offices funded 4 grants; to engage employees with each of these grants, the ERM local office participates in pro bono work with each grantee.
In addition to their educational projects, the ERM Offices in the Chesapeake Bay watershed have a goal to reduce energy use by 3% in 2017, as well as reduce their carbon dioxide emissions. They accomplish these goals by utilizing alternative energy vehicles for work travel and reducing energy use in offices by installing energy saving devices. The 3 offices had a reduction in 3% of total tons CO2e from FY2015 to FY2017 and a reduction in 20.5% of total KWhr from FY2015 to FY2017. In addition, they plan to reduce paper waste output by 2%, by increasing recycling efforts and discouraging the generation of non-recyclable waste through education and more recyclable options. They accomplished a reduction of 41% paper waste generation from the 3 offices from FY2015 to FY2017.
Daniel Goldstein, P.E., CPEA
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