We Offer Sustainable Solutions

At Kennedy/Jenks, sustainable design concepts have been at the core of our environmental and water services for nearly a century. We have evolved, along with our clients, to provide more innovative approaches to sustainability with an increased focus on resiliency. Our strategies, plans, and actions are developed and executed with innovation at the forefront and the social, economic, and environmental elements of sustainability.

Kennedy/Jenks views sustainability as a growth tool for managing the rapidly changing economic, social, and natural environment that we and our clients must address as part of our normal course of business. We believe that sustainability can drive business and help our clients manage risks. Elements of sustainability are wired into our solutions to ensure that our “value added” services address the three legs of sustainability.

  1. Environmental: Our services identify root-cause and provide recommended corrective actions that prevent recurrence and minimize environmental impact within our clients’ environments.
  1. Economic: Our recommended corrective actions are cost-effective solutions that reduce cost and/or improve operational efficiency.
  1. Social: Our recommended corrective actions take into account our client’s goals for diversity, innovation, consumer protection, supply chain, workforce development, and/or social and community stewardship.

Beyond Design – Adding Value & Ensuring Sustainability

Kennedy/Jenks’ project standards provide for executive support, firm-wide education and participation, and integration of steps toward sustainability in every project we do. Our approach adds value to your project and infuses elements of sustainability that align with your corporate strategies.

  • Incorporating a suite of sustainability-oriented basic questions into the earliest stages of every planning and design project.
  • Creating metrics and goals for sustainability in operations and design within the sectors we serve.
  • Expanding our expertise in renewable energy.
  • Reviewing our guide specifications for opportunities to increase sustainable practices.
  • Enhancing our understanding of climate change impacts and the effect on your infrastructure and operation.
  • Enhancing asset management and infrastructure rehabilitation expertise to embrace Triple Bottom Line principles (accounting for environmental, social, and financial performance).
  • Improving our extensive water conservation, water reuse, and stormwater management practices to help clients address rapidly dwindling water resources and rapidly expanding water regulations.

How We Measure Up

In 2015, we retained a sustainability expert and author of Six Sigma Sustainability to review our goals and benchmarks established in 2009 and to help our firm better understand the impact of our best practices. Below is how Kennedy/Jenks is currently tracking against our 2009-2019 sustainability goals, and what we have contributed since 2015.

  1. Improving automobile fuel efficiency of company vehicles. Automobile fuel efficiency has been mandated to a minimum of 26 mpg. All vehicles purchased since 2010 have an average fuel efficiency rating of 31.4 mpg. Reducing mobile source emissions in our communities by 25%.
  1. Reducing company-wide travel. We have made major investments in video conferencing equipment that reduces company-wide travel demands. This helped us achieve a reduction of approximately 45,000 miles per year. This effort is also supported through our encouragement of telecommuting and public transportation and bicycle use.
  1. Green offices. In 2015, Kennedy Jenks’ Portland office relocated to a LEED® Gold-certified building and is committed to sustainable practices including plastics recycling, use of recycled paper products, and limited bottled-water use in the workplace.
  1. Responsible office supplies. We use Give Something Back (GSB) as our company-wide preferred office supply vendor because of their demonstrated commitment to sustainability, their charitable contributions to community non-profit organizations, and their large selection of recycled-content and “green” office products.
  1. Development of a company-wide Climate Action Plan. The Kennedy/Jenks Climate Action Plan (CAP) was approved by the Board of Directors in January 2009. The CAP outlines steps the company is taking to reduce its carbon footprint over time, with a goal of becoming a carbon neutral company by our 100th anniversary in 2019. The graph below shows we are tracking towards our goal as planned.
  1. The Water Environment & Reuse Foundation. Since 1993, Kennedy/Jenks has actively participated and contributed to research projects funded by the Foundation. The Foundation identifies, supports, and disseminates research that enhances the quality and reliability of water for natural systems and communities with an integrated approach to resource recovery and reuse and facilitating collaboration among practitioners, educators, researchers, decision makers, and our communities.
  1. Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®). Kennedy/Jenks has several employees across the nation who are active members of the US Green Building Council’s LEED® group.
  1. Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI). Kennedy/Jenks is a charter member of ISI. ISI developed the Envision™ Sustainable Infrastructure Rating system, which evaluates the environmental, community and economic benefits of civil infrastructure. Along with being a charter member, Kennedy/Jenks has Envision™ accredited professionals from California to Massachusetts.