Sustainability

In 2002, DEA defined its core purpose: To improve the quality of life while demonstrating stewardship of the built and natural environments. Shortly thereafter, we developed our first sustainability plan, which we refine and update each year. Stewardship goes to the heart and soul of what makes us tick. It’s a practice we live every day, in ways large and small.
Internal practices that support our commitment to sustainability:

  • 100 percent of our firm-wide electricity usage is offset by green power through purchasing Renewable Energy Credits.
  • We started careful tracking of our emissions in 2009 and since then have reduced our carbon footprint by more than 24 percent.
  • DEA’s 9/80 work schedule means the majority of employees have every other Friday off, reducing the amount of employee commuting.
  • We use video conference to reduce business-related travel.
  • We have sustainability coordinators in each office who assist in reducing work-related travel, the use of resources, and waste. They also encourage and support the use of renewables, recycling, and involvement in community organizations.
  • Many of our offices offer commute trip reduction programs and subsidized public transportation passes.
  • We have a “Guaranteed Ride Home” program for people who commute by transit, bike or on foot, so they know they have a ride home in case of a family emergency.
  • We have reduced the number of vehicles in our fleet and have leased hybrid vehicles for routine business travel.
  • We sponsor and encourage employees to obtain LEED accreditation.
  • In 2012, DEA was named by Oregon Business Magazine as the 67th Greenest Company to Work For in the state. The ranking is based in part on the results of an employee survey.

Helping our clients demonstrate stewardship:

  • DEA has participated in the development of wind and solar energy projects, providing more than 6,500 MW of clean, renewable energy for communities across the country. The electricity generated will serve an estimated 1,120,000 households while simultaneously reducing an estimated 6,720,000 tons of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions per year. This reduction in GHGs is equivalent to taking an estimated 1,292,000 vehicles off the road, per year.
  • Our staff creates sustainability plans, greenstreets and smartstreets, and carbon and GHG management plans for transportation projects. We have designed light rail and street car lines throughout the United States that save tons of CO2 emissions annually.
  • DEA has contributed to more than 30 LEED-certified building projects nationwide and has 20 LEED-accredited professions on staff.
  • With respect to water, a life-sustaining resource, we have developed integrated water solutions, green infrastructure, and marketplace solutions to better manage this limited natural resource.
If we are to be stewards of our environment, we must understand sustainability and build sustainable practices into our internal office operations and our external service offerings.
— David F. Evans, PE, PLS, founder of DEA