It’s the right thing to do.
As a business, we are committed to reducing our impact on the environment, as reflected in our sustainability vision statement:
SWCA believes that achieving a sustainable balance between humanity’s social, economic, and environmental needs is essential in providing a healthy planet for future generations. We believe our sustainability actions will create a stronger company and will help ensure a prosperous future for our employees and clients and the communities we live in. We will be innovative and proactive leaders in sustainable business practices, and we will promote such practices by serving as a positive example for others.
The Environmental Sustainability Committee and Green Team Network are made up of representatives from across SWCA that serve as champions of sustainability, both company-wide and at the office level. Working closely together, these two groups usher in sustainable changes through education, engagement, and implementation of corporate initiatives.
For more information, download our 2021 Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) Report here or browse in fullscreen below.
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38Environmental Stewardship Events in 2021
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SWCA has a long history of sustainability. Listen as CEO and President, Joseph J. Fluder, III, discusses our sustainability framework, its People, Planet, Partnerships pillars, and how it ties together SWCA’s operations and commitments.
Leading by Example
Wildfire Planning Services
With nearly two decades of experience in wildfire sciences, SWCA is a recognized expert in completing pre- and post-fire planning work throughout the United States. We emphasize collaborative planning across large, multi-jurisdictional landscapes, working with federal, state, and local government agencies, non-governmental agencies, private industry, and communities.
SWCA Gives Back
At SWCA, we believe in helping our communities in a meaningful way, collectively and as individuals. Over the last decade, SWCA’s award-winning Gives Back program has grown to reach every community we serve. Each year our employees participate in an array of charitable service projects. We volunteer our time and professional expertise, raise funds for worthy causes, and donate goods to local organizations.
SWCA is more than just a business. It’s a community of employee-owners. We’re proud to be 100 percent employee-owned since the year 2000. When you join our team, you’re automatically enrolled in the Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). Each year, SWCA contributes money to the ESOP, and shares are allocated to our employee-owners at no cost to them. You’ll boost your retirement assets as your career grows with SWCA.
Climate Driven Services
SWCA recognizes the increasing threat posed by global climate change. From wildfires to coastal flooding to the spread of invasive species, climate change will exert a broad range of impacts on natural and cultural resources. As one of the nation’s oldest and largest environmental science and planning firms, SWCA has the expertise to assist our clients in identifying the potential impacts of climate change on their projects and properties and developing strategies that will address those risks and support long term sustainability.
Stakeholder Engagement and Strategic Communications
Engaging and communicating with stakeholders proactively is more critical than ever before. Agencies and project proponents must navigate shifting regulatory requirements and public expectations for stakeholder involvement in their projects. Identifying and addressing risks before they arise is increasingly important.
EcoVadis Silver Medal
EcoVadis is a well-known assessment and rating service that issues scorecards for business sustainability efforts. Since their founding in 2007, Ecovadis has rated over 90,000 companies including, recently, SWCA. The process was instructive, and we are pleased to announce that we scored in the 78th percentile and were awarded a Silver Medal.
Our score illustrates the robust sustainability foundation that has been developed over the past decade and most recently with the Environmental Sustainability Committee and Green Team Network, and we are eager to continue to improve our policies, actions, and reporting to bring home the gold!
SWCA’s Key Takeaways for Reducing Single-Use Plastics in Offices
As more companies work to decrease their carbon footprint, many are finding that reducing or eliminating single-use plastics can be an important part of an “all-of-the-above” approach to sustainability. SWCA decided to eliminate single-use plastic cups, plates, utensils, and disposable water bottles in all our offices nationwide, which was a key step in reducing our consumption of nonrenewable resources. If your company is navigating its own sustainability path, we’d like to share a few key takeaways, valuable lessons, and tips for success we learned through our own process of reducing single-use plastics.
Green Team Spotlight: Lauren Strong and the San Diego Office
SWCA’s Green Team Network connects employees who serve as champions of environmental sustainability at the office level. Working in conjunction with our Environmental Sustainability Committee, the Green Team promotes changes in each office through education, engagement, and implementation of corporate initiatives.
Lauren Strong, an associate project biologist and the Green Team representative out of our San Diego, California office, allows her passion for the environment to shine through her work – in the field and representing the Green Team
West Bay Sanitary District Living Shoreline Design and Implementation
SWCA has been working with West Bay Sanitary District since 2020 to design and permit a living shoreline that will protect critical wastewater infrastructure in San Francisco Bay. SWCA’s environmental engineers designed an ecotone levee that will allow existing marsh habitat to migrate upslope with sea-level rise, reducing the impacts that sea-level rise will have on the infrastructure.
Bay County, FL Voluntary Home Buyout Program
SWCA performed environmental clearance services for the Rebuild Florida Program to assist the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in complying with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). This voluntary buyout is part of a disaster recovery program to reduce risk to Bay County residents after Hurricane Michael impacted the area in 2018.
Community-Driven Adaptation Planning: North Carolina’s Resilient Coastal Communities Program
Shaped by rivers, sounds, and the Atlantic Ocean, the coastal regions of North Carolina offer thousands of miles of scenic waterfront. Yet, due to the increasing impacts of climate change, these very waterways threaten the livelihood of a coastline dotted with historic towns and millions of residents. North Carolina launched its Resilient Coastal Communities Program (RCCP) in 2021 as a framework for counties and municipalities to prepare for coastal hazards through technical and financial support.
Push to End Plastic Purchasing
SWCA is pleased to share that as of 2022, 100% of offices across the country are replacing disposable water bottles, plastic cups, plates, utensils, and other single-use plastic items for office use with environmentally friendly alternatives. This is an important step forward in SWCA’s sustainability goals and further reduces the company’s consumption of nonrenewable resources.
2020 ESG Report
Collectively, the world is awakening to the need for sustainability and social justice, and SWCA Environmental Consultants is making significant strides in these arenas. As SWCA has experienced significant growth and geographic expansion in recent years, we have also expanded our commitment to environmental, social, and governance (ESG) best practices.
Santa Fe County Community Wildfire Protection Plan
SWCA worked with Santa Fe County Fire Department to develop a Community Wildfire Protection Plan. The SWCA Team developed an interactive Story Map to increase engagement with the Santa Fe County public during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
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