November 20, 2009 10:54 ET

CH2M HILL Releases 2009 Sustainability Report

Report Details Internal and Project Successes That Address Critical Issues Related to the Interconnectivity of Energy, Water, Climate Change, and Land Development

DENVER, CO--(Marketwire - November 20, 2009) - CH2M HILL, a global full-service consulting, design, construction, and operations firm, announces the release of its 2009 Sustainability Report detailing the company's activities for the 2007-2008 reporting period.

The report focuses on the complex and interrelated global issues of water, energy, climate change, and land use/development, and details how CH2M HILL is addressing these challenges internally and in support of its clients.

"Our goal is to both manage the impacts of our operations and apply our creativity and technical skills to help our clients become more sustainable," says Lee McIntire, CEO. "With the interconnectivity of water, energy and climate change becoming more apparent, CH2M HILL feels it has the responsibility to improve the health of the planet. It is an exciting time to be creating new sustainable solutions in this world of threat and opportunity."

Over the past two years CH2M HILL's 25,000 global employees have helped deliver the following environmental, social and economic accomplishments for the firm and its clients:

--  Purchasing renewable energy credits to offset 15 percent of
    CH2M HILL's North American offices' total electrical consumption
--  Continuing a focus on safety leading to a recordable incident rate 42
    percent and a lost-time accident rate 60 percent lower than the U.S.
    industry average
--  Launching CH2M HILL University to expand employee learning programs,
    with the online site experiencing more than 24,000 hits within the first
    six months
--  Mentoring small, minority-, women- and veteran-owned businesses
    globally, including training 500 Sri Lankan construction workers in safety
    and quality
--  Donating more than $10 million to non-profit organizations
--  Implementing a new reclamation process for a wastewater treatment
    facility producing the highest-quality reclaimed water
--  Saving $200 million at one of the U.S. Department of Defense's largest
    and most complex cleanup sites and reducing CO2 emissions by 4,500 tons
    annually by implementing innovative remediation technologies
--  Decreasing per-employee paper usage 21 percent, reducing CO2 emissions
    equivalent to removing 82 cars from the road annually
--  Working with the U.S. Department of Energy to help 25 cities
    accelerate the adoption of solar energy
--  Designing a system that will divert 650 million-1.3 billion gallons
    daily of fresh water from the Mississippi River to restore Bayou Lafourche
--  Quantifying ecosystem services for Damascus, Oregon, providing a tool
    to evaluate expansion options without sacrificing the City's natural
--  Identifying sustainable ways for an Australian water utility to add 7-
    13 million gallons per day of potable water to its drought-stricken supply
    while reducing operating energy and chemical usage
--  Designing a LEED® Silver certified hangar for the U.S. Air Force
    resulting in 42 percent less energy usage and savings of $60,000 annually

Learn more about CH2M HILL's Sustainable Solutions and view the CH2M HILL Sustainability Report at

Headquartered near Denver, Colo., employee-owned CH2M HILL is a global leader in engineering, procurement, construction, management and operations for government, civil, industrial and energy clients. With $6.4 billion in revenue and more than 25,000 employees, CH2M HILL is an industry-leading program management, construction management and design firm, as ranked by Engineering News-Record (2009). The firm's work is concentrated in the areas of energy, water, transportation, environmental, nuclear and industrial facilities. The firm has long been recognized as a most-admired company and leading employer, including being named by FORTUNE as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For (2009). Visit

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