March 15, 2010 12:59 ET

Leader in Sustainable Solutions Reduces Internal Environmental Footprint for Fifth Consecutive Year

DENVER, CO--(Marketwire - March 15, 2010) - For the fifth consecutive year CH2M HILL, a global full service consulting, design, construction, and operations firm and recognized leader in providing sustainable solutions to clients across a broad spectrum of industries, has exceeded its internal Environmental Management System (EMS) goals.

CH2M HILL's 2009 EMS program focused on three areas of environmental stewardship: materials use and recycling, energy efficiency, and business travel and transportation. The top three 2009 accomplishments are reduced energy use at the Denver headquarters by 11 percent, increased the number of teleworkers by 36 percent, and used 40 metric tons less paper than in 2008. Other accomplishments include:

-- Purchased wind-generated power to offset 11.2 percent of energy
   usage at Denver headquarters (goal was 10 percent)

-- Set a target to reduce overhead travel by 50 percent; reduced
   miles flown by 26 percent and purchased carbon offsets for the

-- Expanded electronic waste recycling program to 92 percent of
   offices with recycling and material reuse programs in all offices

-- Reduced leased footprint by 17 percent through teleworking and
   mobile workforce development (goal was 5 percent)

-- Increased use of recycled paper from 72 to 78 percent of paper
   purchased (goal was 77 percent)

In the firm's local offices plastic water bottles were eliminated, durable dinnerware was promoted and double-sided printing was set as a default. The firm continues to promote electronic delivery of client deliverables and to enhance environmental criteria for new and renewed agreements.

"Our biggest ambition for 2010 is to move beyond our North American office footprint," says Joseph Danko, CH2M HILL's Sustainable Solutions Director. "Our largest impact on the built world is through the projects we plan, engineer, build and operate. Incorporating sustainable solutions in our work dramatically reduces the environmental impact. In 2010 we are developing an approach that will enable us to quantify the reduced impacts of our sustainably designed, constructed and operated facilities. We also want to reduce impacts by procuring environmentally preferable direct products and services in alignment with client's requirements. In 2010, we are developing a supply chain sustainable strategy and direct procurement work instructions. With several billion dollars in direct procurement per year, becoming a market leader in the selection of more sustainable materials, equipment and services will have a tremendous impact on the built world."

Goals for 2010 include decreasing paper usage by an additional 10 percent, establishing environmental criteria for 95 percent of strategic purchasing agreements, reducing leased office space by 5 percent and offsetting the carbon footprint of North American facilities energy use by 20 percent.

Learn more about CH2M HILL's Sustainable Solutions and view the 2009 CH2M HILL Sustainability Report at

Headquartered in Denver, Colo., employee-owned CH2M HILL is a global leader in consulting, design, design-build, operations and program management for government, civil, industrial and energy clients. With $6.3 billion in revenue and 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 water, transportation, environmental, energy and power, and facilities and infrastructure. The firm has long been recognized as a most- admired company and leading employer. Visit

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