We generate sustainable alternatives in the construction and management of our projects
One of the important ways we contribute to sustainability beyond the project is by sharing safety and environmental practices with our customers, partners, suppliers, and communities everywhere we operate.
Protecting the environment and conserving resources sets the tone for the operational life of a project—from our initial design and engineering considerations to the processes and methods we use to mitigate impacts from construction. Our customers and communities benefit from the positive environmental outcomes delivered by our people, projects, and practices.
We generate sustainable alternatives in the construction and management of our projects, including reducing material requirements, waste to landfill, and water and energy use. We help our customers and communities manage the effects of extreme weather and other atmospheric changes by improving the resilience of the physical structures we create for societies that will depend on them for years to come.
In many urban and remote communities where we operate, Bechtel works collaboratively with different stakeholders to implement environmental sustainability programs to improve human health and local conditions, such as waste management, recycling, and conservation. Our goal is to build practical appreciation, local engagement, and capacities to protect and conserve their local environment for the long term.
Innovating from within
Internal initiatives, created and driven by our employees across the company, continually generate new ideas in project sustainability. For example, our colleagues created a Green Footprint award to recognize sustainability excellence and innovation in infrastructure projects.
Our Mining & Metals business also established the Educate – Engage – Evolve E3arth Challenge, in which teams compete to launch new, or enhance current, environmental best practices.
Through our Technical Grants Program, our engineers pursue advances in technology, design, and construction techniques, processes, and tools. We have awarded more than 120 grants during the past 30 years. Recipients have used these grants to create new engineering design guides that promote sustainability in construction projects, such as utilizing ground source heat pumps, which rely on the earth as a heat reservoir to control the temperature of buildings and other structures.
In 2015, one of the realities of international cooperative action toward urgent sustainable development challenges is the need for the kind of practical action only business can provide—and nowhere is this more true than infrastructure. Bechtel plans and builds sustainability and resilience into urban, energy, and transport infrastructure worldwide.—Norine Kennedy, Vice President, Strategic International Engagement, Energy and Environment, U.S. Council for International Business