Sustainability And Resilience

Sustainability: It’s Who We Are And What We Do

Sustainability is one of our core values and we have a long and rich history of providing innovative sustainable and resilient solutions for our customers, using a value-based, triple bottom-line approach. We believe that by integrating environmental, sociocultural, and economic concepts into our internal operations and our client services, we deliver a safer, healthier, and more connected world.  

We CARE 

Our commitment to environmental, social, governance (ESG) is integral to our management approach and stems from our core values of safety, sustainability, diversity, quality, integrity, and innovation. 

Sustainable Infrastructure

Our enterprise ESG initiative, “CARE” (Cultivating a Responsible Enterprise) is rooted within our corporate purpose, interwoven with our culture, and aligned with our corporate strategy. Refer to our CARE website for information regarding corporate ESG activities including our policies, oversight relationships, commitments and disclosures.   

Innovation With An Impact 

We take pride in our comprehensive approach to solving complex sustainability and resilience challenges. We study analyze, research, model, design, manage, and plan at a narrow or broad scale, as dictated by the project or organizational needs of our clients. Our full array of sustainability and resilience services can be applied to a broad range of project types, including, but not limited to the following: 

Sustainablity
Our sustainability staff facilitated an interdisciplinary eco-charrette with Washington Metropolitan Area Transportation Authority staff and the Parsons design team for an adaptive reuse building project to be used as a new sub-station for the Metro Transit Police Department.

Our goal is to meet our clients’ needs and assist in optimizing sustainable life cycle project performance.

Examples of the key services that we offer to our clients include GHG inventory development and reduction strategies, sustainability project/program planning and management, eco-charrette facilitation, and the application of sustainability rating systems utilized worldwide (e.g.: LEED, Envision, Estidama, CEEQUAL).

Some project examples are shown below, with additional details provided in our Sustainability Brochure.

We collaborate closely with in-house subject matter experts in the areas of Renewable PowerEnvironmental remediation, and Mobility Solutions, to implement sustainable solutions for our clients, leveraging Parsons-built Smart Infrastructure technology and tools.

Disaster Management

As a global leader in resilient infrastructure design, our team stands ready to provide disaster-related services in even the most challenging environments. We can’t predict disasters, but with help from our experts, we can minimize impacts throughout the disaster management cycle. Mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery are key to bringing communities through the challenges wrought by weather.

Prevention Through Preparedness And Mitigation

No one wants a disaster to happen – but being ready for one is critically important to saving lives and efficiently restoring facilities. We specialize in a variety of mitigation and preparedness services, including:

  • Storm Hardening
  • Asset Management
  • Proactive Inspections
  • FEMA Grant Management
  • Vulnerability Studies
  • Storm Modeling
  • Facility Condition Assessment
  • Disaster Planning
Designing bridges with resiliency in mind helps keep communities connected before, during, and after disasters. The Tacoma Narrows bridge (left) was designed with a 150-year lifespan in mind, with supports included for a future lower level to accommodate a second roadway or light rail transit system. The US 90 Bridge over Biloxi Bay (right) was designed to withstand hurricane-force winds, after Hurricane Katrina took the original bridge out of service.

Response And Recovery, Safely, And Quickly

When disaster hits, our team is prepared to put plan into action, assisting with stabilization, recovery, and reconstruction. Our unique capabilities as a design-builder, coupled with our ability to rapidly mobilize resources, has been key in our efforts to help return a sense of normalcy to devastated regions around the world – from the US Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina to tsunami-ravaged Indonesia.

Our response and recovery capabilities include:

In the wake of Superstorm Sandy, our team designed and implemented risk assessment, resilience criteria, and hardening prioritization for 96 wastewater pump stations throughout New York City. With fact-based prioritization of storm hardening, we helped the city mitigate wastewater infrastructure vulnerabilities for the future.
  • Damage Assessment
  • Temporary Facilities Design
  • Program Management
  • Construction Management

Innovative Disaster Management Solutions

We’re incorporating new technologies to help produce better outcomes. Roadway weather information systems, structural health monitoring, weigh-in-motion systems and more can help increase the lifespan of our infrastructure through the challenges of disaster.

Utilizing digital twin technology helps our engineers analyze and design around complexities, modeling drainage, and impacts to utilities, making projects smoother from the start while providing a 3D double of the project that can be useful for future improvements or repairs.

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