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Sustainability at Work announces first gold certified business

Sustainability at Work recently named PAE Consulting Engineers its first Portland business to achieve gold certification.  Recognized at Sustainability at Work's highest level of certification, PAE is a leader in helping to make Portland one of the cleanest, most sustainable cities in the country. PAE has completed more than 86 actions to benefit our local economy, our community and our environment.  

"Congratulations to PAE Consulting Engineers on becoming Sustainability at Work's first Gold Certified organization," said Mayor Sam Adams. "We appreciate PAE's leadership in taking concrete actions to make Portland a better place to live and work. We hope that PAE's achievement inspires other businesses to make innovative changes that improve profitability and sustainability."

PAE Consulting Engineers is a 70-person firm that provides an array of services in mechanical and electrical engineering and technology system design, including design or commissioning expertise for more than 75 LEED rated or registered projects so far.  

PAE's significant sustainability achievements include:

  • Attaining a carbon and water neutral office.

  • Aggressively pursuing a 'zero waste' environment through a comprehensive composting and recycling program.  

  • Actively seeking new ways of approaching sustainability, from the design of energy efficient and renewable building systems, to in-house energy reduction through a server and desktop virtualization program.

  • PAE frequently provides in-house staff training, performs waste audits to measure results of their actions, and purchases locally when possible.

Officially launched in August, Sustainability at Work (formerly BEST Business Center) offers comprehensive, free resources for any Portland organization seeking to create a more sustainable work environment.  Sustainability at Work is a one-stop shop for organizations to get help assessing needs, identifying goals, and accessing ongoing resources and support throughout implementation.  

Sustainability at Work offers bronze, silver and gold levels of certification for Portland businesses and organizations based on their levels of achievement.  These certifications recognize and promote business leadership in sustainability and are valid for three years.  

www.sustainabilityatworkpdx.com

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