Herrera is an innovative, employee-owned firm rooted in the Pacific Northwest. They provide a full range of civil, environmental, and water resources engineering; landscape architecture; ecological restoration; natural resources, data science, and sustainable development services to public and private sector clients. Through their work and their operations, Herrera’s staff take and advocate for actions that contribute to the conservation, restoration, and regeneration of natural systems and resources; enhance community livability; promote ecological stewardship; and connect people with nature.
Herrera’s Portland office has been working to reduce their environmental footprint and increase their social handprint since it was opened in 2001. Some of their key recent initiatives include:
Reducing Carbon Footprint. Herrera maintains bicycles and hybrid vehicles among their company-owned vehicle fleet. They routinely bike or take transit to in-town meetings and promote alternative modes of transportation by offering transit and bike credit incentive programs and supporting bike and pedestrian challenges. In 2019, the 24 Herrera staff who participated in their biannual bike commute challenge logged a total of over 4,500 miles in one month.
Landfill Diversion Programs. Herrera recycles or composts nearly all recyclable and organic waste and actively works to limit waste generation. For the past 13 years, Herrera has also maintained recycling stations for hard-to-recycle items, including granola bar wrappers (over 9,000 wrappers recycled since 2015!). The Herrera Green Team sponsors monthly challenges to modify staff habits inside and outside the office (e.g., “zero cup” challenge to eliminate use of disposable coffee cups, plastic-free challenge, etc).
Responsible Purchasing and Sourcing. Based on a review of office practices by Herrera’s Green Team, they modified their purchasing and sourcing policy to prioritize vendors that have made environmental and social sustainability commitments.
1001 SE Water Ave., Suite 290, Portland, OR 97214