The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) honored Turner Construction Company with a 2013 Climate Leadership Award for reducing greenhouse gas emissions by more than five percent over a five year period.
Turner achieved its goal primarily by reducing electricity use at permanent offices. The company installed interactive dashboards in several offices that display energy use in real time and allow employees to see current use and patterns of use over time, as well as compare energy use to that of other Turner offices. Additionally, offices and project sites measured sustainable performance with a " Turner Green Zone " checklist which helped raise awareness about ways to improve energy performance.
"As a leader in the green building market, it is important for Turner to focus on our environmental performance. We are proud to have exceeded our goal of a five percent reduction in company-wide greenhouse gas emissions by achieving a reduction of nearly 6%," said Michael Deane , vice president and chief sustainability officer.
"I commend Turner for their exemplary commitment and dedication to tackling the challenge of climate change," said Gina McCarthy , assistant administrator for the EPAs Office of Air and Radiation. She continued, "Turner and all our Climate Leadership Award winners are reducing harmful carbon pollution, increasing efficiency, and cutting waste at the same time."
The EPA co-sponsors the Climate Leadership Awards with partners the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions, the Climate Registry, and the Association of Climate Change Officers.