Chicago-based A/E firm Perkins+Will will receive the 5th Annual CoreNet Global, AIA, and IIDA Sustainable Leadership Award for Sustainable Development at the CoreNet summit meeting on May 6 in San Diego. CoreNet Global is the world's leading professional association for corporate real estate and workplace executives, serving leading multinational companies from the Fortune and Global 1000. The Sustainable Leadership Award recognizes firms that lead by example, making sustainable design and development a cornerstone of business practice.
With over 90% of management staff and 77% of all professional staff LEED accredited, Perkins+Will has more than 750 LEED Accredited Professionals—more than any other firm in the world. The firm currently has 22 LEED certified projects and more than 80 LEED registered .
In 2007, Perkins+Will became the first multi-office company to commit to the 2030 Challenge, in which the firm has pledged that all of its projects be designed for carbon neutrality by the year 2030. To further enforce green initiatives within the work environment as well as outside, Perkins+Will’s Sustainable Design Initiative and Green Operations Plan are used as guides to ensure that facilities and day-to-day operations continue to be environmentally responsible. Between the two plans, transportation, water use, energy use, air quality, educational training, research, leadership projects, administration and marketing serve as specific target areas of concentration. All of Perkins+Will’s offices incorporate sustainable design features, such as efficient HVAC systems, materials sourced regionally, open design studios, low-flow fixtures, and daylight and occupancy sensors. The company’s environmental conscience also extends to its membership of the U.S. Green Building Council.
“Sustainable design is in the DNA of our corporate culture,” said Phil Harrison, Perkins+Will CEO. “As a global design leader, we believe that it is our responsibility to make sustainability more than just a mission statement, but inherent to how we work and live. We are truly honored to be named among our peers as a leader in sustainable design and development.”