Turner Construction Company announced it has made a commitment to reduce the company’s carbon emissions by 5% over the next five years. Turner plans on achieving this goal by cutting electricity consumption in offices and reducing fuel consumption in company-owned and leased vehicles. Turner also expects to reduce vehicle fuel costs and utility bills.
Turner established this goal through its membership in the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Climate Leaders program. The Climate Leaders program is an EPA industry-government partnership that works with companies to develop comprehensive climate change strategies.
Partner companies commit to reducing their impact on the global environment by completing an inventory of their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, setting aggressive reduction goals, and annually reporting their progress to EPA. Turner was the first construction management firm in the United States to join the EPA Climate Leaders in 2006 and is the first to set a GHG emissions reduction goal.
Since 2000, Turner has completed $3.1 billion of construction that has been LEED Certified by the U. S. Green Building Council. An additional $9 billion of projects are LEED Registered. Turner has also taken steps to green its fleet of company cars by offering more high mileage and hybrid vehicles and has established an environmental purchasing policy for all office supplies.
“Reducing our greenhouse gas emissions through the Climate Leaders program demonstrates our company-wide commitment to improving the global environment and increasing the efficiency of our operations,” said Michael Deane, Turner’s vice president and chief sustainability officer.