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Skanska moves up top green contractors list

Skanska moves up top green contractors list

Skanska USA ranks sixth on ENR’s list of the Top 100 Green Buildings Contractors, up two slots from last year. Our current ranking is based on $1.8 billion of 2014 revenue from projects either registered with or certified by a third-party standard-setting organization, such as the U.S. Green Building Council.

UN report spotlights Skanska’s strong ethics

UN report spotlights Skanska’s strong ethics

The United Nations Global Compact – of which Skanska is a member – just released a new report calling on construction and development firms to take a leading role in global efforts to drive responsible and sustainable business practices. Skanska and our Zero Ethical Breaches value are featured in a full-page article on p. 30 of the report, though we are not mentioned by name.

Skanska honored for reducing waste

Skanska honored for reducing waste

Waste Management recognized Skanska USA as one of 10 construction companies that diverted the highest tonnage of waste for recycling in 2014. Last year, USA Building nationally diverted 85 percent of its waste from landfills while USA Civil diverted 98.2 percent.

Building a career as a sustainability leader

Building a career as a sustainability leader

In this post on our Constructive Thinking blog, Beth Heider, Skanska USA’s chief sustainability officer, describes some highlights and challenges from her career as a sustainability advocate. Heider’s accomplishments – made possible through her work with many Skanska team members – led to her this month being named a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects.

In Virginia, spotlighting a great example of Civil building green

In Virginia, spotlighting a great example of Civil building green

In this post on our blog, Regional Environmental Manager Carissa Agnese shares some of the green approaches from our team’s Elizabeth River Tunnels PPP project that are not only helping the environment, but helping the local community – and saving money too. Also, she shares key lessons about building a culture of environmental excellence.

Two Virginia projects win major environmental award

Two Virginia projects win major environmental award

The Skanska-led joint venture that’s designing and building Virginia’s Elizabeth River Tunnels project has received a distinguished environmental award: a 2015 Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award Silver Medal. This award included a proclamation from Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, and a congratulatory letter from Senator Mark Warner. Additionally, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Brock Environmental Center – for which we served as program manager – won a Gold Medal in the same program.

A more holistic approach to building design

A more holistic approach to building design

A key trend with buildings is extending the green focus to also include tenant health and wellness, resulting in a more holistic approach. This article in HighRiseFacilities.com shares some components of this, including advanced building envelopes, such as water-cooled curtain walls; building-integrated photovoltaics; cloud-based indoor environment controls for tenants; and appealing staircases to draw people to use them.

On our blog: It’s not exactly rocket science

On our blog: It’s not exactly rocket science

The worlds of space travel and construction don’t often mix, except for highly specialized work. But Vice President Steve Clem recently had the opportunity to present about sustainability and resiliency at a joint NASA/European Space Agency conference. For Clem, whose first career goal was to become an astronaut, this was a tremendously rewarding and enriching experience.

At Greenbuild, making known our green ambitions and activities

At Greenbuild, making known our green ambitions and activities

Last week’s Greenbuild conference was a great opportunity to connect with potential clients, and educate them and others who might know the Skanska brand, but don’t know everything about our green efforts – or our larger sustainability actions. Also, hear Chief Sustainability Officer Beth Heider’s views on the future of building green in a U.S. Green Building Council video.

New report links office design with staff health and productivity

New report links office design with staff health and productivity

A new report from the World Green Building Council finds “overwhelming evidence” that office design significantly impacts the health, wellbeing and productivity of staff. The report – sponsored in part by Skanska – also presents a simple toolkit that businesses can use to measure the health, wellbeing and productivity of their buildings and inform financial decision making.