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December 2014

Season's Greetings

Practical Design Initiative

Nancy Boyd, director of WSDOT, gives the audience specific examples of cost-savings techniques offered in WSDOT’s practical design initiative.

How will Washington State provide innovative solutions to emerging infrastructure challenges? How will safer, attractive, and context-sensitive solutions be delivered with less financing? How will cost-sensitive solutions to an entire system, instead of high-cost solutions to isolated problems, be ensured? How will practical design transform the way projects are delivered in Washington State?

These are some of the questions that state agencies continue to face. The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) designed an initiative to help answer some of these questions.

Portland, Oregon, Office Goes Green and Gold

The City of Portland's Sustainability at Work program offers three levels of certification to recognize a business’s positive impact on the environment and community.

As a company that actively uses its knowledge of sustainability in building design, it’s only fitting that BergerABAM pursue the “green” in every day work life. BergerABAM’s Portland, Oregon, office was recently awarded the Gold rating by the City of Portland’s Sustainability at Work program.

The Sustainability at Work program was created to assist businesses, from small start-ups to large corporations, in gaining access to resources aimed at improving their environmental practices. The program offers three levels of certification to recognize positive impact on the environment and community. To qualify for certification, a company must apply for the program and meet a minimum of 12 sustainability actions in five main categories.