Addressing Climate Change Is the Moral and Business Imperative of Our Time
Now is the time to prepare for a resilient future.
A study by the Gensler Research Institute found that 90% of global survey respondents were recently impacted by severe weather. Over three-quarters of respondents are taking intentional steps to reduce their carbon footprints, however, there are still significant barriers to individual action. Design resilience strategies can break down these barriers and offer a clear roadmap for how to prepare and take action against the worst effects of climate change, including the impact it will have on business, human health and wellbeing, and issues of equity. Gensler is committed to a net zero future for our clients, our communities, and our industry.
Leading the Industry Toward Net Zero
We touch over 1.25 billion square feet every year. We are leading the industry to change the industry.
The Gensler Cities Climate Challenge (GC3)
Environmental stewardship is at the core of our brand, and GC3 — or the Gensler Cities Climate Challenge — is our roadmap for how we intend to help our clients reach their carbon targets and our goal of making every building in our portfolio net zero carbon.
5 STRATEGIES TO NET ZERO CARBON
Gensler Product Sustainability (GPS) Standards
Gensler has made a commitment to reduce the carbon emissions on our projects by 2030. A critical step in that process is setting sustainability standards for the products that we specify every day on behalf of our clients. Our GPS Interactive Table provides clear and concise information for both our teams and manufacturers to navigate the standards we’ve established.
How We Help Clients
Gensler offers sustainable consulting services and strategies for every type and scale of project.
Climate Action & Sustainability Practice Area
We offer sustainability consulting services and strategies for developers, building owners, and tenants who want and need to minimize their operational and embodied carbon for new or reused buildings.
Performance Assessment & Analytics
We provide insights and analytics so that clients can understand their carbon impact, energy consumption, performance, and ESG goals.
We advise and assist clients looking to achieve third-party certifications such as LEED, Fitwel, ILFI Zero, and BREEAM.
We help clients identify environmental and climate-related goals and develop climate action plans.
Meet Our Design Resilience Community
We embed professionals in every practice and every office to achieve sustainable strategies at scale.
DESIGN RESILIENCE LEADERS
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CLIMATE ACTION & SUSTAINABLE DESIGN INSIGHTS
DESIGN RESILIENCE NEWS
Fast Company2023Fast Company highlighted Gensler’s efforts to research how to mitigate extreme heat in vulnerable communities. Gensler’s Amanda Stone explained how the firm designed an adaptable shading structure that can be configured to fit different public spaces.
WorkLife2023WorkLife quoted Gensler Climate Action & Sustainability Leader Kirsten Ritchie about the importance of employers and building owners focusing on climate change readiness assessments in light of the recent wildfire smoke impacting the East Coast.
Architect Magazine2023Architect Magazine shared insights from Gensler Principal Travis Albrecht about impactful sustainable design strategies and what architects and manufacturers can do to combat climate change.
leadership is in our DNA.
We have a unique obligation and opportunity to take action against the climate crisis.
equity is good design.
Our goal is to be the example for a more diverse and inclusive world.
reinforces our values.
We are led by a set of guiding principles and people-first values.