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September 18, 2017

Gensler Reinforces Sustainability Commitment by Doubling Impact in Just Two Years

World’s largest architecture, design and planning firm leads discussion on building performance and CO2 emissions in Impact by Design Report, participation at Climate Week NYC

NEW YORK, NY—Gensler, a global architecture, design and planning firm, is leading the charge for actionable sustainability solutions in its Impact by Design 2017 report, building on its decision to sign the Paris Pledge for Action last year. According to the new report, Gensler’s recent project portfolio is designed to save more than 11 million metric tons of CO2 each year. This achievement underscores Gensler’s commitment to the American Institute of Architecture’s goal that every project is designed to reach net-zero for energy and water consumption by 2030.

The Impact by Design 2017 report features a how-to guide for the architecture and design industry to leverage innovative, sustainable urban, building and interior design strategies such as:

    • Incorporating new technologies to reduce energy waste and integrate renewable energy into new and existing buildings, neighborhoods and campuses;
    • Using predictive models that can reduce power usage to more accurately meet actual occupancy demand in the workplace; and
    • Collaborating across design, construction and operations teams to incentivize strategies that reduce energy use.

“Cities are responsible for 70 percent of global CO2 emissions, and the global buildings sector disproportionately drives urban energy demand and consumption. With historic population growth projected in the world’s cities, the time is now for architecture and design to help build a more sustainable future,” said Diane Hoskins, Co-CEO of Gensler. “At Gensler, we believe that the purpose of our work is creating a better world through the power of design, and every project has a part to play. We want to partner with the design community at large to improve sustainable performance now and for the future.”

Gensler will speak to its strategy to reduce CO2 emissions in the built environment as a partner at this year’s Climate Week NYC, September 18-24. On September 18, Hoskins will participate on a panel as part of the “Building Ambition to 2050: Action Towards 100% Net Zero Carbon Buildings” event, which addresses why and how the private sector must share in the responsibility to achieve net zero carbon emissions buildings.

About Gensler

Gensler is a global architecture, design, and planning firm with 53 locations and more than 7,000 professionals networked across the Americas, Europe, Greater China, Asia Pacific, and the Middle East. Founded in 1965, the firm works globally with more than 4,000 clients across 33 practice areas spanning the work, lifestyle, cities, and health sectors. We are guided by our mission to create a better world through the power of design, and the source of our strength is our people. By leveraging our diversity of ideas, our research and innovation, our shared values, and our One-Firm Firm culture, we are working seamlessly as a borderless firm in 140 countries and making the greatest impact on our communities as we continue to tackle the world’s challenges.

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