Jacques Whitford goes carbon neutral

    SAINT JOHN, NB, June 6 /CNW/ - Jacques Whitford, one of Canada's largest
environmental science and engineering firms, has taken a major step forward in
reducing its carbon footprint through a new partnership with the
Carbonfund.org Foundation, a leading provider of carbon offset programs.
    As of June 1, all of Jacques Whitford's operations and facilities must
now become carbon neutral through a combination of conservation efforts and
the purchasing of carbon offsets through Carbonfund.org. The non-profit
foundation verified the work Jacques Whitford's did to analyze their carbon
footprint and recommended investments in carbon-reducing projects such as
renewable energy, alternative energy and energy efficiency.
    Jacques Whitford is the first major environmental engineering firm to
join Carbonfund.org's CarbonFree program. With more than 1,600 employees in 45
offices, Jacques Whitford is demonstrating how larger organizations can
minimize their carbon footprint. Jacques Whitford's annual footprint is 8,501
metric tons of carbon which, when offset, is equal to taking 1,840 passenger
cars off the road for a year.
    "I am very excited to announce our commitment to become a carbon neutral
firm," said Bob Youden, Chief Executive Officer of Jacques Whitford. "Our firm
is taking responsibility for the effects of our carbon dioxide emissions while
working hard to reduce them. This year we will offset the carbon emissions we
are not able to eliminate by purchasing offset credits. We believe that all
businesses, industries and communities should bear responsibility to minimize
environmental effects and pollution."
    Jacques Whitford recognizes the importance of addressing climate change
on a person-by-person, business-by-business basis, which is why it has moved
to immediately offset its greenhouse gas emissions.
    "Carbonfund.org applauds Jacques Whitford's leadership and commitment to
solving the problem of climate change," said Carbonfund.org executive director
Eric Carlson. "Jacques Whitford's carbon reduction and offset program serves
as an example for all Canadian companies and is supporting our market
transformation to a clean energy future."
    Overseeing Jacques Whitford's carbon neutral initiative is Marty
Janowitz, the company's first Vice President of Sustainability. Mr. Janowitz
was appointed to the position last year and since then has built a strong
network of advocates throughout the company, which has offices across Canada,
the United States and the United Arab Emirates.
    An important part of that work was the creation of a multidisciplinary
team of Jacques Whitford scientists and engineers. Together they analyzed the
company's existing greenhouse gas emissions, evaluated options for change and
investigated investments in carbon offsets. The next step is the development
of a long-term business plan, which will enable Jacques Whitford to meet the
highest standards of energy efficiency, environmental performance and
    "We are currently in the process of setting clear targets to reduce the
company's carbon footprint and improve environmental performance in our
offices and operations," said Mr. Janowitz. "Our sustainability team is also
developing practical step-by-step action plans with employees in every office,
to ensure that all levels of the company are aware of this initiative and will
work towards its success. Jacques Whitford is leading by doing."

    About Jacques Whitford

    Established in 1972, Jacques Whitford is an internationally recognized
leader in environmental, climate change, sustainability and earth sciences
engineering and planning. With executive headquarters in Saint John, New
Brunswick, the employee-owned consulting firm has successfully completed over
100,000 projects in Canada, the United States and internationally. Jacques
Whitford continues to grow to provide the most innovative skills, expertise
and technology to meet the needs of its clients. Learn more about Jacques
Whitford at www.jacqueswhitford.com

    About The Carbonfund.org Foundation

    Carbonfund.org is North America's leading carbon reduction and offset
organization with offices in the Washington, DC area and San Francisco.
Carbonfund.org educates the public about the dangers of climate change and
makes it easy and affordable for individuals, businesses and organizations to
reduce their climate impact. Carbonfund.org is reducing the threat of climate
change by promoting cost-effective carbon reductions and supporting renewable
energy, energy efficiency and reforestation projects globally that reduce and
offset carbon dioxide emissions. Carbonfund.org works with over 150 corporate
and non-profit partners including Dell, Orbitz, Lancôme, Yakima, National
Wildlife Federation, Environmental Defense and Working Assets. Learn more at:

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