Environment Business Observations with WSP USA's Dennis Papilion, Part 1

New Earth and Environment leader shares his observations about trends in the environment business and WSP’s growing sophistication to protect public health.

Dennis Papilion, the new president of WSP USA’s Earth & Environment (E&E) business, has witnessed enormous changes during his nearly 30 years working in environmental management and engineering.

In positions of increasing responsibility at major firms, he and his teams have navigated the shifting policies, regulatory philosophies and funding priorities that follow presidential and congressional elections, as well as the ups and downs of the business cycle.

California on the Edge: How Climate Change and Climate Policy are Transforming Building Design in the Golden State

WSP USA design consultants are helping adapt buildings to the physical effects of climate change and to proactively prepare for forthcoming electrification standards.

In 1966, the state of California responded to unhealthy levels of air pollution in a half-dozen metro areas by enacting the first vehicle exhaust regulations in the U.S.

That was only the beginning.

Since then, California has led the nation on environmental regulations, consistently setting air quality standards that exceed those established by the U.S. Clean Air Act and which have been adopted by 13 other states and the District of Columbia.

Plan to Power: Five Critical Factors to Make California Offshore Wind a Reality

California’s ambitious zero carbon energy plan will require wind power to succeed; WSP USA’s Silvia Yanez identifies challenges to overcome for a successful power transition.

California plays an important role in meeting the nation’s offshore wind energy goals. The state is leading a clean energy future and addressing climate change through Senate Bill 100, which sets the state’s landmark policy requiring that renewable and zero-carbon energy resources supply 100 percent of electric retail sales to customers by 2045.

However, achieving this ambitious goal will require significant investments in new and existing infrastructure and an increased, sustained build-out of clean energy projects.

What SEC's Climate Disclosure Rule Could Mean for Students and Job Seekers

by Zetian "Tim" Zhang, Associate Consultant, Sustainability, Energy and Climate Change WSP USA

Recent media coverage of the SEC’s proposal on climate risk and emission disclosure has focused on the impact for companies and their investors. But what about their talent pool — the rising cohort of students and job seekers? How could they be best prepared in this emerging job market?

To answer these questions, let’s first talk about the core problem the SEC proposed rule is trying to solve.

Working With Water: Identifying Risk, Enhancing Resilience

By Kimberly Grubert, Project Consultant, WSP

Resilience is a journey, not a destination. As the climate has changed, so have the approaches needed to understand and proactively address associated risks and opportunities. In a changing climate, utilities, governments and corporations across all sectors are realizing that looking to the past is no longer sufficient to plan for the future.

SEC's Proposed Climate Rule a Game-Changer for Sustainability

Experts are praising the SEC's newly proposed climate risk disclosure rule, which would require businesses to bake climate risk into their overall risk management plans.

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's newly proposed climate risk disclosure rule sets a clear course for business sustainability efforts and provides quantifiable climate impact data to investors.


Climate Change: WSP Publishes First TCFD Report

WSP continues to advance on its commitments as it publishes its first standalone Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) report, which addresses the potential impacts of climate change on our business. 

The TCFD is one of the most widely used frameworks for reporting on climate-related financial risks and opportunities. Aligned with our 2022-2024 Global Strategic Action Plan, this dedicated report highlights how we are embedding climate-related considerations into our operations, and spans TCFD's four key elements: Governance, Strategy, Risk Management, and Metrics and Targets.

Safeguarding Groundwater Resources: A View From Denmark

Successful practices to advance sustainable management around the world

Human beings and natural ecosystems depend on groundwater to survive and thrive. While levels of water use vary significantly throughout the world,1 protecting groundwater resources is a global necessity, especially with population growth and the impacts of climate change, such as more intense and frequent floods and droughts.

Evolving Water Management to Strengthen Communities


The effects of climate change are compounding water management challenges for communities around the world. The frequency and intensity of natural hazards are projected to increase due to climate change, making it more difficult to manage surface-water and groundwater resources.1

How can communities minimise damage from the impacts of extreme weather events, such as floods and droughts, while protecting surface-water and groundwater resources and natural ecosystems?

Podcast: Turning Non-Recyclable Waste Into Low-Carbon Intensive Biofuel

What if we could take the waste that no one wants, the kind that ends up in landfills, and turn it into sustainable fuel?

Thanks to developments in gasification technology, this kind of transformation is now possible on a commercial scale. “Ten or 20 years into the future, I really see a world where carbon will be in a closed loop,” says Andrea Redford, Chief Business Development Officer at Enerkem.

Enerkem, a leading Canadian cleantech company, is building a new biorefinery in the Greater Montreal area that will turn non-recyclable waste from landfills into valuable, low-carbon intensive biofuel.


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