WSP's Tom Lewis on Adopting an Integrated Approach to Sustainability Targets

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Jim Giles, Carbon Analyst at GreenBiz, interviewed Tom Lewis, Senior Executive of Climate, Resilience and Sustainability at WSP USA, during VERGE 21 (October 25-28, 2021). View archived videos from the conference here: https://www.greenbiz.com/tag/verge-21-archive

WSP and Partners Complete Largest Environmental Restoration Project in U.S. History

Florida Everglades’ man-made wetlands in C-44 Reservoir/Stormwater Treatment Area will restore, protect and preserve wildlife and communities.
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INDIANTOWN, Fla., November 23, 2021 /3BL Media/ — On Friday, Nov. 19, the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) marked the completion of the C-44 Reservoir/Stormwater Treatment Area (STA), a 6,300-acre man-made wetland area designed to restore, protect and preserve water resources in the region.

10 Questions: Reducing the Risk of Highly Toxic PFAS in the Environment

WSP USA’s Matt Burns discusses prevalence of the hazardous chemical, where it’s found, its environmental impact, and how his team helps clients with remediation efforts.

PFAS – an acronym for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances – are a class of widely used chemicals that are very persistent, toxic and mobile in the environment.

Manufactured since the 1940s, PFAS materials have been used in a variety of industrial and household products, including firefighting foam, paint, water-repelling and stain-resisting fabrics, paper products, non-stick products, cosmetics, food packaging, metal plating and electronics manufacturing.

Inside the Blue Zone, Part Two

WSP USA’s Tom Lewis explains why he sees accelerated action coming out of the United Nation’s COP26 climate change conference, which concluded on Nov. 12.

The much-anticipated UN 26th Conference of Parties (COP26) global climate held Oct. 31-Nov. 12 in Glasgow, Scotland, came to an end with mixed reviews about the progress made.

I agree that we need work done more quickly on climate and with a greater commitment to inclusion of the most vulnerable and least heard; yet I was also highly encouraged by what I witnessed first-hand inside the event’s Blue Zone. Overall, it was a net positive for me.

John Helminski Named Senior Director of Water Resources in California

Led San Diego’s Pure Water Program, the city’s largest infrastructure project; will advance WSP USA’s national initiatives on advanced wastewater treatment.
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SAN DIEGO, November 17, 2021 /3BL Media/ - John Helminski, a former public utilities assistant director for the City of San Diego, has been named senior director of water resources in California for WSP USA, a leading engineering and professional services consultancy.

In his new position, Helminski will support the firm’s national initiative on advanced wastewater treatment, bringing a focus to clients and communities seeking to sustainably manage their water supply with the addition of advanced water purification.

Five Remarkable Aspects of the Federal Infrastructure Bill

By Sofia Berger

The United States is nearing an exciting and consequential crossroads, as lawmakers prepare to set in motion the largest infrastructure investment our nation has seen in decades.

Specifics are still being negotiated and once we know the totality of the combined infrastructure investment opportunities, infrastructure leaders must be prepared to help guide the funding investments from IIJA and the reconciliation package to determine how and where it can be applied to improve American communities by rebuilding and renewing highways, bridges and public transit.

From Leaky Windows to Building Codes, This Is How the Infrastructure Bill Will Tackle Buildings

The bill contains $5 billion for programs addressing energy efficiency in buildings—but still doesn’t go far enough.


The $1 trillion bill in President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better plan has dedicated about $5 billion to a wide range of programs geared to reduce electricity use in buildings, improve the materials used to build them, and train more people to design, build, and maintain energy-efficient buildings.

WSP USA and Mote Marine Laboratory Partner to Advance Coastal Restoration and Resilience

Alliance combines cutting-edge environmental and engineering design with innovative marine science and research to address climate change in the southeastern U.S.
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla., October 28, 2021 /3BL Media/ - Sarasota, Florida-based Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium has signed a memorandum of understanding with WSP USA, a leading engineering and professional services consultancy, to expand ongoing restoration and protection of coastlines and marine habitats in Florida and elsewhere in the southeastern U.S.

Pledge to Net Zero Initiative Joins Global UN Race to Zero Campaign

As a leader for the Pledge initiative, WSP is committed to delivering projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and contribute to a goal of reversing climate change.
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NEW YORK, October 26, 2021 /3BL Media/ — Pledge to Net Zero, an agreement within the environmental sector to tackle greenhouse gas emissions, has joined the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change’s Race to Zero campaign. WSP is a signatory of the Pledge to Net Zero.

WSP USA Supports Initiative Generating Economic SURGE in Philippines

USAID’s Strengthening Urban Resilience for Growth with Equity effort is helping disadvantaged Filipino producers improve income, market share and resiliency.

“Enhanced market linkages” and “value chain development” may sound like abstract economic principles, but for thousands of Filipino seaweed and cassava root producers, programs based on these ideas are emerging as economic lifelines.
WSP USA is working with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) on Strengthening Urban Resilience for Growth with Equity (SURGE), an initiative helping local producers find new sources of income, earn more profits, improve their credit and build greater resiliency to overcome disasters like typhoons and COVID-19.


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