Watershed Moment: Seattle Office Building Project Exceeds Toughest Environmental Design Standards

WSP USA helped raise the standard for green building design, energy and water efficiency and indoor environmental quality with opening of the Watershed building.

Design standards for water and energy efficiency are becoming more stringent in many parts of the world—and few regions can beat Seattle for ambition in green and sustainable building design.

Yet even in this sophisticated real estate market, Watershed — a 72,000-square-foot, seven-story commercial office building for which WSP USA provided mechanical-electrical-plumbing (MEP) engineering, as well as lighting and sustainability design — stands out for its high standards.

Environment Business Observations With WSP USA's Dennis Papilion, Part 2

In the second part of his question-and-answer session, WSP’s Earth and Environment leader looks at remediation regulations, wind and solar opportunities and more.

Dennis Papilion, the new president of WSP USA’s Earth & Environment (E&E) business, continues his observations about current trends in the environmental segments and WSP’s growing sophistication as it serves clients and protects public health and natural resources.

Click here for part one of this question-and-answer session.

Heat Resilience Solutions for Boston


Among the most dangerous impacts of climate change, extreme heat presents a serious threat to people, natural environments and infrastructure, especially in the most vulnerable communities. Recognizing the concerning trend of hotter summers and extended periods of heat stress, the City of Boston partnered with a team of consultants, including WSP, to develop its Heat Resilience Solutions for Boston action plan.

The High Cost of Climate Inaction

WSP USA’s Stacy Swann and Darius Nassiry explain why investment in adaptation and resilience technologies today is critical to handling future climate impacts.

by Stacy Swann WSP USA Executive Vice President; Founder/CEO, Climate Finance Advisors and Darius Nassiry WSP USA Director, Climate Finance

For decades, scientists have studied the risks of increasing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions on the earth’s climate. The signals of early-stage climate change are becoming unmistakably visible. Extreme weather events increasingly point to a future that will be more dangerous than the climate that has so far underpinned human progress.

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.



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