Champions for Change Award 4 years in a row.

April 6, 2011

On April 6, 2011, Boulder Associates Architects was awarded the Champions for Change Award for the fourth year in a row. Todd Henderson, a Senior Associate, accepted the award on behalf of the firm at the CleanMed 2011 conference. The award recognizes organizations for their success in greening their own organization and assisting healthcare facilities who are committed to improving their environmental performance. Below are the notable sustainability achievements leading to the award.

REDUCING TOXINS
In 2010, we implemented the collection of household batteries in our two largest offices. Over the course of the year, we successfully recycled 48 pounds of batteries reducing harmful toxins from contaminating land, air and water resources.  Our contracts with our cleaning companies continue to ensure that cleaning products with low-toxicity are used. Our corporate low-mercury lamping policy ensures that all lamps are replaced with low-mercury products, and are disposed of properly at the end of their life.

TRACKING METRICS
Our office in Boulder recycled or composted 70% of the waste we generated in 2010. 100% of our office copy paper and 54% of all other office supply purchases in 2010 contained recycled content.  100% of our computers, monitors, printers, plotters, multifunctional peripherals, and appliances in all offices are ENERGY STAR.
GHG OFFSETS
To reduce the environmental impact of our business travel, we track airline flights and car rentals and offset these trips through tree planting. In 2010, 691 trees were planted to offset our company travel. Since the program’s inception in 2007, 2981 trees have been planted in California, Colorado, and countries around the world that have been impacted by the effects of climate change. Boulder Associates offsets 100% of the carbon dioxide produced by office energy use through the purchase of Renewable Energy Certificates for all 4 offices. Last year our Green Power contract purchases offset 281,377 kWh and 342,307 lbs of CO2.

KNOWLEDGE SHARING
We are committed to educating our staff on the tenets of green building. Our sustainable design director plays an active role in engaging all of our staff members in conversations regarding sustainable design solutions through eco-charrettes, design reviews, site visits, and field trips. Additionally, lunch-time learning opportunities are offered to staff to provide a deeper understanding of sustainable materials and design opportunities,and our company intranet is utilized to share information on such topics as The Green Guide for Healthcare, the 2030 Challenge and the DEA Take Back initiative for proper disposal of unused and expired medications.

72% of the Boulder Associates professional staff are LEED Accredited Professionals, and in January of 2010 enrolled in the new GBCI prescriptive credentialing maintenance program. We have written and posted two new project case studies on our website. The New Meadows Long Term Care Facility case study is focused on the project’s path to reducing the energy use on campus and achieving the 2030 challenge. The Colorado State Veterans Center Domiciliary Renovations at Homelake explores this unique LEED for Homes project, which was recently awarded a Platinum LEED certification.

Sustainable Design Director Kristi Ennis recently shared the sentiment that “Boulder Associates’ commitment to sustainability is a long-standing part of our company culture. It is reflected in the practices and policies we have implemented, not only to conserve resources and minimize our carbon footprint, but improve the quality of the environment in which we live and work.”