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GreenWISE
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GreenWISE

Getting Wise on Sustainability

As part of our ongoing commitment to being responsible builders, our project teams incorporate the GreenWISE℠ (Walbridge Intelligent Sustainability and Environmental) program on all jobsites. Then they’re graded on it. GreenWISE℠ identifies 18 onsite environmental practices to lower a project’s impact on the environment. That means saving energy, recycling and creating ways to be sustainable on the job. Here are some of the ways our teams meet the GreenWISE℠ checklist:

Safety and Spill Control

Recycled or sustainable materials are used for items such as safety precaution tape or temporary handrails.

Temporary Building and Site Lighting

Timers and occupancy sensors shut off non-emergency lighting at the end of the day and turn them back on when workers return.

Temporary Conditioning of Interior Space

Whenever possible, our project teams utilize natural gas in lieu of propane for heating and permanent HVAC systems for cooling and dehumidification.

Temporary Wood and Formwork

We aim to use sustainably produced wood and reuse it whenever possible. We recycle tons of wooden construction waste from each jobsite..

Temporary Power Generation

A temporary power plan is something our project teams develop prior to construction. When it’s possible, we’ll utilize grid power.

Fuels for Construction Equipment and Emissions

We identify emission standards in the scope of our work, use bio-diesel fuels whenever possible and source locally to reduce travel emissions. 

Vehicles and Equipment

Vehicles are not allowed to idle on our jobsites. Our teams maintain equipment per manufacturers’ recommendations to ensure optimal performance.

Battery-Powered Tools and Equipment

Battery-powered tools are used whenever possible and batteries are always properly disposed of or recycled.

Preventive Maintenance

We train personnel in maintenance requirements and their advantages. Older equipment is retired before it becomes a liability.

Waste Management and Recycling

Waste management plans and stringent recycling systems are put into place before construction begins. We enlist one-stop-shop waste haulers whenever possible.

Subcontractor Expectations

Walbridge selects subcontractors that see the potential for achieving sustainable goals. All scopes of work are published with explicit instructions and goals.

Water Use Reduction

We look for opportunities to capture rainwater and use it for dust control and watering landscaping. Water usage is monitored at all jobsites.

Site Fencing, Soil Erosion and Temporary Roads

Fences made with high recycled content are preferred for our jobs, and we reuse them whenever possible or recycle their materials. Recycled, crushed concrete is used for road base.

Site Logistics

Clearly identifying areas for storage space, recycling, emergency evacuation, and spill kits reduces the amount of congestion on our jobsites.

Eco Office Trailer

We look to purchase or build out trailers with skylights and windows for optimum lighting, as well as increased insulation and skirting to minimize warm and cool air loss.

Main Office and Trailer City Offices

Workers are encouraged to carpool to jobsites. We don’t print documents in color unless it’s absolutely necessary.

Office Supplies

Supplies that are noted as made from recycled materials are our first choice, and we offer recyclable solutions to standard items wherever possible.

Information Technology

Maintenance of equipment and power-saving initiatives are applied at all times. We recycle end-of-life computers and toner cartridges.
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