Our definition of sustainability is based on four core principles adapted from the four system conditions described by The Natural Step. Committing to these principles ensures that sustainability best practices are considered in project outputs and outcomes, presented to clients throughout the project process and used in internal operations.

Principle 1: Smart Materials and Energy

Move towards, and ultimately achieve, solutions and activities that free us from our dependence on substances extracted from the earth’s crust, which can accumulate in nature.

Principle 2: Clean Chemistry

Move towards and ultimately achieve, solutions and activities that eliminate toxic or scarce chemicals and compounds that accumulate in nature.

Principle 3: Ecosystem Conservation

Move towards, and ultimately achieve, solutions and activities that preserve, enhance and regenerate nature and life-sustaining ecosystems.

Principle 4: Social Equity

Move towards, and ultimately achieve, social solutions and activities that allow every person to meet basic human needs and achieve their potential in life, now and in the future.