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The City of Austin’s Office of Sustainability recently recognized our Austin office as a platinum-level Austin Green Busines​s Leader (AGBL) — the program’s highest level. By the City’s definition, a green business operates in a way that protects the environment, enhances the community and maintains a healthy workplace.

After documenting the office’s green practices in...

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Sabrina Joplin is an Environmental Scientist in Freese and Nichols' Austin office.

Striving to live sustainably is a daily challenge in this age of convenience. Luckily there are many small changes you can adopt in your daily life that make a huge dent in your individual carbon footprint. Changes on the individual or family scale do make a difference and add up, but as we all know, our actions can get us only so far, and there is a continual need to amplify our efforts by encouraging greater participation within our community.

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In Austin, Freese and Nichols staff have rescued coffee grinds and fruit peelings for their home compost heaps for several years. Now, we have new community gardens at our Austin offices. With the help of property management, who shared large containers and space on the property, the Austin team has enlarged composting activities and promoted healthier lifestyles.

Environmental Scientist Patrick Garnett led the effort, and the office produces a steady supply of...

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Spencer Schnier is an engineer in Freese and Nichols' Water Resource Planning group.

The month of May was National Bike Month, but just because it's now July doesn't mean we can't get out and support bicycling as viable, everyday transportation. For me, it's like any day and month because I commute 6 miles daily. I made the decision to live close enough to bike to work as I strive to leave a smaller...

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In 2012 my family and I moved into a typical golf course community in Central Texas that was adorned with St. Augustine grass as far you could see. Although it looked nice, the environmentalist in me was almost embarrassed to be moving into an area where more water is spent on watering the lawns than in the individual homes. Central Texas was in the midst of a horrible drought so I couldn’t comprehend spending potable water on grass when our water supply reservoir had only a...

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Happy Earth Day from Freese and Nichols! We hope you’re thinking of ways to focus on the environment on this special day.

Today, employees companywide are meeting to discuss our ongoing sustainability initiatives and how Freese and Nichols continuously demonstrates a comprehensive approach to sustainability in all of our work. Through our focus on sustainable initiatives, we strive to satisfy present needs, while preserving the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. It encompasses everything we do, as a company and for our clients, from technical projects to...

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Between the 2015 and 2016 baseball season, the Texas Rangers installed a state-of-the-art LED lighting system in place of their existing metal bulb field lights. With the installation of this lighting system, Globe Life Park located in Arlington, Texas, will decrease energy usage by up to 60 percent and use 40 percent fewer fixtures than the previously installed system. This lighting system transition has a long-term economic benefit and it demonstrates the ball club’s...

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Congratulations to Nathaniel Shaffer, Structural, Fort Worth who passed the ISI Envision exam to become certified as a Sustainability Professional by the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure. Nathaniel is now ENV SP certified and trained to use the Envision rating system to address sustainability in design, construction and operation of an infrastructure project. Freese and...

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