Austin Office Earns Highest Sustainability Recognition
The City of Austin’s Office of Sustainability recently recognized our Austin office as a platinum-level Austin Green Business 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 seven categories, Austin staff members met with a City representative to verify and discuss the initiatives in an on-site visit. The 100+ points achieved were a combination of companywide efforts driven by our in-house Sustainability Committee, practices specific to the office’s property management company, and by practices unique to the Austin office.
Austin Office’s Green Practice Highlights
- Compost bins
- Vehicle charging stations
- Garden tubs
- Recycled-content supplies
- Energy Star-certified building
- Family room
- Water well for complex
- Battery recycling
- Earth Day celebration
- On-site walking paths, volleyball and basketball courts, frisbee golf, and horseshoes
As a company with a growing sustainability initiative driven by a 19-member committee, this marks a key milestone in Freese and Nichols' focus on sustainable solutions — both in our external work for clients and internally for our employees’ and community’s wellness. As a platinum-level business, we rank among prominent Austin companies such as Dell, Whole Foods Market, Indeed and Intel, and we differentiate ourselves from a number of larger engineering consultants in Austin, who all rank at the gold level.