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Austin Office Earns Highest Sustainability Recognition

April 13, 2017

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 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.